Paul S. Palmer, Bagpiper
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Weddings and other Bagpipe Occasions
For over 25 years, Paul S. Palmer has played weddings, birthday
parties, anniversaries, and surprise events in the Chicago, IL. area.
Don't wait to reserve your day. I sometimes book a year in
advance and popular wedding dates book early.
Half of my jobs are a surprise for the recipient. It's easy to
arrange and always a hit. If you want to do something out of the
ordinary for someone special, think of hiring Paul S. Palmer, a
For weddings you have several options for using the bagpiper.
One, playing at the church or ceremony site. Usually I'm playing the
bride and groom from the alter and playing for the bridle party. I have
played the bride to the alter and I have played the groom to his place.
Two, playing at the reception. I'm playing the bride and
groom into the reception, getting them to their table and then playing a
medley as the salute to the bride and groom and playing myself off the
Paul S. Palmer, playing inside
Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, IL., by special permission. (See right)
Experience makes a difference.
Because of my years of experience, I work well with all the important
people helping to make your day special. Part of my job behind the
scenes is to talk to the wedding planner, the minister, the music folks
and even the photographer to make sure we are all on the same page. Many
times I find that they have never worked with a bagpiper and they
need to know what I do, don't do and when I do it. When your wedding
looks perfect, it's because all the professionals did their jobs. It's
what you don't notice that makes the difference.
Wedding Fees for 2016 also see
Weddings in the Chicago area start at $200. Part of that fee ($50.) is a
deposit to hold your day, with the balance paid the day of the wedding.
Additional costs may involve travel time, parking and how many times I play. If you want me to play
both the wedding and the reception, how close they are to each other and
the time involved becomes a factor. I have played a noon wedding and a
7:00 pm reception, total time involved, over 9 hours.
I like to play
recognizable bagpipe music where I can, see
Familiar Bagpipe Tunes for my list.
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