No, not that kind of log

A friend of mine recently dropped me a line to tell me about an unusual wedding she attended.

It was an outdoor wedding, the couple wrote their own vows, each mom chose a poem to read, and a fiddler/violinist provided the music. Not too extraordinary there.

But the newlyweds incorporated an Italian custom I’ve never heard of into the wedding…they sawed a log. I was a bit worried that the lace of her dress would catch in the two-man saw as she pulled back.

The reception was pretty standard…until the caber tossing began. You know, you get a 12-foot-long log, carry it a short ways, then toss it, trying to get it to land upright on the “top” side.

That’s not all! There was also a stone with a chain attached to toss and a Revolutionary War reenactment going on across the field. But what’s up with the log? Last I checked, it’s none too nice when your spouse saws logs (har har har).

Saw that log

According to Wedding Details, the people in Italian villages would set up a sawhorse, a log, and a double handled saw.

The newlyweds must saw the log apart with the prompting and cheering of the crowd. When the job is finished and the log cut, it symbolized that the man and woman must work together in all of life’s tasks.

As nuptial traditions go, that’s one of the sweeter ones I’ve heard of. More interesting than the unity candle by far! Too bad most people aren’t in a position to wrangle up a log or one of those long saws.

6 Responses to “No, not that kind of log”

  1. Twistie says:

    As not-butch as I am, I sort of love the log sawing. Much more interesting and colorful than candles, and not as gut-wrenching for the poor flamaphobe (me) watching.

    Oh, and the idea behind caber tossing is that it’s supposed to go end-over-end and land as close to straight as possible (twelve o’clock). Years of Highland Games attendance have made me appreciate the sheer muscle and skill involved in that.

    Also, gotta love a wedding complete with Revolutionary War re-enactment!

    Sounds like a heck of a party. Wish I’d been invited.

  2. Never teh Bride says:

    Heh, I’d be afraid that I wouldn’t make it through the log!

  3. K says:

    Wait…just a brief mention of some caber tossing and that’s it? Like, caber tossing goes on at every wedding reception? “Oh, hurry up and finish your lasagne — it’s time for the caber tossing?”

    WTF is up with caber tossing? Explain, NTB! 😀

  4. Never teh Bride says:

    Beats me, K! The log is an Italian thing and the caber toss is a Scottish thing, so maybe the bride was Italian and the groom Scottish? The account above is exactly how it was told to me, but maybe I’ll find out more when I see my friend this weekend.

  5. Twistie says:

    Caber tossing isn’t common at Scottish weddings, either. You have to be muscular and nuts for a Scot to take up the sport. ; ) Most of us are happy with a kilt or two and a piper.

    Let me put it this way: I’m of Scottish extraction and I’ve been to at least a dozen weddings where either the bride or groom – or both – chose to celebrate their Scottish heritage…and the only place I’ve ever seen a caber toss remains Highland Games.

    Caber tossing at a Scottish wedding would be about as common as running a marathon at a Greek wedding.