Long before celebrities walked down the isle to marry their princes in wedding gowns that had a Scottish pattern, this one had already been a mainstay in the wedding industry. Whether we talk about silk, organza, satin or cotton wedding dress, a gown that has a Scottish theme or pattern will be always appreciated, whether it is worn by a bride born in Scotland or not. You simply have to love the Celtic or medieval inspired wedding gowns, because they are not modern, yet not very traditional, not old-fashioned, yet not too contemporary, not too bold, yet not too classic; they are as a wedding gown should be.
Scottish wedding dresses can be romantic, edgy, formal, casual, hot, depending on the personality of the woman that is going to wear the dress. So, regardless the style of the dress, the designer creating Scottish wedding dresses has to take into consideration the style of the bride. And because not all brides afford to have a personal tailor, fashion designers that create wedding dresses, have to consider the most encountered personalities when creating those wedding gowns. And these personalities are represented by extroverts and introverts. You can read more about this and why not even discover what dress is right for you on Wikipedia.org; search for ‘personality type’, where there are mentioned several theories related to the existing personality types and check also a comparison between temperaments.
Scottish symbols that can be used as wedding patterns
Probably the most important Scottish symbol, which can be used as a fabric pattern is the thistle. This is featured in many Scottish logos and also on the United Kingdom currency. Heather is another plant considered to be a symbol of Scotland. This is better known as Common Heather and it does not represent the name of a girl/woman, but a plant included in the Calluna vulgaris genus, in the Ericaceae family. This is the most dominant plant in all Europe and benefits of the advantage that it does not have to be planted by humans; it grows wherever the soil allows it, thanks to the power of the wind, water and earth. This plant is also widely found in Asia Minor.
The unicorn is a heraldic symbol of Scotland and it is again very used on Scottish wedding dresses. This symbol was used even prior to 1600 by the Kings of Scotland, so it has a very long history, thus if you want to show your Scottish roots, a dress that uses the unicorn symbol is extremely appropriate.
But no more speaking about Scottish patterns used on wedding dresses. Let's discuss about several symbols used on the suit of the groom. If the couple wants to organize a Scottish wedding, it means that the groom will also have a traditional suit. And a suit like this can use a specific woven textile pattern, named Tartan, that signifies a particular Scottish clan. This type of pattern is usually featured on kilts. If the groom wants to be Scottish 100%, he can obviously use a kilt.
Also, the groom can have a traditional suit (this time with pants), that emphasizes a pattern representing the flag of Scotland. The pattern of the flag dates from the 9th century, which makes Scotland the country having the oldest national flag still in use. The flag of Scotland is also known under the name of Saltire.
Scottish wedding gowns
After seeing what are the most popular symbols that can be used on a regular wedding gown in order to transform it into a Scottish wedding dress, we will speak a little about several models of dresses designed for those brides that want to celebrate their wedding in a Scottish style.
First of all, most Scottish wedding gowns are long. They are not that different from regular American or other European wedding dresses, only that a high percent of these dresses uses sleeves, even if the dresses are made for a summer wedding. In general, in the United States, brides prefer to have sleeveless wedding gowns, because, as they say, they have a much higher freedom of movement. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, Scottish girls believe they are sexier and more romantic by using a wedding gown with sleeves.
Secondly, in terms of color, there is no difference between American dresses and Scottish dresses. Probably, if we refer to green, there are more green wedding dresses in Scotland than in the United States, but the difference is not that high, since green is the national color of Ireland, not of Scotland.
Scottish wedding dresses are simple, yet elegant. Many of them have a lovely A-line shape, they are light and airy, the designers making sure they have a delicate structure, created for any body shape. In general, Scottish dresses, and not only those created for weddings, have a V neckline. Also, most of them come with belts, that are in most of the cases detachable. And now if we discuss about wedding dresses only, Scottish wedding gowns include usually a train, that completes the simple, yet classic medieval look.
Scottish wedding accessories
A Scottish bride or a bride that celebrates her wedding while wearing a Scottish wedding gown has to know how to accessorize her gown with again Scottish-related accessories. She needs to buy earrings, necklaces, bracelets, tiaras, shoes, bags and other accessories a bride needs, that match the wedding theme.
A beautiful pair of Celtic earrings is the one above, which emphasize a Celtic knot. Unlike many people believe, they do not have emeralds, but 2 beautiful sapphires. We have already mentioned that green is the national color of Ireland, not of Scotland, so the bride organizing a Scottish wedding may or may not use green as the main color for her wedding gown or accessories. These earrings have a length of 1 inch and a width of 0.25 inches. They are made of sterling silver and have a price of approximately $30.
Just like the bride has to be spectacular, the groom as well has to consider some Scottish accessories, like the Celtic cross cufflinks we see above. A pair like this is $50. These cufflinks are silver plated, have a bullet back closure and are available in many styles. Dress up in style with these stylish accessories.
A Scottish wedding dress, no matter how expensive or cheap it is, no matter how colored or white, how long or short, whether it is made from satin or organza, has embellishments or not, will always be interesting just for being Scottish-related. So if you truly want to show the world you were born in Scotland or you have a tremendous passion for this European country, you can say that you have made the right choice when selecting to wear a Scottish wedding gown on your very own wedding.