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    • Sammi_with_camera
      CommentAuthorSammi_with_camera
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Oct 24th 2014
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    Ok a slightly random one but we are hoping to lock in our date and get the wedding booked today. Now is it bad luck to get married in May in Scotland?
    I'm not superstitious so no idea why this is even slightly bothering me but wanted to ask you lovely brides to be if you have heard this? On a plus side the registry office has no bookings for our weekend so finding a hair dresser, make up artist, dj and photographer might be fairly easy even with 6 months to go!
    Xx
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    • ElizabethF49
      CommentAuthorElizabethF49
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Oct 24th 2014
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    Why would you think it's bad luck to May in May in Scotland. Ideally I'd have got married in May but my cousin had his booked before me. Typically there is less rain fall in May so more chance of it being sunny or atleast dry.

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    • AprilS61
      CommentAuthorAprilS61
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    Like Elizabeth said, why would it be bad luck? Is there something you've heard or been told to make you question it?

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    • Glitterfairy
      CommentAuthorGlitterfairy
      Got married 8 years ago
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    I've never heard of it being bad luck, but then honestly can say it has never crossed my mind before until you mentioned it.

    What I have found though is that it is an old pagan thing, traditionally May was the time for outdoor orgies and was deemed un lucky to start married life due to that, certain Roman festivals and Queen Victoria would not allow any of her children marry in May.

    Many people dismiss this though and still marry in May, as many said, it can be one of the most trustworthy months weather wise.

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    • Flossie
      CommentAuthorFlossie
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Oct 24th 2014
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    I'd never heard of it, just had a little G00gle..

    "Celtic Scottish wedding practices were part of ceremonies for many hundreds of years and had roots in pagan rituals. Tying the knot originated from the bride and groom ripping their wedding plaids (clan tartans) and tying the two strips together as a symbol of the unity of the two families.

    According to Gaelic tradition it is unlucky to marry in the month of May or during a waning moon. 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. In Mull, it was customary that the young couple sleep in a barn for their first night and in Lewis they lived for a week with the bride's parents before going to their own home."

    I love reading about all the old rituals and traditions! On a serious note though, I wouldn't pay a blind bit of notice.. If you're not superstitious then it doesn't matter one little bit xx

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    • AprilS61
      CommentAuthorAprilS61
      Got married 6 years ago
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    I've never heard of anything like that. I wouldn't worry about it, you said you're not superstitious so really you've answered your own question.

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    • Sammi_with_camera
      CommentAuthorSammi_with_camera
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Oct 24th 2014
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    ive decided it was a wee wobble on my part, probably nerves committing to a date! Just awaiting the venue to get back to me but i have asked for the 9th of May and the deposit is ready- then it can all start feeling real! :-)
    Plus we are not pagan so its now good luck to marry in may Scotland just because! xx
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    • Sammi_with_camera
      CommentAuthorSammi_with_camera
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Oct 24th 2014
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    On another note reading up scottish traditions i really want a hand tying piece included in our ceremony or afterwards! nothing long winded just something cute, maybe someone can read a scottish poem and someone in our wedding party can tie our hands together with the family tartan. That might work?
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    • Sammi_with_camera
      CommentAuthorSammi_with_camera
      Got married 6 years ago
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    I also changed the title in case anyone has some cute Scottish traditions or ideas- no living with my parents for a week though or sleeping in a barn haha, although id choose the barn over staying with my parents for a week! -sorry mum!
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    • MrsThomson2B
      CommentAuthorMrsThomson2B
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Oct 26th 2014
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    If you have a humanist ceremony they can incorporate a hand fasting into the ceremony which is what we are doing x
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    • Sammi_with_camera
      CommentAuthorSammi_with_camera
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Oct 26th 2014
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    I like the idea of a humanist ceremony but oh not so keen on the idea. He would rather pick the words than have it more personal and about the story.
    I think we are going for a civil ceremony and then afterwards we will get his dad to tie the fastening with the family tartan while someone reads a cute Scottish poem, will that work do you think? X
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    • FitchMcCombe
      CommentAuthorFitchMcCombe
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    Never heard that one before!
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    • ElizabethF49
      CommentAuthorElizabethF49
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    as the hand fasting isn't the legal part of the ceremony you can do what ever you wish. A humanist has a lot more scope than a registrar, The Humanist will sit down with you both and have the ceremony exactly as you both want it (Humanist weddings are legally binding in Scotland)

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