Scottish Wedding Traditions
like to incorporate some traditions and customs into their
special day. Here we have highlighted some marriage customs that
you may wish to incorporate or adapt into your wedding.
For Good Luck
Sew a hair onto the hem of the wedding dress.
Put a sixpence coin in the Bride's shoe.
Hide a sprig of white heather within the Bride’s
When the Bride leaves home for the last time as a single
girl, she should step out of the house with her right foot
Give a Scottish brooch, a ‘luckenbooth’, as a token of your love
or as a betrothal gift. This is usually made of silver and is
engraved with two hearts entwined. Some couples pin this on the
blanket of their first born for good luck.
It is traditional for the Best Man to
give a clock as a wedding present and for the Maid of Honor (or
Chief Bridesmaid) to give a tea set.
The Penny Wedding
Arrange a ‘Penny Wedding’, in which guests are expected to bring
their own food and drinks to the reception to celebrate after
the ceremony is over.
The Wedding Walk
In some areas of Scotland there was a Wedding Walk – a formal
march to the church. Preceded by a fiddler and, more recently,
often a piper, the Bridegroom led the Maid of Honor (or Chief
Bridesmaid), while the Bride walked with the Best Man. Behind
them, arranged into couples, came the rest of the wedding party,
with children and unaccompanied guests taking up the rear.
On the return journey, after
the wedding ceremony, the leaders of the walk switched partners
- the Groom taking his new Bride on his arm, while the Best Man
escorted the Maid of Honor (or Chief Bridesmaid).
It was vital that at some
point on the Wedding Walk, the procession crossed running water