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Marriage is a very serious endeavor in Iceland. Long engagements of three to four years are considered to be normal as the couple is not rushed into the union. Modern Icelanders have adopted the Western wedding traditions, but the traditional rituals can still be seen by some couples who wish to honor their heritage. A unique ritual is the announcement of the couple’s engagement three times—once at the groom’s church, once at the bride’s, and then once at the church in which they were to be married. Toastmasters were vital to these elaborate wedding ceremonies though as the wedding festivities would usually begin a day before the actual ceremony with feasting, drinking, and plenty of toasts representative of blessings, poems, and stories of the couple.