Scot­tish rit­u­als in­clude coins and scram­bles

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A Six­pence in the Bride's Shoe

A six­pence coin may be placed in the bride's shoe to help bring her good luck. Sim­i­larly, in the Scot­tish Borders, a sprig of heather is hid­den within the Bride's bou­quet.

The Wed­ding Scram­ble

As the bride steps into the car, it is a tra­di­tion for the fa­ther to throw a hand­ful of coins for the chil­dren to col­lect. This prac­tice, called a scram­ble, is be­lieved to bring fi­nan­cial luck. This also takes place in wed­dings in Ayr­shire but is known there as a 'warsel'.

The Lang Reel

The Lang Reel is a tra­di­tional dance which hap­pens in the fish­ing com­mu­ni­ties in the North-East of Scot­land. The dance sees vil­lagers and the wed­ding party be­gin danc­ing from the har­bour, con­tin­u­ing through the vil­lage as each cou­ple leave the reel when they pass their home. This con­tin­ues un­til the only cou­ple left are the bride and groom who have the last dance.


'Black­en­ings' are a rit­ual still per­formed with great gusto - un­less you are the un­lucky groom-to-be! He is cap­tured by his friends and is stripped to the waist be­fore bound and 'black­ened' by us­ing sub­stances such as feath­ers, trea­cle, soot and flour! He is then pa­raded through the vil­lage whilst his friends make as much noise as pos­si­ble to make the ex­pe­ri­ence as em­bar­rass­ing as pos­si­ble for the un­lucky groom.

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