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 skirts the golf
links at Hillstone St Lucia
Photograph courtesy of Alison
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.
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
A loving cup ceremony using the quaich,
the traditional Scottish two handled shallow communal
drinking vessel, adds a special touch to the ceremony.
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.
Bride photographed with all the kilted men
A charming custom is a group
photo of the bride with all the men in kilts.
Don't forget the 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
I present every couple with a ring bag on which a
thistle has been embroidered. Thistles can be incorporated in
bouquets, boutonnieres and on the linen on the signing table (I
have a selection of hand-embroidered cloths).