Piper FAQs

1: How much will it cost to hire a piper for my event?

The price varies dependent on your exact requirements. It is important to note that you are paying for the artist’s time and pricing is not determined by how much you wish them to play within that time. Simply contact us to obtain an quote.

2: Why hire a piper?

A piper can add great colour, music and Scottish culture to any event.  We are good at drawing crowds, make a nice welcome, and are a good addition for photographs. We go down particularly well with foreign guests. We are only too happy to share our knowledge with you and your guests.

3: What tartan will the piper wear?

Between us we have many different tartans available. See the pipers profile section for information on the tartans of each of our pipers. Where possible we are more than happy to try and colour code ourselves in to your event. If the exact tartan of the piper is important to you, and you are prepared to pay for the cost of hiring if available, we can wear this for you.

4: What music will the piper play?

We have a large selection of music in our repertoire with each piper knowing different tunes from the next one. We will be happy to recommend what works best where.

5: Are the pipes allowed inside the church?

This is dependent on the individual priest or celebrant. In most cases there isn’t a problem with this, however it is always good manners to run it by whoever is in charge of your Wedding. Remember however that it is YOUR day, if the church is not keen.

6: Are the pipes too loud to be played inside?

This is dependent on the circumstances, we are good at judging this on the day. In most cases pipes are fine in short bursts, i.e up and down an isle. If we feel the room to be too small we will either stand at the back or outside in the corridor so that the noise can still drift in. You might also want to consider adopting the Scottish small pipes for any inside work.

7: Can the piper be in the photographs?

Absolutely. We are proud to pose for any photographs with you or your guests.

8: What does a pipers grade mean?

There are vast differences in the quality of pipers. A piper who plays with a grade 1 band is on the top of their game. This is a person who is competing amongst the very best in the World.  Who knows how to tune their instrument (this is of paramount importance and is where the squealing cat references come from), and who has the professionalism to dress smartly. The lower end of the spectrum is grade 4. This would most likely mean that the person doesn’t take their piping so seriously, is a novice, or someone who doesn’t aspire to great level of competition. Most of our pipers have experienced playing in Grade 1 competition or have been leaders of lower graded bands

9: Do we need to feed the piper?

Very rarely do we require to be fed. If there was to be an onsite time of more than 5 hours then perhaps some food would be appreciated. You are welcome to invite the piper to stay for dinner if you wish however this is by no means compulsory.

10: What is the difference between no1 and no 2 dress?

The No. 1 or full ceremonial dress consists of a kilt, tunic, horse hair sporran, spats and diced hose, full plaid with Cairngorm brooch and a feather bonnet. This really is a spectacular sight and turns heads wherever it is viewed. The No.2 uniform is a slightly less formal and more modern version of the full highland dress. It consists of a kilt, Argyll jacket, shirt and tie, ghillie brogues, and a sporran.

11: How do we book our piper?

To check availability, get a quote and make  booking simply contact us and we’ll get back to you.

12: How do we pay for the piper?

You can pay via PayPal or by direct BACS transfer.

13: Can we hear the piper play before we commit?

We can arrange this where possible. We also have videos and pictures of our pipers on our site that you can browse through. If there is any particular piper that you like the look of, we can check availability of this piper for you.

14: Will the Piper be dressed in full regalia?

All of our pipers are personally vetted to ensure they meet our high demands for dress and deportment, people skills, playing ability and reliability. As standard we come wearing full No 1 Dress, but No 2 dress can be requested.

15: How much experience do your pipers have?

We have vast experience in organising entertainment for Weddings and Civil Partnerships, having supplied for over 3000 celebrations throughout Scotland, we have also performed at Weddings in France, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Poland. These engagements have included all types of religions and race, we are more than happy to advise you regardless of what type of Wedding you are having.
We are the recommended suppliers to some of the very best Wedding venues in Scotland. From a single piper through to planning your full day of entertainment we are here to offer our expertise in helping you select what is correct for you.
All of our clients benefit from our extensive knowledge and receive a personal experience to ensure that we meet and exceed all of your expectations. We are one of only a few professional piping companies in Scotland and come highly recommended after winning the Vows Award for music and entertainment.

16: When does the piper play at a wedding?

This is entirely up to you but find out what we suggest and decide what’s best for you – check out our handy guide which explains the various options for when a piper can play at a wedding.

17: What happens if my wedding piper falls ill the day before my wedding day?

When you book a piper through Scotia Pipers you won’t have to worry about your piper turning up to you wedding as we have an extensive database of pipers to rely on.
With a database of pipers throughout the UK, wherever you are, we will have a piper for you. The added benefit of our database is that we have contingency plans should your piper become ill the night before your Wedding, which most companies can’t offer.

18: Fancy something different for your Wedding?

If you fancy having something a little different to the highland pipes, you may want to include the small pipes for any indoor piping, isle work, signing the register, in the background during cocktails etc.
Click here for more fantastic ideas

To find out more information, check availability and get a quote for a piper for your big day, simply contact us or give us a call.

We look forward to entertaining you on your big day.

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