Whether there is a Scottish connection or not, when it comes to providing that special element to the proceedings, one tradition that has been a feature of wedding celebrations in many countries of the world, is a wedding bagpiper. In the Indian subcontinent, much is made of the indigenous piping traditions at weddings to ward off evil spirits. In other areas of the world, the bagpipes are not imbued with such remarkable abilities but are popular in providing entertainment; for dancing; for ceremonial, and generally to enhance the spirits of all who enjoy such happy occasions.
In the Scottish tradition, there is a fairly well defined sequence of events in which the bagpipes usually become involved. However, where the occasion demands, there are ever more new and unusual ideas in which a piper can play a role. It is certainly the case that many couples wish to follow tradition on their special day and with the guidance of an experienced piper, find both the format and the ceremonial, quite a comforting structure through which they can feel at ease with the hectic demands of the day.
"Dear David Just a quick note to say thank you so much for your part in our Daughter’s wedding at Irnham Hall Grantham. After a horrible journey down, of which you kept us informed all the way, arriving with 15mins to spare your were absolutely professional and looked fabulous in full dress Your playing was faultless and piping in of the bride and groom and toast was extra special, you were absolutely fantastic. Thank you so very much and would recommend you 100%"
(Mrs H Short, June 1, 2018)
We Wanted to thank you so much for playing at our wedding, you were fantastic and we feel you went above and beyond. Laura & David Brewster.
(Brewster wedding, Sheffield)
Just a quick note to say thank you so much for your part in our wedding. Bob and I thought you were absolutely fantastic, as did all our guests - there were so many nice comments from them. You really made our day even more special, we enjoyed it all so much. The whisky ceremony bit was brilliant. Caroline & Bob Smith.
(Smith wedding, Derby)
Thank you again for attending and piping at our wedding, it made the day even more special! We hope you enjoyed it too. We will send you some photographs as soon as possible. Thanks so much again, it was a pleasure to meet you. John & Catherine Whitson.
(Whitson wedding, St. Ives, Cornwall)
Dear Pipe Major Waterton-Anderson,
Somehow, just saying thank you doesn’t seem like enough. But I hope you know how much your thoughtfulness has meant to us. You truly made our day! It was beautiful, can’t thank you enough.
All our love & God bless. Nicola & Ricardo Martins.
(Martins wedding, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire)
Thank you for your superb services at our wedding in York, everybody enjoyed it so much, it certainly added to a fantastic day. Thank you again, Michael & Lorraine Blows.
(Blows wedding, York).
Thank you so much for the fabulous piping - everyone loved it & when you made the toast & piped “Happy Birthday” - it made my day : ) Really cool !! Forgot to sort out the “dram” for the toast so have enclosed our ‘favour’ for you - sorry we weren’t more organised, it would have been nice for you to eat with us !!
Anyway, thank you again! Nicci & Chris Frodsham.
(Frodsham wedding, Scarborough, N. Yorks.).
Dear David & Neil,
I cannot thank you enough for the extremely precise and professional way that both yourself and Neil prepared for our day and of course exacted such a polished performance. I recall all of the anxieties and the decision making processes in choosing you both and the initial frustrations in not being able to find a Piper of any kind! Fate it would seem played a huge hand with Neil’s wife having her Mother’s Maiden name of Brodie and indeed your own lineage of Dormer. I was quite simply compelled to have you both and could not have possibly wished for any finer support and polish to our big day. Gentlemen, I owe you both a tremendous debt of thanks. The Gaelic recital that you made during your toast at our Dining Table was absolutely superb David and was quite unexpected. It clearly made a huge impact to the feel of the moment and was extremely well received - didn’t understand a word until the very end though!! Please accept our most sincere and grateful thanks David,
from Mr and Mrs Terry Dormer.
(Dormer wedding, Brodie Castle, Nairn, Moray)
Thank you for making Dad’s 90th birthday so special, not only for Dad, but for his family but also the patients and staff at Red Court. It was exciting to see the awakening response in Dad and how the pipes and your singing made him come alive once more. Something we have not seen for a long time. Many, many thanks.
Deborah Todhunter. (90th birthday surprise, Red court Nursing Home, Pudsey, West Yorks.)
Andy and myself just wanted to drop you a quick message to say thank you for the lovely performance you provided for us on Saturday at our wedding. We have had many lovely comments from people who attended on how much they enjoyed it. Thank you once again, Carolyn Murray.
(Murray wedding, Keavil House Hotel, Crossford, Dunfermline, Fife.)
Dear Pipe Major David Waterton-Anderson,
I would like to thank you on behalf of my family and myself for a most wonderful performance at my birthday event. Truly we felt honoured with your presence which brought dignity and excellent music to our celebration. All my family and friends send very best wishes to you in the future. Kind regards, Marjorie Clarke.
(90th Birthday, Sprotborough, Doncaster, July 6, 2018)
Dear David, Just a wee note to say a big thank you for piping for us at our wedding at Rowley Manor. It was absolutely fantastic! Everyone said it made the day that extra bit special, so we are very grateful! I’ll send you some photos from the wedding day when they are ready. Many thanks again with all our best wishes,
from Kate & Will Evans. (Evans Wedding 28th July 2018)
Many thanks for piping at our wedding and bringing Becky’s Scottish heritage to our special day. We loved having you and we are incredibly grateful. Thank you, Becky & Andy.
(Ballard Wedding, Morritt Arms, Greta Bridge, 9th June 2018)
Hi David, We just wanted to send a special thank you for helping our wedding day to be the fabulous event that it was. My entrance was a blur and I didn’t hear you play too much but the walk out and the breakfast entrance were amazing. Gordon thought you were fantastic and everyone commented on the quality of your playing, the way you looked and you’re seamless blend with our guests. A truly memorable day so thank you.
Nikki and Gordon Young
(Bower/Young wedding, Windermere 25th October 2018)