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A Scottish bride will usually wear a traditional white or cream wedding gown, but the groom’s party and her father may come to the wedding resplendent in full highland dress.

The traditional outfit brings a touch of splendour to the ceremony.

It consists of:

Bonnie Prince Charlie Coatee and Vest, Kilt, Tartan Flashes to match. White hose, Ghillie Brogues, Kilt Pin, Sgain Dubh, Black Belt with Buckle, Formal Sporan with chain strap, Wing Collar Shirt, Black or Coloured Bow Tie, and a piece of lucky heather on their lapel.

He also has the option of wearing a Fly Plaid, which is anchored under the paulette on the shoulder of the jacket and secured by a large Plaid Broach.

Bridesmaids may wear soft, woollen, tartan skirts with velvet bodices in cold weather or trim lighter dresses with tartan for the summer. Bouquets and corsages may include tartan ribbons or bows.

The bagpipes add atmosphere and grandeur to an already brilliant occasion. The Piper, in full highland dress, stands at the church door and plays as the guests arrive, later he leads the couple from the church to the car.

Cutting the cake is a traditional part of the reception and, at a Scottish wedding, the piper may hand his dirk to the couple to use for this ceremony.

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