Scottish Wedding Theme Ideas

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Scottish Wedding Theme Ideas
Every Scottish wedding requires kilts. (Scotsman image by Theresa DeAngelis from

If you or your betrothed are of Scottish decent, or if you simply love Scottish culture, planning a wedding with a Scottish theme may be an ideal choice for your upcoming nuptials. There are a number of ideas that you can incorporate into your wedding preparations to celebrate a couple's union in high Scottish fashion.

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Traditional Dress

No Scottish wedding could be complete without Scottish attire worn by the bride and groom and their party. For the groom, formal dress varies to includes a kilt, sporran, sash and clan emblem, jacket, black tie and Ghillie Brogues. For the bride, create a one-of-a-kind gown that includes the bride's clan's tartan colours as a trim or added to the bodice or the skirt.

Sword Music and Dancing

Hire a single bagpiper or several bagpipers and drummers to play the wedding march as well as to entertain the wedding party and guests at the reception. Include sword dancing at your reception. It is especially appropriate that the bride and groom begin the dancing with the wedding party and guests joining in. Also consider hiring a Gaelic singer to sing a traditional Scottish Gaelic wedding song during the wedding march as well as at the reception.

Wedding Favors, Food and Toasts

Create wedding favours for guests with Scottish culture in mind. For example, use the tartan pattern associated with the bride or groom's clan to create small party-favour baskets or bags to hold favours you have chosen to include. Of course, haggis is a must at any Scottish gathering, as are dishes like scones and blackberry pie. If you have been asked to toasts the newlyweds, think about including a few lines from Scottish poetry or stories.

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