Post # 1
So my fiance is Scottish and has been bugging me to have a bagpiper at the wedding. Now I have nothing wrong with the bagpiper, but his older brother who got married 3 years ago also had a bagpiper…and I don’t know if it’s silly but I dont feel like I want to ‘copy’ them…
However I started to change my mind and now want the bagpiper to play for our entrance at the reception, as the new Mr. and Mrs. and it make me really excited to think about.
I have now looked into a bagpiper in my city and he has gotten back to me saying his rate is $150 (Canadian) to play for no longer then 30 mins but we would only be needing him really for all of about 10-15 mins (for him to get there, walk us out, play a big (not too long, cause I am afraid people dont want to just sit and listen to this guy play for 15 mins) then leave…
So I am asking now for those of you who havepossibly had a bagpiper, what were their rates? is this resonable? what do you think I should do? He says his price is very competitive etc, and he has won alot of cometitions etc…just dont know if we are being ripped off for someone who is going to play music for 10 minutes
Post # 3
We hired a bagpiper for our ceremony for $175 and he is playing 30 minutes before the ceremony is to begin while guests come in. He is also playing during the ceremony which will be about 20 mintues or so and then will play for about 10 mintues while people file out of the church. I am really happy with our price, plus he doesn’t charge for travel expenses and is leaving it up to us (if we want) to select which songs he plays. I would shop around if you can for another bagpiper as 30 mintues seems pretty short to me. Good luck!
Post # 4
wow! that is a great deal of bagpiping!
I definetly will be looking around if you get all that for $175
Thanks so much!
Post # 5
I don’t think you should think of it as "copying", its a nice tradition. We are planning on having a bagpiper to pipe down the aisle of the church and escort us out after the ceremony. We know some bagpipers though, I’m not sure of their rate but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was complementary.
Post # 6
That price seems pretty standard for a professional musician. Though you might as well shop around because you may be able to find a better deal. If you stick with your original guy I would find a way to use him for whole 30 minutes. You might as well get your money’s worth. I would also double check and make sure that whoever you hire has appropriate costume attire (kilt etc.) that is in good condition. Also, bagpipes are LOUD. Consider the space in which you will have them play, bigger is better, so you do overwhelm your guests.
Post # 7
hmm very good point acaldwell09, the space we would be having it in is not the biggest….I dont think it has large ceilings…hmm
I still dont think that is going to make us change our minds about the bagpiper but good to actually think about a bit.
We are defintly looking around, but there doesnt seem to be many in my area (at least many listed etc)
Post # 8
We are paying $250 for our bag piper he is going to play outside the catholic church while guests are arriving and another 10-20 minutes after the ceremony when guests are outside. We are getting married in the NYC area so it’s probably a little more pricy then Calgary.