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Advice on having a bagpiper
There are many tunes which sound brilliant when played by the pipes as part of a wider band in conjunction with other instruments but which may sound quite different when the pipes are unaccompanied. Have a listen to them on the likes of Youtube before finally deciding. Any professional piper will be honest regarding pipe scale constraints.
Couples should think about not the amount of piping that is done but more where in the proceedings it takes it’s place. The pipes are a very loud instrument which can be very physically taxing to play – especially if it’s very hot or cold. Likewise, there is only so much that guests can be expected to take. Short bursts of pipe music at carefully selected points can greatly enhance the proceedings eg. piping for the arrival of guests to the ceremony, announcing the bride/bridesmaids arrival, piping down the aisle & signing of the register (giving consideration to the nature of the venue and proximity to everyone’s ears), maybe ten or fifteen minutes during the drinks after the reception (but not the whole thing) and then piping the top table and happy couple to their seats for dinner.
With thanks to www.arklestonpiping.co.uk