Introducing the MacGregor and MacDuff Heritage Collection

Introducing a unique kilt experience from MacGregor and MacDuff – The Heritage Collection.

Here at MacGregor and MacDuff, we take great pride in the heritage of the kilts and highlandwear we sell. The history of the kilt is fascinating and even the original kilt is still very integral to the design of the kilt we know today. We’re always looking for ways to not only innovate and create inspired new kilt outfits but to also honour the heritage of the kilt styles and clans that came before us.

With the Heritage Collection, we’d like to do that with you. Tell us your clan heritage and we’ll provide a clan tartan kilt and accompanying clan crest accessories including kilt pin, sgian dubh, cufflinks and sporran.

If you want to learn more about other clans, and about Scotland’s history, we’re releasing a mini podcast series next month on clan stories. From ghost stories to royal betrayals, we’ll be bringing you the clan histories that you may not have heard yet!

Shop the MacGregor and MacDuff Heritage Collection today, available from £949.

Weddings By MacGregor and MacDuff – Baby, I’m Yours

 

What was your favourite part of wedding planning?

Our favourite part of wedding planning was getting really creative and working out how we brought us as a couple and our favourite things into the day – all our suppliers were brilliant so it really made things a lot easier having such helpful people around us!

Can you talk us through your outfit?

Ross and his 7 strong grooms party wore the Silver Mist tartan – we wanted something classic with a modern twist and something which would tie in with the colour scheme.

Gillian wore a Tarik Ediz wedding dress which had an intricate bodice with a satin skirt.

What was your first dance?

Our first dance was ‘Baby I’m Yours’ by the Arctic Monkeys

Where did you get married and why did you choose that venue?

We got married in The University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel and our reception was held in 29 Private Members Club. We chose the chapel because as soon as we walked in we were blown away by how beautiful it was and knew it was our venue. As we had chosen such an old traditional building for our ceremony, we wanted to choose something completely different and unexpected for the reception and 29 fitted it’s such a hidden gem and it’s so modern that we thought it was a good balance of old and new!

Why did you choose a kilt outfit over a traditional suit? 

Because it was a proper Scottish wedding, it’s not often you get the opportunity to wear a kilt but Ross pretty much wears a suit to work every day so it was nice to wear something a little different from the norm.


Were there any surprises on the day? (good or bad!)

We loved finally getting to see our cake and flowers and hear the choir we had booked. We knew everything that was going to happen that day so there weren’t many surprises but for items like the cake we had only ever imagined in our head what it might look like and actually we were completely overwhelmed with how amazing it and the flowers looked and the choir were better than we could ever have hoped!

Were any of the groomsmen or other party members in kilts?

Yes, Ross’ whole grooms’ party (2 best men, 3 ushers, father of the bride, father of the groom) were in the same tartan as him. And there were a few other kilts floating about that night too!

What advice would you give to couples who are planning their wedding?

Enjoy it! It seems like such a hard task when you start out but it really is all worth it in the end!

Would you come back to MacGregor and MacDuff?

Yes you were great and really helped make sure things ran smoothly for us!

Did you incorporate tartan into any other part of your wedding?

We had a handfasting ceremony in which our hands were bound with tartan.

Get the look:

Glen Orchy Tweed Kilt Outfit – from £799
Tartan Handfasting Ribbon – £24.50

 

Photographs courtesy of guests and Cademuir Photography. 

 

Weddings By MacGregor and MacDuff – All of Me

John and Sophie married in Essex earlier this year and we caught up with John to hear all about their big day…

What was your favourite part of wedding planning?

Letting Sophie take control! I had very little to do with the planning to be entirely honest and she did an incredible job. Although I did quite enjoy trying all the food and drink offerings at the venue and cake samples too, you have to be sure about these things don’t you?!

Can you talk us through your outfit?

We wore the Glen Orchy tweed charcoal suits with waistcoats and Silver Mist tartan and a tartan straight tie to match. We also wore a black dress sporran with chrome cantle and ghillie brogues.

What was your first dance?

All of me by John Legend, we also had a violin version of this playing in our ceremony room as it is a song we both love and the lyrics are so fitting in the circumstances.

Where did you get married and why did you choose that venue?

