And there's a hand, my trusty fiere! and gie's a hand o' thine! And we'll tak' a right gude-willie waught, for auld lang syne.

``And here's a hand my trusted friend! And give me a hand of yours. And we'll have a right good drink... to old times.``


A ‘Quaich’ is a shallow two-handed cup, with two lugs (handles) which, for centuries has been used by people throughout Scotland from Clan Chiefs all the way through to humble crofters as a way to welcome guests, celebrate with friends and to bid farewell at the end of a long and boozy gathering!

The quaich is usually filled with a good single malt whisky, but I’ve also conducted weddings where the Quaich has been full of champagne. And if you happen to be teetotal, then you can of course fill it with our other national drink… Irn Bru!

A Quaich Ceremony, sometimes called “The Loving Cup” or as I call it, “a wee swally”(a sip of drink) is a lovely ritual to include in a Wedding Ceremony, because the symbology behind the Quaich is all about unity & trust. Hundreds of years ago, if someone offered you a drink from a Quaich, they would firstly take a sip themselves to show that it wasn’t poisoned, and then they would use both hands to pass it to you, leaving themselves vulnerable and without a hand to grab their sword should you attack them! And while we hope there will be no sword fighting at your Ceremony, sharing a drink from the Quaich can be a beautiful way of sealing your Vows.

The Quaichs I use are handmade in my home county of Ayrshire in Scotland, and you are free to use one of mine, or you can of course use your own.

If you would like to enquire about having a Quaich ceremony, then please contact me here.



Drinking from the Loving Cup
Quaich Ceremony with Lindy Irving
Quaich Ceremony with Lindy Irving
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