If you’re getting married in Scotland (or even if you’re not), why not surprise your guests by incorporating some traditional Scottish elements into your big day.
Haggis, Neeps & Tatties
Not just for Burns night! Traditional Scottish food is coming back in a big way, and it’s easy to see why. Try incorporating a haggis, neeps and tatties tartlet into your starter, Scottish salmon in your canapés or a creamy cranachan cheesecake for your dessert. All washed down with a dram of Scottish malt whisky! If you think haggis is a bit too adventurous for your guests why ask for vegetarian haggis? Its just as tasty and most people won’t even know the difference!
One of the simplest and most romantic ways of adding a Scottish flair to your day is by hiring a piper. Traditionally the piper will play for your guests as they enter the church, play the bride down the aisle and then pipe you out of the church as husband and wife. They can even lead your guests from the church back to the reception. Makes for a gorgeous photograph as your guests follow the piper in procession.
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence for your shoe”
A sixpence in the bride’s shoe is an old Scottish tradition meant to bring good luck and is customarily placed there by her father as a sign of his hope for prosperity, love and happiness in her marriage.
The kilt is the traditional male formal dress and comes in many different forms and thousands of tartans. If your family doesn’t have a tartan you can choose by colour, style, or even the tartan of your favourite football team! Compliment this by adding the Scottish thistle to your button holes and bouquets, or keep your colour scheme a traditional Scottish purple.
Its not just for the men either! There are some amazing dress designers out there that incorporate tartan into their wedding and bridesmaids dresses.
A ceildih can be one of the highlights of your reception. To please all your guests choose a band that will play both ceilidh and modern music, and hire a ‘caller’ who will explain the steps before every dance. Your guests may never have ceilidh danced before but by the end of the night they will be hooked!
For more tips on adding a Scottish flair to your day just ask your Fairy Godmother.
We would love to hear how you captured the Scottish spirit in your wedding day.