Scottish marriage and dating customs

Those who in July do wed, must labour for their daily bred.Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see Marry in September’s shrine, your living will be rich and fine.

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Marry in April when you can, Joy for Maiden and for Man.Meant to represent the bittersweet nature of marriage, these treats are given to guests wrapped in tulle, or pretty pouches, in quantities of 5 or 7, which are lucky numbers.At the end of the wedding day, a couple would break a vase or glass and the number of pieces was supposed to represent the number of years that they would be happily married.At the reception, all the men at the reception are supposed to kiss the bride for good luck and to make the groom jealous.Strong drinks are served to start the festivities and to toast the couple with “Per Cent’anni” which means “for 100 years.” Other popular toasts are “Evviva gli sposi” which means “Hurray for the newlyweds” and is shouted whenever there’s a lull in the party or shouts of “kiss for the bride” mean that the newlyweds must kiss to show their affection.

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