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3 of the most Scottish wedding traditions

Are you about to begin planning a traditional Scottish wedding? Well you’ll definitely need to incorporate some of the Scottish wedding traditions; from lucky charms, ceremony and dances and even traditional Scottish wedding gifts. So let’s talk about how you can incorporate them into your big day. 

 Scottish Wedding Traditions – The Bagpipes 

 When it comes to traditional Scottish wedding music, the bagpipes are the place to start. They keep the guests entertained as they are arriving, setting the scene for the ceremony; they pipe the bride in to the venue and the newlyweds out; and pipe the couple to the top table when it’s time for the wedding reception.  Two most popular Scottish wedding Bride entrance songs are Highland Cathedral and Dark Isle and there is a whole host of music to get you into the spirit of things. 

Scottish Wedding Traditions – Gifts

* The ‘wedding sark’ is the traditional name given to the shirt worn by the groom which is gifted by the bride. The groom pays for the wedding dress in return.

* Clocks are traditionally given to the happy couple by the best man in the north east while the maid of honour gives them a tea set.

* A luckenbooth is a brooch given as a love token by a gentleman to his betrothed. They are usually made of silver and engraved with two hearts combined.

Scottish Wedding Traditions – Lucky Omens

* Right foot forward is the correct procedure a bride should follow when exiting her house on her way to the wedding.

* A sixpence in the bride’s shoe has long been a tradition in Aberdeenshire and Angus. Feel free to include this Scottish wedding tradition at your wedding if you can or even know what a sixpence is! 

* A sprig of white heather hidden in the bride’s bouquet is a popular good luck token in the Scottish Borders.

* The ‘wedding scramble’ is traditional in most parts of Scotland. As the bride steps into the car, her father throws a handful of coins for the children to collect. Believed to bring about financial good fortune, it also takes place in weddings in Ayrshire where it is known as a ‘warsel’.

These Scottish weddings have evolved and adapted over the centuries to suit changing times and customs however, many more remain today, and they encompass more than simply wearing a kilt and drinking whiskey. ”.We hope you have enjoyed some insight on how to make  your wedding as Scottish as could be.

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Thanks you to all

As this year comes to an end, we would would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported Shieldhill Castle throughout our initial year.

We have appreciated every effort from all our staff, contractors and suppliers.

We would like to thank all our followers and customers who have been part of our journey so far in bringing Shieldhill Castle back to life.

We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021 to make treasured memories together. Stay tuned for the latest news right here.

Shieldhill Castle Team

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WW1 Bombs found at on Shieldhill Castle Grounds

Did you miss the news?? Don’t worry as Peeblesshire News shared it too!! Check it out now: http://ow.ly/31xg30rmrkC

We still cannot believe we discovered these First World War artefacts on the castle grounds.

If you have any information to link the background of these artefacts, old stories, history or photos of the Castle in the war times, share it with us in our comments. You never know you might be featured in our news too!

Photo: Helen Barrington

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Halloween Pumpkin Delight

After receiving almost 30 entry’s of amazing carved pumpkins from children around Biggar we could not decided who the winner was going to be! It was then left for our followers to decide!!! 

With over 80 comments we would like to say a huge well done to Finlay!!! The public have picked your pumpkin!! 

Amazing efforts all round and big thank you again to all participants! Keep your eyes out for more competitions like this to be our next Shieldhill Castle Competition Winner.

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The Bridal Suite

Our bridal suite is a beautiful space where a bride can take the time to get ready for her perfect day surrounded by her friends and family. It has a separate lounge and dining area to make the big day that little bit more special.

This suite incorporates every necessary feature for beautiful brides to relax and glow on their big day. From the natural sunlight peeking through around the whole suite to assist the photographer capturing all of your beauty, to the stunning views of Tinto View to overlook whilst you are about to take this journey on your own momentous moment.  

If your interesting in having your wedding at Shieldhill Castle please contact our Wedding Coordinator at events@shieldhillcastle.com