(Closed) Maritime wedding customs???

posted 6 years ago in Canada – East Coast
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I married an East coaster this summer and have attended his brother’s wedding that was in Cape Breton…..

One word? FIDDLE! I don’t know if that’s their/your style, but the wedding in Cape Breton had a band (that was the best wedding band I have ever heard) and the fiddle made that band over the top amazing. You can’t not dance, tap your toes, etc. We paid fiddler’s to come pre-ceremony and over cocktail hour and ensured there was music with fiddle throughout the evening (our wedding was in Ontario) and it gave it such a great feel!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I guess it depends where on the East Coast. I am getting married in Newfoundland and we are having a Screech In at our reception. But that is just Newfoundland. I think definitely the music, as the rpevious poster said. Lots of east coast music.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Definitely east coast music!  Depending on your FI’s background, you might want to consider a fiddler, a piper or something linke that.

We are having our wedding in NB, but FI’s family are all from Cape Breton and they are very Scottish so we are being piped into our reception.

Where in Cape Breton is the wedding?  We went to a wedding in Iona last year that was great!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

As everyone else said I think a pipe of fiddle, or something like that! My Fiance went to school in Cape Breton, it’s beautiful down there!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

One word of advice with the piper, I wouldn’t have them in the church unless it is a HUGE church.  If there is some space in the church yard, have them stand outside a ways away from the building and play as people are walking into the church and then have them pipe you out and again, move away from the church and play as people leave.  The pipes are LOUD and in a small space can be overwhelming.

Also, a good piper is fairly expensive and sometimes difficult to find, so I would start searchign early.  Luckily one of DH’s bff’s plays, so we just bought him a bottle of scotch as a thank you, but his bro used to charge anywhere from $200-400/wedding.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Where in Cape Breton is the wedding?  I might be able to give you some names…

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@farmgirlnfarmboy:  Keep the bagpipes outside of the church for when people are coming in or maybe as you leave.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen bagpipes inside a building in my life.  We had pipers for the processional and recessional at my high school graduation and when I graduated from Cape Breton University.  I don’t think they went inside at all.  Maybe I’m wrong.  They’re sooo beautiful.  But LOUD.  🙂

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you’re getting married in Sydney, you could get your pictures taken at the Big Fiddle!

We’re getting married on Isle Madame, a beautiful little island off the coast of Cape Breton where my Fiance is from and my father as well.  Mostly Acadian/Irish.  We’ll have some East Coast music at our reception.    🙂

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