You may already have received your share of wedding invitations for the coming year. As well as deciding what on earth to wear and what to buy as a wedding gift, you may well also need to find some wedding accommodation to make the most of your stay. As weddings have changed over the years from the traditional church service followed by a reception in a hotel, they can now be quite self-contained with the wedding service, reception and dance all taking place under the one roof. There’s a great choice of romantic settings in the Scottish Highlands including luxurious country estates and traditional castles. There was great excitement in these parts when Madonna chose Skibo Castle, near Dornoch in Sutherland for her marriage to Guy Ritchie.
One of the obvious characteristics of highland weddings is seeing men in traditional Scottish dress. In the same way that men in formal black tie attire is very smart, formal Highland dress is equally striking. For men who don’t have a kilt, don’t worry, there are any places you can hire all the gear such as Boarstone Tartans in Inverness. Not only can you hire a kilt or dinner suit, they can advise you on exactly what you need to order down to where to put your skean dhu. For ladies the dress code is the same as everywhere else, whether it’s a hat wedding or not.
Another distinctive part of a typical Scottish wedding is the ceilidh dance which takes place after the wedding reception. Ideally with a traditional band to play an array of Scottish country music that will have you on your feet for the rest of the night. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with Scottish country dancing. There’s usually a caller to shout instructions and you may find your more familiar than you think with an Eightsome Reel, a Dashing White Sargeant or the Flying Scotsman. Either way it’s great fun and you wont be surprised if you’re whisked off your feet.