Guest Post by the Caledonian Cowboy! A Scottish Tradition – The Piper

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Category : Wedding Music

In Scotland, a common tradition is to have a piper at your wedding. Personally, I was not a huge fan of the bagpipes – however I recently heard a bagpipe band (if that is what you call more than one playing together!), play we will rock you by Queen. Since then, I have to say, I am quite keen on having this tradition, albeit slightly jazzed up a little, at our wedding.

Below, Johnny Gauld, A.K.A the Caledonian Cowboy tells us why he thinks a Scottish piper is a tradition best kept at your wedding.

Johnny Gauld

A Scottish piper can add much more than a few bagpipe tunes to any occasion. A piper in full dress, can be a visual and arresting sight at a wedding – with the sound of traditional tunes, create a stirring atmosphere.

The services that a piper may supply on your big day can vary. The most basic choice is to play whilst the bride and her bridesmaids arrive at the wedding venue and afterwards to pipe the happy couple and their wedding party from the venue.

A popular choice is to play for the newly married couple as they arrive at their wedding reception, then have the bride and groom piped to their seats at the meal or to cut their wedding cake.

As for a choice of tunes, well, this can range from the traditional to the more contemporary. Some wedding couples have a particular tune in mind, either because they have a connection to them or simply like them.

Most pipers opt for one of the two traditional dress options. This can be the popular and well-known outfit of Argyll jacket and Glengarry or a Doublet jacket, plaid, cross belt, spats and feather bonnet.

At the end of the day, the piper will be willing to accommodate all customers as best they can and will always be available to offer advice before and even during the event. All weddings are unique, but they do follow a similar structure and a good piper will be able to adjust to any unforeseen events that may unfold.

Playing music on Scotland’s national instrument is only a small part of what a professional piper adds to any occasion. As the Caledonian Cowboy, I have played and performed before thousands in both a piping and speaking capacity for many years at hundreds of different events. We pride ourselves in being approachable, easy to deal with, extremely competitive and 100% reliable. That’s why our customers always come back to us time after time. We really are that good!

Thanks for that Johnny!

For more info, or to get in touch with the man himself, please visit www.caledoniancowboy.com

So what do all you Scottish brides think – will a piper feature on your big day?

Guest Post – Wedding music inspiration…

Category : Wedding Music

Music is an essential aspect of any wedding and will probably play a central part during your ceremony, drinks reception and evening entertainment.  Despite this important role, wedding music is often considered only as an afterthought and ends up being overlooked in favour of other things. Here the lovely Jenny from Hop til you drop offer some helpful suggestions!

However, with so many wonderful genres on offer from professional wedding bands across the UK, why not take your wedding inspiration from a specific musical style? Hop Till You Drop wedding music agency has a large number of professional wedding bands performing a wide range of music that could be perfect for your big day.

wedding music

The light, uplifting harmonies of a classical string quartet or the atmospheric halcyon bliss of a harpist lend themselves perfectly to a traditional-style wedding.  Most classical groups will be able to provide the essential backdrop to your ceremony and then move on to your drinks reception and maintain the atmosphere there.

Perhaps you love folk music? Shape your evening wedding reception around your passion by throwing a ceilidh! With a professional dance-caller and positive, toe-tapping tunes, a ceilidh is a great way to get everyone dancing and can be a fantastic icebreaker for unacquainted guests.

wedding music

Exotic music can provide an idiosyncratic basis for a beautiful themed wedding.  Hire a Bollywood group or a sitar and tabla duo to give an authentic Indian lilt to your wedding.  A traditional African group featuring djembe (drum) and kora (harp) will offer an up-tempo performance to set pulses racing at an African themed wedding.  If you enjoy the blissful, sunny, sounds of a steel band, base your wedding around a Caribbean beach-party theme for the perfect summer feeling.

wedding music

If your favourite type of music is swing jazz, use this as a way to evoke the vintage style of the ‘30s and ‘40s with a Hollywood-themed wedding.  If you have a passion for pop, hire a rock ‘n’ roll covers band to complement a wedding inspired by kitsch 1960s culture.

wedding music

A good live band performing at your wedding reception can make your big day into an extraordinary occasion and ensure that you and your guests really have a night to remember.  Choosing to base your wedding around a particular musical style that you love can give your evening a really personal feel, and guarantee all your guests enjoy themselves.

