German Bridal Cups

Friday night’s bride and groom shared a toast from a traditional German bridal cup.  You’ve never heard of that, you say?  I hadn’t either.  Let me retell the tradition I’ve unearthed (okay, googled), and then check out the pic. 

Centuries ago, in a faraway land called Nuernberg, there was a wealthy nobleman.  His daughter fell in love with a lowly goldsmith and wanted to marry him.  Well, Dad didn’t like that much, so he threw the goldsmith into a dark dungeon and continued to offer his daughter richer, more appropriate suiters.  According to the story, she got paler and paler as she longed for her beloved.  Her father finally relented, and offered a proposal, “If your goldsmith 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.”  He figured that he’d proposed the impossible.  Evidently, the goldsmith was determined and inspired by love, and skillfully created a masterpiece.  The cup is a sculpted girl, with a hollowed out skirt to serve as one cup, as the arms of the sculpture were raising a bucket that swivels so it can be filled swung towards the other drinker.  The two could drink from each end, without a drop spilled.  Here’s a pic of a traditional German bridal cup.

German Bridal Cup
German Bridal Cup

 

Isn’t that sweet?  What will you toast with?

2 thoughts on “German Bridal Cups

  • March 15, 2010 at 11:09 am
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    waterford coffee cups that my mom gave us!!
    but this is such a cool thing!

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  • July 14, 2010 at 1:26 am
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    I am a professional Toastmster and often, at the end of the speeches when everyone thinks its all over I produce the wedding cup and get the bride and groom to drink from it together. It always goes down a treat with the couple, their families and guests. I have shortened the ‘story’ considerably and given it a modern slant.
    I announce that whoever finishes their wine first will rule the roost when they set up home together. Of course the bride always wins!

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