Do You Want Tartan at Your Wedding? :: Bewildered Bride
September 16, 2015

Do You Want Tartan at Your Wedding?

Tartan – some love it and others hate it. Every year thousands of weddings feature kilts mainly with family tartan but sometimes just with a tartan that fits the colour scheme or that the couple like. But some couples want to incorporate tartan into their wedding in a more modern and contemporary way. Lindsey Hunter of Get Knotted Weddings has joined forces with, a tartan clothing and interior specialist to create some inspiration on how to use tartan at your wedding to create stunning wedding decor details. Ancient Gordon, Modern Gordon and Gordon Weathered Tartans (available from

If you want to use more than one tartan, this setting shows how it is possible to combine them successfully. Lindsey decided to set the 3 different Gordon tartans against the beautiful yellow laburnum trees in a stunning bohemian orchard setting.
The Gordon tartan has a beautiful stripe which makes it stand out and Lindsey painted the old chairs yellow to complement the colours. One half of the chairs were covered in Ancient Gordon tartan and the other half in Modern Gordon. There were two large curtain panels of Gordon Weathered tartan flowing from a rustic arch to create a striking frame for the registrars table. The arch was finished with flowers and greenery  to create a floral curtain tie. I think this  has a lovely fresh feel to it and would be perfect for an outdoor lawn wedding. Ancient Gordon, Modern Gordon and Gordon Weathered Tartans (available from 6

If you’re planning a wedding in a rustic venue like a barn or a castle, you can use a colourful tartan to brighten up and change the look and feel of a room. A colourful tartan such as Gordon Red Ancient tartan is perfect to complete a contemporary look. Gordon Red Ancient tartan features bold and bright orange, green, hot pink, black and blue, which you can use to pick out other details and flowers when decorating your wedding reception. Gordon Red Ancient Tartan (available from 6

The bold tartan was used as a table cloth in this style but if you didn’t want such an high impact you could choose a table runner in this cloth and complement it with the chair covers to warm and brighten the room. Lindsey used green and antique cranberry glasses  at each place setting to pick out some of the main colours of the tartan and used crisp white candles and textured black bottles with orange roses placed inside for simple table décor.

I love the tartan chair backs, they are an excellent way to incorporate the bold tartan and if you pick out the hot pink and orange in the Gordon Ancient Red tartan with flowers, it will give you a bold yet contemporary style for your wedding. Gordon Red Ancient Tartan (available from 1

If you are brave enough to plan an outside reception, you must have a breathtaking setting. Set overlooking a lake, this alfresco wedding reception designed by Lindsey uses the pretty Taylor Ancient tartan featuring sage green, lavender, pink and lime. Taylor Ancient Tartan (available from 5The Taylor Ancient Tartan is perfect for a lake setting as these colours are found in the lakes natural setting. Lindsey used tartan fabric to create delicate chair sashes set on an angle, just as a Scottish lady at a formal event would have worn them. A posy of lavender and alchemilla was chosen to enhance the colours of the tartan without drawing attention away from the tartan. Tartan fabric was also used as a tablecloth, dressed with a crystal candelabra and a simple green arrangement of alchemilla set on top.
I think the fresh greens look amazing with the lake setting and the sashes on the chiavari chairs are stunning.

If your wedding venue had a bold colour scheme you can choose a tartan that will contract in the room. Lindsey used a dramatic blue room as the backdrop for this setting. To contrast the vibrant blue, Lindsey chose Young Weathered tartan which has hint of blue with brown, red and gold tones. Young Weathered Tartan (available from 20
The chair ruffles were made of delicate organze with a hint of tartan to add some drama to the white chiavari chairs. Tartan napkins were tied with red ribbon and finished with a red jewel with subtle brown cutlery to enhance the colours in the tartan.  For an extra finishing touch, cherries and plums were dotted around the table to pick out the red in the tartan. I think this look would be perfect for a winter wedding where the tartan could be used to trim a Christmas tree. Young Weathered Tartan (available from 6
I think these photos prove that tartan is perfect to use for a wedding and the colours can really enhance your wedding venue and it shouldnt only be used in Scotland!

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