For more wedding music information, tips, advice and suggestions see www.wedding-music-secret.com.

Aisle Be Walking To The Sound Of?

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Category : Wedding Music

You arrive at your venue, you are in your dress and about to walk up the aisle to greet your soon to be other half – but how do you choose the music to get you there?

After attending an amazing wedding recently (Fiona & Chris Robertson at Balbirnie house, Fife!), we have chosen to have a humanist ceremony. Slightly less traditional (which suits us!), it allows us to incorporate a bit more of our personalities into what is essentially the formal part of our wedding day – and one way we plan on doing this is with music.

Not quite as off the wall as this couple but perhaps not as traditional as the beautiful pachelbel canon d, I have it in my head that I will walk up the aisle to this (song only known to those who care enough to listen!). A favourite of both myself and my H2B that will hopefully have people singing (most likely humming) as I walk, that long walk, up the aisle.

The song in itself isn’t particularly unusual, however the lovely ladies over at WeddingBee.com, gave me some further food for thought. A keen singer and guitar player (remember the wannabe rock star) – wouldn’t it be quite unsual if the groom himself were to play the guitar……

What do you think? Would this be the perfect start to our perfect day?


Wedding Bands – Risky business indeed

Category : Wedding Music

When it comes to planning. I’m the planner in our house.

However, when it comes to the wedding, my hubby to be likes (or at least likes to pretend) to be involved. Generally, I trawl the internet and scour my magazines for ideas and inspiration and then talk them through with him. All works out fine, both parties are happy.

However, one fine day at a wedding fair, I came across a band that I loved. I knew straight away that I wanted them to play at our wedding. The other half wasn’t with me though – and the one thing he REALLY wanted, more than anything, was to be involved with the music decisions (he thinks one day he will be a rockstar – don’t they all!?!).

My mum didnt help, she gets easily carried away with all things wedding and wanted me to book Nightshift there and then. Oh the pressure – I knew I shouldn’t, but…….

I really really really wanted them!

Nightshift Wedding Band

But, I didn’t book.

Instead, I came home and told my H2B about them. Straight away I got the “that’s my area” speech. So, we listened to them on You Tube (wonders of modern technology) and he thought they were ok. Just ok.

Now, I will admit, that on YouTube they didn’t sound as good as they had done at the wedding fair. There was no convincing him though. Damn.

I didn’t stop thinking about them though. Emailed to see if they were free. They were. Called to see if they were playing anytime soon. They weren’t (this was february and they weren’t free til may). Double damn.

Desperate to secure them, I provisionally booked them. I paid the desposit and arranged to take the other half to see them in May.

So off we went, to Airth Castle, to watch them play at someone else’s wedding.

His words as they sung Billie Jean – “wow they ain’t half bad, much better live”. His words after hearing them sing Oh What a Night - “let’s book them for our wedding”.

Phew. Panic over. Band sorted.


Music Themed Wedding?

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Category : Wedding Music

Will you be having a themed wedding day?

Personally, I’m not entirely convinced on the idea – purely because I’m not sure that H2B and I could agree one! Instead I think it will be an eccletic mix of all the things we like (and can incorporate). A stamp of both personalities coming together – isn’t that the whole point of the day (mixed with tradition of course to keep the folks happy on some level!)?!

Kat over at Rock ‘nRollBride , included these Guitar Place settings as part of her Thursday Treats;

guitar place card setting

And that got me to thinking – a music themed wedding would be kinda cool eh? A quick Google search found a few other decorations perfect for a musicly themed wedding!

Check these out;

Wedding Cake Topper for a Rock Starrecord wedding invitationmusic wedding favours

Sources;

Guitar Placecards : Little Things Favours
Music Cake Topper : MagicMud
Record Wedding Invitations : Ellothere @ Etsy
Wedding Favours : beau-coup


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