With the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in full swing in the capital and Glasgow welcoming the World Pipe Band Championships this weekend we’re sure that you won’t get through the last of the summer without hearing the sound of the bagpipes.

In addition to that, if you’re attending a wedding in the coming weeks we’re sure the pipes may make an appearance there too.The bagpipes are an obvious addition to a Scottish wedding day. Whether your wedding takes place in a 17th century mansion or outdoors on the beach a piper can help transform your day into something truly unforgettable. Pipers have been entertaining guests at weddings, banquets and parties for centuries and are also considered a cultural Scottish Tradition. The ancient tradition states that if the piper greets the bride before the groom then they are sure to have a long and faithful marriage.

The most commonly asked question is when can I have the piper play or when should the piper play? The truth is, it’s not set in stone, after all it’s your wedding day, you decide when you want the pipes to be played.

A popular choice is for the piper to play before the ceremony welcoming or guiding the guests to the venue. The bagpipes can also be used to create a grand entrance for the bridal party and bride walking down the aisle. There may be opportunity for the piper to play a small piece of music during the ceremony; this will depend on the couple’s wishes and the type of ceremony they are having.

During the reception the bagpipes can be used to get the guests attention for such events as the arrival and departure of the newlyweds, speeches and cutting of the cake. If you don’t play the bagpipes or aren’t familiar with traditional Scottish music it can be difficult to pick out tunes you might like your piper to play at your wedding.

We’ve picked our top 4 to help give you some suggestions of what you could have on your wedding day.

Flower of Scotland
Being the Scottish national anthem it is a popular choice with lots of couples getting married in Scotland. This slow air tune is very popular for walking brides down the isle. For the love of a princess This tune was made famous from the popular film Braveheart starring Mel Gibson. This tune is sure to set a truly enchanting atmosphere and create a moment that will be memorable and emotional for both you and your guests.

Mairis Wedding
This uplifting tunes is perfect for playing as the happy couple exit the church. It is also a popular tune played at the traditional Scottish ceilidh dance after the reception.

Scotland the Brave
This a popular choice for piping the bride and groom from the church and many couples are keen to have this featured at some point in their day. It is often a hit with the wedding guests and is known to get them clapping along.

Amazing Grace
This lovely hymn is the most requested wedding tune. Although, it is also commonly played at funerals so take caution when choosing this tune and take your guests into consideration.

We’re lucky to work with lots of pipers all across Scotland and would definitely recommend having a piper play on your wedding day!