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Scottish Wedding Customs

The Scottish weddings we know today are a curious mixture of romance, ritual, religion, superstition and practicality. Much of this we take for granted without realising that they have meaning and purpose deeply rooted in the past. By examining the ancient wedding customs of Scotland we can gain insight into the traditions which have come down to us and understand the meaning of the rituals and symbols.

Scottish Weddings are as old as the hills. Various communities had their own ways of celebrating the coming together of a couple. For example the fishing communities had weddings in the winter when hard seas restricted fishing, and there seems to have been a relationship between the size of catches and matrimony. If catches were good the wedding bells would ring and the wedding would go ahead, otherwise if the catches failed the wedding may have been cancelled.

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