10 Ways to Rock Tartan at your Wedding (without looking like a school kid… or Mel Gibson)

I have always had a soft spot for tartan. While punk rock and men in kilts are at the centre of my weakness, I love the idea of being rugged up with a tartan wool blanket with a flask of hot chocolate on a winter’s day. If you are honoring your family heritage, a touch of tartan can look great at a wedding BUT keep it subtle (to avoid looking like a bunch of high school students… or a scene from Braveheart) Today’s roundup is of the red variety but each idea can adjusted to match your tartan. Enjoy.


one // Not hosting a Scottish shindig but still love a little tartan? Get the
groom in a tartan shirt or for the less bold a tartan bowtie. Compliment with
pops of red, perfect for a winter wedding. Image by Haley Sheffield.


two // A fab brooch with a little tartan ribbon would look great on a plain
bridesmaids dress. Or ditch the brooch and tie a single band around a bun
or ponytail (less is more) Image by Jillian Lee Photography via Ruffled.


three // Wrap a ribbon around a wild bouquet for a subtle touch of tartan.
Image by Studio 516 via The Knotty Bride.


four // Who doesn’t love a man in a kilt? Let your groom rock the look,
a tribute to your old or new family heritage . Image by Edward Osborn.


five // Monogrammed tartan is very country chic and a blankie over the
back of your chair is just downright practical for an outdoor wedding!
Image by Hillary Maybery via Elizabeth Anne Designs.


six // A tartan shoe is a quirky idea for a Scottish wedding but I would
suggest that the shoe is the only tartan accessory you wear or you run the
risk of looking like a pipe (or punk rock) band member. Image via Pinterest.


seven // Finally an alternative use for a tartan flask! Round up a few of these
babies from friends and family, and use them as unique vases. Mix and match
for the ultimate eclectic wedding, or simply serve hot chocolate at a winter
wedding. Mmmmmm. Image via Design Sponge.

Jesse Leake

eight // Add a band of tartan ribbon around your napkin or cutlery for a
simple and subtle table setting. Image by Jesse Leake via Snippet & Ink.


nine // There is something so comforting about a wool blanket, and a
basket of blankets for your guests to use is a sweet idea for those cooler
nights. Borrow them from friends and family (you will be amazed by how
many people have them!) Image via Style Me Pretty.


ten // A little more ‘kiwi bushirt chic’ (if there is such a thing) than tartan,
but a cropped jacket or bolero is the perfect way to stay warm and a great
opportunity to add a splash of colour. A fab idea for a local farm wedding!
(haybales and redbands optional) Image by Ashley Forrette via Ruffled.

Have a fancy pants day beautiful people xox