(Closed) Bagpipes and/or Drums at the Reception??

posted 9 years ago in Music
Post # 3
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hi! My friend had bagpipes play at his wedding last summer and it was AMAZING!  His family is Scottish so that’s why he wanted bagpipes.  Their venue was a small courtyard of Rancho San Juan Capistrano and I thought it sounded so powerful and it was something different and exciting.  All the guests knew he was Scottish so it made sense – some of his family members were even in kilts.  So since you said many of the guests are firefighters and the band is “known” to firefighters I think it would be fitting! 

As for the indoors part, maybe ask the place what they suggest, is there a place outside that they can play for a cocktail hour? or something???

Post # 4
18 posts

I agree, the bagpipes are just beautiful.  Go for it.


Post # 5
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

i dont know about the actual reception but ive def seen /heard it done at the ceremony and thought it was wonderful. the bagpipes were played outside the church and it basically announced that the bride had arrived and at some point she was standing at the end of the aisle while he finished playing and before her processional (sp?).   then once the wedding was over he was playing (again, outside) while they were signing the certificate.

are you having a cocktail hour?  if yes, then maybe they can play during this time but not indoors so if people want to see them they can go outside to enjoy.

sounds like a nice touch to your wedding

Post # 6
900 posts
Busy bee

We are going to have bagpipes sort of ushering guests from the cocktail hour to the reception when it is time to move along.  He will stand at the top of the stairs outside the hall.  This way it won’t be too loud during the cocktail hour and we won’t have to add one more thing to the roster of events that happen during the dinner and dancing.

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