Most brides and grooms in Scotland will choose to have a bagpiper perform at their wedding. Many brides and grooms however simply don’t realise what a huge difference a good Master of Ceremonies can make to their big day. The main reason for this is that many venues disregard what a Master of Ceremonies can do and instead provide you with a ‘free’ one. At most venues of course you don’t actually get a free Master of Ceremonies, what you get is a member of staff (usually the Duty Manager) who is tasked with making your announcements – also whilst ensuring food service is on time, the bar is running properly and several other jobs. This means that they are not fully focused on you – the Bride and Groom – especially in a busy hotel where he or she might be the only manager on duty. That’s where I step in. My duty as Master Of Ceremonies is to effectively run the day, to liaise with the venue management and be on hand for the bride and groom throughout the day. I have created the unique Skirls Aloud Gold Package - Bagpiper and Master Of Ceremonies – a unique fusion of two very distinct and valuable services to make your day as special as it should be. Gold Package A highland bagpiper in full highland regalia for your ceremony and a master of ceremonies in white highland formal dress for your reception. On duty from 30 minutes prior to the ceremony until the end of the first dance. As master of ceremonies my job is to make sure the wedding runs as smoothly as possible, taking the pressure off the happy couple and allowing them to forget about the practical concerns of the event and focus on having a good time. What you get................ Meeting with the happy couple as early as possible after booking me to go over your plans and wishes Bagpiping Duties Bagpiping outside your ceremony venue for 30 minutes prior to the brides arrival Playing the brides processional tune (if required) Playing during the signing of the register (if required) Playing the Bride and Grooms recessional tune (if required) Playing outside the ceremony venue during photographs Playing as guests arrive at reception venue (if ceremony and reception venues are different) Playing as Bride and Groom arrive at reception venue (if ceremony and reception venues are different) Master of Ceremony Duties Advice on etiquette and customs Greet your guests to the reception Liaise with the photographer Liaise with the videographer Liaise with the caterers/chef/venue management Organize the receiving line, announce guests Co-ordinate acceptance of gifts Call attention to the seating plan Play the top table in to the reception (if required)(Bagpiping) Play the happy couple in to the reception (Bagpiping) Organise and announce the cutting of the cake (if prior to the meal) Skirls Aloud unique Quaich ceremony Announce the toasts and the speakers Assist in the presenting of special gifts or bouquets Say grace, if required Read cards and other messages, if required Announce and arrange the retiring of the couple from the table Ensure the arrangements for the evening/liaise with the band/disco Organize the Grand March (bridal party in to ballroom for first dance)(Bagpiping) Announce the first dance Plus many other unseen tasks that go to make the day perfect Please contact me for a chat about your big day.
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