Wedding Traditions that no Scottish Wedding should be without.

Today on MrsPandP’s UK Wedding Blog I am thrilled to share a fabulous Guest Post on Wedding traditions that no Scottish Wedding should be without.

Weddings are becoming more contemporary, but don’t let  old traditions fall by the wayside. 

When you’re planning your wedding ceremony, it’s easy to get caught up in the pomp and circumstance and forget about old traditions.

Although some traditions change over time, and others disappear entirely, there are some timeless wedding traditions that should still be incorporated into your big day.

Whether you’re having a modern ceremony or a big white wedding, there’s always a place for…





Kilts are a must have for all Scottish Weddings and all the wedding party wear them to represent their highland heritage.

Ideally grooms should wear their family tartan however in recent years, family tartans are often left aside for a more modern kilt which fits into the brides colour scheme!

The kilt outfit hasn’t changed much over the years and still has many of the traditional elements including the Sgian Dubh (small knife which goes in the men’s sock) and the Sporran (the pouch worn over the front of the kilt).


Something old, Something new…

Everyone knows the old rhyme about “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” but often the last bit, a Scottish tradition; “and a sixpence in her shoe” is forgotten. It shouldn’t be.

The sixpence symbolises good fortune and prosperity, something you’ll definitely be in need of as you start your new life together. 

The other good luck tokens also symbolise important things. ‘Something old’ is the bride’s link with her family, ‘something new’ is hope for the bride’s new life, ‘something borrowed’ is a good luck charm from a friend who is already happily married, and ‘something blue’ symbolises faith and loyalty.


Tossing the Bouquet

Traditionally the ladies gather round, and the bride throws her bouquet over her shoulder: it is said that the first girl to catch it will be the next one to marry.

Modern brides often want to keep their bouquet, so they swap the one they carried down the aisle with a more economical version. Sneaky!


Throwing the Garter

One piece of essential wedding jewellery and accessory that shouldn’t be forgotten is the garter belt.

In the past, the male guests at the wedding would want a piece of the bride’s dress to take home for good luck.

As wedding gowns became fancier, brides became more reluctant to have men tearing at their clothes: so they’d throw their garter to satisfy the crowds.

Nowadays the tradition has almost fallen by the wayside, although the crowd’s garter lust can be satisfied with a classy photograph of the bride wearing the piece.


Cutting the Cake

It might just seem like flashy photo opportunity, but there’s more to it than that.

The tradition of cutting the cake may have started in Roman times, when the bride would have a cake crumbled over her head to symbolise fertility.

Another tradition is to cut the cake using a sword rather than a knife.

Modern cake cutting symbolises other things, too: cutting into the bottom layer symbolises endurance, while the two hands cutting together symbolises that they’ll support and care for one another and their future family. 


What are your favourite traditions?……


Guest Author Credit – Robert Bayley on behalf of is Glitzy Secrets.

An online treasure trove of vintage inspired jewellery, headpieces & wedding accessories.


Image CreditStuart Craig Photography


UK Wedding Blogger with an eclectic style based in Glasgow

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