A Touch of Scottish Wedding Tradition in the North West
If you’re looking to add something not seen much at weddings here in the North West then look no further…
I recently had the pleasure of meeting a fellow Scot at a wedding fayre at Mercure Liverpool where I was exhibitingt. I don’t tend to meet to many Scottish people in Liverpool, so when I saw Shonagh in her full kilt I think I got a little over excited and possibly scared her a little with my enthusiasm! Sorry Shonagh!
If you’re looking to add something not seen much at weddings here in the North West then look no further. I chatted with Shonagh to find out a little more about what she offers.
So what do you offer to brides and grooms, obviously having the pipes at a Scottish wedding is quite traditional but not so down here, what would your couples expect? “My core focus is to provide a tailored service: I bring unique and personalised elements to each couples wedding day. This can include playing tunes which are sentimental to the couple or surprising loved ones with a piper on their big wedding day! I discuss with each couple what they would like from a solo piper on their wedding day, and I make suggestions. I provide Highland Bagpipe music for any type of event and I am always keen to pipe at new and exciting venues and events!”
Have you ever had any unusual requests or song choices? “ I love to pipe at weddings with a twist! I was asked to lead the procession of the married couple and their wedding party up a road from their church ceremony to their reception venue. This certainly did intrigue the village locals, and crossing the road while piping was an interesting but fun task. It was great fun for the couple, the guests, and me!”
Requested tune, “a football team’s tune. This couple were from England, getting married in Scotland, and said that every time they watch the football at their home stadium, a piper plays as crowds arrive! They wanted to incorporate their love for their home football team into their wedding day! This emphasises my focus to provide a tailored service – if couples have a specific tune in mind for their wedding day, I am always willing to discuss this with them and, when possible, play it on their wedding day!”
Shonagh loves to offer her couples bespoke options rather than set packages allowing them to have the day their way. As well as weddings Shonagh has played at some very memorable locations including the military tattoo at Edinburgh castle and Musikfst Der Bundeswehr in Germany.
A few words from Shonagh “
The skirl of the pipes brings an indescribably welcoming and moving atmosphere to weddings! Hiring a solo piper can bring these qualities to a wedding for both the couple and the guests!”