The Wedding Piper
Bagpipers have been entertaining quests at weddings, banquets and parties for centuries. Bagpipes have and can be played at multi-ethnic weddings to the enjoyment of all. Your guests will be pleasantly surprised when they hear the pipes!
Where Does the Piper Fit In?
It's your day ! You can have a bagpiper anytime you wish. The number one most popular choice is too have the piper play before and after the ceremony.
Before the Ceremony
The window of time before the ceremony is an ideal time for a piper or two to welcome the guests by piping just outside the church or venue as guests arrive.
Announcing Bride's Arrival
Bagpipes have often been used to announce the arrival of the bride. You might ask the piper to march down the aisle playing a lively tune or two to let the guests know the Bride has arrived!
Down the Aisle
The piper is staged at a particular spot inside the church or venue and upon cue, pipes the Bride down the aisle to the tune of their choosing. Highland Cathedral is a popular tune for bringing the Bride down the aisle. This tune is particularly nice with a couple of pipers and a drummer.
Bride & Groom Together
Once the ceremony is over and the couple is presented, the piper may pipe Bride & Groom back down the aisle and out of the venue to the tune of their choosing, usually an upbeat tune. Mairie's Wedding is a good tune for this.
At the Reception
This is the most popular time for bagpipers to play other then immediately after the wedding ceremony. The best time to have the piper(s) play is sometime after the food has been served, usually 2-3 hours into the reception. A waltz played while the bride and groom dance by themselves is very popular choice.
Visit Melody's "Repertoire" page to hear music samples.
At the Receiving Line the bagpiper may start playing outside the church or venue when the guests are exiting. The piper would usually play for 15-20 minutes while waiting for the receiving line to complete. The bagpiper usually stops playing when the photographer is ready to photograph the bridal party with bride and groom. When the photos are completed and the limo arrives, the bagpiper might play a lively tune while the couple enters the limo.
Cocktail Hour Cocktail hours, which are usually void of live entertainment, can be a perfect place for bagpipes to be played. A single piper can easily blend in the room and provide background music for your guests.
This is something that you will have to work out with the piper. Pipers will already have several sets of music that they know and intend to play. Though there is a great deal of pipe music that pipers will know, ask if you have a special request.