Scottish Wedding Dress
The GroomWhether you're hiring a kilt or having one made for you, there are a few things that you need to know.
Which tartans are the most popular?It is up to you whether you want to avoid or actually pick one of the most popular ones, but at the moment they include the purple tartans and plain kilts. There is a wide choice including, clan, district, Welsh, Cornish and Irish tartans, so you are bound to find one that suits you. At ScotClans we have developed a tartan fabric book so you can view different tartans, we also do all of the plain colours.
What's the difference between the Ancient, Hunting, Dress and Weathered tartans?Most tartans fall into one of the following categories:
Ancient: Soft and lighter colours.
Modern: tend to be strong dark colours, although they can be lighter. Usually they are plainer.
Hunting: either of the above kinds of tartan but they tend to have lots of green going through them.
Dress: any of the above with a lot of white through it.
Weathered: also known as muted, this is a faded/washed out dyed version of any of the previously mentioned tartans.
Should all the male members of the wedding party wear matching kilts?This isn't strictly necessary. Generally, people think it's nice to see the bridegroom in a different tartan so that he stands out from the rest.
What are the rules as to which tartans I can choose for my kiltNormally a Scotsman chooses his clan tartan (see our clan A-Z to view a list of clans that you could be part of). But if you have no tartan and are not associated with a clan, you can choose from a wide range of district tartans. If this is the case you can look for something that complements your colouring, for example if you're dark-haired you might choose red as a main colour of your kilt. You also should remember that it is going to be photographed and should therefore not be too busy with stripes going through it. Take the advice from the kiltmaker regarding the tartan you should choose (if you're considering getting your kilt through us - we can advise. Also remember that there are also certain tartans that anybody can wear, for example Black Watch, the Pride of Scotland and the Isle of Skye.
How long does it take to make a kilt once ordered?It normally takes between six and eight weeks to make a kilt if the tartan is in stock. If it is out of stock or needs to be specially woven leave at least 14 to 16 weeks. If you are hiring a kilt you can obviously get hold of one a lot quicker, but don't leave it to the last minute.
How should I choose my kilt jacket?There are many different jackets to wear with your kilt. If it is a formal wedding the most popular is the Prince Charlie Jacket and vest, which is normally in Black Barathea. You can also have this jacket in one of the main colours of your kilt such as green, blue. navy etc, although these colours may have to be specially ordered for you. There is also the Doublet jacket, which is normally made in velvet.
What accessories should I wear with my kilt?The main accessory is the sporran. There are a large range of dress sporrans, at ScotClans we have sourced an impressive range of Scottish made sporrans. You should choose a sporran that will sit well with your tartan you are wearing. The sgian dubh (ornamental knife that usually worn in your right sock) should also be matched with your tartan. A sgain dubh usually has a stone on the top - so remember to pick a colour that doesn't clash. Then there is the kilt pin which is pinned to your kilt, and if your not wearing a prince charlie jacket - your buckle. There are a lot of buckles that match a sporran, if not just try to go for the same type of style, so it all ties in.
How can I tell if my kilt is fitting correctly?The top buckle of your kilt should be sitting on the top of the pelvic bone on your side. The classic mistake is to wear it too low, ie the same as you would wear a pair of trousers - this is wrong. The other mistake is for the novice to wear the pleats at the front instead of wearing them at the back. Also remember when you get a kilt it will often have white tacking stitches to keep the pleats flat - remember to remove these. In terms of length, the bottom of the kilt should sit anywhere from the top of the knee to halfway down the knee.
Is it only Scotsmen that can wear kilts?No, of course not. There are many different kinds of kilt; the welsh, Cornish and Irish all have their own tartans. Far from being offended, most Scots take it as a great compliment if someone from another country wants to wear their National Dress.
Will I be too warm wearing a kilt in the summer?Wool is a natural material, making it cool in the summer and warm in the winter.