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can play Scottish and/or
for your wedding theme.
We can dress for the occasion from different styles of
Highland or Irish dress.
If you have special tune requirements, we will respond,
even if we have to search out or transcribe the music.
functions a piper may perform at a wedding.
Weddings on land or at sea
land - kirk/church, wedding-venue, home, farm, park,
bush, lake, riverside, mountain, beach, coastline
while guests arrive and stop within
5 minutes of the time the bride is due to arrive.
2........ Pipe the Bridal vehicle from the
road, to the kirk (church), or building in which the
marriage ceremony is to be performed. Or even pipe
the bride from home to the ceremony location. (The longest
wedding marches I have played for are (1) from down
Rostrevor street along Victoria street (the Hamilton
main street) as far as Collingwood street, ie from
the brides home and into a restaurant where the
ceremony took place - about 1 km., and (2) from
St.Peters Cathedral on the hill above Victoria
street, via Victoria street, Victoria bridge, Parana
Park, River road and into Te Aroha street to the
Cattanach Hall for the after wedding reception. Also
3........ Pipe while the bride
disembarks from the bridal vehicle and prepares for
entry into the church.
4....... Pipe the bridal procession
into the church, or to the marriage place, and
... (a..... continue to lead the procession down the
aisle. This is suitable for larger churches,
cathedrals or outside ceremonies.
... (b..... halt at the entrance, but continue to
play as the procession moves down the aisle.
... (c..... or play outside the church until the
bridal procession reaches the end of the aisle. This
option is useful for small chapels.
5........ Once the vows have been
taken, the piper can play appropriate tunes while the
marriage register is signed and witnessed.
6........ When the couple are ready
to exit from the registery, they can be piped back
down the aisle to enter the world as a married
... (a....... from within the church, or
... (b....... from outside.
7........ The piper can simply play
as the couple emerge from the church, and while all
the guests also emerge. There would then be an
appropriate pause for the various socialising
activities outside the church.
Playing can continue at a discrete distance. This
provides unobtrusive background music while guests
gather around to congratulate the couple and while
the usual family photographs are taken.
8........ The piper can be included
in the wedding photos if desired, to add colour and
9........ Play as the bridal couple
drive away in the bridal cars by..
... (a...... leading the bridal car(s) back to the
... (b...... from one point while the bridal car(s)
10...... A photo of the piper with
the newly wed couple generally concludes the piping
11........ The Reception. (Additional to the
The piper may also be required at the reception; for
piping in the couple to their table, or piping in the
wedding cake, and occasionally a haggis as well.
Perhaps also playing for dancing (waltzes, reels,
quicksteps, jigs, hornpipes, step, set and ceilidh
dancing etc..). This is normally at additional cost.
Sometimes this is an alternative to having a piper at
the actual ceremony.
Aboard ship / vessel, ashore -
shoreline, island, bay, estuaries, caves.
aboard ships/boats are not as common but add the
nautical atmosphere for those folk who love the sea.
Pipers are just as at home at sea as on land. It has been
suggested that the first music heard in NZ from Capt.
Cooks ship was that of the bagpipes as he was known
to have a piper on board. Pipe music carries beautifully
across bays, estuaries and the sea.
1.........Play while guests arrive
and board the vessel. Stop playing within
five minutes of the time the bride is due to arrive.
2........ Pipe the bride along the
foreshore, jetty or wharf to the point of
embarkation, and while her entourage boards the
The piper can play from the jetty or wharf
as the vessel sails. This may be all that is
required, or the piper may be required aboard, to
perform at any stage during the voyage and the
3........ The Wedding march
(equivalent). Depending on the size of the vessel and
whether the ceremony is done afloat or ashore at some
secluded bay, the piper can provide a magnificent
contribution to the occasion.
.......... Play while sailing/motoring into the bay
.......... If the ceremony is being done ashore, the
piper can play the guests ashore and then pipe the
bride ashore and along the beach/foreshore etc.
4........ The signing
........... Play for the signing from for'ard on the
vessel or somewhere on the shore (promontory, cliff
top or base, beach etc).
5........ After the ceremony.
........... Play for the guests entertainment while
ashore on the foreshore or beach and also while
6........ Anchors a weigh and
........... Play as the anchor is weighed and the
vessel sails out of the bay on the homeward voyage.
Play as the vessel returns into port and berths.
