When it comes to Scotland, one of the most striking things about weddings is the distinctively Scottish flavour. In a wedding ceremony, there are many aspects that are steeped in Scottish culture.
In Scotland, the unity candle is symbolic of two clans joining together. There are three candles: two thin candles on either side of a larger central candle. The thinner candles represent the two individuals and the larger, central candle representing the new family created by the marriage.
The unity candle is a tradition that seems to be getting more popular in wedding ceremonies across the globe, but in Scotland it is a very traditional part of the celebration. There are three candles: two thin candles on either side of a larger central candle. The thinner candles represent the two individuals and the larger, central candle represents the new family created by the marriage. The bride and groom each light their candle from the larger one, then they together light their own smaller candles from their new shared flame. This symbolizes their union as they move forward into married life together.
The wedding piper stands at the door of the church playing as the guests arrive. He also plays as the newlyweds leave the ceremony and make their way to their car.
Bagpipes are traditionally played as the couple make their way to the top table at the reception, as well as when they cut their wedding cake. Bagpipes were traditionally played at Scottish weddings for centuries, and although they were not always standard, it is now common for pipers to play at weddings outside of Scotland as well.
The Scottish wedding sark is quite literally the exchanging of gifts between the bride and groom, and it is often the bridal dress and the groom’s clothing that get paid for by either side. The tradition of exchanging gifts between the bride and groom on their wedding day is not an uncommon one, but it’s still one that isn’t familiar to many people outside of Scotland. While some gifts are given by the family and friends of the bride and groom to celebrate the union, the exchanging of clothing between the bride and groom is a part of Scottish wedding traditions.