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Not wearing a kilt to a wedding - excuses needed!

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SirChenjin Sun 10-Jul-16 21:09:36

Family member is getting married soon. Some of the men in my extended family and all on her side are wearing kilts - it's a sign of being Scottish apparently <bites tongue>

DH and DS1 have no interest whatsoever in wearing a kilt. They want to wear a nice suit - but are worried that this will mark them down as snobs/weirdos/insert name of choice here by some of the more vocal members of the group.

What's a good response to this nonsense if anyone starts? (yes Uncle, I am looking g at you)

prettybird Sun 10-Jul-16 21:25:40

Simple: "I prefer wearing a suit". (Along the lines of the MN "Did you mean to be so rude?" wink)

While I personally love guys in kilts, there were plenty at our wedding who didn't wear them and not just the English/Welsh. Didn't cross my mind to judge them.

BertrandRussell Sun 10-Jul-16 21:28:58

Just turn up in suits. Don't ask, don't explain.

SirChenjin Sun 10-Jul-16 21:31:51

Which will be met with 'why on earth do you prefer a suit to a kilt - are you mad?' - and neither of them want to have to.justify themselves in some sort of measure of Scottishness.

I like some blokes in kilts - but it very much depends on the bloke and the kilt grin

prettybird Sun 10-Jul-16 21:37:33

Definitely then use the "Did you mean to be so rude?" riposte then grin

Or simply refuse to engage and repeat as nauseum "I prefer a suit".

itmustbemyage Sun 10-Jul-16 21:39:22

Plenty of Scottish guys don't like wearing the kilt my DH included. I would have loved him to be married in a kilt,he would really suit one in my opinion, he didn't want to end of discussion. None of my family cared (half of them Scottish half of them Welsh) some of the guests wore the kilt some did not it was just not an issue.

redexpat Sun 10-Jul-16 21:40:51

Oooh you could have so much fun with this... NB the following are designed to be so ridiculous they'll stop conversation. Disclaimer: I have had 2 glasses of wine tonight so my judgement may be off.

You could say loudly I've got explosive diaoreah and didnt want to be without my pants. (is it just me that can hear that being said in Susan Calman's voice?)

Or that I've not been able to wear one since I saw Braveheart/Macbeth and got nightmares.

Or, kilts aren't long enough for me WINK WINK.

It's easier to smuggle drugs in in your pants.

Put hands in pockets and say you can't see me giving you the finger right now!

SirChenjin Sun 10-Jul-16 21:55:47

grin grin red - you have nailed it! All of these excuses are spot on - Uncle won't know what's hit hI'm and will be rendered speechless smarmy git that he is

Although if they all fail it's back to that well known MN riposte grin

redexpat Sun 10-Jul-16 21:59:58

<scottish accent> Eehhxcellehnt! grin

SirChenjin Sun 10-Jul-16 22:00:44

3rd wine downed?

Arfarfanarf Sun 10-Jul-16 22:04:12

Im not allowed to wear one any more after <whispers> The Incident

::shuffle off looking a bit shady::

BadToTheBone Sun 10-Jul-16 22:04:35

My granddad was a Scotsman, he hated a kilt and thought the modern trend for wearing them at weddings was just sentimental bollocks. Use that.

Hope that helps, lol

SirChenjin Sun 10-Jul-16 22:13:02

Oi Arf - you get back here. The Incident???

Bad - that is absolutely added to The List of Kilt Excuses!! grin I'm with your grandad - when did it become a thing to wear a kilt to a wedding?? Esp one of those non descript tartans or when they are teamed with one of those awful lace up white shirts <shudder>

OopsThereGoMyTrousers Sun 10-Jul-16 22:20:46

Explain that they have adopted a new modest religion, and are forbidden to expose their knees.
They plan to do a lot of very energetic dancing later on, and don't want to flash their underwear (or lack of)
They're on probation and not allowed to carry any weapons, which precludes wearing a skene-dhu (sp?) and no kilt wearer should be without one of them.
They've become vegans so can't wear a sporran made from animal fur

QueenLaBeefah Sun 10-Jul-16 22:22:57

I really don't think anyone will care.

I've been to loads of weddings (in Scotland) and most of the men/boys don't wear kilts.

It is not like they are the cheapest item to buy/hire.

SirChenjin Sun 10-Jul-16 22:24:28


Love it! They are now on The List too. Pauvre Once...his Competitive Scottishness won't know what to do with itself!

Redglitter Sun 10-Jul-16 22:24:40

I've never known anyone have to justify not wearing a kilt. You're probably over thinking it smile

SirChenjin Sun 10-Jul-16 22:25:52


Queen - sadly they will. I am in no doubt whatsoever, knowing some of my family as I do.

CarpeJugulum Sun 10-Jul-16 22:29:23

"Wear a kilt?! With my legs?!" said in a tone of shocked disbelief and a sad shake of the head.

Although, I've never been at a wedding where anyone cared really.

Arfarfanarf Sun 10-Jul-16 22:35:07

Haha no juicy story sorry 😂. I was suggesting something for your husband to say.

SirChenjin Sun 10-Jul-16 22:37:08

Oh bum Arf - I thought you had a sordid story to share grin

<adds another 2 excuses to the list>

FoggyMorn Sun 10-Jul-16 22:42:13

What about a half way house solution? Tartan trews and a jacket rather than a suit or kilt?

Lighteningirll Sun 10-Jul-16 22:42:15

We went to a wedding where the bride asked men to wear kilts but emphasized no pressure, my dh was the only one of all his friends who didn't he still regrets it. I've got to say it was really good fun but I need get to see far more willies and bums than can ever be necessary grin non of us are Scottish btw not the bride her family or the groom confused.

SirChenjin Sun 10-Jul-16 22:57:38

No - tartan trews are definitely not an option. I think 18 year old DS would rather be seen in one of my frocks grin

WankersHacksandThieves Sun 10-Jul-16 23:13:06

Just say that Scottishness is not a competition and it's such a cliche to wear a kilt. It shows a lack of imagination. You'd prefer to wear your own clothes rather than ones which have someone else pish splash on them.

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