Your Basic Guide to Planning a Scottish Wedding 28 February 2015 Admin Our Posts Scotland is a wonderful and romantic place for weddings. If you or your future spouse is of Scottish descent, planning a traditional wedding is worth considering. Incorporating a few Scottish customs to your big day can be fun and can honor your family’s heritage at the same time. Here are some tips in setting the Scottish vibe on your wedding day.VenueScotland is widely known for its huge castles and lush greens. Getting married inside a castle, outdoors near a lake, or inside a Scottish chapel near your home are good venue ideas. AttireIn Scottish weddings, the groom and his groomsmen go for a wedding kilt with the tartan (fabric pattern) of their choice. There are no rules set for the bride’s wedding dress but she usually wears or carries a horseshoe charm for good luck.Scottish Wedding EntertainmentMusic plays a major role in preserving Scotland’s customs and traditions. Here are a few entertainment ideas to take note of.1. Incorporate Scottish HymnsScotland has a number of traditional wedding music selections to choose from. One of the popular traditional wedding songs is "Mairi’s Wedding" which was composed by John Roderick Bannerman. The song has a particularly upbeat tune about going to a wedding usually used as a processional.Other well-known Scottish songs include Highland Cathedral, Skye Boat Song, Flowers of Scotland, Morning has Broken, Scotland the Brave and The Cradle Song.2. Book a Ceilidh bandOriginally, a Ceilidh (KAY-lee) is a traditional social gathering which involves poetry, stories, music and dancing. In present times, a Ceilidh is a community dance to celebrate weddings or other major events.Using traditional instruments like accordions, pipes, fiddles, drums and whistles, a wedding ceilidh makes the celebration much more lively and exciting. Everyone can join in the fun as the “caller” from the band leads the guests to the steps of an energetic dance. 3. Hire a piperBagpipes may have been associated with funerals but they’re also great for weddings and other celebrations. In fact, bagpipes have been played at Scottish weddings since decades ago and were considered one of the most popular instruments throughout Europe. The reason may be because one piper is enough to provide music to a huge crowd. Many local bands actually play the bagpipe for pleasure, fun, and performance.4. Include a Celtic harpistThe Celtic harp’s soft tunes can be used in contrast to the powerful tones of the bagpipes. Celtic harpists like Ailie produce an enchanting and relaxing melody that adds a romantic feel to the wedding ceremony.Hiring bands for your Scottish weddingHiring local wedding bands is a convenient option when planning a wedding in Scotland. Their expertise on local customs and traditional music can help couples with entertainment needs while preserving Scottish tradition. Music for Scotland is a music agency that can help provide the best wedding bands Scotland has to offer. They have a wide selection of pipers, ceilidh bands, harpists and other performers that can provide you a great repertoire for your Scottish wedding.Need help on what to do first? Contact us for more information. We’ll gladly be of service!