Are we allowed to sing?

Of course you are! My advice is to find a song that’s not too complicated, so everyone can join in – as long as you remember to print the lyrics in your Order of Ceremony. It helps if you’ve got a musical family.

I celebrated a very moving wedding yesterday for two teachers, Steven and Karen at Houston House where Steven’s sister, the award-winning song writer and singer Karine Polwart and their mother Anne gave us a gorgeous rendition of the Burns song The Lea Rigg, accompanied very beautifully on classical guitar by their friend Alan Coady.

If you’re not fortunate enough to number musicians among your family & friends, but don’t want to rely on your CD collection, you might think about booking a ceilidh band for your reception and asking a couple of them to come along early and play at the wedding itself.

 (I’m gonna be) “500 Miles” by The Proclaimers, is about as Scottish a love song as you could hope for. It’s a great ice breaker, and it’s guaranteed to make your guests smile – even the ones who don’t know what ‘haver’ means…

Rhian & Kenny chose it for their wedding, and gave the lyrics to the guests who joined in with a will! Thanks to Claire Juliet Paton for the pics

  1. youngdegsy left a comment on May 5, 2008 at 11:11 am


    I’d also be happy for you to post the lyrics of the song I wrote – Our Wedding Day – to the tune of Scotland the Brave, in case others want to use it, or it provides inspiration.

    Not that I want to burden your blog in technical details, but to encourage its use I have copyrighted the text of our song using the creative commons licence pioneered by Professor Lawrence Lessig. This allows anyone to use, perform, re-use, re-mix or alter it without my permission, so long as it’s attributed and not done for commercial profit. (see
    by-nc/2.5/scotland/). I’m happy to include full details when I send it to you.


    Derek Young

  2. Tim Maguire, Humanist Celebrant left a comment on May 14, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Thanks Derek

    I’d be delighted – I remember it was great fun singing your new words: if you could send some low res images of the wedding as well, i can post them too

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