Post # 1
I am incorporating various traditions from my Scottish heritage into our Celtic vow renewal. My husband gave this brooch to me for Valentine’s Day (with a little hint from me, of course). I will use it to pin my tartan sash to my dress. The ‘Luckenbooth’ dates back many centuries in Scotland. They gained popularity during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots and still hold a significant meaning today. ‘Luckenbooths’ are said to be so called as they were first sold from “locked booths” in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Traditionally, they were exchanged between lovers on their betrothal, and subsequently were pinned to their baby’s shawl to protect the child from evil spirits. These heart-shaped brooches, surmounted by the crown of Mary Queen of Scots, and often decorated with the Scottish Thistle, are one of the most romantic artifacts from Scotland’s rich history, resulting in their enduring appeal. Many of the brooches available, like mine, are reproductions from the ones displayed in museums.
Post # 3
Very pretty! We just got back from Scotland, actually. We had an amazing time– it’s so gorgeous there!
Are you incorporating any other things from your heritage into your vow renewal?
Post # 4
Thanks for the comment. I am also wearing the tartan sash of my father’s clan Tartan Sash with Rosette and have arranged for a “surprise” musician of the Scottish variety (can you guess?). This is being kept a secret from everyone, including my husband. I welcome any other suggestions, but am weeding out some based on the fact that it’s a vow renewal and not a wedding. Hubby is not of Scottish descent so will not be wearing a kilt, but the photos of weddings I’ve seen with the groom wearing them are really neat! Oh–planning a trip to Scotland in the next few years. Any specifics you’d like to recommend?
Post # 5
I would recommend renting a car with a GPS unit, and getting out into the coutryside–the roads are really easy to navigate, and it’s not difficult to drive on the other side of the road. Maybe fly into Edinburgh and do a city tour for a couple of days, and then take off driving, heading through the border towns, the coastline, and then up through the Highlands. There are so many gorgeous places to visit– I haven’t spend much time in Scotland, but have loved our two recent trips. Make sure you take advantage of many of the walking/hiking trails that are everywhere– they have them for all levels of fitness.
Renting a cottage is my favorite way to go, rather than a hotel or B&B– it’s so nice to come “home” after a full day out and be able to just hang out in front of the wood/peat fire, cook in something yummy for dinner, and just relax together. Very romantic. We’ve used this site in the past: http://www.cottages4you.co.uk/
Have a wonderful vow renewal!
Post # 6
I have worn a luckenbooth for four years now – since the last time I was in Scotland – and love telling the story of it’s history whenever someone comments on it. I am also of Scottish decent and we plan on having several Scottish / Celtic symbols and traditions in our wedding. I tried for quite a while to find a luckenbooth cake topper with no luck so have been working on making my own. So far, so good ! 🙂 My fiance is wearing a kilt and we are surprising everyone with a bagpiper. Will probably be doing a handfasting as well and a few other things.
As far as a trip to Scotland – I see your post is a year old, have you been yet ? In my humble opinion (lol) it’s the most wonderful place on earth and I think about it daily with hopes of going back soon. I’ve been to the UK three times (Scotland twice) and spent time both times in the little town my ancestors are from (wondering why oh why they left ! lol). It’s truly a magical, soul-stirring place Scotland is ! We hope to go over in the next year or two as my fiance has caught the fever from me a wee bit. My biggest piece of advice is – get out and see the countryside ! Stay in B & B’s, go to the local pubs, stay in small hotels. Even in Edinburgh and Glasgow and Inverness, you can get a feel for the local culture by not staying in the big hotels that cater to tourists. The Scottish people have hearts of gold and a kindness and genuiness rarely found.
Of course I love England as well – so many amazing areas there as well. I do hope you have gone over or will be soon ! 🙂
Post # 7
Its funny I had never heard of that!!! I have probably seen one but never paid full attention.
Its nice to hear about people’s scottish experiences cause they appreciate the stuff that we probably take for granted!
We are cutting our cake with a claymore replica, someone in my family did that and it probably want that original but me doing it in utah might seem original!