Wedding Bagpiper2018-11-14T20:22:27+00:00
Edinburgh Wedding Bagpiper
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Wedding Bagpiper

As your wedding bagpiper I can play at various times during your wedding day, from prior to the Bride’s arrival until introducing the Bride and Groom to cut the wedding cake. See when does a piper piper play at a wedding and choose your options on the Wedding Piper Enquiry Form.

Please read further for details of when your wedding piper can play at your wedding. These are suggestions, but when you want your wedding piper to play is entirely up to you. I offer reasonable prices and have no objection if any part of your schedule of the day slips.

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When does a piper play at a wedding?

The Wedding Ceremony

Piper for the arrival of Wedding Guests

A variety of bagpipe tunes, traditional and contemporary, are played to welcome your guests. I will also be on-hand to let them know where they’re supposed to be going!

Arrival of the Bride

As the bridal cars arrive, I play until the bride and bridal party enter the venue. This is a good time to get a photo with your bagpiper!

Piping the Bride up the aisle

This is where it’s time to switch to the Scottish Small Pipes. The mellow and quieter sound of the Small Pipes is perfect to pipe the bride up the aisle to.

I will ask if you have a preferred tune to be played, or can suggest some for you to choose.

Piper for the Signing of the Register

The Small Pipes are played again here, providing background music as you sign the register. The wedding party will hear a Gaelic air and then a lively jig. The wedding party can see this relatively uncommon bellows-operated bagpipe up close.

Newly married couple down the aisle

It’s back to the “Big Pipes” now. You and your partner will make your way down the aisle and out of the ceremony as a married couple. A selection brisk and rousing tunes is the order of the day!

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The Wedding Ceremony

Piper for the arrival of Wedding Guests

A variety of bagpipes tunes, traditional and contemporary, are played to welcome your guests. I will be on-hand to let them know where they’re supposed to be going!

Arrival of the Bride

As the bridal cars arrive, I play until the bride and bridal party enter the venue. This is a good time to get a photo with your bagpiper!

Piping the Bride up the aisle

This is where it’s time to switch to the Scottish Small Pipes. The mellow and quieter sound of the Small Pipes is perfect to pipe the bride up the isle with.

I will ask if you have a preferred tune to be played, or can suggest some for you to choose.

Piper for the Signing of the Register

The Small Pipes are played again here, providing background music as you sign the register. The wedding party will hear a Gaelic air and then a lively jig. The wedding party can see this relatively uncommon bellows-operated bagpipe up close.

Newly married couple down the aisle

It’s back to the “Big Pipes” now. You and your partner will make your way down the aisle and out of the ceremony as a married couple. A selection brisk and rousing tunes is the order of the day!

The Wedding Reception

Piper for the arrival at the Wedding Reception

Is your Reception are at a different venue? I can play to welcome you and your partner, and your guests to the Wedding Reception.

Piper in the Wedding Photographs

The “No.1 Full Highland Dress” as worn by the historic Highland regiments is quite spectacular. I am happy to participate in official photographs, and for any informal photos your wedding guests may wish to take.

Married couple to the Top Table

I will announce to your guests, your arrival at the Wedding Breakfast and then pipe you to the Top Table. Once you are seated, I will recite the traditional “Piper’s Toast” and then pipe back out of the Dining Room.

Extras

These are extra parts of your wedding day when a piper or a pipe band often performs.

Cutting the Wedding Cake

Usually the festivities are well under way by the time comes to cut the wedding cake. Your piper playing you up to the centre stage announces this important part of the celebrations.

The First Dance

Your bagpiper can play a variety of Scottish waltz tunes should you wish to your First Dance to be Scottish. Your bagpiper is an experienced musician and can liaise with your ceilidh band, to provide some extra backing.

Mini-Pipe Band Recital
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edinburgh wedding piper pipe band

A pipe band or mini-pipe band of pipers and drummers marching in to the function hall during the evening’s entertainment to play both traditional and modern tunes is a great sight and is great entertainment for your guests. A good time for a pipe band to make a grand entrance is during a break between the ceilidh band and DJ, or if you’re having a buffet later in the evening.

My personal favourite is to have the bride and groom lead in the pipe band up to form up near the wedding cake prior to it being cut. The pipe band stand to smartly to attention behind the bride and groom cut the cake before performing a short recital and then marching back out. Photos taken of with the band in the background while the cake is cut are spectacular!

Glyn and the Royal Mile Pipes and Drums have a repertoire guaranteed to entertain your guests.

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Why book me as your Wedding Piper?

I offer a more comprehensive wedding bagpiper service by also playing Scottish Small Pipes. My uniform is far superior to that worn by any bagpiper outwith senior ranks in the army. In my pipe band career I’ve won prizes at the top of GRADE I, and in solo competitions I have won against some of the world’s best pipers. I have 25 years of experience playing as a wedding bagpiper.

My Scottish Small Pipes

For no extra cost I play the Scottish Small Pipes for parts of the wedding ceremony; playing the bride up the aisle and for background music during the Signing of the Register.

The Small Pipes have a lovely, mellow sound which is particularly suited to the more restrained parts of the ceremony. They are ideal for smaller indoor venues.

Some Registry Offices do not allow the Highland Bagpipes to be played inside where there may be more than one wedding ceremony taking place. The volume of Small Pipes is perfect for these venues.

Many in your wedding party will not have heard this type of bagpipe before.

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