Scotland is known around the world for its traditions and wedding is no exception. Here I would introduce some Scottish wedding folklores and traditions.
1. Human Chain from House till Church
On the wedding day, the village people make a human chain from house till church and greet the couple before they tie nuptial knots.
2. Ring Ceremony and Kissing of Bride by groom
The marriage of the couple necessarily contains offering rings by each other followed by kissing of bride forehead by the groom.
3. Creeling the bride and groom
In this tradition, the groom carries a basket, fills pebbles from every part of the village, till his bride moves out of her home and kisses him.
4. Bridal Shower
The bride receives gifts from women of village which help the new couple to start family life. It is generally done at the place of the bride. Gifts are presented by the local women and relatives.
5. Wedding attire
On wedding day the use of highland dress and the kilt, jacket, dirk and sporran is most common for the groom. But the bride wears white gown and veil. These are not worn on other occasions. The other people from the groom side may also wear highland dress.
When the couple leaves after the wedding ceremony, people gathered there and throw flowers on them. At the same time, the groom takes coins of his pocket and throws that towards the children. It is for the love towards the children and prosperity.
The couple would be married are captured with friends and covered with feathers, treacle, soot, etc. They are then made to move around the village. This is a bad tradition and it takes days for the people getting married to clean their bodies.
8. Feet Washing
The water filled in the tub is placed in a room. The bride is asked to put her legs in the water. Her female friends are also gathered searching a ring in water which belongs to another married woman. It is believed that the finder of that ring will be next lady to be married.
The fishing communities of Scotland perform the Lang Reel. It is a traditional dance. It is done by the wedding party beginning the harbour and continues throughout the village. Each couple leave the reel when they reach their home. Thus, the groom and bride are the last dancers.
The gifts are the special offerings in the weddings and the same is true for the Scottish. The bride gifts the groom a shirt which is known as ‘wedding sark’. It is worn by the groom and he has to pay the bride for this wedding dress.
The new couple in Scotland also receive watches as marriage gifts. The maid of honour presents them a tea set.
Out of all gifts, the luckenbooth is more common and is treated as a token of love presented by a man. It is usually made of silver and has two combined hearts engraved on it.