Supplier Spotlight: Thistle Piping Central Scotland

Supplier Spotlight: Thistle Piping Central Scotland


Today we see the fourth instalment of our Supplier Spotlight series which focuses on the people and the companies behind the success that is the Scottish wedding industry.


Many times in the past few years we have heard many horror stories surrounding no shows at weddings or companies disappearing into the dead of night. But we at Planning My Scottish Wedding are still very proud of our industry here in bonnie Scotland. Our industry is unique and Scotland is still the best place in the whole wide world to get married.

We continue to celebrate the many great wedding suppliers that make up our industry, and today we meet Drew Sinclair, the man holding the pipes at Thistle Piping Central Scotland!



Bagpipes are quintessentially Scottish and a must for every Scottish wedding. Being piped in to the reception or at the entrance to your ceremony gives a special proudness to your day that no other instrument can add and, of course, are very patriotic!


With over 40 years experience of playing the bagpipes, Drew gives a first class service, focussing on the highest possible standards of dress, deportment and musical performance at a cost that is competitive. He takes great pride in his offering of a great range of uniform styles including Full Regimental Dress (Number 1s), Mess Dress and Day Attire (Number 2s) as well as a range of tartans that offer the opportunity to complement or contrast with your bridal party attire. He is friendly, approachable and at all times, a true professional.


Favourite venue?

That’s tricky as I have several favourites, however I will go with Tullibole Castle near Kinross. A wonderful old castle in a glorious setting with a barn and marquee space. It is blessed with several outdoor options including a Cathedral Tree!!! They only host about 20 weddings a year, so quite exclusive.


Summer or winter weddings?

I do love winter weddings but as I perform outside most of the time it’s not easy to play with frozen fingers! So Summer!


Star sign?



Any celeb weddings?

A couple of footballer weddings but I did play for the Duke & Duchess of Roxburgh (Charles & Camilla) when they arrived immediately after their wedding to honeymoon at Balmoral Castle. Prince Charles took the time to apologise that he didn’t have a bottle of Laphroaig to give me as he hadn’t been made aware that they were to be welcomed.


Most memorable wedding?

A wedding in Mull. It was supposed to be on the beach but the weather was horrible. I arrived early at the hastily arranged alternative semi covered outdoor venue to find the groom and his son decorating it, so I chipped in and helped. By the time I got changed and tuned up they were back all changed and ready. It was then I discovered it was only the bride, groom and their 3 children attending the wedding along with the Piper, Photographer & Celebrant. This made us as suppliers feel very privileged to be part of such an intimate family occasion.


Why do you love the Scottish wedding industry?

I love the flexibility the marriage laws in Scotland now afford couples. You can marry who you want, where you want and how you want. Something not available everywhere in the world. We should celebrate that.


If you were a super hero what powers would you have?

Mind reader!


Kilt v suit?

Kilt obviously but only if worn correctly. Trews are great for guests as well.


Photobooth v candy cart?

I’ve never been tempted to raid the photobooth!!


If you think Drew is the man that can provide that special touch of musical and ceremonial tradition that announces to all that they are attending a Scottish wedding, then please contact Drew via his facebook page.

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