The Seafarers option
involves much more time for the piper. Times are
usually dictated by suitable tides (and weather).
Costs are therefore higher but the contribution
bagpipes can make is very significant, versatile and
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Button Holes - Heather
(purple or white available in season)
...................... - Scotch thistle
(purple/mauve available in season)
Mr & Mrs Teddy MacBear
Tartan Rowling pins
..........NB There is a limited range of tartan in ribbon form
that is available from the manufacturer in Scotland. Though you can have
any tartan you want in any of the ribbon sizes ~ the only catch
is that the minimum order is 33,000 metres!!! (Don&apost
These are the commercially available ribbon choices:
Cameron of Erracht
Flower of Scotland
Fraser (Red )
Menzies (B&W) & (G&R)
Stewart (Royal )
Stewart (Dress )
available in the following sizes: 10mm, 16mm, 25mm, 38mm, 75mm. An alternative (but
more costly) option is to purchase some lightweight plain weave
tartan fabric and cut it into strips to make your own ribbons.
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standard Outfit consists:
Kilt, Craill Jacket, Tie (Bow or other),
Waist Belt, Dress Sporran, Hose & Garters.
Normal dress (black) shoes can be worn.
or we have Ghillie Brogues, or Buckles to
attach to normal shoes
The Jackets may also be
Prince Charlie or Montrose styles
Refer to our Hire pages for more info.
Attire for Groomsmen:
you all wear
the same or different tartans?
Suits are always the same colour and
Kilts are far more flexible and striking.
joining of families
+ support from friends
+ support from kinfolk.
Multiple tartans add vibrancy, interest,
colour and individuality.
They enhance the overall impact of the entire wedding
party. The potential choice for co-ordinated colour
variations in decoration on bridesmaids dresses and
accessories is enhanced. If the grooms party all wear
the same tartan there is a tendancy to look like a
dressy army platoon or pipe-band with out
However if the grooms party are all
related and would wear the same tartan, that is a
good reason to wear identical kilts. In this case
consider variation through use of different shades -
Ancient, Modern, Muted, Dress, Hunting etc.. The
groom could choose to wear the more formal tones, or
the more individualistic.
The formal black jackets with silver
buttons, worn with long kilt hose and same style
shoes (eg Ghillie brogues) provide all the conformity
and co-ordination required for the grooms party.
Different tartans create interest and
introduce many additional subjects guests will love
to discuss, further enhancing the wedding and
Different tartans add colour and
interest to the photographic record of the wedding
Avoid sombre or dark
photographs. Some people are shy
about wearing brighter tartans so opt out by
selecting the Black Watch tartan. To avoid sombre
photos consider; the same tartan background is used
in many tartans, including Gordon, MacKenzie,
Campbell of Argyll (the Black Watch or Government
sett is a Campbell tartan). The overstripes in these
tartans provide lift and highlight to photographs, so
enhancing the photographic record of a wonderful day.
Photographs are an important long term record and
outlast the actual day itself ~ ensure they are
interesting and fun to look at. Once they enter
family archives they may even outlast you and the
different tartans will always attract interest.
Ceremony with a difference.
Many couples select their own format, be
it in church, a garden setting or elsewhere. Often
the intention is to be different, but
within the traditional concept and format for a
There is no doubt at all that the bagpipes add impact
and a cultural dimension that gives the specal day
very tangible extra emotions. Also weddings that
genuinely include God, as understood in by a
Christian perspective, have the feel of an extra
special spiritual blessing.
Here is a variation that adds very significantly to
the effect of the day, common to weddings overseas,
but now uncommon to most weddings in New Zealand.
When the formal part of the Wedding Service ends the
couple with their witnesses proceed to sign the
register. While the signing takes place the guests
leave the church and assemble outside where they wait
to greet the couple as they emerge.
While the guests move outside there is plenty of time
for a medley of pipe tunes or alternative organ
music, or even singing. The piper can play from
outside or inside with equal ease and effect. After
the signing the witnesses may also go outside while
the bride and groom wait inside, or they can wait to
follow out after the bride and groom and the piper.
The couple is led out of the church by the piper
playing a selected pipe tune. The
couple emerge through the church doors to be greeted
en-masse by all their friends, relatives, guests and
well wishers. To emerge to a mass of joyful faces
full of anticipation and smiles is particularly
emotional and heartwarming. The piper
moves off to a discreet distance, still playing, and
continues playing a medley of suitable tunes.
