So, where do I start?

 

Music for the ceremony - Civil Ceremony or Church Music (All faiths)

 

The civil ceremony is the ‘new kid on the block’, at least in Ireland and tends to favour instrumental rather than vocal music. The ceremony is considerably shorter than the church ceremony so the musical input, if anything, is even more important.

Don’t fell bad if you feel confused or intimidated. Brides and grooms often say “I/we have no idea where to begin” or “ I’m completely unmusical” or “I don’t want anything too highfalutin’ but I want it to be different’ or “The ceremony music is very important to us ------it must get the day off to a truly special start”

 

How to start: This can be the most difficult, first step towards achieving your ideal sound.

Start by asking yourself a few basic questions:

 

  • Do I/we want a singer? For some, a singer is an intrusion - for others, an absolute necessity.

  • Do I/we have a particular singer in mind? Did you hear a particular singer at another’s wedding? Check out our singers: clips and visuals

  • If I haven’t a particular singer in mind? do I imagine a male or female singer or more than one singer? Clips/visuals

If yes: does s/he come with a set accompaniment or can that be customised? Does s/he book their own musicians or does that fall to me?

 

If I do not want a singer, what type of instrumental ensemble do I want? This may influence the choice of pieces (musical numbers). So, for instance, an Irish Harp, though beautiful, will not really be able to play the entire repertoire. Such standards as Schubert’s Ave Maria have to be ‘modified’. If you have a musical ear, will this grate on you?

Will the ceremony be much shorter without a singer?: No, our job is to ensure a balance between music and ceremony.

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General rules:

  • Less is more: You will not get a better result by simply hiring more musicians or throwing money at it.

  • Quality over quantity: Ask around for recommendations: Try to hear the singers/musicians beforehand. Click any of the samples

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Instrumental Ensembles:

Soloists: Organ         Digital Piano                Harp(Irish or Concert)                        Guitar

 

A solo instrumentalist can be ideal for an intimate wedding in a smaller venue. When played by a talented professional musician, any of these solo instruments will be completely satisfying by itself.

Duos: Add Violin or Flute to any of the above to get a more interesting ensemble . Clips/Viual

 

Trios: Trios offer something slightly more sophisticated and out of the ordinary: You’ll find as a result that the music becomes a live topic among your guests.

Some typical Trios are:

String Trio (Two Violins, ‘Cello or Violin, Viola, ‘Cello)

Flute Trio (Flute, Violin or Viola, ‘Cello). The Flute may be replaced with an Oboe or Clarinet subject to availability.

Wind Trio: Flute, Oboe (or second Flute), Bassoon or ‘Cello

Mixed Trios: Violin, Flute, Harp

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