History, tradition and romance make Scotland the ultimate wedding location. Unlike any other country in the world under Scottish law you can get married anywhere you want as long as the dignity of the occasion isn’t compromised. This is because it’s the person who conducts the wedding ceremony rather than the venue that is licensed. As such you can add to the joy of your big day by choosing a stunning location that is personal to you. A golden beach, historic castle or beautiful gardens are just a few of the options available. White heather is a traditional Scottish token of good luck for weddings and can be incorporated into the bride and grooms outfits. A Scottish Quaich, known as ‘the loving cup’ brings the guests together and involves them into the ceremony. Following the marriage ceremony a Quaich is filled with whisky and passed by the bride to the guests so they can raise a glass in celebration. The traditional toast is Slainte Mhath meaning ‘to your health’ in Scots Gaelic. The Quaich can then be offered to the piper as a ceremonial dram in return for a traditional blessing. Traditional Scottish outfits add a touch of splendour the proceedings. The male members of the party usually wear a clan tartan and a kilt jacket with a piece of lucky white heather in the lapel. Accessories include a dirk and sporran. A kilt pin bearing the clan crest and motto can also be added. As a mark of honour, best men may where the clan tartan of the groom’s family. National tartans such as Flower of Scotland, Spirit of Scotland are also popular. Alternatively if each of the male members wishes to wear their own family tartan this add the sense of many families coming together to support the marriage and looks very colourful. While a kilt is the most common attire for the male members of the party at a Scottish wedding other options include wearing a tartan bow tie, a tartan waistcoat with a lounge suit or tartan trews are attractive alternatives. If getting married in a warm climate a Ghillie shirt, worn with or without a waistcoat is a more casual, rugged look perfect for an outdoor wedding. The groom also has the option of wearing a fly plaid which is worn under the epaulette of the jacket and secured with a plaid brooch. Tartan is also usually incorporated into the brides outfit and can include a tartan sash or tartan ribbons adorning the wedding dress. A tartan inset into the brides train or a tartan dress are both stunning options. Tartan ribbons can also be included into the bridal bouquet. Lucky white heather is a popular choice for jacket lapels and corsages. A highland piper resplendent in full highland dress adds to the grandeur of the occasion, they can play as the guests arrive, as the couple emerge after the ceremony and during the cutting of the cake. Traditionally a piper will hand his dirk to the couple of the cutting of the cake. A piper can also play for the couples first dance, a traditional Scottish reel and also when the other guests take to the floor. Tying the know originated from a custom thought to have been established in pagan times whereby the bride and groom would tear off a piece of their wedding clan tartans and join them together as a symbol of their unity. Following the exchange of vows the groom often pins a sash of his tartan on the right shoulder of the bride to show they are now part of the clan. Alternatively a groom wearing a fly plaid can offer it to the bride to be worn over her shoulders as a shawl. The Luckenboth broach, usually silver, features two intertwined hearts is worn by either the bride or groom. It can then be pined to the blanket of their firstborn for good luck. After the wedding ceremony a much loved tradition called the scrabble takes place, whereby the groom throws a handful of coins from his pocket or sporran outside the church and children eagerly gather them. A Scottish wedding can incorporate wonderful traditions that celebrate the Scottish heritage of the bride and groom and their union.