Post # 1
hello all! have any of you had a bagpiper play at the ceremony? i have hired one to play outside the church when the guests enter and leave. i am trying to figure out timing so that the bagpiper isn’t playing while the musicians inside are also playing. can suggestions on timing?
Post # 3
if it’s at the end of your wedding when guests are filing out, assign someone to key the bag piper. Once he starts playing the same person should go in and ask the musicians to wrap up what they are playing. It;s ok if it overlaps a little, the bag pipe will drown out what’s going on around him.
Or, have inside people playing a song that bag piper knows. He can join in and when said song is ending, he continues to play but inside musicans are told ahead of time to stop.
Post # 4
We had a piper at our ceremony (June 13th) and it was handled easily by giving him a copy of the itinerary so he knew the times to start and stop and what songs we had picked. Ask your piper if he knows Highland Seranade it is just beautiful!
Post # 5
My FI plays bagpipes for weddings and all sorts of other events, and I’ve gone with him on a few gigs as an "assistant" to run inside the venue after everyone has left to grab his gear. Anyway, there are two easy options to go with as far as notifying the piper when to start. Depending on the layout of the church, the player could stand in the back of the room (or outside in the hallway) and wait for the ceremony to wrap down a bit and then sneak outside to begin. Or else you could utilize the church staff (or a helpful guest) and have someone alert the piper when to begin.
Post # 6
thanks everyone for their help!