Elopement in Scotland: a ceremony full of tradition

If you dream of a romantic intimate wedding in the magical Scottish Highlands, you can think about personalizing your day and making your elopement in Scotland even more special with a ceremony full of tradition.

elopement in Scotland ceremony full of tradition

As you know, Scotland is a land of magic, legends and a lot of history. So there are a lot of traditions about weddings as well.

But today we are going to talk about some that I find very beautiful and that can be included in your elopement.


Of course, we couldn’t miss this tradition!

At Scottish weddings, the groom and his guests usually wear this country’s traditional costume, the kilt. So why not be encouraged to wear this historic costume for your intimate ceremony?

This costume includes several elements:

  • The kilt that is the skirt and without a doubt the most striking thing about the costume. It is made of tartan, which is the very characteristic square fabric of Scotland.
  • Sporran: a leather bag that hangs from the waist.
  • Kilt hose: they’re wool socks that go below the knee.
  • Ghillie brogues: they are leather shoes and are usually almost always black.

The rest of the elements are: shirt, blazer, belt, tie or bow tie and jacket.


White heather is considered a symbol of good luck for the bride and groom. Legend says that the Princess Malvina fell in love with a warrior, and that when her beloved died in battle, the princess was shattered. When her tears fell on a bouquet of violet heather left by the messenger, the flowers became white. Then the princess declared that from that moment the white heather, a symbol of her pain, was of good luck to all who found it.

Currently a heather bouquet is usually used in the bride’s hairstyle, or in her bouquet or in the decoration of the wedding…

So it would be a good idea to include it in the design of your bouquet, as it is also a very beautiful and delicate flower.


Can you imagine a ceremony overlooking one of Scotland’s deep valleys, wrapped in beautiful green and accompanied by the music of a bagpipe?

What better way to liven up the most important moments of your intimate ceremony than with traditional Scottish music!

elopement in Scotland ceremony full of tradition


The Handfasting ritual is an ancient Celtic rite in which couples join their hands with ties as a symbol of eternity.

The ritual consists in tying the intertwined hands of the bride and groom, making an eight, which is the symbol of infinity.

You can use multi-colored or tartan ties. But also the color chosen for the ties has its symbolism: for example, green is a symbol of fertility, fortune and health. Pink symbolizes love, unity and happiness. Each color has its meaning and there are couples who even choose ties of various colors that represent the life they want to live together.

In your elopement in Scotland you cannot miss this ritual with a lot of symbolism and very emotional.

elopement in Scotland ceremony full of tradition

These are just some of the Scottish wedding traditions, but it would be nice to include them in your ceremony to make your elopement in Scotland even more special.

If you are interested in organizing an elopement in this magical land, we will make your dream come true, and our friends Angela & J.R.from Excursiones desde Inverness will organize the best tours to discover Scotland.

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