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White heather is considered lucky
in Scotland, so when, sorting through a box of old
postcards and photos, I came across this gorgeous
"mailing novelty" (if you lift the panel there's a
foldout of photos of Kirkwall) depicting a Scottish
Terrier carrying a basket of white heather, I was
prompted to do something I've been meaning to do for
a while - talk about white heather and weddings.
So, if you have Scottish roots, have a
Scottish-themed wedding coming up, or just want to
add a touch of good luck to your ceremony, here are
some ways to incorporate lucky white heather.
What is it about white
White heather is quite rare. and, in Scotland, there
are many long-standing beliefs about it, such as it
grows over the final resting place of fairies, will
only grow on ground where no blood has been shed in
battle, and that it will bring good luck to whoever
wears it. The Chiefs of the Clan McDonald would
attach white heather to their spears. I wear a
McDonald tartan sash when I'm officiating weddings
in the Scottish Tradition.
Queen Victoria was clearly amazed by the strong
belief in the properties of white heather when she
described in her diary an incident involving her
legendary personal servant
" we stopped to
take tea and coffee; and before that Brown
(who has an extraordinary eye for it, when
driving quite fast, which I have not) espied a
piece of White Heather and jumped off to pick
it. No Highlander would pass by it without
picking it, for it is considered to bring good
As with many Scottish beliefs and customs, It didn't
take long for the idea to spread right across the
country, thanks to the Victorians love of Scottish
traditions, including the custom of incorporating a
few sprigs in the bouquets of brides to ensure
everlasting married happiness for the couple.
Scottish brides who didn't include white heather
became regarded to be somewhat reckless!
Real or artificial?
White heather is seasonal, rare, and won't grow in
most of Australia. However, supplies of high
quality artificial sprays of white heather are
readily available. So plan to use artificial.
These mix readily with real flowers and with
Heather in your bouquet
subtle sprig or two, making a feature of
it, or choosing to have your whole bouquet
of white heather, with tartan or other
ribbons are all possibilities.
In the men's buttonholes
Pre-made buttonholes of artificial heather, or
incorporating artificial heather, are readily
available from suppliers in Scotland. Allow time
for delivery by mail.
In your hair and/or your
Whether you plan to wear a floral crown or a
decorated hair comb, or just have floral sprigs
tucked into your chignon or plait, white heather
can be a great choice. Artificial white heather is
easy to work with. But if you are lucky enough to
have sourced real white heather, the stems and
flowers are very light, so extremely easy to work
with, and very versatile.
On the flower girl's
is nothing sweeter than a chaplet of white
heather on the head of your flower
girl. Attach a sprig or two to her
petal basket too.
Floral collar for your
Ask your florist to create a floral collar for
your furkid, using white heather on its own or
mixed with other flowers. Make sure that the
flowers you choose are non-toxic - no lilies, no
babies breath, or others that might make your
doggie or pusscat ill.
a sprig of white heather to your ring
On the car
are numerous ways to decorate a wedding
car - place flowers where the ribbons
to the bonnet, add sprigs to the door handles, or
do a floral line-up on the back bumper (just make
sure you don't obscure the number plate). White
heather works wonderfully for this purpose.
Attach a sprig of
heather to your order of service
the luck. Attach a sprig of white heather
to your order of service. Don't forget to
include a note about the meaning of white
heather and that you are sharing the luck
with each of your guests.
your imagination run free. There are so
many ways to incorporate white heather
into your aisle decorations. Team with ivy
(real or artificial) for double impact
significant - fidelity and luck!
floral wreaths featuring white heather
(and thistles) to the door(s) and/or door
handles if you are getting married in a
chapel, and to the entrance to your
Place decorations at
sprig of white heather attached to each
place card, or tie a tartan ribbon round
each table napkin and tuck a sprig of
heather under the ribbon.
you choose to use artificial white
heather, or have your cake maker
moulded or icing versions, adding white heather to
your cake adds a very special touch.
Find a great picture frame, and attach heather and
ribbons to it to frame your guests when they snap
photos of themselves behaving badly!
Think outside the box
for drinks and favours
Alcohol, beer, confectionery, and soap. They all
come in versions that incorporate heather. And, to
go back to basics, when the Queen (Elizabeth II)
married Prince Philip, the wedding favours were
individual posies of myrtle and white heather from
Thanks for reading!