Whether you are planning your wedding in Scotland, or you want to honour your Scottish heritage there are lots of romantic way to integrate Scottish wedding traditions in to your day.

We’ve compiled some of our favourite Scottish ceremony traditions for you to consider.

1.    Put thistles or heather in your wedding flower scheme

Image by  James Kelly

Image by James Kelly

If you want to implement a discrete touch of Scotland, you can do so by integrating thistles and/or heather in to your flowers The Scottish thistle is the national emblem of Scotland and represents bravery, courage, and loyalty. Legend has it that in a war between the Scots and the Vikings, when the Vikings attempted to surprise the Scots at night, one of them spiked his bare foot on a thistle, causing him to cry out in pain and alerting the Scots to the Viking presence.

2.    A sixpence in your shoe

Image by  James Kelly

Image by James Kelly

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence for her shoe.” It is an old tradition for a bride to have a sixpence coin in/on her shoe for prosperity and good luck. It is also intended as a symbol of her future financial security and wealth.

The sixpence is actually no longer in circulation in Scotland, so can be a little trickier to find but many stores and online shops have novel ones you can buy. 

3.    Have a bagpiper at your wedding

There really is no stronger statement of a Scottish Wedding than a Bagpiper! In Scotland it is typical for a Bagpiper to play outside the location of the Wedding Ceremony as guests arrive. They then occasionally play the Bride in to her Groom, and the happy couple out of the wedding. Often, the Bride and Groom are piped in at dinner too which usually results in lots of guests, cheering, whooping and clapping along. 

4.    Drink from the Quaich

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It is not uncommon for the Scots to drink whisky as their Wedding Ceremony is ongoing – really, it’s true! During Wedding Ceremonies a ritual can be performed called “Drinking fromt he Quaich”. The Quaich is a small bowl, usually metal and engraved with the Wedding date, and contains whisky. The couple pour the whisky in to one anothers mouths as a test of trust – Don’t spill! Drinking whisky at a your wedding is a symbol if the union of the two families as well as your love. 

5.    Include Scottish Readings for your Ceremony

In Scotland there is a very famous Poet, who is celebrated every year in January, named Rabbie Burns (Robert Burns). Many of his poems are written in true scots language, so can be a little difficult to follow but one of his most famous poems, “My love is like a red, red rose”, is often recited during Wedding Ceremonies. 

“As fair art thou, my bonie lass,/ So deep in luve am I;/And I will luve thee still, my dear,/ Till a' the seas gang dry. ” - “My love is like a red, red rose”