All about Scottish Weddings
First of all, Scottish weddings are…
- Steeped in ancient, old and new traditions
- Attended by men in kilts! The groom and his groomsmen will usually wear one as well!
- Full of fun & laughter
- Often accompanied by the sound of bagpipes playing for the arrival of guests
- Will most probably involve whisky drinking in a flask or quaich
- Will include a handfasting
- At a seaside venue or spot, castle, estate, barn or farm venue with beautiful green surroundings
- At a trendy city venue full of style and fashion-forward or traditional with years of history
- Full of music and most often always ends with a good ol’ ceilidh!
Scroll through some of our 2019 wedding images while getting a bit more information on some of the points raised above! Plus if you want to see more of our work we have links for you to follow onto at the end of this post.
Kilts are often one of the most iconic parts of the traditional Scottish attire and are instantly recognisable. Tartan & Kilts play a major role in the Scottish identity. Every different tartan represents a clan or even an organisation. There is usually a choice of choosing between the formal tartan design or the hunting one.
It truly is a huge part of what is a Scottish wedding.
Bagpipes…the instrument which people can’t help but associate with Scotland, which explains why it’s our national instrument. Having pipers at any wedding instantly gives it a more traditional feel. It is also very impressive and exciting for guests who are attending from abroad.
A quaich is a two-handled cup. The design is traditionally Scottish and the name derives from the Gaelic word ‘cuach’ which means ‘cup’. The quaich is often used in Scottish weddings as a method of unifying families and welcoming one another’s newfound bond. The groom’s parents begin by handing the quaich, filled with something alcoholic or a dram of whisky, to the bride – who drinks from it. Afterwards, the same is repeated, except the quaich is given to the groom by the bride’s parents.
Hope we gave you enough of a little snippet into what Scottish weddings are like!
If you would like to see more do have a look at some of the weddings below for more.