(Closed) Attempting Sophiticated Scottish Theme

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
132 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011


I am Scottish and getting married in the highlands so the theme kind of happens. The kind of things that make it Scottish:

– Purple Thistles on the stationary and real ones in the flowers (purple / silver theme)

– Celtic paterns on the stationary

– Piper to pipe us in and out of the ceremony

– Ceilidh dancing mixed with regular music by the band

– The sony ‘Caledonia’ as the last dance

– Scottish tablet as favours (you could also have whiskey)

– Wedding party (and most guests) wearing kilts

– Lots of booze – the Scots like to drink.

Post # 5
637 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

How about a pretty tartan ribbon wrapped on your bouquet and as accents on corsages and boutonnieres? A tartan garter would also be cute.  Walker shortbread, Irn Bru, Scottish knot jewelry for your wedding party would also be very pretty.

Post # 6
132 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Ah ok, yeah i suppose my wedding is actually in Scotland so all those things are the norm.

I agree with the jewelery idea, you can get some really nice celtic jewelery and a little tartan ribbin would be nice.

Post # 7
772 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

thistle theme?  Depending on when your wedding is. you could do your florals with some thistles or scottish looking flowers (wildflowers?).  

My mom has a thistle cookie press that we use for sugar cookies.

Post # 8
1 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve been a highland dancer all my life and we are trying to add subtle touches of Scotland into our theme too! We have decided to go with Charles Rennie Mackintosh designs throughout to tie things together. 


He is a Scottish architect, artist, designer…pretty much everything and his designs are well known. There is a font we are using on  table numbers, and a Glasgow Rose design on the invitations. A lot of our guests will “get it” without it standing out too much as being Scottish. I am not personally Scottish so we didn’t want to go too over the top but because it has been a huge part of my life we wanted to encorporate it in some way.  Maybe you could pick a Scottish desinger to encorporte their style into your designs?

Of course we also have a bagpiper and the group I perform with is also doing a little show (not as subtle 🙂 )

Post # 9
5009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

We’re having a loose “Best of Scotland” theme in Scotland (getting married in a Scottish castle, lowland rather than highland but still gorgeous and rural).

We’re doing tablet favours, having a selection of single malts available at the bar, serving haggis, neeps and tatties as our starter, cranachan as a dessert. The boys are wearing kilts with thistle bouttonierres and we have a bagpiper playing at various times during the day.

The other big thing is that we’re having a ceilidh. Scottish dancing is great fun and any good band will have a caller who can teach you how to do all the dances as you go through the evening.

Post # 10
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014


I would go with some plaid touches in a neutral colour, but keep it to just a few key pieces such as the invites, the Groom’s tie to match plaid ribbon on Bride’s bouquet or in hair piece, on the table numbers, and prehaps some crosshatch pattern to echo the plaid on the head and dessert table?



Also, you can use a luckenbooth instead of monograms for invites or whatever. “The luckenbooth brooch is a traditional Scottish love token often given as a betrothal or wedding brooch.” My avatar is a custom luckenbooth given to me by my SO.


Thistle boutonnieres:


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