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Off To The Highlands: 40 Best Bagpipe Wedding Songs For Your Big Day!

Feb
Feb
A wedding where one of our DJs played bagpipe wedding songs.

Introduction

Hey there, word on the grapevine is that you’re getting married soon, so we’d like to extend our warmest congratulations! 

If you’re currently looking for a way to really make your wedding stand out, then might we suggest a more unique choice for the music, aka bagpipe music

Now, you might be thinking “aren’t bagpipes those large instruments they play alongside the Loch Ness Monster in Ireland?” as well as “what bagpipe song is played at weddings?” both of which are valid!

Bagpipes, of course, are traditionally used to play Scottish music (no loch ness monster addition, unfortunately), but modern times have seen couples incorporate it into their weddings due to its unique charm and contemporary sound.

So, if you feel like joining the club and want a Celtic touch to your big day, then we’ve listed down 40 of the best bagpipe wedding songs, categorized by traditional and modern. We also included an FAQ section about bagpipes, as well as do’s and dont’s when choosing the best bagpipe songs for weddings.

Let’s get started then!

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Traditional Bagpipe Wedding Songs

Wondering what bagpipe song is played at weddings? Well, let’s start by going up the Highlands and poring through some of the most well-known and well-regarded traditional bagpipe songs for weddings! While not all of these songs have been passed down for generations, there’s no denying that they sound just as timeless, making them a mainstay in weddings (whether Scottish or not). 

“Mairi’s Wedding” for example, is a Scottish folk song that will make you tap your feet thanks to its joyful tonation, while “Skye Boat Song” is a 19th century (whew, that’s old) lullaby that’s perfect for slow dances.

All in all, you can’t go wrong with these traditional bagpipe wedding songs, especially if you’re opting for a more traditional ceremony! 

  1. “Amazing Grace”
  2. “Scotland the Brave”
  3. “Highland Cathedral”
  4. “The Skye Boat Song”
  5. “Mist Covered Mountains”
  6. “Flower of Scotland”
  7. “A Man’s A Man For A’ That”
  8. “Mairi’s Wedding”
  9. “Green Hills of Tyrol”
  10. “The Battle’s O’er”
  11. “Highland Wedding”
  12. “The Black Bear”
  13. “The Bonnie Lass o’ Fyvie”
  14. “Rowan Tree”
  15. “Auld Lang Syne”
  16. “Blue Bells of Scotland”
  17. “The Road to the Isles”
  18. “The Atholl Highlanders”
  19. “The Rose of Kelvingrove”
  20. “She Moved Through The Fair”
A bagpipe player performing.

Modern Bagpipe Wedding Songs

Now, just because it’s played by a traditional Scottish instrument doesn’t mean it always has to be slow or solemn. Bagpipe music can be fun too, which is why we included our top picks for the best modern bagpipe wedding songs in this list! 

What’s great about these picks is that they’re essentially offering you the best of both worlds: the unique charm of a bagpipe and music that you most likely already know! So, whether you opt for a bagpipe rendition of “Clocks” by Coldplay or “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran, we’re sure your guests will be amused and hum along. For more modern ceremonies, these are easily the most popular bagpipe songs for weddings.

  1. “Caledonia” by Dougie MacLean
  2. “Run” by Snow Patrol (Bagpipe Cover)
  3. “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol (Bagpipe Cover)
  4. “500 Miles” by The Proclaimers (Bagpipe Cover)
  5. “Baba O’Riley” by The Who (Bagpipe Cover)
  6. “Clocks” by Coldplay (Bagpipe Cover)
  7. “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC (Bagpipe Cover)
  8. “Skyfall” by Adele (Bagpipe Cover)
  9. “Let It Go” from Frozen (Bagpipe Cover)
  10. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran (Bagpipe Cover)
  11. “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen (Bagpipe Cover)
  12. “Fix You” by Coldplay (Bagpipe Cover)
  13. “Halo” by Beyoncé (Bagpipe Cover)
  14. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars (Bagpipe Cover)
  15. “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran (Bagpipe Cover)
  16. “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay (Bagpipe Cover)
  17. “Believer” by Imagine Dragons (Bagpipe Cover)
  18. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley (Bagpipe Cover)
  19. “Shut Up and Dance” by WALK THE MOON (Bagpipe Cover)
  20. “Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay (Bagpipe Cover)

FAQs About Bagpipe Wedding Songs

What makes bagpipe music so popular at weddings?

