The top five unusual lucky charm traditions from around Scotland.
1) When leaving to go to her wedding ceremony the bride should step with her right foot forward when exciting her home or room.
2) A sixpence in the bride’s shoe has long been a tradition in Aberdeenshire and Angus.
3) A sprig of white heather hidden in the bride’s bouquet is a popular good luck token in the Scottish Borders.
4) The ‘Wedding Scramble’ is traditional in most parts of Scotland. As the bride steps into the car, her father throws a handful of coins for the children to collect. It is believed to bring about financial good fortune, it also takes place in weddings in Ayrshire where it is known as a ‘warsel’.
5) It may sound unlikely, but feet-washing is a custom that originates in Fife and Dundee and Angus. The bride sits on a stool while an older, married woman washes and dries her feet. In Fife, however, only a few brave bridegrooms go through the traditional custom, which involves sitting in a tub of water while his legs are smeared with grease, ash and soot.
Which tradition will you pick for your wedding day?