Scottish Wedding Customs and Traditions

Wearing of tartan
The iconic symbol of Scottish culture is wearing of tartan.

Piping in the Bride
In Scottish weddings bride and groom were always treated equally, so the bride was not given away by her father as was the custom in England. This allows for a number of  wonderful precursors to the wedding and a very different form of processional

Scottish Style Bridal Processional


Scottish style Bridal Processional skirts the golf links at Hillstone St Lucia
Photograph courtesy of Alison Cooke Photography

The Oathing Stone
Taken from the ancient custom of setting an oath in stone, inclusion of an oathing stone in the vows can be deeply moving.

Handfasting Scottish Style
Contrary to popular belief, the term 'handfasting' signifies a handshake, and the use of the cord is a modern re-interpretion. Nonetheless incorporating this feature into the ritual is visually moving, particularly when the hands are bound by The Ban' (generally tartan ribbon or a length of woollen tartan fabric).

Tartan Handfasting Ban'

Sharing the Quaich
A loving cup ceremony using the quaich, the traditional Scottish two handled shallow communal drinking vessel, adds a special touch to the ceremony.

Sashing of the Bride and Presentation to the Groom
The sashing of the bride is the moment when the bride is welcomed into the groom’s family and clan.  The presentation of the bride's family sword to the groom is likewise is a very special moment. This is when the groom is welcomed into his wife's family and charged with the responsibility of defending her and her honour.

The Bride photographed with all the kilted men
Bride with all the men in kilts - Brisbane
                      Botanic Gardens, Jennifer Cram, Brisbane Wedding
A charming custom is a group photo of the bride with all the men in kilts.

Don't forget the ThistleRing Bag with Thistle
There are many ways to incorporate the floral symbol of Scotland into your wedding. You can add a Scottish touch to common wedding rituals that are not necessarily Scottish, such as the Warming of the Rings, by incorporating the thistle.

I present every couple with a ring bag on which a thistle has been embroidered. Th
istles can be incorporated in bouquets, boutonnieres and on the linen on the signing table (I have a selection of hand-embroidered cloths).

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