There were some delightful moments along the way that made me thinkâ€¦ there are many folks around the world who would like to plan a destination wedding in Scotland. With my experience of uh… two Scottish weddings…perhaps Iâ€™ll clue them in on how to make it a proper Scotsmanâ€™s event!
10. Choose a delightfully gorgeous venue, preferably in the Scottish highlands, where out-of-town guests will pass a few castles and half a dozen lochs to get there.
9. Choose a proper wee, bonnie Church of Scotland church, in a wee highland village. Pure dead brilliant!
8. At least a third of the gentleman in attendance should be wearing kilts. This is very important.Â If there is a baby there dressed in a kilt, well then that’s just an added bonus.
7. Encourage a few of the congregants to have a wee dram of whisky while they’re sitting in the church pew, waiting for the bride’s arrival.
6. The bride should be piped in by a proper player of the bagpipes, dressed in full regalia.
5. As the bride arrives, she should shout something very Scottish, like “What am I like?!” from outside the church, as she’s preparing to come in, so that everyone inside will hear and have a giggle.
4. Following the ceremony, the bride and groom should be piped through the streets of the wee village to the reception venue. Congregation should follow.
3. The speeches will not be complete without a good bit of humour almost crossing the boundaries of propriety. They should most certainly be filled with cheeky cracks at the bride and groom, and hopefully also make a bash or two at England because, well, it’s England, and it’s not Scotland.
2. The event must end with a ceilidh (pronounced KAY-lee), which is for lack of a better explanation, kind of like a squaredance. This delightful moment should climax with the singing of Auld Lang Syne, with the bride and groom in the centre of the circle.
1. During the ceremony, the church should be filled with praises to God. The sound of the Scots – once a people so on fire for the Lord Jesus- worshiping their creator in such a lovely and worshipful venue, is unlike any other! I’ve yet to meet a more passionate people on the face of the Earth — and their passion is truly inspiring, when turned to Jesus.
Congratulations, Claire & Andy! Â It was a privilege to be a part of your special day! We rejoice with you at what’s ahead!