While traditionally used to play Scottish music, bagpipe music has steadily been adapted into weddings (and other formal events, of course!) thanks to its tradition, heritage, and sense of grandeur. Additionally, the unique look and sound of the instrument is also a good way to shake things up at a wedding ceremony.

Can bagpipes play contemporary songs?

Absolutely! What’s great about bagpipe music is that while it has always stayed close to its roots, its also been adapted into contemporary music. Today, you can look up a bagpipe rendition of any modern song and there’s a good chance a talented bagpiper has already played it for you. Additionally, modern songs played through bagpipes are also a fresh addition to any wedding playlist. 

Do you need a bagpiper to play bagpipe music?

Ideally, yes. However, booking one can especially be tricky depending on where the wedding venue is (some bagpipe players need to be booked a year in advance!), so you can always go for the next best thing: a wedding DJ!

What’s particularly great about wedding DJs is that they have access to a wider range of songs, bagpipe renditions or not. You also don’t have to worry about styles, skill levels, and repertoires, since a DJ can play a song as long as it can be found online. They can also adjust on the fly, and a good wedding DJ will always have the most popular bagpipe songs for weddings at hand.

A newlywed couple exchanging vows.

Tips On How To Pick Bagpipe Wedding Songs

  • Consider the Atmosphere: Start by picking songs that will complement the overall mood of your wedding. If you’re having a more solemn wedding, then our list of traditional bagpipe wedding songs should serve you well, while modern bagpipe wedding songs will fit a more upbeat and relaxed occasion.

  • Consult With Your DJ or Piper: Whether you end up hiring a bagpiper or opt for a wedding DJ instead, it’s always a good idea to consult with them long before the date of the wedding. This means going over the program, listing down all of the songs that you wanna play, having a backup plan, and even thinking about song transitions and the like. 

  • Incorporate Personal Favorites: Have a song that’s special to you and your partner? Well, then how about asking your piper or wedding DJ for a unique arrangement? That’ll add the personal touch you’re looking for! 

  • Balance Tradition and Modernity: A good rule of thumb when playing the best bagpipe wedding songs is mixing traditional and modern, as this will better cater to the preferences of your guests.

  • Timing is Key: Coordinate with the bagpiper or wedding DJ to ensure that the music enhances key moments like the entrance, recessional, and any other special requests.

  • Ask for Recommendations: If you’re unsure about song choices, seek recommendations from the bagpiper or wedding DJ based on their experience and expertise. We’re sure you’ll be able to pick up a thing or two! 
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Conclusion

And there you have it – our 40 top picks for the best bagpipe wedding songs! 

It may not be an instrument you hear everyday, but it’s also not everyday that you get married to the love of your life, so why not mix both and have a more memorable wedding day? 

So, if you now have your definitive list of your top bagpipe wedding songs but still can’t find a player that  can take you (mentally, of course) to the Scottish Highlands, might I suggest going for a wedding DJ from us at DJing.ca instead? 

We may not wear kilts (unless you want us to…) or have our own Loch Ness Monster in our backyard, but what we do have here in DJing.ca is years of experience and expertise as Canada’s largest DJ company! By working with only the top 1% of DJs in the industry, we have successfully played at over 1,000+ events, maintaining our stellar 5-star rating the whole way through! And now, we’re looking forward to playing the best bagpipe wedding songs on your big day. 

So, simply reach out to us by filling up our quote form and we’ll get back to you immediately. We can’t wait to hear from you, and wish you all the best in your wedding planning!

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