We got married at Gosfield Hall near Halstead, Essex which isn’t far from us. The venue sort of chose itself. It’s a very grand house built in 1545 and is where Sophie’s sister was married a few years ago. We (Sophie) looked at a number of venues locally but we kept coming back to this one. It could sleep many of our guests and could cater for our whole day from ceremony to catering to entertainment and bar. It really was perfect for us!

Why did you choose a kilt outfit over a traditional suit?

My mother’s side of the family are originally from Carluke and it is a part of my family which I am particularly proud of and very much wanted to celebrate my ancestry. I also felt that a kilt outfit, looks very smart but just felt a bit more relaxed and natural for me. I’m really not a traditional wedding suit with tails kind of fella.

Were there any surprises on the day? (Good or bad!)

Sophie organised a piper to play for us. My late grandfather played the bagpipes and it was very fitting that a piper should be at the wedding. It sounds a bit silly but it made it feel like he was there with us which was just perfect!

Were any of the groomsmen or other party members in kilts?

My 3 brothers were my groomsmen. They all wore the same as myself, with the exception of my buttonhole flowers being different.

What advice would you give to couples who are planning their wedding?

In honesty go with your gut feeling and don’t deliberate too much on decisions. If something feels right it probably is!

Would you come back to MacGregor and MacDuff?

I already have! My brothers and I purchased the same suits we wore on the day and purchased 8 yard handmade kilts, flashes and straight ties in our family tartan, the Thompson blue. I’m a firm believer in “you get what you pay for” and the quality of these is just top notch.

My cousin is getting married in August and he and his brother have also come to yourselves on our recommendation for the same suits/tartan, and a friend of mine is also in the throes of hiring for his wedding too!

I honestly couldn’t recommend you all enough. From the minute I contacted you to make a kilt fitting appointment in London you have been nothing short of amazing. You made a potentially painful experience very simple and helped us all the way through the process. On top of that when one of my guests needed to replace some items of his own which were damaged in a house move at short notice you jumped into action and turned around a delivery in an incredibly short timescale. You really surpassed any expectations I had and will 100% be my go to supplier for any kilt hire/accessories I may need in future.

Get the look:

8 yard fully handmade kilt – from £389

Thistle buttonhole – £10.99

Weddings by MacGregor and MacDuff – London Love

What was your favourite part of wedding planning?
We started planning around a year ahead and had an initial period where booking venues and giving guests notification of the date which filled a couple of weeks. It then all stopped until a couple of months before. We got married in the members dining room at the Houses of Parliament and going into the venue on a number of occasions while parliament was sitting and one occasion when it was nearly empty due to the election, was for us the best bit of the planning. Every time we went into parliament, we got a sense of the history of the place and it kept impressing us with its grandeur. We knew our families would feel the same on the day and we wanted them to feel proud that we were getting married in such a setting.
Can you talk us through your outfit?

Andrew’s father was born and bred in Glasgow and he has a lot of family who still live in the City. Once we had booked our venue, we talked about what we would wear and Andrew was not keen on wearing tails, a morning suit or anything like that. When we thought about where we were getting married, Steve felt suits would look too ordinary. We, therefore, started to look into wearing kilts and came to MacGregor and MacDuff’s kilt shop in London, where we saw Sarah. Sarah showed us Taylor Ancient tartan and it looked perfect, so we got Andrew’s kilt made and Sarah helped us plan the rest of what he would wear. Steve is from Sunderland and worked for Northumbria Police for 12 years, he, therefore, decided to wear Northumberland Tartan but after a visit to Northumberland, he was not keen on how it looked. We, therefore, returned to see Sarah in London again. Steve’s great grandfather emigrated from Ireland to the North East and his family name can be traced to County Lough in Ireland. With Sarah’s help, we, therefore, got the county tartan from that county and Sarah steered Steve away from an Argyll jacket and onto something that matched Andrew’s. None of our family knew what we were wearing until we walked into the room for the ceremony and the choice of kilts worked perfectly in the setting.

What was your first dance?

We did not do one formally but it may have been ‘jump around’ by the house of pain, with the rest of Andrew’s family. It’s becoming a family wedding tradition.

