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Scottish Hospitality

The Tradition

Hospitality is in our blood and we love, love, love a party! (Did you know that we host the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration every year in Edinburgh?) So, even if you and your beloved decide to elope to Scotland without inviting a huge group of guests, you may well end up celebrating your wedding with lots of new friends! At the slightest hint of an invitation you will be surrounded by raised glasses, toasting the newly married couple.

If you’ve never been to a Scottish wedding, it’s difficult to describe the atmosphere and the revelry. Scots take great pleasure in celebrating the joy of others and the traditions that reflect this are many and varied.

The Food So, for a country that is famous for Haggis and deep fried chocolate bars, it might surprise you to know that Scotland’s larder produces some world-class fresh ingredients, attracting so many outstanding chefs that we now boast 17 Michelin stars. We have some of the world’s finest seafood from the cold waters off the west coast, excellent beef and lamb from the lush lowland pastures as well as venison and grouse from the highland estates. All this and we haven’t even mentioned the world’s best smoked salmon and, of course, the whisky. If food is a big part of your life, make it a big part of your wedding.

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The bagpipes might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I don’t think there is any better way to herald the most important day of your life and welcome your guests than a rousing tune from a skilled piper (as long as he’s not standing too close!). Lots of our couples combine their legal registration with a Highland or Humanist blessing, allowing them to make their ceremony personal while introducing some century old custom to bind their partnership. This often involves a Hand Fasting ritual, where friends and family can get involved by tying strips of tartan cloth (traditionally from the two clans being joined) around the couple’s entwined hands. The Ceilidh – Which essentially just means ‘party’ but can include traditional Scottish dancing such as the Gay Gordons and Strip the Willow which are the most fun you can have with your clothes on, and a great way

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