Scottish marriage and dating customs

The remote Scottish Islands have Celtic wedding traditions and superstitions unique to their culture.

On Barra, for example, it was traditional to sprinkle water on the marriage bed and bless it.

Other wedding rituals such as the Highland custom of 'creeling the bridegroom', involved the groom carrying a large creel or basket filled with stones from one end of a village to the other.

In the 21st century, the Scottish wedding is an intricate blend of ancient highland tradition mixed in with modern, streamlined rites.

In medieval times, a priest would often bless the house and bless the wedding bed at this time.

Then for the first time, as man and wife, the newly weds would have some quality time on their own.

The ancient tradition of carrying the bride over the doorstep was linked to the superstition that evil spirits inhabit the thresholds of doors.

Hence the bride is lifted over the thresholds - and into the wedding bed.

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