(Closed) Bagpiper???

posted 9 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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35 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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 # 5
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2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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24 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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 # 8
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39 posts
Newbee

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. 

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