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Hire Ross McCrindle Bagpiper with Encore
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£187.50 - £250
BagpiperEdinburgh

Ross is an award winning Edinburgh piper of 35 years. Former Senior Pipe Major of the British Army and lone piper at the Edinburgh Tattoo.

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Hire Densil Tom Singing guitarist with Encore
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£250 - £525
Singing guitaristEdinburgh

Blessed with a unique soulful voice ready to capture every soul present in the audience ! Can sing even Bollywood(Hindi)

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Hire Tsvetelina Likova Harpist with Encore
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£350 - £450
HarpistEdinburgh

Professional electric and acoustic harpist who would love to make your event a magical experience for you and your guests

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Hire Mybagpiper Kenneth McBride Bagpiper with Encore
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£218.75 - £281.25
BagpiperPrestonpans

Mybagpiper is a Full Time Professional offering Bagpiping Services for any Event. Guaranteed Quality and Reliability.

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Hire Ryan Anderson Bagpiper with Encore
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£180 - £260
BagpiperEdinburgh

Ryan is sure to add something special to your event! Take a look and get in touch with any questions!

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Hire Finlay Balfour Singing guitarist with Encore
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£200 - £400
Singing guitaristEdinburgh

Solo performer with over 10 years of professional experience. 200+ satisfied audiences internationally! Don't stress, book the best!

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Hire Sophie Askew Harpist with Encore
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£440 - £695
HarpistDalkeith

Sophie is an experienced professional harpist and harp teacher based near Edinburgh.

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Hire Esther Swift Harpist with Encore
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From£180
HarpistEdinburgh

Esther Swift performs jazz, folk, classical, and popular music on a daily basis. She also sings and plays and enjoys arranging any requests

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Hire Dave Swings Singing guitarist with Encore
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Singing guitaristEdinburgh

Wow your guests with this Upbeat and Energetic Swing, Jazz and Blues Multi-Instrumentalist & Vocalist!

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Hire Neil MacPhail Bagpiper with Encore
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From£180
BagpiperEdinburgh

I have played at many different events around the world. Whatever the event, I'm your man!

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Hire Ally Park Bagpiper with Encore
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£180 - £350
BagpiperEdinburgh

Ally The Bagpiper

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Hire Drum+Drones Bagpiper with Encore
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£250 - £400
BagpiperEdinburgh

Family Bagpiping and Drumming for Special Ocassions

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Hire Robin Alderslowe Bagpiper with Encore
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£125 - £375
BagpiperEdinburgh

Bagpiper

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Hire Holly Hart Harpist with Encore
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£187.50 - £375
HarpistEdinburgh

Harpist and clarsach player available for any occasion and wedding in and around Edinburgh.

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Hire Marcus Acoustic Singing guitarist with Encore
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£250 - £400
Singing guitaristEdinburgh

Fun Singalong Classics, upbeat acoustic covers. Pop, Soul, Indie, Oldies Rnb, Marcus has it all covered!

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Hire Scotia Strings Duo, Trio and Quartet. String quartet with Encore
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£420 - £1100
String quartetEdinburgh

Scotia Strings! Highly experienced, professional & vibrant! Based in Scotland. Previous clients ;BBC Scotland, Royalty & The First Minister.

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Hire Kerill P Winters Singing guitarist with Encore
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£200 - £300
Singing guitaristEdinburgh

Kerill is a superb musician, versatile and professional. He performs over 100 shows per year to sold out crowds all over the UK!!

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Hire Rex Benson Bagpiper with Encore
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£165 - £260
BagpiperEdinburgh

10 years of experience playing at weddings, events, conferences etc. Offering a tailored service or your event. Reliable, traditional music

Recent reviews of our Wedding Ceremony Musicians in East Lothian

“Ross was such a lovely man and an excellent piper. Arrived in plenty of time. Would recommend to anyone looking for a piper. Excellently priced and especially for his wealth of experience. Thank you again ross ”

31 March 2024
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David hired Ross McCrindle for a Wedding (available in East Lothian)

“Beyond amazing, exceeded our expectations. Ross was prompt, personable, and responded very quickly for numerous questions. Impeccable performance and made our day extra special. ”

23 February 2024
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Andrew hired Ross McCrindle for a Wedding (available in East Lothian)

“Ally played at our Burns Supper and did an excellent job. He was on time, had no problems in accommodating a last minute change to the running order, and was professional and helpful throughout. We would gladly have him back.”

