“Well, well, well…if it’s not the little miserable bride who thinks she can just promise us something and not deliver.  Who does she think she is trying to pretend we didn’t notice.”

Yes…I know that’s what you’re thinking!  Here’s my response: “Get over it.”  Harsh, I know, but I got two weeks to rest in the sunshine.  Did you read that?  Two weeks.  Rest.  Sunshine.  Therefore, there was very little time for writing in my “online journal”.  Anyway, I’m back in action full-time.  My traditions are all lined up – just waiting for me to post…inspiration on the other hand, we’ll see how that goes!

The Grooms Clothing… (adopted from GunnClan.net)

Either full Highland dress or modern-day dress. The modern version of the kilt wedding outfit consists of a short, Bonnie Prince Charlie jacket, a waistcoat, a kilt, white socks with tartan flashes at the top, brogue shoes, kilt pin, skean dhu (Scottish Dirk knife), sporran, black belt with buckle, and a winged-collared shirt with a black bow tie. A sprig of white heather is usually worn on the lapel for luck.

Alright…so let’s delve into this 110%.  That way, when Neil and his men show up, you won’t be surprised!!!

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This here is the Bonnie Prince Charlie jacket.  This is what is traditionally worn with formal Highland wear.  I put emphasis on traditionally because I don’t think this is what my groom will be donning.  I’m not a huge fan of the super short jackets, so fortunately we’ll be going with something more traditional on the American end…kind of.

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We’re thinking this will be a bit more our pace.  I love the “buttons”, if you will – and the length is a little more casual.

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“Waistcoat” refers to nothing more than a vest.  In this case, the one above!!  It matched the jacket and is pretty traditional of most formal wear – whether overseas or here in the States.  I like the waistcoat…I think it kind of brings the whole outfit together!

After the waistcoat is the kilt.  Yes, the kilt.  At first, I laughed at the guys at the Indy 500 who wore kilts, but now I have an appreciation for them.  Afterall, the wearing of kilts dates back to the 16th century – and if you’ve seen Braveheart, you know they wore them in battle.  After doing some research, I’ve learned that there are tons, millions, bajillions, too many to count number of kilts.  There are kilts for casual wear.  Kilts for hunting.  Kilts for parties.  Kilts for every occasion!  Most kilts are specific to a family, or clan, in our case, the Robertson clan.  Okay, forget that.  The “kilt” isn’t specific to the family, the “tartan” is – which is the plaid design seen on the kilt.  The kilt refers to nothing more than “a knee-length garment with pleats in the back.”  Forgive me.  Anyway, because we aren’t made of moolah and we’ve opted for the renting of Highland-wear versus the purchasing of such item, we have 11 options for the kilt.  Most likely – because it fits our colors, we’ll go with this one…

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This is called the “Pride of Scotland” kilt.  But in case we don’t go that route, we always have the simple and formal black kilt…

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This is the Black Island Kilt – which follows a more traditional look when compared to American tuxedos.  Either way, I’d be happy!  He’s wearing a skirt – for crying out loud – how can I not be happy?!  Oooh, the things we do for traditions!!

Next is the white socks with flashes at the top.  First of all, Neil will likely be wearing black socks.  Call me weird, but I hesitate with this:

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Maybe it’s because it looks like he should be doing river dance, I don’t know.  There’s just something about it – and since I’m totally not going to say 100% that we aren’t doing one thing or another, I really can’t say for sure.  But I will say this, at this exact moment in time, I would rather Neil wear black socks…to hide the “strings”.  But the flashes.  Oh, the flashes.  They are to match the tartan pattern and they are worn – as evidenced above – at the top of the socks.

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They match the tartan.  They’re small and rather “flashy”.  Simple enough.  Moving on.

Next is the “brogue” shoes.  I had to Wikipedia this one because while, yes, I know they’re shoes, no, I didn’t know exactly what “brogue” means.  Silly me!!  Come over to the U.S. and we call them “wingtips”.  Duh!!!  So, yes, my sir will be donning wingtips at the wedding.  CLASSY!!!  But, fortunately for my sake, they won’t be the same ones as pictured above, instead they will be these…

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Not too shabby, if you ask me!!  I think they’ll look just MAHvelous on my man!!

So after the brogues comes the kiltpin.  FUN!

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Not too much variety here, but it is exactly what it says it is.  It’s a pin for the kilt.  Kind of like this…

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(In case you can’t see it, the kiltpin in the big red circle!!!)  So yeah, it doesn’t have much of a function except it’s more or less like a lapel brooch for women!

So onto the skean dhu.  It is exactly what the above explanation said it was…a knife.  Great!!  Knives at my wedding!!!  Perfect.  It looks a little like this…

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The skean dhu is a “ceremonial” knife (ha! I say it’s an excuse for a man to wear a knife in his sock!) that is traditionally worn tucked into the right-leg sock.  Despite the “manliness”  of it, I think it’s pretty cool – and I know Neil and Troy will be pumped to wear knives in their socks!!!

Finally, (because I’m not going over shirts and bow ties with you…you’re smart little pumpkins) comes the sporran.  I called this a purse for the longest time – and Wikipedia proved me right!!  It is a “purse for the pocketless kilt”.  Awesome – a skirt and a purse!!  And he came up with the idea to wear the get-up in the first place!  Love.  It.

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There are several to choose from, but this will likely be our choice  – it’s the most formal and needless to say, it’s pretty cool!!

So there you have it – Neil’s whole ensemble laid out for you piece by piece.  Don’t you feel lucky!!!

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