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Piper for Weddings

I have been very fortunate to have been asked to play at many weddings, and it always gives me a tremendous sense of pride, that I am able to add "something special" to the bride and groom on their special day.

There is nothing quite like the stirring sound of the pipes as the bride is piped down the aisle, or into the ceremony. Then, when the bride and groom are signing the register, a lovely moving piece on the pipes gives the audience a lovely backdrop to the proceedings, and then, when the lovely bride and groom are presented as "Mr and Mrs…", what better way to start off your married life together, than to have a grand entrance as you go to greet your guests.

There are various options available to brides for their weddings, and each event is different and unique in its own way. However, the above setting would be a fairly typical scene for a wedding.

Options that are available can include all or some of the following:-

  • Piping the bride and attendants into the service
  • Playing a selection of tunes during the signing of the register
  • Piping the newly married couple to area where they will greet their guests
  • Playing a selection of tunes whilst photos are being taken at the venue
  • Having a photo taken with the piper and bride and groom
  • Having the piper come along to the official photo session
  • Being piped into the reception, and have a special tune played for you

There are many tunes available that are very suitable for playing at a wedding, and this is a selection of the most requested tunes:-

  • Amazing Grace (by far the most requested tune)
  • Highland Cathedral (second most popular)
  • Flower of Scotland
  • Marie's Wedding
  • Scotland the Brave
  • The Bridal March (here comes the bride)
  • A Scottish Soldier
  • Mull of Kintyre
  • Love me Tender
  • My Heart Will Go On

Perhaps one of the most high profile weddings I have had the pleasure of being a part of, was when I received a call from Jimmy Barnes, asking if I could arrange a couple of pipers to play at his son's wedding. His son just happens to be David Campbell, who is a superstar in his own right. My son Neil and I flew down to Sydney, and we played the beautiful Highland Cathedral as David and his new wife Lisa were introduced as husband and wife. We then played at the reception, piping in the bridal party which included the lovely Magda Szubanski. There were many lovely comments about how special it was, and that the pipes had made the day.

Please feel free to discuss your selection of tunes with Piper Joe, and between us, we will put together a beautiful and special day full of wonderful music.