Where did you get married and why did you choose that venue?
Members dining room at the Houses of Parliament. It was Parliament that allowed gay people to marry and it felt significant to get married there as a result. Also, our families would have a day to remember and would get an opportunity to visit this beautiful building.
Were there any surprises on the day? (good or bad!)
Andrew’s sister bought us a cake and there were no real nerves on the day. Oh yes, and Steve’s father burst into song at the beginning of his speech. We thought this was something to do with Steve’s mother who passed away ten years ago but it was nerves apparently.
Were any of the groomsmen or other party members in kilts?
No, we got the idea to do something like that a little too late. Steve’s best woman thought of having a waistcoat made in tartan but the idea came late in the day.
What advice would you give to couples who are planning their wedding?
Get everything sorted and settled as soon as possible, the days running up to the wedding will be manic, so don’t fill that time full of events or arrangements as you get a bit overwhelmed by it all.
Would you come back to MacGregor and MacDuff?

Very much so. Considering we’re in London and the company is in Glasgow the customer service and delivery etc. were excellent. Sarah really helped with fitting and ensuring we complemented each other.

Did you incorporate tartan into any other part of your wedding?
No, but we had English roses and Scottish Thistle’s in our button holes

Get the look:

Buy full kilt outfit – from £699
Purple and white heather buttonholes – £10.99

Weddings by MacGregor and MacDuff – Oban Love

Simone and Danny married in Brig O’Doon in Alloway on a beautiful sunny day. We caught up with the couple to find out more about their big day.

What was your favourite part of wedding planning?
Simone: I really enjoyed the whole experience but my favourite part had to be dress shopping and picking my flowers.
Danny: My favourite part had to be trying out the wedding cake samples and picking my kilt.
Can you talk us through your outfit?
Simone: I knew I wanted a full wedding dress with lace detail. My dress was Allure from Reetas in Glasgow and it really was my dream dress. I went for an ivory lace top half with champagne skirt and veil to match. I had a keyhole back with buttons right down the full skirt. It was perfect.
Danny: I wanted a grey kilt but one that still had some traditional tartan in it. When we saw the Oban Mist one it was meant to be as Oban is where I proposed to Simone. I wanted to look slightly different from the rest of the guys so I decided to go for the tartan tie, flashes and plaid.
What was your first dance?
Our first dance was Jason Mraz “I won’t give up”. We then played the proclaimers “I wanna spend my life with you” to get everyone on the dancefloor with us.
Where did you get married and why did you choose that venue?
We decided on the Brig o’ Doon in Alloway, we wanted somewhere that had a traditional Scottish feel to it with lots of guests travelling from abroad. The venue was perfect, it has such a homely feel to it but the ballroom really takes everyone by surprise. When I stood at the top of the stairway looking down onto the huge bay window where Danny was, I knew we had made the right decision.
Why did you choose a kilt outfit over a traditional suit?
I love wearing a kilt; I try to wear one at any opportunity I can. I wear a suit every day to work and I think a kilt is much smarter. I always feel more dressed up in a kilt.
Were there any surprises on the day? (good or bad!)
The only thing that really surprised us was the amazing weather we got on our day! The sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, which was very lucky considering the weeks of rains either side. All of our friends and family know how to have a good time but we were quite surprised at how early the party started. We haven’t been at a wedding before where some of the guests were on top of chairs clapping when the bride and groom got piped in for dinner. No other surprises really, the full day was perfect from start to finish.
Were any of the groomsmen or other party members in kilts?
Our full grooms party wore the same kilts as Danny but with plain ties instead.
What advice would you give to couples who are planning their wedding?
Just enjoy the full experience! We had 2 years to plan our wedding which gave us plenty of time. Being a teacher Simone is super organised so the planning came quite easily to her. Try not to get stressed out with silly things, they won’t make a difference to your day. We let our whole day run on late because we were enjoying being out in the sun mingling with our guests too much!
Would you come back to MacGregor and MacDuff?
Yes definitely! I will be recommending them to my friends who have weddings coming up. I wanted to buy my own kilt and the girls in the shop were very thorough and made sure every measurement was spot on.
Did you incorporate tartan into any other part of your wedding?
No, as our venue had a very Scottish feel to it anyway with tartan carpets etc.
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