25 January 2024
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James hired Ally Park for a Burns night (available in East Lothian)

FAQs about hiring Wedding Ceremony Musicians in East Lothian

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Do you play music during wedding ceremony?

While music isn't strictly mandatory for a wedding ceremony, it's become a deeply ingrained tradition. Its absence might feel oddly quiet and leave some key emotional moments unaccompanied. Live music in ceremonies is used mainly to guide the flow of the wedding. For example, processional music announces the bride’s arrival, recessional music celebrates the union, and interludes provide smooth transitions between readings or vows.

When do you need music in a wedding ceremony?

While the specific timing can vary depending on the length of your ceremony, however as a rule of thumb: Prelude: Around 15-20 minutes before the ceremony starts, soft, calming music begins playing as guests arrive and take their seats. Processional: Music starts right as the first member of the wedding party enters, and continues as the bride walks down the aisle. This typically lasts 2-4 minutes depending on the length of the aisle and song chosen. Readings/Interludes: Short instrumental pieces or calm ambient music can be played between readings or announcements (usually 1-2 minutes each). Vows: Some couples choose to have music playing softly in the background while exchanging vows, while others prefer silence for this intimate moment. Unity Ceremony/Ring Exchange: If you're having a special ceremony like lighting a unity candle or exchanging rings, you might choose a short, meaningful piece of music to accompany this moment (around 1 minute). Recessional: As the newly married couple exits the ceremony, the music shifts to a more upbeat and celebratory tone. The recessional music typically lasts 1-2 minutes, depending on the chosen song. Of course, whichever music you choose is at your discretion as a couple but if you’d like more advice tailored to your vision, please get in touch with one of our experts today.

What is recessional music for wedding ceremony?

The recessional music is the songs that play as you take your first steps as a newly married couple. It marks the joyful end to your ceremony and sets the tone for the drinks reception. Take a look at your blog for inspiration and guides on how to choose the right recessional song for your big day.

How much do wedding ceremony musicians cost?

The average cost of a wedding ceremony musician depends entirely on the type of musician you choose, as well as, other factors such as time of year (peak wedding season being the most expensive), experience of the musician and location of your wedding venue (local musicians almost always the least expensive due to lower travel costs). However, below is a rough guide of prices of some popular musicians for wedding ceremonies: String quartet - £840 Acoustic duos - £650 Organist - £400 Harpist - £350 Singing guitarist - £300 Violinist - £300

Should I have music at wedding ceremony?

Whether you’d like wedding ceremony music is up to you, however, nothing beats the atmosphere live music can create, and your ceremony does set the tone for the rest of your wedding. Live music is great for adding a layer of emotion and intensity to key moments such as the bride walking down the aisle, that pre-recorded music can’t. Another key thing to remember is that with live music, it reduces the chances of technical difficulties as live musicians are seasoned professionals who know how to manage sound levels effectively and maximise the acoustics of a venue. You don’t want to risk pitchy sounds or uneven noise levels during the most important moments of your life.

What music to play before wedding ceremony?

Usually, couples choose to play music before the ceremony as the guests are arriving to create an ambience and set the tone for the rest of the day. Ultimately the choice is up to you, but ideally, you want background music that creates a nice atmosphere but doesn’t overpower conversations as your guests mingle.

How to play music at outdoor wedding ceremony?

There are a lot of great live music options for an outdoor wedding ceremony. String instruments such as violins, cello, and viola are great for outdoor weddings as they have a sharp, directional sound that can cut through background noise in open spaces. Likewise, jazz bands suit outdoor ceremonies as they often feature horns and woodwinds which also project well outdoors. Other ​​outdoor wedding ceremony musicians you may want to consider are harpists, singing guitarists, acoustic duos, and steel drum bands. If you’d like a more interactive experience, consider a roaming band who wander around the venue or dancefloor and perform amongst your guests. Due to their nature of performance, roaming bands are ideal for outdoor wedding ceremonies because they don't need amplification and their sound fills any outdoor space no matter how large.

Hiring a Wedding Ceremony Musician in East Lothian

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Pop, Classical, Jazz
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Busiest times:
June, July, August

How much does it cost to hire a Wedding Ceremony Musician in East Lothian?

The typical price for a Wedding Ceremony Musician is:
£Budget£260
££Pro£380
£££High-end£500+

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