The effect is a wonderftul climax to the formality of
the ceremony. Much better than emerging to an empty
forecourt and then waiting for the guests to filter
out after them.
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Your Wedding is ahead and time is
Here is a schedule
of suggested things to consider.
are not our responsibility).
overcomplicate your wedding day. It is simply the day
on which two individuals publicly express their love
and desire to commit to llive together as man and
wife before God, family, friends and community. It
must be this, before the aggregation of material
gifts, reward, position or politics.
If it involves more; such as a political convenience,
a display of power, influence or wealth, the
immediate accumulation of materialism and the like,
then you will need effective organisation and
A significant number of Wedding Planning Packages now
exist. They are based on Project Management skills
and computer Project Management software packages
that were developed for commercial projects.
The aim of many "pre-set" plans seems to be
commercial commitment, especially those based on
American concepts, to prise the most expensive
wedding out of the couple, their family and guests.
Wedding customs are/were quite different in NZ, but
like the penetration of TV and it's effect on our
culture, American Wedding Planning software and crass
commercial and materialistric attitudes have an
ability to distort the essentials.
It would probably be easier to encourage people to
elope off to Gretna Green* and to dispense with the
commercialism and greed. But in reality good
organisation makes things run much smoother. If you
need a package, make sure it can be
"localised" (altered or setup for New
Zealand requirements), and make use of it. Just don't
forget a wedding actually has a very simple aim, and
should involve romance and commitment. It need only
involve the couple, the minister or celebrant and a
witness, and some form of celebration afterwards. So
tailor the day to what you want and try to avoid the
stress of being pressured in to something you cannot
control or do not want.
Green, a town just over the border in Scotland, was
where many couples from England eloped to get
married. Scottish law enabled weddings to take place
in a matter of urgency without family approval. The
couple only needed to declare their marriage before
two witnesses, rather than four weeks (ie the week
after the reading of banns over three consecutive
Sundays in their parish Church) and with family
approval. The bride could also be younger (16 instead
of 20). The Smithy at Gretna Green became famous for
such marriages. Any Scottish border town was as
useful to eloping English, but not all roads were as
convenient as the one on which Gretna Green is
situated. It was on the stagecoach route from London
Laws have changed and the significance of Gretna
Green has dwindled, but it still has a certain
romance associated with it and the "Smithy"
is still there. Gretna Green is on the other side of
the world to New Zealand and the cost of air tickets
to get there would go a long way to having a lot of
fun at a wonderful New Zealand wedding venue instead.
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Highland Piper Service ~ Scottish & Irish
Our Highland pipers have five
different styles of attire to match your needs
and the kilt worn can be from a choice of tartans.
Refer to our piping pages.
Book a Piper.
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Wedding related items:
Kilt Hire for the Groom and
groomsmen, or members of the family.
Tartan by the metre, for
waist coats and other items of clothing.
Kilt Making and
outfitting, for waist coats and other items of clothing.
Tartan ribbons to decorate: vehicles, cakes, invitation cards or
MADE ITEMS FOR YOU.
own personal kilt for your wedding?
A growing trend. You will
find your own kilt is likely
to be used regularly in the future too. Today a kilt is perfectly
reasonable attire for going out in the evening, to restaurants,
theatre, the races, family get togethers, etc.
Our standard design is the Feilidh Beag (the small kilt, which is the most common form of kilt
today), but also a modern form of the Feilidh Mor (the great kilt
- the "Brave Heart" look) is also available.
Leather Sporrans to
your design, or one of ours.
Brogue shoes conversion into
Ghillie brogues can also be made to order. Many pipers in NZ
pipe-bands wear ghillie brogue conversions. Recently some have
been done for customers in Australia too.
Buttons, three sizes (sm, med,
lge) in two designs -
.............Celtic (Square shape), Thistle (diamond shape)
.............Used on our highland jackets, these are suitable for
Kilt Pins, Sporran cantles, Thistle badges, Waist Belt Buckles,
Kilt strap buckles
Other accessories, Kilts, tartan cloth, cummerbands, waistcoats,
sashes, belts, sporrans, clan badges etc.. may be procured from
or through us.
/ Entertainment and Dance
The Ceilidh Wedding.
A great option for your reception.
A wonderful way for everyone to round off
your special day.
