Fiddle music has historically played an important part in Shetland weddings. It is thought that there were once marches in every island district which were used to accompany various aspects of the celebrations, from leading wedding parties to church, to seeing the bride into bed on her wedding night. There are a number of extant stories about particular bridal tunes and their associated traditions which are both intriguing and amusing.
Today, fiddle music still features prominently in Shetland nuptials. It is often performed at wedding ceremonies and dances, and some couples still uphold the bridal marching tradition. Tunes are frequently composed as wedding gifts, and are occasionally written with outdoor performance in mind.