Tartans for Your Scottish Theme Wedding
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- Scottish Plaid Fabrics in History 101
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Famous Family Setts
Famous Historic Setts
U.S. National Setts
U.S. State Setts
U.S. City Setts
U.S. County Setts
U.S. Historical Setts
U.S. Military Setts
U.S. School Setts
- Favored Groupings ~ Houston, Culloden, and Rainbow
- Emblem Theme Patterns
- Lochcarron Heirloom Collection
- A Free E-Book
- So You’re Going To Wear the Kilt ~ a book with more details
~~~~~~~You have your list of those beautiful Scottish plaid fabrics in hand and are raring to go. But if you know a little about tartan history, you’re choices might change.
Tartan History 101
With many of the setts, there’s so much history interwoven in their past. Why not learn a little more about them and how it evolved into the vast array you can choose from today.
Tartan History 101 will give you a short course. Not only will you learn about the setts, but you’ll gain more respect for it, for your ancestors, and for how you’ll display your choices within your Scottish wedding theme.
Other Options For Selecting Your SettsYou’re not just limited to finding clan affiliations and their tartans. Take a look at these choices available to you…
- Commemorative Setts
- Famous Family Tartan, beginning with Neil Armstrong, astronaut; Hoagy Carmichael, lyricist; Audrey Hepburn, actress; and Grandma Robertson Moses, painter.
- Famous Historic Setts, for historically famous people or events.
- Corporate Setts
There are different corporations with their own tartans. Among these choices are Tommy Hilfiger, Glenlivet, and Compaq.
- Organization Setts
Many organization around the globe are adopting or developing tartans for their group. They’re as diverse as the U.S. Border Patrol, Rotary International, and the Kathushika Scottish Country Dancers of Japan.
- Universal Setts
There are universal setts you can wear including Atlantic Ancient Trade for anyone whose ancestors traded across the Atlantic Ocean, Diaspora for those whose ancestors left Scotland, and Scottish Odyssey for those who have traveled from Scotland.
- American National Setts
There are 6 national choices which can be worn by anyone residing in the United States.
- U.S. State Setts
- U.S. City Setts
- U.S. County Setts
- U.S. Historical Setts
- U.S. Military Setts
- U.S. School Setts
- Irish Setts
This page displays national setts, plus city and county setts.
- Welsh Setts
Favored Groupings Houston, Culloden, and Rainbow ~ these are some of my personal favorites.
- Houston ~ I just plain like it. The background is an old gold color, but viewed as a whole pattern, the color looks like a shade of kiwi. And from a distance, the eye sees the green stripe as teal.
- Rainbow ~ almost carnival in it’s colors.
- Culloden ~ lovely lavenders and grays, one with a marigold color, historical setts found on the battlefield. This combination can be quite striking. Plus the samples are so full of history.
For a Christmas, or Valentine’s wedding, the red and green choices you can combine are almost endless.
Emblem Theme SettsA new, exciting line from Lochcarron of Scotland, these setts celebrate Ireland, Scotland, Canada, United States, and Wales with a display of Emblem Setts symbolic of these countries.
Lochcarron Heirloom CollectionA collection of 10 tartans, woven in wool, but based on a grouping of 19th century silk tartan, in uniquely different colors by Lochcarron of Scotland.
Tartan RibbonLists the 15 polyester ribbons readily available, a source for custom polyester ribbon, and 18 sources for polyester and wool plaid ribbon for your Scottish theme wedding.
Tartan Warnings 9 warnings to heed before you order fabric for your Scottish theme wedding.
Tartan Weights Learn the various weights of common Scottish woolens and how to use them.
Silk TartansThe Scottish ladies and their love affair with silks, the 73 setts readily available in silk, plus custom sources, and over 15 sources for stock silk tartans can all be found at Silk Tartans.
Tartan SourcesSources to locate and order your fabrics for kilts, bridal gowns, and decorations for the wedding ceremony and ceilidh reception. With different fiber contents, locations and links. Look at what these Tartan Sources have to offer and choose which one best meets your needs.
Kilts & Tartan Made Easy
Written by Dr. Nicholas J. Fiddes, founder of Scotweb and Governor of the Scottish Tartans Authority. This free 58 page e-book will answer a lot of questions for you. This free information can be copied and passed on, in its entirety. A nice beginning source.
Kilts & Tartan
|"Buying your Kilt - Made Easy"|
An Expert Insider's Frank Views and Simple Tips by Dr Nicholas J Fiddes (Governor, Scottish Tartans Authority)
So You’re Going To Wear The Kilt Scottish Tartans authority recognizes J. Charles Thompson as the foremost authority on tartans in North America. This book goes into greater depth with 120 pages. This book also has information on different ways for the ladies to wear their sashes and what each signifies. Thompson also gives instructions on altering military surplus jackets, making garters and rosettes, fringing a plaid, constructing a sporran from scratch, making a two-color cockade for your bonnet, and kilt-wearing etiquette for the purist and the non-purist.
So You're Going To Wear the Kilt seems to come in and out of availability, so if you’re interested, order while it’s available.
Even if you only wear a kilt once, this is a really big day and it’s nice to have everything right, so get one book or the other...better yet, both.
When you put a man in a kilt something happens to him and the people around him. Jokes and curiosity flourish, but so does an aura and charisma as he proclaims his history through a tartan.
Read about kilts, their various styles, and determining which is right for your Scottish Theme Wedding.
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