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The Romantic Legend of the German Wedding Toast

19. May 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

May is the most popular month for weddings in Germany. While some couples choose to include many of the older customs, many just incorporate the German wedding toast because of its romantic legend. To this day, the Nuernberg bridal cup remains a symbol of love, faithfulness, and good luck.


The beautiful pewter and crystal bridal cup dates back many centuries ago with the story of a young noble mistress named Kunigunde in the small German town of Nuernberg. Her father was a rich and powerful nobleman and lined up suitors of similar caliber to woo his daughter. Kunigunde was not impressed by the wealthy gentlemen who begged for her hand in marriage, but instead preferred a poor but ambitious goldsmith.


Her father was furious and threw the young goldsmith into the darkest dungeon, hoping that would end Kunigunde’s foolish desires. However, her father’s actions only fueled her love for the goldsmith and her health began to rapidly decline as a result of being separated from her true love. The wealthy nobleman reluctantly made a proposal. He told his daughter, “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 was certain nobody could perform such a task.


Inspired by love and with skillful hands, the young goldsmith created a masterpiece. He 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 bucket that swivels so that it could be filled and then swung towards the second drinker.


By accomplishing the challenge, the goldsmith was given the nobleman's blessing to wed his daughter and the bridal cup continues on as a romantic and memorable tradition. Some couples choose to share the charming legend with their guests as they fill the cup. Those who can drink together without spilling a drop will enjoy love, faithfulness, and good luck forever.


Another cute and comical toast that can be announced before the newlyweds drink from the bridal cup is called “Who Rules the Nest?” The maid of honor stands up and declares that whoever finishes first will rule the nest. Of course the bride will win this honor since she drinks from the smaller cup!