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Thistle Invitations

Thistle invitations offer something more unique, with miniature handmade thistles decorating the front of the cards.

Tartan ribbon is available in many colours, tied in a bow, or a knot. Some designs include roses to add an extra touch, or two thistles entwined.

All designs are bespoke so if any changes are required please email with details. There are many choices of ribbon and card colour available. I will contact you with regards to wording and font choices and to confirm the design.

Pink Sunflower Invitation

Please Browse the gallery below for examples of thistle invitations

The invitation wording is either printed on a folded paper insert, inside the card or directly onto the card.

Colour, font and card can be changed to suit your theme, and the wording on the front and inside can be completely personalised.

Please contact me for any further information

The thistle first and foremost represents Scotland. Legend has it that in the 13th Century, King Haakon of Norway’s plans of conquering Scotland were foiled as soon as his army landed on Scottish soil. They planned to take the Scottish clans by surprise at night, and intent on sneaking up on them the Norsemen removed their shoes. One of the men’s feet found a thistle and he screamed in pain, waking the sleeping Scottish clan. The surprise attack was a failure and the Scots won the battle.

The thistle therefore represents bravery, loyalty trust and pride.

A nice touch for a Scottish and English wedding is to entwine a thistle and a rose together, the thistle for Scotland and the rose for England.

The Rose And The Thistle - Poem by Barry Reiter

The new sun's dawning rays alight, a red rose bud, her petals tight,
uncertain of what lays outside, her precious heart her petals hide.

Then carried upon a violent gust, a thistle seed the wind did thrust,
into the ground beside the rose, taking root, it too would grow.

The rose and thistle grew as one, and flourished in the summer sun,
the thorns of each extending when the other grew too close again.

Together locked in their embrace, the rose and thistle then would face,
many storms, as nature's might increased with the seasons' ceaseless flight.

An icy wind, a sudden frost, a snowfall on the pair was tossed,
enclosed in silent, dark despair, and thrust apart with every layer.

The warming sun, the melting snow, the new grass green in the meadow,
a rebirth then, of plant and trees; of hearts, and men brought to their knees.

The spring sun shone upon the ground, the red rose awoke – to her surprise found,
her companion was by spring reborn, as a yellow rose, without a thorn.
Now red and yellow blossoms bloom, despite the darkness and the gloom,
growing toward, and nourished on, a light much brighter than the sun.

The pem “Thistles” by Ted Hughes gives a great sense of strength and courage that the thistle represents:

Thistles by Ted Hughes

Against the rubber tongues of cows and the hoeing hands of men
Thistles spike the summer air
And crackle open under a blue-black pressure.

Every one a revengeful burst
Of resurrection, a grasphed fistful
Of splintered weapons and Icelandic frost thrust up

From the underground stain of a decayed Viking.
They are like pale hair and the gutturals of dialects.
Every one manages a plume of blood.

Then they grow grey like men.
Mown down, it is a feud. Their sons appear
Stiff with weapons, fighting back over the same ground.

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