Blackenings… (adopted by

Either on the stag night or any other time, the groom is stripped to the waist (or more) and covered in treacle, soot, feathers, or flour. He is then paraded through the town with much noise and hilarity.  The purpose is to embarrass the groom as much possible – and it never fails to do that!

Personally, I think this is quite hilarious – although I would never wish it upon anyone!  I can definitely see this tradition in its heyday…you know, back when the whole town knew who was getting married and everyone was invited to the wedding!  These days?  I’d be worried about getting arrested!!  Fortunately, I don’t think our guys will be requiring this of Neil!!  Pheww!