If you’ve been looking for a Scottish castle to rent so you and your other half can get hitched in serious style, it’d be wise to ensure that you plan your wedding so that it complements your venue of choice. Even if you’re not Scottish yourself, it’d be a nice touch to bring in a few of the country’s wedding traditions to really make your ceremony memorable for all the right reasons. Here are just a couple of traditions that might take your fancy.
Hide white heather in your bouquet
Even if you’re not the superstitious type, everyone wants a bit of good luck on their wedding day and it might even help to settle your nerves! Tuck a little bit of white heather into your flowers – a very popular tradition for people in the Scottish Borders.
Do the wedding scramble!
This is a tradition seen throughout Scotland and is certainly a fun one to incorporate into your own ceremony. As the bride gets into the car to go to the venue, her dad chucks a handful of coins up in the air for children to pick up. It’s thought doing this means that good fortune will come your way.
The Wedding Walk
This would be a really fun one to include in your wedding – the wedding party follows a piper or fiddler as they make their way into the church. The bridegroom leads the maid of honour while the bride comes in behind them with the best man. The newlyweds then leave the church, followed by the best man and the maid of honour.
Pass round the Loving Cup
To help bring everyone together and to really make your wedding unique and special, consider passing round the Loving Cup after you’ve said your vows. This is a two-handled silver bowl filled with whisky that’s passed around the wedding party for everyone to take a sip.
Do the Traditional Grand March
You’ll often see this as the first dance to take place at a Scottish wedding, starting with the bride and groom marching to either a live band or the sound of bagpipes. Then the bridesmaid and best man join in, followed by the parents and then the rest of the wedding guests.
What about the Lang Reel?
This is another traditional dance that you’ll see in lots of small fishing communities around Scotland. It starts with villagers and the wedding party dancing their way from the harbour through the village, with people leaving the dance when they reach their house. The dance carries on until only the bride and groom are left, having the last dance.
Ring the bells
We love the sound of this one! The ringing of church bells is a beautiful way of declaring the joy of marriage and some couples these days give their guests small bells to ring as they make their way out of the church once the ceremony is done and dusted.