Scottish weddings are steeped in tradition. A traditional Scottish wedding blessing can be fun to say even at a modern Scottish ceremony.
Though there are many traditional Scottish wedding blessings, this one is my favorite. It starts with the singular individual (heart and character), moves to the couple (home), and ends with the community (nation and world).
The sentiment is perfect for a couple starting their life together.
A Righteous Heart
If there is righteousness in the heart
If there is righteousness in the heart,
there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.
So let it be.
Next, we have a prayer in the traditional Gaelic, as well as with the english translation.
This blessing asks for a happy future for the bride and groom. It is a prayer for peace, long life, and riches for the couples life together.
A Thousand Welcomes
Mi\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\le fa\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ilte dhuit le d’bhre/id,
Fad do re/ gun robh thu sla\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\n.
Mo/ran la\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ithean dhuit is si\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\th,
Le d’mhaitheas is le d’ni\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ bhi fa\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\s.
“A thousand welcomes to you with your marriage kerchief,
May you be healthy all your days.
May you be blessed with long life and peace,
May you grow old with goodness, and with riches.”
Read more Celtic Prayers.
This last Scottish wedding prayer is asking God to take care of the new couple. Dear Lord, we put our marriage in your hands.
Help Us Remember
Lord help us to remember when
We first met and the strong
love that grew between us.
To work that love into
practical things so that nothing
can divide us.
We ask for words both kind
and loving and hearts always
ready to ask forgiveness
as well as to forgive.
Dear Lord, we put our
marriage into your hands.