Whether you are getting married in Scotland, or being married abroad, here are some great Scottish Wedding Traditions that can add a taste of Scotland and a touch of luck to your wedding!
Give your love a Scottish brooch, called a "Luckenbooth", as a token of your love or as a marriage gift. It is usually made of silver and is engraved with two hearts entwined. Many couples will then pin this to the blank of their first baby for good luck.
Show Of Presents
Every lady who sent a wedding present is invited by the bride and her mother to their house for tea and cakes (or something stronger). All the wedding presents are opened and laid out for everyone to see. Scottish men have long suspected that this is just an excuse for a party. However, so far, there has been no actual evidence to substantiate this outrageous and scurrilous claim.
After The Show of Presents
The bride is dressed up by all her friends who parade her through the town, while baking pots and pans. Despite embarrassing for the bride, it was financially rewarding as onlookers were encouraged to throw a coin into a bucket or pot for good luck.
The Stag Night
A few days before the wedding the groom is taken out on the town by his friends to celebrate his last nights of "freedom" by having "few" drinks. Depending on his friends, this can also lead to a blackening …
Either on the stag night or any other time, the groom is stripped to the waist (or more) and covered in treacle, soot, feathers, or flour. He is then paraded through the town with much noise and hilarity.
The purpose is to embarrass the groom as much possible – and it never fails to do that!
A Sixpence in the Bride's Shoe
Traditionally, a small silver coin (called a sixpence) was placed in the bride's shoe for good luck. As sixpences no longer exist, this has been replaced by a penny or any modern "silver type" coin.
A Sprig of Heather
Another custom to encourage good luck was to hide a sprig of heather in the bride's bouquet.
The Bride's Wedding Dress
Traditionally, the bride would always wear a white dress to show her purity. Little touches of tartan are also nice.
The Groom's Clothing
Either full Highland dress or modern day dress. The modern version of the kilt wedding outfit consist of a short, Bonnie Prince Charlie jacket, a waistcoat, a kilt, white socks with tartan flashes at the top, broogue shoes, kilt pin, skane dhu (Scottish Dirk knife), sporran, black belt with buckle, and a winged-collared shirt with a black bow tie. A sprig of white heather is usually worn on the lapel for luck.
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
This is absolutely essential for any good Scottish bride.
Something old can be a piece of jewelry from the bride's mother, something new can be the …