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Marriage in Scotland

In Scotland, people over the age of sixteen do not require their parents consent in order to marry. Marriage is performed by minister of any religion after the banns have been called on two Sundays in the districts where the couple have lived for at least fifteen days previously. Weddings may take place in churches or private houses, and there is no forbidden time.

Alternatively, the couple may give notice to the registrar of the district in which they have both lived for fifteen days previously. The registrar will issue Certificate of Publication which is displayed for seven days, and it will be valid for three months in any place in Scotland.

Marriage at registry office in Scotland requires publication of notice for seven days or sheriffs licence, as publication of banns is not accepted. Such licence is immediately valid but expires after ten days. One of the parties must have lived in Scotland for at least fifteen days before the application, which is often prepared by solicitor.

The Reception

The brides parents stand first in the receiving line, followed by the groom's parents and the bride and groom. Guests line up outside the reception room and give their names to the major-domo who will announce them. They need only shake hands and say How do you do? to the parents, adding perhaps word about how lovely the bride is or how well the ceremony went. The bride introduces to her husband any friends that he may not already know, and vice versa.

The important parts of the reception are the cutting of the cake and the toast to the bride and groom. There should never be any long speeches. When all the guests have been received, the major-domo requests silence and the bride cuts the cake, with her husbands hand upon hers.

The toast to the bride and groom is usually proposed by relative or friend of the bride. may say, M Lords (if any are present), ladies and gentlemen, I have

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pleasure in proposing the toast to the bride and bridegroom. should not make speech full of jokes or silly references to marriage. It should be short and dignified. The bridegroom replies with few words of thanks. m or m not then propose the health of the bridesmaids. The best man replies with few words of thanks. If meal is provided, the toasts will come at the end of it.

After the toasts the bride and groom m move around the room talking to their friends until it is time for them to go and change. When they are ready to leave, guests gather to see them off.

Wedding Presents can be anything, according to your pocket and your friendship with the bride or groom. Such presents are usually fairly substantial compared with most other presents, and should preferably be things useful for future home. Some brides have lists at large store near their homes. It is always wise to ask if there is one, as this eliminates your sending something the couple may have already. The list should contain items of all prices and when one is bought it is crossed off. wedding is one of the few occasions when money can be given, usually as cheque. Presents are sent after the invitations have been received, usually to the brides home. You address the card to both the bride and bridegroom.


When child is born its parents may wish to announce the birth in national or local newspaper. The announcement may read as follows:

Smith. On February 12th, 1999, at St. 's Hospital, Paddington, to , wife of James Smith, 15 Blank Terrace, S. W. 3, daughter. (The, name can be added in brackets.)

The birth must be registered at the local registrar's office within six weeks in England and Wales and three weeks in Scotland. child is usually christened in the first six months of its life.

At the christening there is one godmother and two godfathers for boy and vice versa for girl (but no godparents are necessary at Church of Scotland christening). The godmother always holds the baby during the ceremony and gives it to the clergyman just before he baptizes it. She makes the responses during the ceremony and tells the clergyman the names when asked. The true role of godparents is to watch over the spiritual welfare of their godchildren until confirmation, or at least to show interest in them throughout their childhood.

Usually, but by no means always, the friends and relatives give christening present. Traditionally, the godparents give silver cup, which is probably going to be far more useful if it is beer mug! Other presents should preferably be something

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intended to last lifetime, such as leather-bound bible or poetry book, silver spoon or crystal and silver scent bottle.

: 1/05/2007