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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: 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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Our Guide to... Destination Weddings

With one in four couples now opting to hit the road and hold their nuptials away from home, the destination wedding trend shows no signs of slowing down! We can definitely understand the appeal – not only do you have the opportunity to see a beautiful new part of the world, it also lets you spend some real quality time with your guests. Here’s our guide to ensure you get the most out of the experience…

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Bride Blog 8: The Big Day!

Helen and Darach celebrated their wedding day on Saturday 2nd June, with a ceremony at Glasgow Cathedral followed by a reception here at The National Piping Centre. In the latest installment of her Bride Blog, she relives the highlights! Read on to find out more...

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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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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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