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The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory, CBE, FRSE - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE.    Read More

Breaking with Tradition

Following the recent Royal Wedding, much has been made of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decisions to break with tradition in celebrating their nuptials. From the bride delivering a speech at the reception to picking an upbeat number for their opening dance, and serving a lemon and elderflower sponge rather than the traditional fruit cake, the couple added many of their own flourishes to the celebrations. While tradition is still massively important to many couples planning their wedding, it’s increasingly acceptable for couples to break the rules to add extra meaning to their festivities.  Here’s our guide to the rules it’s okay to break when celebrating your own nuptials…

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Top Tips: Managing Your Guest List

You’ve just gotten engaged and want the whole world to share in your joy – it’s only natural! But with inevitable constraints of venue space and budget, you’ll most likely need to limit your total guest list. If your parents are contributing financially to your big day, then it’s possible that you’ll also need to consider inviting their friends and acquaintances too. Before you know it, the politics of it all becomes more complicated than you could first have imagined! But don’t get overwhelmed – with our guide, the task of managing your guest list should become a lot less stressful…

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Bride Blog: 4 Weeks to Go - Feel the Fear!

The excitement is building for Helen Wilkinson, The National Piping Centre's resident bride-to-be, with just four weeks to go until the big day! With that in mind, Helen's focus has turned to finalising arrangements, confirming details with suppliers, and, of course, her Hen weekend! Read on to find out more...

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Photo Blog: Styled Shoot at The National Piping Centre

We recently collaborated with some of Scotland's leading wedding suppliers on a styled photoshoot to showcase our venue. The Scottish Wedding Directory have featured the shoot in a blog post, which you can view here, but you can check out more of the beautiful images captured by Fiona Watson below! 

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Our Guide to... Wedding Insurance

Planning your wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life – so it’s understandable that the last thing you’d want to do is think about things going wrong! With so many expenditures to think of when you start organising your wedding, it’s not surprising that many couples question whether it’s worth shelling out on insurance too. But with the Scottish Wedding Directory finding that the average cost of a Scottish Wedding is almost £27,000, there’s undoubtedly a lot of money that could be lost in the event that something doesn’t go to plan…

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Our Guide to... Getting Married in Scotland

Scotland is a popular location for destination weddings - and it's no wonder! With beautiful scenery, romantic venues, and marriage laws that are much more liberal than in other countries, Scotland is the ideal place to host your dream wedding day. Here is our guide to getting married in Scotland... 

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The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory, CBE, FRSE - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE

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HRH The Prince Charles,
Duke of Rothesay, Patron

with Founders, Sir Brian and Lady Ivory and the Lord Provost Bob Winter on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Opening of The National Piping Centre.

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