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The Showing Of The Presents

One night of the week leading up to the wedding the bride and her mother will host a party for the ladies who are invited to the wedding. The wedding presents are delivered by the guests, opened by the bride, and put on show by mother and daughter with cards displayed to say who has given which gift.
Refreshments are served and the evening provides an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other, have a natter and fun. Some people may follow through the evening with a hen night or host this on another night

 

Bride's Dress Accessories

 
The bride usually wears a traditional white or cream wedding gown but can add a tartan bow, sash or ribbon, wear a white heather sprig for luck, or carry a horseshoe within her bouquet. At some weddings, the pageboy will hand the bride the lucky horseshoe as she steps out of the church with her husband. Brides will wear a garter to symbolize and after the wedding will show this off to the male guests and have photos taken
 
 
Something Borrowed, New And Blue

To bring more luck the bride should have borrowed something (preferably from a happily married woman to symbolise the parting of knowledge and happy blessings), wear something old (usually a gift from her mother to help start her off on married life), something new (symbolises the new start married life represents) and blue. Blue signifies constancy, love, modesty, purity and fidelity
 
 

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Scottish Groom Wedding Outfit

The groom has less to do! He does have to attend and survive the stag night. The groom's wedding outfit is traditional highland dress, and most Scottish male guests will come kilted. Traditionally this will consist of wearing a Bonnie Prince Charlie jacket (with a sprig of lucky white heather on the lapel) and waistcoat, a kilt of the family tartan with tartan flashes (worn at the top of the white socks) to match, brogue shoes, kilt pin (may be a family heirloom or have the clan motto), skean dhu (Dirk knife), sporran, black belt with buckle, a winged collar shirt with either a black or bow tie or a tartan tie, though some men prefer to wear a Jacobite Shirt

 

The Wedding Scramble

As the bride steps into the bridal car, her father, or whoever is giving her away, should throw a generous handful of coins to any waiting children. This is called a scramble and helps to bring the bride and her new husband good financial luck

 

Scottish Wedding Piper

As the guests arrive a Piper, in full highland dress, may be playing the bagpipes to greet them into the church. He may also pipe in the groom and then the bride. He will usually pipe out the married couple from the church to their wedding car. Another scramble of coins to the wedding party children will be thrown by the groom as he steps into the wedding car with his bride. Some couples prefer to have the Piper play to the congregation during the signing of the marriage certificate

Some Pipers offer their skean dhu for the wedding couple to cut the wedding cake

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