Dressing for the Occasion

So you’ve got engaged, you’ve found a wedding venue, you’ve bought the rings. The next in what is going to feel like a long list of important decisions has to be The Dress! We are lucky in Edinburgh to be blessed with plenty of choice in this arena. There are some fabulous bridal shops and kiltmakers. Let’s look first at the Groom’s choices if he wishes to wear traditionally Scottish wedding attire.

Did you know Grassmarket Community Project themselves make kilts under the banner of Greyfriars Tartan?


Grassmarket Community Project is a social enterprise born from a century old partnership between Greyfriars Kirk and the Grassmarket Mission in Edinburgh. It has transformed from a humble soup kitchen into a vibrant and inclusive community hub. We reach out to disadvantaged and vulnerable people by providing a nurturing, safe place where they can attend workshops, meet others and build up their skills and confidence.

In 2011, a talented member of our weaving group took inspiration from the famous local story of Greyfriars Bobby and designed Greyfriars Tartan, the first of our Grassmarket Tartans. In 2014 we started a tartan textiles group where our in-house tailor equips members with the skills required to create a range of beautiful handmade products. While making the products, members are undergoing a comprehensive textiles training programme and working towards becoming more employable, as well as gaining valuable life skills such as basic numeracy, improved communication and team work.

We also use other, well known tartans to make products to order. Our kilts are all handmade and made to measure. You can take a look here.


This would be a great #sociallyconscious choice if you wanted to make an ethical decision about your wedding day attire.

If you would like somewhere to browse the whole range of men’s Scottish wedding attire you are well-served in Edinburgh.

First let’s take a look at 21st Century Kilts.

Designated by The Guardian as ‘One of the ten best independent shops in Edinburgh’, 21st Century Kilts aims for a modern take on a traditional item. As founder Howie Nicholsby says: “My aim is to give men throughout the world a realistic alternative to trousers. Pioneering the next step of its evolution, 21st Century Kilts is true to the original kilt which was everyday clothing. Casual or formal a kilt should be an option for any man from anywhere who can realise they are part of the history of an international garment.”


The full array of kilts are available, in ready to wear or made to order, and with a pretty whacky choice of fabric too should you wish. If you’d like to be measured up by Howie in the Thistle St store, you would be wise to make an appointment. All your accessories can be sourced here too, to give you a wedding day to remember.


Now let’s put the spotlight on The Kilt Store on Haymarket Terrace.


In here you can buy or hire a kilt, in fact they have a special offer of 30% off kilt hire for October & November. There’s also a wide range of kilt accessories, jackets, giftware and footwear. Virtually the whole range can be ordered online as well as in the Edinburgh, Dundee or Musselburgh stores. Hamish at The Kilt Store says “We are a small, family business, trading 25 years, where the emphasis is on quality, customer service and value for money. Our main aim is to supply Scottish manufactured products to men and women that have a desire to shout out that they love Scotland & want to feel great in Scottish highland dress. We have three locations with the back up of our warehouse which holds our hire fleet and allows us to press and clean kilts with state of the art machinery.”

They also have their own Men in Kilts calendar for 2017 which seems to be very popular on social media, we can’t imagine why!



Next, for the ladies, we’re visiting Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo Bridal Boutique in East Kilbride.

This gorgeous boutique has one branch for brides and another for bridesmaids, flower girls and mothers of the bride. Choose from different styles of bridal gown – ball gowns, fishtail, A line, curvaceous or fit & flare.


For bridesmaids there is plenty of choice in both long and short styles.


Naturally veils, underskirts, shoes & tiaras are also available, along with a dressing service to assist you on your wedding day.

Finally let’s put the spotlight on Simply Exquisite Bridal and Prom Boutique in Elm Row, Edinburgh.


The team here pride themselves on providing a relaxed atmosphere for brides to look at and try on gowns. You can choose from a wide range as you can see, and they also specialise in prom dresses.


How far in advance will you make your decision? That’s up to you, but it will be a day you remember for the rest of your life!



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