When and What to have
the piper play!
You should give serious consideration to limiting the amount of playing.
Most ceremony's are indoors and the pipes are loud in confined spaces.
Here is a case of more is not necessarily better. It is important if
you are having a church ceremony to make sure you have permission to
have a piper playing inside your church. Some may not allow a piper
inside but rather outside.
Before the Ceremony
It is good to have the piper begin about 15 minutes before the start
of the ceremony. That is when most of the guests are there and will
be most appreciated.
At this time in the ceremony, there is virtually no limit to the songs
that could be played.
Have your piper stand in the rear of the church. The piper can play
for the entire wedding party as they enter.
For All Those Endearing Young Charms
The Skye Boat Song
The Cradle Song
Canon in D
Ode to Joy
Flowers of Scotland
The Bride's Entrance
It is important that the piper play a specially selected tune for
Come to the Hills
During the Service
If you are planning a remembrance to a loved one during the ceremony,
you should limit it to one song. Small pipes can be a very good choice
at this time as their sound is much less intrusive. Check with your
piper to see if they have a set of small pipes.
She moves through the fair
The Recessional and Receiving Line
You have three choices here.
~ Have your piper walk to the altar after the presentation of the couple
and lead or follow the bride and groom down the aisle.
~ Have your piper stand in the rear of the church and play for the entire
wedding party during the recessional.
~ Have the piper outside the door and have someone cue them when it
is time for the recessional.
Whichever way you choose, it is traditional
to have the piper continue playing for your guests as they leave the
venue, go through the receiving line and then congregate.
Scotland the Brave
The Rowan Tree
During the Reception
There is no doubt that everyone will enjoy a session from your piper
during the reception. This usually will take place after the main course
and before the traditional reception events. This short 20 minute or
so rendition of highland music will set everyones feet to tapping, hands
to clapping and result in enthusiastic cheers.
Let your piper have his head and just
go for it.