If you need
contacts for Ceilidh bands, Highland dancing,
Scottish Country dancing, Scottish and Irish set and
step dancing, Dance calling and singers. Breton and
Nova Scotian dance styles too. Ask.
Ceilidhs to go to.
Have you been
along to the Celtic sing-a-long and jam session at
"Biddy Mulligans Irish Pub" in Victoria St,
Hamilton? Every third Sunday from late in the
afternoon. Bring your "celtic" musical
instrument, your voice, and your friends.
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Celebrants: You can be listed on these pages. Enquire.
Janet : 27 May St., Hamilton.
Ph.Bus. (07) 854 0468 Pvt. (07) 856 4030
Barry: 848a Beach Rd., Browns Bay, Auckland, firstname.lastname@example.org Ph:
021 772 359 Marriage celebrant.
Personalised ceremonies for all occasions. Theme
ceremonies, Weddings afloat, All areas Northland,
John: 61 Lake Rd.,Devonport, Auckland,.
Ph. (09) 445 9669 (Irish
Gaelic ceremonies a speciality)
Parvati: MacNaughtons Road, RD3., Waiuku.
Ph. (09) 235 9624 Asian
Indian wedding ceremonies.
D. Wayne JP. Celebrant, 6 Glencoe Pl, Grandview, Hamilton.
Ph. (07) 846 4674, Email email@example.com
Yvonne: 475 River Road, Hamilton.
Ph. (07) 855 2308, Fax
(07) 855 1600
Roseanne, 2-103 Clarkin Road, Hamilton,
For your wedding ceremony, your way!
I encourage you to have a ceremony that reflects
your feelings, beliefs and personality. I will
listen to your ideas and work with you in a
friendly, professional manner until your wedding
ceremony is the way you want it - beautiful and
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Webpage
Ph (07) 855 2234. Fax (07) 855 2207.
Mobile (025) 880 012
JP. Auckland, Ph.
(09) 5759401 email@example.com
Wedding ceremonies individually
designed for you, traditional and contemporary
ceremonies to highlight the story of your love.
If you contact any celebrants as a result of
finding them here, please advise them where the
Hosts: You can be listed on these pages. Enquire.
Cambridge Town Hall For a touch of excellence, a
unique setting in the middle of Cambridge. For
information Ph (07) 823
Kaipaki Road, R.D.1., Ohaupo. Ph. (07) 823 6131,
Your hosts: The Mathiesons would be delighted to share
their rural venue with you for your function.
Sarnia Park, Pukekura
On the left between Leamington,
and the Lake Karapiro Rowing Centre.
Homestead and Gardens
Whitikahu Road - P O Box 53
Ph. (07) 824 3687
Fax (07) 824 3986
Willow Glen Gardens
a unique romantic setting for your ceremony,
photographs and reception.
Gordonton Road, R D 1,
Vilagrad Vineyard a
vineyard setting near Ngahinapouri, just to the south of
you contact any venues as a result of finding them here,
please advise them where the contact originated.
Bridal Boutiques: Do you have
Scottish/Irish or Celtic styles? You too can be listed on these
Victoria Street Ph. (07) 838 0803 / (027) 415 5487
Ward Street, Hamilton, Ph (07)834 1237 Web-site:
Wedding World ~ for
finding out about various wedding service providors and
seeing permanent displays in one place, visit Wedding
World on the first floor of 36 Ward Street, Hamilton Ph
contact any boutiques as a result of finding them here, please
advise them where the contact originated.
You too can be listed on these pages. Enquire.
Mainly Weddings Photography, (Bryan Rossiter) Ph. 021 849 852 or 07 856 6237,
Top Shotz Photography, Paul Collins, Morrinsville,
Tracy Smith Photography, Ph. 021 894 048,
you contact any photographers as a result of finding
them here, please advise them where the contact
Pipers in Other regions
Do you play for
Weddings and other functions? You too can be included in our
NEW ZEALAND:NEW ZEALAND:NEW ZEALAND:
Island: Christchurch, Mosgiel,
Engerlander/Bohemian Dudy piper:
Spanish Gaita piper:
Ontario, Thunder Bay
Kirkaldy, Scotland & throughout
the British Isles (Scotia Pipers)
you contact any pipers as a result of finding them
here, please advise them where the contact
Further Information.: Our link pages
include links to Australian and UK wedding directory sites.