"Tom & Maria, to set your intention in stone can I ask you to place your hands on the chapel stone"
The Oathing Stone ritual is one of my favourite ceremony rituals. With its roots in ancient Celtic customs, it is often included in Scottish wedding ceremonies. The term "oathing" refers to taking an oath or making a solemn promise, and the ritual involves the use of a special stone, either the Aye Do Oathing Stone, a stone belonging to the couple or as seen in the photo, using the venue, or stone itself (Glencorse Old Kirk).
In the Oathing Stone ritual, a couple will gather around the chosen stone, and then when asked will place their hand[s] on the stone while speaking their pledge or vow. This act symbolises the binding nature of the oath and/or the connection to the land.
The oathing stone ritual also has connections to Scottish folklore and history. In medieval Scotland, the oathing stone was used during clan gatherings or important events to solidify agreements, settle disputes, or swear loyalty to a leader. It was believed that the stone had a spiritual or magical quality, and by touching it, one would be bound to their word.
Like many of the ancient Celtic rituals, the Oathing Stone beautifully embodies the essence of oral traditions, honour, and trust within Scottish culture, and like all the ancient Celtic rituals, it brings a layer of depth to your ceremony beyond the limitations of mere words
If you are interested in including the Oathing Stone ritual in your ceremony, just get in touch
Thank you to Geebz Photography for the image