The term "Tying the knot" originated from the Bride and Groom ripping their wedding plaids [clan tartans] and tying them together.
Traditions for weddings in Scotland have been evident from as early as the 13th century where the couple used to have to have their weddings announced on 3 seperate Sundays.
Nowdays things are a little simpler with you still having to "give notice" with the registrar and a statement of intent to marry but with less formality than previously.
Scottish weddings are full of traditions and bringing these into the celebrations as well as the use of little touches make this a lovely choice of theme.
As a prequel to the event, the invitation sent to your guests could have delicate touches such as tartan ribbon to show your guests a little insight into the traditional event you have planned.
For on the day, there is also the addition of Order of Service, Placecards, menu's and Table Plans, and the thank you cards for after to follow your theme through in.
When the Bride is leaving her home on her way to the church or ceremony, it is tradition that handfuls of coins are thrown from the wedding car window for local children.
This is known as a "Scramble" and it is supposed to bring you financial luck to do so.
For the colour scheme of the day, you could choose to use blue and white to reflect the colours of the Saltire or you could take inspiration from the colours of your favourite or family tartan.
This could be brought through in your table decoration.
Crisp white table cloths with a dark blue overlay or table runner would be effective.
Napkins in a simple base colour would also look great tied with a piece of tartan ribbon.
Alternatively, a tartan table runner would look lovely.
The theme could be brought through in the floristry with the addition of heather or thistles. These look very effective when teamed with roses and tulips, or with the addition of tartan ribbon, bows or binding to bouquets, buttonholes and table centrepieces.
Most florists will be able to incorporate thistles into your floral designs
A piper is a great addition to the Scottish Wedding. The haunting sound of "Highland Cathedral" is just beautiful and there are not many unmoved by it.
The piper will most usually pipe for your guests before the ceremony and will pipe the bride in and out of the wedding.
They will also play after the ceremony and will generally pipe the bride and groom into their reception venue, and then into their meal.
It is then tradition that the Bride hand a "quaich" [shallow 2 handled drinking cup-normally made of pewter] full of whiskey to the piper who then makes a toast to the happy couple.
When it comes to cutting the cake the piper may also be on hand to supply his "dirk" to cut the cake.
For attire, tartan or celtic elements can be brought through in the wedding gown, in small touches or in the whole design as a dramatic statement.
And there is nothing better than seeing a good Scottish man in a kilt.
For your cake, you could just use the simplicity of thistles or the adornment of tartan ribbon.
Great choices for scottish inspired wedding favours are tablet, minature whiskies.
For your evening's entertainment there is nothing better than a celiedh band.
The "Gay Gordons" , the "Dashing White Sergeant" and "Strip The Willow" are traditional dances, and are an important part of scottish culture.
And a wonderful tradition for the closing of festivities is Auld Lang syne.
It is tradition for the Bride and Groom to be in the centre and the guests crowd around and hold hands and sing together. It is a rousing and emotional experience.
Whether you decide to go the totally Scottish or just have tiny touches to accent your day, it is a great thing to cherish our heritage.
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