A solo piper or a piper and drummer are a grand addition to a wedding and add a very special element. The wedding day is all about the bride and her wishes. Here are a few pointers to consider: Decide when you want the piper to play:
- Outside the church or ceremony site as guests arrive
- During the seating of the bride and groom’s parents
- Pipe-in the groom and his attendants
- Play the Processional for the bride and/or her attendants
- Play a special selection at some point during the ceremony
- Play the Recessional for the wedding party (bride, groom, attendants, parents, etc.) after the ceremony
- Entertain during the receiving line and/or photographs after the ceremony
- Play the couple to the limousine after the receiving line and/or photographs
- Perform outside the reception party as guests arrive
- Pipe-in the couple and/or wedding party to the reception
- Entertain at the reception.
Decide what you want the piper to play: We can help you with the selection of contemporary or traditional Scottish and/or Irish tunes but keep in mind the bagpipes have a limited range of notes it can play. A bagpipe is a LOUD instrument; we can’t tone it down. The more pipes or drums that you add, the louder it will be. Will this be a surprise? We have been asked to arrive unseen and tune up elsewhere. In a church setting, this can be facilitated by having a “warm-up” room available in another building away from the main chapel. All of our pipers and drummers are experienced and accomplished performers. The piper will contact the wedding planner/bride in advance to work out any details and arrive early to tune and make any last-minute adjustments to the performance.
Birthdays, office parties, retirements, holidays, graduations, we’ve played them all and no event is too small or too large. We’ve performed (twice) with the Chieftains, the Omaha Symphony, for inaugurations, civic events, parades, and memorials. In short, we can probably accommodate any event you have.