When drafting a wedding schedule, I am sure to ask how the bride and groom envision their wedding day. Many describe a theme or decor and others add family traditions to make their day special. While in South Africa with my husband, I discovered a unique wedding tradition, The Legend of the Warwick Wedding Cup.
Princess Kunigunde’s hand had been promised in marriage to a Prince from a faraway kingdom. However, she was in love with a handsome and ambitious Silversmith of whom her father, the King, did not approve. The King threw the Silversmith into the deepest darkest dungeon. As a result of the separation, the princess went into a deep depression. The King finally offered this proposal of which he assumed could not be accomplished “If your Silversmith can make a chalice from which two people can drink at the same time without spilling one single drop, I will free him and you shall become his bride”.
Inspired by love and with skillful hands, the Silversmith sculpted a girl with a smile as beautiful as his own true love`s. Her skirt was hollowed to serve as a cup. Her raised arms held a chalice that swivels so that it could be filled and then swung towards another. The challenge was met!
The Silversmith and the Princess joined hands in marriage and with the bridal cup set forth a romantic and memorable tradition as charming today as it was originally hundreds of years ago. To this day and to many couples the chalice remains a symbol of their love. Happiness and good fortune await the couple who drink from this cup.
Here is a photo of Ken and I drinking from the cup — notice I am not using my hands! However you envision your day, just be sure to cherish every moment! Happy wedding planning:)
Legend courtesy of Warwick Wine.