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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 CVO, CBE, FRSE, FRSA, MA, CA - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE.    Read More

Top Tips for Brides: Getting Ready on your Wedding Day

With the UK currently marking National Spa Week, we thought we’d share some of our top tips for brides getting ready on their wedding day! The hours leading up to the ceremony are emotionally charged, as you spend time with those closest to you, get dressed up together, and prepare to walk down the aisle. It’s only natural to experience pre-wedding nerves, but with a little careful planning, the memories you make during this time can be among the most cherished from your wedding day.

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Entertainment for your Wedding

Do you want your guests to have the time of their lives at your wedding? Of course you do! One way to guarantee that your guests enjoy themselves throughout the day and into the night is to include some top quality entertainment. Here are some of our favourite ideas to help make sure that yours is a wedding to remember…

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Our Guide to... Planning your Second Wedding

If you've been married before, then you're likely to have a good idea of what to expect when tying the knot for the second time. But while second (and third) marriages are increasingly common, concerns about what may or may not be appropriate can still be a major source of anxiety for couples planning their big day. Here’s our guide to navigating some of the issues and questions you might face…

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Choosing your Wedding Venue: A Hidden Checklist

What does your dream wedding venue look like? Is there a perfect archway to hold the ceremony under? A garden that would be ideal for a drinks reception? A feature wall that makes for a stunning backdrop? While the special details of any venue will be the ones that draw you towards making a booking, there are a whole host of less glamorous factors that you should take into consideration before committing to a venue for your big day. Here’s our guide…

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Top Tips: When Things Don't Go to Plan...

This week’s wedding news included the story of a woman whose beach wedding was ruined by a storm, until a total stranger saved the day by offering to host the wedding in her beachfront home. There have also been stories of an owl ringbearer that caused chaos at a wedding after turning on a groomsman once he’d delivered the rings, and the sunbather in Adelaide who didn’t move as a wedding took place next to her. It got us thinking – how do you deal with it when things don’t quite go to plan?

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Top Tips: Hiring a Wedding Piper

Serving as a national and international centre of excellence for the Great Highland Bagpipe and its music, The National Piping Centre is also home to a Piper Hire service, supplying extremely professional, competent and expert pipers for a whole range of occasions – including weddings! Now, while we’re a little biased, we don’t think there’s anything that’ll add more occasion to an event than the presence of a piper, and in our experience, wedding guests will often comment that the piper was a highlight of the day. If you’d like to hire a piper for your own wedding day, here are some of our top tips to ensure that it’s a highlight of yours!

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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 CVO, CBE, FRSE, FRSA, MA, CA - 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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