Today on the Imagine Alba Podcast, we celebrate Valentine’s Day with a look at Scottish wedding traditions. Scotland is such a romantic country in which to get married, thanks to a plethora of gorgeous settings, whether it is a castle, a cathedral, a bucolic chapel or against the background of a stunning landscape- not to mention the rich and colourful wedding traditions that are still practised today, from a groom decked out in kilted finery, to the blackening ceremony to a ceilidh that has everyone twirling and stepping into the wee hours!
Michelle and Rab. Image courtesy of Weddings by Anna
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A Highland Fling Wedding
Here are some pics of our own Scottish Highland wedding in July 2013...
The newlyweds at McCaig's Tower, Oban in MacLachlan Modern tartan. Michelle is showing her Texas heritage in cowgirl boots and a simple lace frock, accessorised with a shawl in the groom's tartan, pinned with his clan badge. The bouquet and boutonnière were made of yellow roses, baby's breath and Scottish thistle. Image courtesy of Weddings by Anna.
The bride and groom enjoy a Scottish slow dance. Image courtesy of Weddings by Anna.
Heating up the dance floor with a Dashing White Sergeant. Image courtesy of Weddings by Anna.
MacLachlan Modern tartan and kilt pin with the clan crest and motto, "Fortis et fidus" which means "Brave and Faithful." The tartan and pin are accessories in traditional Scottish weddings.
Enjoy this video of a bride and groom in rural Scotland undergoing a blackening ceremony before the wedding….
A collection of 18th and 19th century Luckenbooth brooches. Image by Walker14806
A traditional Scottish quaich, or loving cup. Image by William Clark
Top 10 Most Popular Scottish Wedding Locations
1.Dumfries and Galloway
2.Argyll and Bute
4.Perth and Kinross
For more information on getting married in Scotland, visit www.visitscotland.com/see-do/weddings/
We can personally recommend Argyll and Bute as the perfect place to get married, thanks to the friendly and helpful council staff and beautiful variety of venues. Find out how to get married in Argyll and Bute at https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/marriage/
Another personal recommendation- Weddings by Anna photography. She is a nationally renowned photographer based in Glasgow- but she will travel all over the UK. Her photos are stunning and she is a joy to work with, from her thorough, yet unobtrusive manner at the wedding to her editing, which makes you look your absolute best!