Blue and Green Scottish Wedding

Posted on July 9, 2013

We always love working at the Grand Tradition Estate and we really like when brides and grooms embrace their heritage! This blue and green Scottish wedding was really fun and rich with family traditions. We were honored to be a part of Jennifer and Eric’s wedding! Thanks so much to True Photography Weddings for always delivering gorgeous images!

About Grand Tradition Estate:

The Grand Tradition Estate concept was originated and conceived through the foresight and dreams of its creators, Earl and Beverly McDougal.  Together, they envisioned a community gathering place worthy of becoming a historic centerpiece; one that would specialize in private events and in particular, weddings and receptions.  After considerable research, they concluded that the facility should depict the very tradition and significance of the wedding ceremony itself.  With a dream of capturing the romance of the long-gone Victorian era, the family began planning and designing the gracious Victorian estate that would eventually be known as the Grand Tradition Estate.

Modern Scottish wedding traditions

Today the wedding ceremony is not quite so formal or so ritualistic – but many of today’s traditions still hearken back to the traditions of the past. Usually about a week before the ceremony the mother of the bride will hold a “show of presents” for her daughter. This corresponds to the bridal shower in other cultures. During the show of presents the female guests bring gifts to help the new couple establish a home of their own. The presents are opened for everyone to see and the bride’s mother serves tea and cakes.

Modern Scottish wedding traditions are far more relaxed than they were in the olden days, but even today remnants of the ancient traditions still linger – making Scottish weddings the festive and joyous occasions that they are.

The modern Scottish bride will wear a traditional or contemporary white wedding gown, while the groom dresses in traditional Highland kilt, kilt jacket and sporran. The couple are either bag piped down the isle or traditional Gaelic hymns are played as they walk to the alter. The Highland Wedding is played at virtually all Scottish weddings.

Once at the alter the couple may choose to recite their vows in ancient Gaelic or to recite them in modern English. Following the vows the groom often pins a strip of his clan’s tartan colors to the bride’s wedding dress to signify that she is now a member of his clan.

Following the ceremony the bride and groom and all their honored guests head to a private home or to a restaurant for a lavish reception feast. At the typical Scottish reception you can count on the bride and groom being “piped” to the table of honor, where the bride will cut the first slice of wedding cake using a dirk (a long-bladed knife) that is provided to her by the piper. As the bride slices the first piece of wedding cake, custom dictates that her hand is guided by the hand of her new husband.

The wedding reception is filled with music, signing, much drinking and toasting to the health and happiness of the new couple. The celebrations can go on into the wee hours of the morning.

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