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Scotia Pipers

Wedding Pipers

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 in 2007 and being nominated in the agency category in 2009. We have an extensive database of pipers throughout the UK, so 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. You have the choice of your piper appearing in No1 or No 2 dress and where possible we can even try and match in with your colour scheme. All of our clients have access to our client area where you can view your details, see further ideas for your Wedding and listen to our sound samples to find the right tune for you.

The sound of the pipes will add a stirring, romantic atmosphere and finishing touch to your big day. Not only do they add great background music to the day, but a Bagpiper kitted out in full regalia turns heads in any environment. Your piper can an attractive extra in photographs, we are more than happy to have our pictures taken with any of your guests and speak to them about any aspects of the bagpipes or piping in general. Your guests can even have a go for themselves if they feel the urge.

When does the piper play at a Wedding?

This is entirely up to you. Below are some suggestions, we are happy to go through these with you, to help you decide what is best for YOU.

  • As a wake up call: What better way to wake up than to the music of the great highland bagpipes. The Queen has her own personal Piper for a wake up call when she is visiting Balmoral.
  • Out of the house and into the car: Let your neighbours know that your big day has arrived in style, the volume of the pipes will certainly draw their attention to the fact that you are about to travel on the journey to the rest of your life.
  • As Guests arrive at Church/Register Office/Hotel: A nice welcome for your Wedding guests which helps put them in the mood for proceedings.
  • Piping the Bride on arrival at the service: Hear the buzz of the pipes as you car nears the wedding venue and the excitement builds. Perhaps have your own personal piper lead your car along the final 100 yards on walk you to the church.
  • Piping the Bride up the aisle: The must among many brides. It is our delight to play as all eyes gaze on as you make the most important walk of your life.
  • Signing of the register: Have the piper in the background playing a few sweet Scottish Airs as you sign the Wedding Register.
  • Back down the aisle: A rousing March or Jig as the couple walk down the aisle as man and wife to huge applause from their guests
  • At the church door: Announce your arrival to the world as man and wife to the sound of the pipes for that grand exit.
  • As the happy couple leave the service by car: This is a very happy moment, with the couple being covered in confetti, the piper can be playing some brisk cheery marches to add to the moment.
  • Welcoming guests to the reception: Your guests will certainly know where the doors to your reception are when they see the piper standing at the entrance to the hotel playing a few welcoming tunes.
  • Playing during the Photographs: few tunes to keep your guests entertained as they wait patiently for all the family photographs, the piper will play away in the distance.
  • Pipe newly weds to the top table: "Ladies and Gentlemen will you please be upstanding for the New Mr and Mrs (your name)" What better entrance can you have than to be accompanied to your seats by a piper, the audience will clap you to the beat of the tune all the way to your seats.
  • At the cutting of the cake: This may happen prior to the dinner. The piper will pipe you to the cake, will stand still as you cut the cake and pictures are taken, and then pipe you to your seats before marching out of the room.
  • During the evenings entertainment: Have the bagpiper play for 10-15 mins after the buffet, this helps break your evening up and gives the band or disco a rest. The piper will really keep your guests happy with popular and modern melodies, any tune requests would be discussed at the time of booking. A Highland Dancer or two can be incorporated here, we can do some demonstration dancing and some audience participation. You can bring in our accordionist also and we can provide up to an hour of fun and laughter for your guests. Alternatively you may want to go down the route of one of our specialist pipe acts or a ceilidh band. Please ask for further information.

Something different?

As well as 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.

You may want your piper to perform the 'Address to the Haggis' during your Wedding meal, a great theatrical traditional addition to any dinner.

Thinking of something to give your Wedding a grand finale? Why not have one of our pipe bands perform a beat the retreat at the end of the night or have them burst in the middle of the night as a surprise? Typically the band would perform for 15 mins and pose for any photographs with the bride and groom.

A specialy commissioned tune to mark the occasion? Ideal as a novel Wedding gift or that special something to mark your day for ever. Have one of our pipers play a tune written specifically for you. Have it played as you take your seat for dinner, at the line up, or at any other appropriate time of the day. The Piper can then present you with a copy of the manuscript as he delivers the traditional "toast to the bride and groom".

To check availability and get a quote for a piper for your big day, please use our 'availability checker' system, alternatively if you require more information, please feel free to drop us an email or give us a call.

We look forward to entertaining you on your big day.

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