How to Dress for a Scottish Wedding

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Reflect your pride in your cultural heritage by selecting traditional Scottish attire for your wedding.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tartan Ribbons
  • Kilt Hose
  • Kilt Pins
  • Kilts
  • Bridal Bouquets

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    Groom and Groomsmen

  1. 1

    Plan for the groom and groomsmen to wear traditional Highland outfits, which include kilts, jackets and hose.

  2. 2

    Buy or rent kilts. Remember that each clan has its own tartan, or plaid design. Distinguish the groom from the groomsmen by securing a piece of tartan on the shoulder of his jacket with a large brooch.

  3. 3

    Include coats and vests for all of the men.

  4. 4

    Give all of the men sporrans, which are simple leather pouches that hang around the waist. Select a formal one with a chain for the special occasion.

  5. 5

    Tuck a Skean Dhu ("black dagger" in Gaelic) into the top of the men's kilt hose. This custom comes from a time when Highlanders wore their weapons openly when they accepted an invitation to someone's house, thereby showing they had nothing to hide.

  6. 6

    Suggest that the men wear ghillies, which are standard Highland footwear.

  7. 7

    Give the men the option of wearing a kilt belt. This should be worn over the kilt instead of through the belt loops.

    Bride and Bridesmaids

  1. 1

    Select a plain white gown for the bride.

  2. 2

    Trim the bride's dress with tartan ribbons. Tartan is a pattern commonly referred to as plaid. The ribbons are made of lightweight worsted fabric.

  3. 3

    Look for embroidered touches that will make the dress stand out, such as a Celtic knot, which represents the eternity of love and nature.

  4. 4

    Drape a tartan shawl around the bride's shoulders or use a tartan sash at her waist.

  5. 5

    Select bridemaid's dresses of lightweight wool with full tartan skirts and velvet bodices for cooler weather.

  6. 6

    Opt for lightweight dresses trimmed with tartan for a summer wedding.

    Parents of the Bride and Groom

  1. 1

    Expect the fathers of the bride and groom to wear kilt outfits.

  2. 2

    Suggest they select semi-dress, which includes either a black jacket or a colored tweed jacket. This is called an argyll outfit.

  3. 3

    Ask the mothers to wear silk or lightweight tartan dresses with plain collars or plain bodices.

  4. 4

    Order the mothers corsages that have a piece of tartan attached.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep in mind that the wedding party's attire doesn't have to match the groom's.
  • Do a search online for vendors who have the items you need for your wedding.
  • Consider hiring a piper for your ceremony. Some clothing stores can help you arrange for this service.
  • Include tartan ribbons in all of the bouquets.
  • Use tartan to decorate the pew ends and the cake table.
  • Understand that each tartan is unique has its own thread count. A pattern is not officially a tartan unless you can fold it diagonally so that the colors match up exactly.
  • The colorful tartans will be a nice contrast with the bride's simple white dress.

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