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#1 Emma-Jane

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 12:52 PM

Hi I'm exploring ways of incorporating my Scottish family heritage into my wedding.

So far I have my brother wearing a traditional kilt
-Handfasting during the ceremony
-Traditional music played during the ceremony
-Every guest will receive a ribbon in the family tartan as a token (they will look like those charity ribbons)
-a Celebratory toast with a wee dram during the reception for those who wish to participate (a wee dram is a nip of scotch whiskey)

How are other people incororating thier heritage into the wedding??
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#2 Maxi

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 01:10 PM

We have Irish heritage on both sides so each table was named after a place in Ireland our ancestors had lived.

We had our parents' wedding photos next to our cake.

I'm from NZ, so I had a little bit of silver fern, and a little bit of eucalyptus tucked into the back of my bouquet to represent both of our nationalities.

We toasted using New Zealand sparkling wine and had our string trio perform "Pokarekare Ana" during the pre-reception cocktails.

I didn't want to make it all about NZ, but wanted to incorporate some touches from home.
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#3 bluenomi

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 01:17 PM

Hubby is Scottish and I have some scottish if you go back far enough so we had a bit of a Scittish flavour to our wedding.

Hubby and his brother (who was best man) wore kilts, Hubby's in the family tartan and both had family crest belts and cuff links. I also found a flower that looks like a scottish thistle for their buttonholes.

My MOH (my cousin) wore our family tartan on her dress as did her daughter. Any relatives on that side who had some family tartan pulled it out so we ended up with a fair bit floating around!

We had a bagpiper at the ceremony who played before, after and while I walked up the aisle.

We had a pair of wedding bear in our tartans on the bridal table.

I did put my foot down at having heather for my flowers though. MIL was trying to get me to have it but I think it is ugly so I managed to get out of it!
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Posted 31 March 2009 - 01:35 PM

QUOTE(bluenomi @ Mar 31 2009, 02:17 PM) View Post

We had a bagpiper at the ceremony who played before, after and while I walked up the aisle.



My husband is Scottish and we also had pipers who played during the ceremony. The boys wore the Black Watch kilt (hubby is ex-Navy) We also had a "pinning of the tarten" and a Scottish blessing. My MIL sang "A Gordon for me" at our reception - my husband's name is Gordon.

My family hertiage is Greek so we included the crowning ceremony
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#5 Mrs Darcy

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 02:10 PM

QUOTE(bluenomi @ Mar 31 2009, 01:17 PM) View Post

I did put my foot down at having heather for my flowers though. MIL was trying to get me to have it but I think it is ugly so I managed to get out of it!

LOL! same problem here.... I'm thinking of getting the silk thistle or heather to add to the buttonholes, but not in my flowers... I'll just have the tartan ribbon wrapped around the stems smile.gif

OH is Scottish & I am South African, so:

We are all the boys in kilts - FH, his 3 GM and FIL - PLUS my brother & BIL jsut because they can & wanted too laugh.gif rolleyes.gif We're also having a piper before, after and during the ceremony (just for walking down the isle).

We are planning on doing the "pinning of the tartan" as I have Irish heritage, but finding it hard to get info on it... As to how to actually word it etc unsure.gif Bats - Do you mind sharing which Scottish blessing you used?

We are are incorporating a South African phrase into our vows.

We are also using Gaelic words & South African places we visit on holiday last year instead of table names. (Even one, two & three etc looks fancy in Gaelic! ph34r.gif laugh.gif )

We'll be playing a lot of South African music (GREAT fun to dance to) as well as some Scottish music.

AND we're having Scottish tablet (similar to fudge) & koeksisters (South African desert) as our bon bons smile.gif
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Posted 03 June 2009 - 08:36 AM

Our nephews were pageboys and wore kilts.

We had a bagpiper also.

I walked down the aisle to Pokarekare Ana, by Hayley Westenra. And during the signing of the registry had Hine E Hine playing also by Hayley Westenra.

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 08:39 AM

QUOTE(tastebud @ Jun 3 2009, 08:36 AM) View Post

And during the signing of the registry had Hine E Hine playing also by Hayley Westenra.

Hine e Hine is beautiful. It also reminds me of Goodnight Kiwi. smile.gif Awwwww.
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