Often, it’s easy to forget just how incredible the UK is when you live here. I’m not just talking about the big cities either, but the wild beauty of the countryside. Rolling hills, lakes, and dense forests are some of my favourite places to explore, hence my love for Scotland.
The first time I visited Scotland as a child, I was mesmerised by the castles, landscape and legends. And going back almost two decades later certainly didn’t disappoint.
It was my husband’s first trip there and we knew we wanted to do it in style, as an old school road trip in a convertible. As well as visiting Edinburgh (and falling in love with the city!), we drove across the most incredible scenery to key landmarks, such as the stunning Eilean Donan Castle and the mysterious Loch Ness.
We were only there for three days, but we were able to indulge in culture, sunshine (it was the warmest weekend of the year so far!), haggis and lots of shopping. We came home with suitcases full of tartan and a head full of memories.
When I was there, I couldn’t help but think about event traditions, particularly wedding traditions. There were certainly enough potential venues at hand, so what would a typical Scottish wedding look like?
I’ve read about many customs, but here are my 3 favourite:
Before even having the wedding, the groom-to-be needed to ask for his lady love’s hand in marriage. As well as this, he’d need to prove himself to his father-in-law through physical tasks and challenges, before being granted approval.
The Wedding Scramble
The best man/groom/bride’s father would shower the children with coins for them to collect. The best man or groom would do this as the bridal party left the church after the ceremony, or the bride’s father would do this as they left their home to the church.
The bridescake is an old tradition and would feature a cake made by the bride’s mother, of scone or shortbread. A piece of this cake would be broken over the bride’s head and if it broke into small fragments, signified a fruitful marriage.
If you haven’t visited Scotland yet, I urge you to go! And if you want to throw a magical event or wedding there, we’d be more than delighted to dream up your perfect fairytale.