Music is a huge part of your wedding ceremony and choosing the right songs is really important so that it feels personal and special to you as a couple. Ceremony Singers and Musicians have amazing repertoires with songs you may not even have thought of but what if a song you have your heart set on isn’t on their list? Can you ask them to learn it for you? We put it to the ceremony musicians themselves who gave their advice below…
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Yep, I sure can, and I often do – it keeps me fresh and in-the-know! A listen to the music player on my website www.irishmusicweddings.com will show you many pieces I learned for clients, which later became part of my repertoire! Basically, almost any piece which has a ‘real’ melody can be learned. That’s most U2 songs out, I’m afraid!
I work closely with pianists Carl Banks and Darren Walsh and if you don’t see your chosen song on my website we can learn it for you and can provide additional musicians if required. I am here to help you every step of the way!
We will learn two new songs that aren’t on our list per couple. We perform at over 80 weddings per year so we have worked hard to put together an amazing repertoire for our clients to choose from. It is a very wide list to suit all musical tastes.
Yes, we create all of our own arrangements in 6-part harmony and are happy to learn two new songs for each ceremony, in addition to our large existing repertoire. Because our arrangements are bespoke, any songs we learn for your wedding will be absolutely unique to you as a couple.
Yes! Very occasionally we are asked for songs that we are unfamiliar with. As long as sheet music is available we can learn the songs. If sheet music is not available, we can have string arrangements done (at a further cost).
I’m happy to learn songs as required, but I do require 6 weeks’ notice for any new songs to make sure we can cater for any special musical arrangements or learn something new as needed. We’ll always accommodate special requests, and are happy to offer alternate arrangements to traditional songs.
Yes, absolutely! Over the years we have been asked to sing many different kinds of songs that have personal meaning to our couples; some we have loved, others not so much, but that’s not the point! The point is they mean something and are much beloved by the couple getting married because they are either moved by the music or the lyrics or it reminds them of a loved one, maybe a relative who has passed and is sadly missed on such an occasion, and it’s when I see the emotion and actual tears in people’s eyes, that’s when I love my job.
Music is such an emotive thing, we can all think of a song that reminds us of something or someone and hearing that song is like a portal, we can jump back in time to relive a moment which can bring either great joy or sadness, whichever it brings you, go with it, laugh, dance, cry… Better out than in I say!!