A VIKING bride-to-be has met her modern day counterpart.

She was showing off her attire in preparation for St Valentine's Day, when she will tie the knot during a re-enactment of a Viking wedding at Clifford's Tower.

Traditionally, the Viking bride would have met her match as part of a financial or business arrangement, after her father agreed a price for the bridegroom or his father to pay.

Saturday's wedding, at 10.15am, is part of the 2004 Jorvik Viking Festival, which runs from Friday until Sunday, February 22.

The bride and groom will be a real couple, but the ceremony will not be legally binding.

Tickets for the wedding can be purchased on the door and cost £2.30 for adults, £1.90 for concessions, with under-fives going free.

Updated: 10:42 Tuesday, February 10, 2004