Scottish wedding bagpiper

Rest assured that your wedding is in good hands. As a Highland bagpipe player of 20 years, Scottish weddings are a speciality. I’ve played at countless weddings and have a very large repertoire of all kinds of tunes for weddings, and have taken requests for all kinds of weird and wonderful things. I’m happy to travel across Scotland to play in Dundee, Perth, Aberdeen, Fife, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Central Scotland, The Highlands and everywhere in between.

Out of Scotland

I will also come to England, Wales and Northern/Republic of Ireland too if you need me! If you’re really keen, I’m happy to come abroad, but we need to discuss this.

The piper

If it’s a Scottish wedding bagpiper you need for your big day, look no further. You’re getting a passionate bagpipe player and all-round highly qualified musician, who absolutely loves his job. I’m also a recommended piper with Balbirnie House Hotel in Markinch, and destination wedding specialist Timeless White Weddings in Aberdeen.

Of course, I always dress to impress: my standard outfit is the full No1 Highland Dress, and I only ever wear the Gordon tartan (it’s a family thing). However, if requested, I can pare this back to a lesser outfit. 

The product

Years of honing my craft and countless thousands of hours of practise, blood, sweat and tears have gone into being a piper. Of course I have standard suggestions for what can be done at your wedding, but it’s completely flexible – just let me know what you need and I’ll do my best to tailor it for you.

Don’t you hate it when the word “wedding” adds extra zeroes to a product? Me too.

I don’t believe in charging different prices for the same product. That’s why I have an open, fixed-price policy, which is also consistent with my other engagement prices.

However, if you need something a little more tailor-made, please get in touch.

The pipes

Of course I am playing the Great Highland Bagpipes as standard. But what if the venue is small? What if it’s bad weather outside?

I also have Borders Smallpipes which are around 1/3 of the volume of their bigger sister pipes and mellower, so I have you covered. They are ideal for music when the register is being signed or sitting in a corner somewhere providing background sound.

 


What do I do at weddings?


Thank you so much for piping for us on our big day. You were extremely professional and friendly throughout the whole day and numerous guests also commented on this. We were not expecting a personal toast from you at the top table but found this a lovely touch and really added to how special the day was. Thank you again and anyone who is considering booking Rich to play at an event, please do so. It'll be the best decision you'll ever make!!

Dawn
February 2016
£170


Standard day package

The Standard Day package is the most popular, covering everything from guests arriving at the ceremony to the couple being piped to their top table.

This will see me at your big day for up to 5 hours, and I will keep playing until told to be quiet.

I encourage requests from couples for the key moments - e.g. processional/recessional and any other favourites you have.

Suggested tasks throughout the day:

  • Piping as the guests arrive
  • Piping the bride/groom's arrival
  • Piping bride/groom down the aisle
  • Piping during the signing of the register (with Smallpipes)
  • Piping couple out of the ceremony
  • Piping during photographs after the ceremony/drinks reception (with Smallpipes if required)
  • Piping the top table and couple into the meal
  • Delivery of piper's toast to couple
  • Special requests and tune requests accommodated
  • Includes 100 miles' travel from Dundee*

Of course these are just suggested, we'll tailor it to your needs and wishes!

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Thank you so much for piping at our wedding you were very professional and friendly you really did help make the perfect day couldn't have asked for more .thanks again

Karen & Darren
May 2016
£220


Entire day package

The Entire Day package is for larger wedding celebrations and will have me playing until at the very least, your evening guests arriving. Many couples enjoy having their evening guests welcomed by the piper, and being announced by the piper onto the dance floor for the cake cutting or their first dance.

I will be with you for around 8 hours and keep playing where appropriate in that time. 

  • Piping as the guests arrive
  • Piping the bride/groom's arrival
  • Piping bride/groom down the aisle
  • Piping during the signing of the register (with Smallpipes)
  • Piping couple out of the ceremony
  • Piping during photographs after ceremony/during drinks reception (with Smallpipes if required)
  • Piping the top table and couple into the meal
  • Delivery of piper's toast to couple
  • Piping as evening guests arrive
  • Piping couple onto the dancefloor for first dance
  • Anything else as required
  • Special requests and tune requests accommodated
  • Includes 100 miles' travel from Dundee*

Again, all these tasks are suggestions, you can tailor it to your needs.

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Rich, we can't begin to say what amazing person you are. Your personality and showmanship when it comes to playing is over the top. Every single person of the wedding commented on how good you are at what you do. We can certainly say that the wedding wouldn't have been what it was without you. Thank you again from the bottom of hearts for playing at our wedding. It didn't hurt either that the weather turned out the way it was. Hill of Tarvit is beautiful place. And all that more stunning when my lovely wife was being piped in by yourself.

David
June 2016
£120


Ceremony only

The Ceremony only option is really intended to cover the main event of the day. Many couples want to have a piper but only for the actual ceremony.

This option will have me play for your guests arriving, for the ceremony (if required) and playing the couple out of the ceremony. 

It's intended to be up to approximately 2 hours of time and will cover some background piping as the photos are taken.

  • Piping as the guests arrive
  • Piping the bride/groom's arrival
  • Piping bride/groom down the aisle
  • Piping during the signing of the register (with Smallpipes)
  • Piping couple out of the ceremony
  • Piping during photographs after ceremony/during drinks reception (with Smallpipes if required)
  • Special requests and tune requests accommodated
  • Includes 100 miles' travel from Dundee*

*Inclusive travel - whilst I'm thrilled to travel around the country and go to lots of places away from Dundee, I do sadly need to cover additional travel costs when I'm doing more than 100 miles from Dundee. 

I will talk to you about this at the point of your booking. The recommended travel charge fee from the Musicians' Union is 45p per mile, and is aimed to cover fuel and wear/tear costs, however depending on the situation I will be happy to negotiate a suitable solution.

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