Post # 1
Early on in our planning, we hired a string trip to play as guests arrived and for our processional/recessional. Just this week, a good friend of ours who plays the bagpipes professionally offered to play at our wedding. I’m flattered that he has offered but I’m wondering when and where he will play since I already have a string trio.
Have any of you attended weddings with both? If so, how does it work out? When does the bagpiper play?
And, as always, if anyone has suggestions, I’m all ears!! 🙂 Thanks!
Post # 3
Could you have the piper pipe you into the reception?
I want a cellist or string trio for our ceremony, but we also want to incorporate the pipes as Fiance is scottish. This is what we’re thinking of doing.
Post # 4
We had both, but we were married in a church, so the bagpiper played there and the trio played during cocktail hour. You could have the bagpiper playing as guests arrive. Then have the trio start as your ceremony is about to begin?
Post # 5
Thanks, ladies! Very helpful suggestions.
Post # 6
Bagpipes can sound lovely … outdoors. Do you happen to know what kind of pipes he plays? If they are smallpipes or uillean pipes, that’s a little more workable for an interior space, but if it’s a full set of Highland pipes, I would figure out a way to accept his (lovely, wonderful, gracious!) offer by having him play outside the church/ceremony site as you’re arriving/leaving, unless it’s an outdoor wedding. If you have the bagpipes indoors, unless it’s a HUGE room it’s going to be absolutely deafening and you won’t be able to appreciate the beauty of the music.
Post # 7
Good point on the type of pipes…I will have to find out..We are having our ceremony outdoors (weather pending!!). Inside, the room is rather small so I can’t imagine that working too well.
Post # 8
How far is your reception from the ceremony? Perhaps the piper could start playing after the recessional and can lead the guests to the reception. A piper looks splendid in motion and it would be a festive way to start the receptiion.
Post # 9
Our ceremony and reception are at the same location. If it’s a nice weather day (i hope so!), ceremony is on the back lawn overlooking a bay. If it rains, the ceremony is held indoors in the ballroom, which is then flipped into the reception during the cocktail hour.
Decisions, decisions….this planning stuff was way more difficult than I thought I’d be! 🙂
Post # 10
I am so jealous lol I LOVE bagpipes
I have usually only seen them outside, like outside the church or outside the reception venue… I would have him play the recessional and skip the trio doing that part since it is outside. Deffinately go with him though! That will make it very memorable
Post # 11
@HaveGroomWillTravel: That sounds GREAT, do you best to find a way to use the piper.
I’d love to attend a wedding with strings. Being of Scottish heritage I attend a fair number of event swith pipers, and htye are nice, but string too–lovely.