HIGHLAND WEDDING PIPER
Your Wedding Highland Piper at Crear, Iain Campbell, has worked as a professional piper for over forty years.
As the official piper to the Duke of Argyll, he wears the Number One Highland Dress in Clan Campbell tartan. A Highland Wedding Piper is a fantastic way to guide your wedding guests to your ceremony come rain or shine.
Iain can pipe at the entrance to Crear, the door of the Church or walking down to the beach. Whatever ceremony you choose, it helps to keep everyone in the right direction.
PIPING FOR LUCK
The piper traditionally leads the wedding party to the site of the ceremony. The groom leads the maid of honour while the bride walks behind with the best man. After the vows have been exchanged, the newlyweds leave followed by the best man escorted by the maid of honour.
To secure good luck it was traditionally thought that the wedding procession should cross running water twice. You can cross the bridge at Achahoish Church as well as the burn at Crear.
Your wedding piper in full Highland dress will be with you to pipe the arrival of your guests from around 30 minutes before the start of your marriage ceremony right through your canape reception and on to announce the start of your wedding breakfast.
PIPING TUNES - ANY SPECIAL REQUESTS, JUST ASK ON THE DAY!
Mull of Kintyre
She moves through the fair
Flower of Scotland
Scotland the Brave
Glendaruel HighlandersIain Campbell
Dove Coat Park
Leaving Port Askaig
Donald McLean of Lewis
MULL OF KINTYRE
The song was written in tribute to the Kintyre peninsula and its headland, the Mull of Kintyre where Paul McCartney has owned High Park Farm since 1966.
Your destination Highland Wedding would not be complete without a piper to play the bagpipes for your Wedding March. The Wedding Walk is the formal march taken by the wedding party to the place of the marriage ceremony.
At Crear this is inside the studio with the floor to ceiling glass wall looking out to the Paps of Jura, outside at the wobbly wall or down on the sandy beach.
Iain will also pipe you to marry in the local churches.
TOAST TO THE PIPER
A particularly popular tradition at Crear is that the newlyweds offer the piper a dram after he has piped them to their table. He then performs a toast to the newlyweds.
The newlyweds will then toast the piper before he pipes his way out of the room. Again, a Quaich of whisky will generally be used for this tradition.
NUMBER ONE HIGHLAND DRESS
The Number One Highland Dress, sometimes known as the "dress blues," is a ceremonial uniform worn only on the most formal of occasions and why it's perfectly fitting for your Crear Wedding!
It was originally worn by pipers of the historic Highland regiments but then became popular among police, colliery and civilian pipe bands.
Topped off with a feather bonnet, this tartan dress will a dash of Scottish tradition to your special day.