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Whether you call it tartan or plaid, we're all about incorporating the traditional Scottish fabric into winter weddings. While it was once only woven wool, and used to distinguish different tribes or families, plaid is now available in almost any fabric, and printed instead of woven. To inspire your own cold-weather celebration, we rounded up a few of our favorite ways real brides have incorporated the festive pattern into their own big days. (We even found a plaid cheesecake!)
This couple set the tone for their winter wedding with plaid stationery. Liz Cooke from Lionheart Prints designed a flat-printed suite with gold foil stamping. It incorporated hand-lettering on the suite and kraft paper envelopes calligraphed in white ink. A custom red tartan plaid lined the envelopes to vibe with the "Ralph Lauren at winter" aesthetic.
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A rustic wedding calls for plaid—and one subtle way to include the pattern is by having your groom wear it! This groom paired a subtle plaid shirt with a J.Crew vest and jacket, and brown khaki pants. The autumnal tones of his look complemented his bride's bohemian flower crown.
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The groom at this Oklahoma wedding paired his plaid pocket square with a boutonnière of white ranunculus, fresh herbs, and some accent greenery. Get the look with an Alexanger Olch Pocket Round.
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Plaid Escort Cards
Think beyond the Christmas tree! Use these plaid ribbon ornaments as escort cards instead. Simply add your guest's name and table number to the kilt pin. They'll be able to take them home add them to their tree after the wedding—and always remember the amazing time they had!
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Plaid Table Runners
Tempted to match dark colors with gold accents? Try silver instead. It will give your tablescape a "weekend in the Cotswolds" feel that's surprisingly fresh and modern. This refined setting keeps its cool with pewter-banded plates, a tartan runner, and wild centerpieces wispy enough not to thwart across-the-table conversations.
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Stay warm with a plaid pashmina like this bride did at her cold-weather wedding. They'd also make a genius bridesmaid gift—we guarantee your girls will wear them after your big day.
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If you're searching for a more subtle way to try the look, think about incorporating it into your dessert! A cheesecake was dressed up with a plaid-inspired drizzle of white chocolate, caramel, and blueberry and raspberry sauces. Yum!
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Hire a Bag Piper
Groom David Mackenzie, whose ancestors, the clan Mackenzie, have lived in the Scottish Highlands since the Middle Ages. "A bagpiper is always an important part of our family's special events," and what could be more special than marrying his fiancé Sarah in front of their 184 guests? Although she's not Scottish, Sarah was thrilled to have the bagpipes, describing the music as "hauntingly beautiful." Bagpiper Dave Landis played "Scotland the Brave" as the newlyweds walked back up the aisle at this North Carolina highlands wedding.