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26 Impossibly Beautiful Scottish Wedding Ideas

Add some Caledonian charm to your big day.

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Victoria and Richard got married at Bunchrew House in 2012. They decided to hold their very own version of the Highland Games to entertain their guests after the ceremony, complete with a tug-of-war, welly throwing, and even a caber toss.


4. Or dainty soap favours with Scottish botanicals.

Making your own soap doesn't have to be difficult: You can melt some plain bars and add Scottish ingredients like heather, oats, lavender, gorse, berries, even whisky. Just follow this easy "melt and pour" soap making tutorial.

5. Design your own tartan shoes.

London-based shoe firm Upperstreet will turn any tartan into one of eight beautiful bridal shoe designs. It's a great way to celebrate your family tartan (or your future family tartan) on your big day, and it can all be arranged online.


8. Use vintage teapots or jars filled with dried Scottish wildflowers as table decorations.

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Dried flowers last indefinitely, so you can also offer them to guests to take home as gifts at the end of the day. Make sure you don't pick any protected Scottish species, and follow the Wild Flower Society code of conduct when collecting.


11. Make sure you include a sprig of white heather.


In the Borders, a sprig of white heather is added a bride’s bouquet for good luck. Or just nod to the tradition with these white heather earrings from Etsy instead.


15. Seal your union by drinking from a quaich. / Creative Commons

A quaich is a traditional two-handled drinking cup, usually made from wood held together with bands of silver. Simultaneously drinking from the quaich during your ceremony is a great way to symbolise your commitment to one another.


19. Serve cranachan instead of canapés.

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It's a good idea to give the guests something to nibble on at various points throughout the day; at least one of those treats should be a serving of boozy, creamy cranachan filled with Scottish raspberries.

20. Sew some tartan to your garter.

If you're good with a needle and thread, you can add a tartan ribbon to an existing garter to create something new (and awesome), or pick up one of the lovely handmade ones above from Frances Helen Bridal.


22. Include fresh, seasonal Scottish berries in your cake or wedding breakfast.

Scotland is the main producer of berries in the UK as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackcurrants all thrive in the cooler Scottish summers. It would be a shame not to make use of them on your big day. You can even pick your own.

23. Or serve your guests Cairn O'Mohr fruit wine.

Perthshire-based wine company Cairn O'Mohr make the most of the annual Scottish berry bounty by turning it into a range of delicious fruit wines. Their dry, sparkling Scottish oak and elder wine is a great alternative to champagne.

26. Most importantly, don't forget to dance.

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It isn't a Scottish wedding without a cèilidh, but you could always break with tradition by booking cèilidh/urban dance fusion band Bahookie. They've been described as "fiddlers meet The Foo Fighters", and they rock.

H/T to Northern Ireland-based wedding photographers This Modern Love.