(Closed) fh wants a piper for our ceremony…

posted 5 years ago in Music
Post # 3
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Usually the piper would play outside the ceremony as you are leaving. 

I love pipers, I would have one if my ceremony and reception were not at the same place.  Instead we are playing “highland wedding” on guitar as my Bridal Party are walking down the aisle

Someone post on here before, that you would play your normal processional and the piper would time it that when you are down the aisle, he would start playing and the processional would end..

Post # 4
903 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We had a piper because DH’s family is Scottish. I never imagined I would have one at my wedding and was a little apprehensive but it turned out great! we had contemporary music (Beatles songs) for all the processional stuff and then the piper came in to pipe us out of the church for the recessional. He played as he walked to meet us halfway up the aisle, then he led us out and played outdoors for a bit (from a distance) as guests exited the church. We also had him pipe is into the reception. Our guests loved it, it turned out really fun!

Post # 5
4659 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Purple_Bride:  I dunno how to work it but it sounds awesome to me :3

Post # 8
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would love to have a piper!  If not for the processional, I’d maybe have piping before the ceremony, as people are entering the venue and getting seated.  The recessional is also a possibility, and/or as people are departing.  Or maybe as part of the reception – coctail hour or dinner before the dancing?

I’ve thought about it for myself since I love the pipes, but my Scottish heritage is probably 1/8 or less, and I don’t think fiance has any (and both our last names are quite German), so I thought it might seem odd to guests.


Post # 9
3697 posts
Sugar bee

A piper for an outdoor wedding is a *wonderful* idea! I’m always a little hesitant about bagpipes played indoors (they can be DEAFENING, especially for your older guests), but outside? Fabulous. You should totally do it. Could the bagpipes play you and your guests from the ceremony site to the mill after the ceremony is over?

IMO, recorded music outdoors isn’t all that great. The amplification and acoustics are really difficult to get right. If I had these options, I would use the pipes at the ceremony and save the Styx song for when you are indoors at the reception – purely from a sound-quality point of view, though. I’m sure you have other reasons for wanting certain songs at certain moments.

Post # 12
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

What about using the piper for your introduction into the reception? I always think that music should be a little louder and upbeat.

Post # 13
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Our ceremony and reception were in the same place. We also got married on St. Patty’s Day so I really wanted a piper. After we were pronounced husband and wife he started to play. He played during the recessional and until every guest exited the ceremony. It was beautiful. In edition to traditional pipe songs he also did somemodern stuff. 

Post # 14
1695 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

That sounds awesome!!  I don’t know where you should fit them in, but I love the idea. 

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