The Great Highland Bagpipe can be a wonderful way to add a Celtic flavor to your wedding. The first thing you should know, however, is that there is no such thing as a "Traditional Scottish Wedding". I have played the bagpipes for numerous weddings.  Each and every wedding I have participated in has been unique. You should utilize the bagpipes when and where you think it is most appropriate.  After all, it is your wedding!


The bagpipes are a perfect way to welcome your guests to your wedding. The bagpiper, strategically placed, can not only entertain your guests with the prenuptual music, but also serve as a beacon to help guide guests to the wedding location. For church weddings, the bagpiper can play on the church steps as the guests arrive. For garden weddings, where the bagpiper is often the only music, the bagpiper can be placed so that they can both entertain those who are already seated and also guide the arriving guests to the seating area. 

For the prenuptial music, bagpipers usually play slower and more stately tunes such as marches, waltzes, and slow airs.


The Ceremony

Some newly married couples chose to be announced to a joyous sound.  After signing the registry and the newlyweds are introduced to the gathered guests, the bagpipes can lead them up the aisle and out of the ceremony. 


The bagpipes can be used to help fill in the void as guest leave the wedding and gather outside before heading to the reception. The bagpiper might play outside as guests mingle after the wedding while the pictures are being taken. If the reception is within easy walking distance, having the bagpiper lead a procession to the reception facility is a great way to make your event even more special.

For the Postlude music, I usually play Hornpipes & Jigs to augment the celebratory feeling.


Nothing is more spectacular than the newlywed couple being led into their reception or to their table by the bagpiper. The bagpiper can also welcome arriving guests to the reception area.


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12.09 | 06:48

Nice post,

09.09 | 18:31

Hi Steve
I m looking for a piper for a celebration of life on September 22nd at a golf club in north Burlington Are you available on that day ?

20.08 | 11:44

HI Steve, wanted to connect about my golf tournament on Sept 10 and the cost to have a bag piper entertainment for when the reception kicks off. Its in Milton.

14.07 | 19:07

I want to thank you for coming to our Relay for Life,I was speaking with the survivors after and they absolutely loved you being with us, it touched our hearts

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