The perfect recipe for a Scottish wedding

a Scottish wedding. Image: The Bury Collection

Image: The Bury Collection

If you’re travelling north for your nuptials and you want to inject some Scotch flair into your wedding, think about what traditions, colours and themes you can add to make it a wee bit bonny. Here’s our recipe for what you need:


It might seem like a cliche, but this is the home of the checked pattern so it has to make an appearance in some aspect. From a subtle smattering in your decor (we love the idea of knitted hearts!), to a more bold statement with tartan-lined shoes, make sure at least some aspect of your wedding day features this traditional decoration.

For an idea that’s practical as well as being beautiful, why not tie the stems of your bouquet together with thin tartan wool?


It’s the symbol of Scotland, and can be as prominent or subtle as you like. One thing’s for sure: it has to be there somewhere? You could take a thistle and make it into a necklace as a keepsake for you wedding day, or go one step further and have your wedding band adorned with the traditional flower.

Thistle pendant. Image: Etsy

Image: Etsy


Traditionally a broach given as a sign of betrothal between two lovers, featuring this keepsake somewhere will keep your wedding grounded in Scottish revelry. Consider adapting the luckenbooth idea into a modern token of affection such as cuff links for the groom, or even sew one into the garter.

A traditional Luckenbooth. Image: Scottish Country Dance Database

Image: Scottish Country Dance Database


The most iconic piece of a Scottish wedding are the groom’s party adorned in traditional tartan patterned kilts. From the highlands to the dells of the country, nothing says wedding like well-dressed men, so make sure you feature this Scotch classic at your nuptials.

Scottish kilts. Image: Ruffles Blog

Image: Ruffles Blog

Wild flowers

The heaths and moors of Scotland are rife with beautiful wild flowers and plants like heather which make a great addition to a bouquet. Dried flowers last longest, and can be featured wither in the decoration at the wedding reception or even make an appearance in the form of a floral headband.

Just make sure you don’t accidentally pick any of the protected plant species on your Scottish ramble in search of floral inspiration; wedding florists are a good alternative especially if you’re looking for quantity.

Wild Scottish flowers. Image: Maureen du Preez

Image: Maureen du Preez


The groom might want to give his groomsmen, or even just his best man, a party favour in exchange for the support they provide on the big day. Incorporating tweed into this gift, or any part for the groom’s party will tick off a big Scottish staple.

Tweed flask. Image: Swig Flask

Image: Swig Flask


Wedding days can be long affairs, and most couples will plan to offer their guests canapés throughout to stem those inevitable rumbling noises. Forget slow-roasted pork belly, offer your loved ones a taste of traditional Scotland with this boozy Gaelic desert, complete with cream and Scottish raspberries.

Caranachan. Image: David Loftus

Image: David Loftus Photography

The Quaich

Show your commitment to one another by featuring the tradition of drinking from the Quaich; a two-handled drinking cup with a silver band. It signifies the joining of two people when drunk simultaneously, so you could always start your reception meal with the quick ceremony.

The traditional quiach. Image: Wikimedia Creative Commons

Image: Wikimedia Creative Commons


Meaning ‘companion’, this is a traditional Gaelic gathering which usually features dancing to folk music. Liven up your dance floor with the upbeat tempos of ancient dances, or add a modern twist and hire a band who can weave in some contemporary classics too!

Ceilidh traditional. Image: Cosmic Ceilidh Band

Image: Cosmic Ceilidh Band

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