Despite the lack of Scottish ceilidh music at Polish weddings they still have more than enough excitement to make the entire night go with a bang! Both nations have strong traditions of great wedding parties so here is a short comparison so you know just what to look forward to if you are lucky enough to attend either.
While Scottish wedding receptions usually serve a regular three course meal, some snacks later in the night and a host of drinks from the bar, Polish weddings take this to another level. After a three course meal upon arrival, the vodka starts flowing. Regular shots are taken by the entire reception while singing traditional songs celebrating the marriage. Food is continuously served from then on in the form of mountains of platters of meat and salad and snacks which just never seem to disappear from your table. Drinks are usually plentiful, though the vodka can be enough and as the night draws on the deserts begin to replace the platters. One thing is for sure, you will never go hungry at a Polish wedding.
As wedding reception entertainment goes, Scottish ceilidh music is pretty unbeatable. But if you enjoy party games, then maybe some Polish traditions are for you. There are the dance contests for budding dance champion couples with prizes for the winners as judged by the bride and groom. Opposite families (all ages involved) are pitted against each other in a battle royal of dance offs sometimes involving men doing ballet and women doing the cancan.
Scottish wedding will of course normally feature one of a number of Scottish dance bands or ceilidh bands always available for hire for such events. These will feature drums, piper, fiddle player, accordionist, singer and sometimes electric guitar and base. Traditional Ceilidh Bands music normally includes dances such as the ‘Gay Gordons’ or ‘Dashing White Sergeant’ and will have everyone up on the floor swinging and leaping around. Polish weddings normally opt for a more typical DJ set up with a mix of old and new music.
One thing missing from Scottish weddings in most circumstances is singing. The Poles have regular karaoke pit stops as the night marches on and budding singers warble for the bride and groom and organised groups of guests perform practiced party pieces. The best song of all though is ‘sto lat!’ which means ‘100 years’ and is sung by everyone to the bride and groom, wishing them 100 years of love and happiness. This is also accompanied by a shot.
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