A Highland Fairy Tale: We Dance and Drink the Night Away

OK, enough with the sappiness, let’s get this party started!!! From about 9:30 pm until we were kicked out at midnight, the dancing was energized and non-stop!




It was a pretty typical wedding reception. The DJ kept it mostly fresh with new hits, but threw in a few old school songs for good measure.

Girls in their late twenties danced to “So Call me, Maybe” with no shame.



Scottish men got physical in odd-shaped huddles.




The flower girl, who LITERALLY danced all night, took the prize for most adorable. To this day, people still tell me how cute Littlest C was at the reception.


Note: Littlest C has a glow stick attached to her dress. We added a whole bunch of glow sticks to our order with Midwest Sound and it was definitely worth it! They were a big hit with kids and adults.

And the bride and groom kept kissing each other.


Now I wasn’t too picky about the music at our reception, BUT I did have one major stipulation! NO ORGANIZED LINE DANCES!!! But wait, Mrs. Sword, wasn’t the ceilidh dancing one big line dance after big line dance??? Yes and no. Those were culturally specific and more intricate. Right!?

Well, Mom Sword and MOH Big Eyes LOVE American line dances and my cousins actually requested one, but I had to lay down the law and emphatically tell them that line dances were on my “Do Not Play” list!

I ended up seeing the error in my ways (and apologizing to said cousins), because apparently the girlfriends of Mr. Sword’s buddies from Scotland were the ones who were DYING to try an American line dance. They’d shown us theirs, it was time to reciprocate! So I lifted the ban and we taught the Scottish folk the Cha Cha slide. Fun was had by folks from both sides of the pond.


While I was dancing up a storm, this was also happening:


Pretty sure that’s the best picture ever. This wouldn’t be a Scottish wedding reception without a platter of shots now would it?!?!



Cheers, everybody! Our wedding day was jam-packed and super fun, but it was the dancing portion that really flew by for me. Up next, Mr. Sword and I sneak away for a few more pictures and the Sword wedding comes to an end!

Did you or do you hope to have an epic dance party as well? Who else put a ban on American line dances?

All photos by Crystal Liepa Photography.


Skipped some of the Sword saga? It’s OK, catch up today!

Teaser video!
Final preparations, snow, and tears!
Ladies’ Luncheon!
Elevators of anxiety!
Rehearsing and screaming!
Burgers and surprises!
Kisses at midnight!

The Big Day
Bacon for bridal baby!
Hair and makeup!
Men in kilts!
Tiara and bouquet!
Becoming a bride!
Champagne toasts!
First look!
Cold couple portraits!
The Swords with swords!
The men pose!
The women pose!
Altogether now!
Elevator madness!
Big reveal!
Family photos!
Posing with our flower girl!
True Scotsman indeed!

People processing!
Bridal cry/laugh walk!
Ceremony readings!
Vows and handfasting!
Receiving line!

Cocktail hour!
The pretty details!
Grand entrances!
We get roasted!
Parent dances!
First dance fake out!
Stripping the willow!
Anniversary dance!


Mrs. Sword

Wedding Date:
March 2013
Gallery of the Day: August 27, 2013
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  1. bluewhale Bee
    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 8:20 am

    There’s nothing I love more than a good wedding reception! I want to borrow your Scottish friends, please 🙂

  2. wellies Bee
    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:35 am

    Your friends and fam know how to have a good time! 😀

  3. mswallaby Bee
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:27 pm

    Haha looks like the boys got a little cray 😉 sounds fun!! I love dancing at weddings!

  4. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:55 pm

    I need some Scottish friends stat, your reception looks awesome!

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    sapphire-dreamer 3424 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:13 am

    I am! the last wedding I went to, the DJ got scared when people (except me) weren’t dancing and started playing the line dances. and he played ALL of them! Ugh. Before we knew it the party was over.

    I believe Line dances should only occur within the last 10-15 minutes of the party. AFTER the cake has been cut.

  6. sword Bee
    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:20 am

    Clearly we need a bee Scottish party to dance at together! That would be kick-ass.

    @Sapphire-Dreamer: OH man, I know the DJ was trying but come on, that’s overkill! I agree.

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