Trying to select the kilts for wedding guests can be the hardest part of planning a wedding. Other areas of the wedding need to be focused on, and the guests attire for the big day can sometimes be left to one side. But fear not, we at Kilts.com stand ready to help you organize kilts for your big day!
All you need to do to get started is to contact us with your requirements, such as the number of kilts you need to buy and the tartan to be used, and we will do the rest. This will leave you to focus on worrying about what the best man is going to say for the Best Man’s Speech!
In terms of choosing which kilt, you will need to consider the formality of the day. Will the wedding be a daytime event or a more formal, evening dress wedding affair? No matter which style you choose, your guests will look fantastic.
Traditional Kilts for Wedding Guests
If you are looking for a traditional kilt outfit for your wedding guests, it is recommended that your guests wear a kilt with a traditional Prince Charlie Jacket. This will give your guests the most authentic look for the big day.
A Prince Charlie Jacket is distinguishable from other kilt jackets because it has three ornamental buttons down each side of the jacket, and the jacket itself is a little longer at the back.
It is recommended that you wear a Prince Charlie Jacket with the following:
- A three-buttoned waistcoat
- A white shirt (stay clear of black if you are going for the traditional look)
- A black bow-tie
When it comes to selecting your kilt hose, a traditional look often makes use of cream colored kilt hose. It is important you don’t wear white socks, as this will look silly! Black kilt brogues or Ghillie Brogues are recommended for completing the look.
Choosing the Best Sporran for a Wedding – The Full Dress Sporran
If you are going to wear a traditional Prince Charlie Kilt Jacket, it is recommended that you wear a full dress sporran with this jacket. These sporrans tend to show a metallic cantle with some form of fur.
If you are planning on a less formal look for your wedding, with not as much attention placed on a traditional look, you could maybe opt for your guests to wear an Argyll Jacket. These are a lot more fashionable than Prince Charlie Jackets, and tend to be worn by people under the age of 30. We would recommend that you wear an Argyll jacket with a five-buttoned waistcoat.
With this jacket and waistcoat combo, why not wear a silvery grey wedding tie or choose a color of ruche tie that complements your tartan’s color? Ties tend to be worn more often with an Argyll jacket than a bow-tie. Black kilt socks with Ghillie Brogues are the look I would recommend.
What Kilt Accessories Should You Wear with a Wedding Kilt?
Kilts for wedding guests are not complete without the following accessories:
Flashes are not only decorative, but they also hold up the kilt hose (kilt socks). It is recommended that you select the same tartan for the kilt flashes that matches your tartan of your kilt.
Like the kilt flashes, the pin does have a functional use. It can add weight to your kilt to ensure it doesn’t fly open when you wear it. It is normal to wear this kilt pin near the bottom of your kilt. The style of the pin really is up to you, and it is possible to get your clan crest on your pin for added authenticity.
The sgian dubh is crucial for completing the look. This is a small decorative knife worn in the kilt hose. Many people wear a sgian dubh which doesn’t have a sharp edge (sometimes blunted) or even a plastic sgian dubh. If you opt for a sharp knife, it is worn within its protective sheath, so it doesn’t cut the wearer.
If you are right handed, it should be worn in the right kilt hose. It was originally used by Highlanders who were looking for quick access to their weapon, so the top of the sgian dubh should be showing from your kilt hose.
We hope this “kilts for wedding guests guide” has been useful in helping you choose the look. As we mentioned, we are on hand to help you order the right kilts for your big day! Just send us an email and one of our helpful staff will be in contact with you within 24 hours.