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Biddin' da folk

Guests to an island wedding were usually invited by word-of-mouth but in some cases the groom and his best-man - traditionally a member of the bride's close family - carried out special visits to neighbouring households where the invites were issued verbally.

This was known as 'biddin' the folk' but in many cases individual invites were not necessary - the island communities were small and with everyone knowing everyone else it was generally understood that all would be welcome.

The Blackening

Section Contents
Customs and First Steps
Fit Washin' Night
Saltwater and freshwater
Kissing Meat
Biddin' da Folk
The Blackening
The Wedding Day Arrives...
The Wedding Feast
The Wedding Cogs
After the Wedding

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