Where did the day go? Memoires of a wedding piper’s wedding day!

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I can’t believe it went so fast?”; “Brilliant, but it was over in a flash!”, “Can’t remember much about it”.


Scottish piper toasting newly weds cruin loch lomond If you ask any couple how their wedding went, these are the responses you’ll get with a can’t-believe-it shake of the head.

I got married last year and guess what, WHOOOSH! and that was with the benefit of thousands of weddings under my belt and knowing what to expect (not my own, as a Scottish piper). I had a fantastic time, but my recollection of the day is:-

What 8 o’clock already?!!…panic!…no it’s OK…rings and marriage schedule are still tied to my big toe.

Breakfast on the go…What?!! 9 0’clock already!

Drive to hotel…schedule and rings getting in the way of the accelerator.

Who invented cufflinks!

“I do!”

I do? what the…?

“G and T please…large”

“Haven’t seen you in ages”!

“I’ll have the beef please”

“Red please”

“Coming sweetheart…is it the first dance already?”

“Thanksh for coming”

“Whatsh the room number again sweetheart?”

So what’s the answer?

  1. Take notes…aye right! Ok ok, joking!
  1. Take it easy on the bevvy…aye right!. I’ll move on. I have to confess not following my own advice, although I didn’t set out to get smashed either.

Ok, the serious ones now!

  1. The 3rd suggestion, is possible for Scots (unlike no 2) and that is to make sure that lot’s of people (especially teenage kids) have cameras and that they snap away at candid moments. Consider supplying disposable cameras, this way you can piece the day together by post match analysis. Remember to get photos developed before disposal
  1. Finally, don’t try to pack too much into the day! Guests don’t need continuous activities. A nice setting, a refreshment, nibbles and some good company are enough for any soul!

I do have one vivid memory and that was my continued surprise at friends from abroad, walking into the village pub, where I was having lunch prior to the wedding ceremony. “oh look, it’s such-and-such, what are they doing here?…oh yes my wedding”. Numpty!

In my next post.

Time is the enemy!…Advice from a Scottish wedding piper on planning the big day!

I’ll give some pointers on how to keep your wedding on schedule.

Our thanks to Keith Marshall of Premier Pipers for supplying this amusing story.

Premier Pipers was started in 1993 and has been supplying professional pipers for weddings ever since. During this time, Keith has played bagpipes at weddings, parties and funerals throughout the world including U.S.A., South Africa, Australia, Japan, Europe, Peru and looks forward to playing for you.

Kieth can be contacted on +44 7786 683445
or by email