Question by Anonymous: What are some interesting wedding traditions?
I'd like some wedding ideas from various cultures and traditions, such as a lighting of a candle to represent passion and love, etc.
Answer by cjsmummy
mine and my fiances heritage is Scottish (he's a Scotsman and i have it from my mum).there is one tradition that we are following - Second Night.basically,this is another night of celebrating
~ In Aberdeenshire even now the 'blackening' is a ritual performed with great relish. The engaged couple are captured one night by so called 'friends' and covered with foul substances such as treacle, feathers, soot etc and then paraded around the village and usually the pubs. It takes days to wash clean!
~ The bride, when she leaves home for the last time as a single girl, should step out of the house with her right foot for luck
~ A tub of water was placed in the best room, in which the bride placed her feet, her female friends then gathered around to help wash them. A wedding ring from a happily married woman was previously placed in the tub and it was believed that whoever found the ring would be the next to get married.The men folk were outside the door making jokes and attempting to watch through the doorway. The bridegroom was then seized by the women and made to sit at the tub. His legs were none too gently daubed with soot, ashes and cinders - quite a painful procedure!
~ A large basket or ‘creel’, was filled with stones and tied to the bridegroom’s back. He then had to carry it around the entire town unless his bride agreed to kiss him. Only if she did, would his friends allow him to escape from the ‘creeling’ otherwise he had to continue until he had completed the circuit of the town.
~ In the eighteenth century the custom of handfasting was observed. A couple would live together for a year and a day, at which time they could decide whether to part or make a lifelong commitment. It was considered more important for the bride to be experienced and fertile than to be a virgin.
~ a silver coin in the right shoe.in some places,it is a sprig of heather hidden in the bouquet - it is meant for luck and prosperity
~ Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.
old - a connection to the brides past
new - to represent her new life and her hopes and dreams
borrowed - usually from an older,happily married woman,it bestows good luck on the new marriage
blue - symbolises purity,loyalty and spirituality
silver coin - brings prosperity
~ the wedidng cake - was a symbol of fertility,now it signifies how well the bride and groom work together
a lot of the symbols in a wedding are connected to wealth and fertility - the bouquet,the flower girl etc
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