The Stone Ceremony is a great way of involving all your wedding guests at your wedding ceremony.

Small, sometimes polished stones or pebbles are handed to the wedding guests and wedding party as they arrive at the ceremony.

During the wedding ceremony the wedding guests and bridal party hold these stones and make a loving wish for the couple’s life and future together.

Each stone represents a special wish that the couple can take with them to reflect on during their married life together.

A good idea is to ask your wedding guests to write their name and a word signifying their wish on the stone, such as love, happiness, health, strength, wealth, success, family, luck, friendship, patience etc.

Just make sure that the pens you hand the guests to use are permanent and easy to write with.

The stones are then collected during the wedding ceremony by a family or bridal party member and placed in a jar or vase as a memento.

A good time to collect the stones is during the Signing of the Register or as everyone files out of the wedding ceremony venue.

If you have a hundreds of stones to collect ask a few people to collect the stones to fill a few jars, keeping in mind a jar full of stones can quickly become very heavy.

The Oathing Stone

THe Oathing Stone is an old Scottish tradition where the couple place their hands upon a stone while saying their wedding vows.

Taken from the ancient Celtic custom of "setting an oath in stone", inclusion of the oathing stone ceremony in the vows can be deeply moving.

During the declaration of wedding vows or civil partnership promises, the couple hold the Oathing Stone, together in their hands. It is believed that holding the stone during the vows in turn casts or sets them in stone.

Any stone can be used for this purpose. One collected by the couple from a favourite place i.e. beach, local beauty spot etc would be appropriate. The stone should then be washed and scrubbed and treated with almond oil then wiped dry in order to give it a satin sheen (if desired).

The stone can also be engraved with a Celtic knot etching, the date of the ceremony and your initials if you wish, although it isn't necessary.

What you will need to do:

Collect a stone suitable for use as an oathing stone.

Prepare the stone and have it engraved if desired.

Example Wording:

Family and friends, [Party 1] and [Party 2]will now make their own vows using the Scottish tradition of the oathing stone.

Can I please ask [name] to come forward with the stone.

For those of you not familiar with this Scottish tradition it is when the couple either hold or put their hands together on a stone as they repeat their wedding vows, as an oath given near a stone or water was considered to be more binding.

Some believe that it is where the phrase 'set in stone' comes from

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