Beautiful Music For Your Wedding Pre-Drinks [Part One]

Planning & Advice

Music really sets the tone for your wedding! We all know that a wedding band or DJ can get the party started once you’ve got your guests on the dance floor. But what about the pre-drinks? There are plenty of lovely options you could choose from when it comes to live music for your wedding pre-drinks! From acoustic duos to a saxophonist or harpist, we’ve created a list of the best Irish musicians for the job.


Vladimir Andronache – Saxophone | View Profile

From a young age, being a student at one of the leading Music and Arts Conservatory “University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna”, Vlad started his career in classical music performing in some famous concert halls in Europe such as “Musik Verein Wien” “Wiener Staats Oper” “Dublin Concert Hall” “Royal Albert Hall London” “Helix Theater Dublin” and many others. Vlad continued developing himself in many different styles – jazz, romance, house, lounge, reggae, soul, pop, modern-contemporary, R’n’B and classical etc.


Ann Tuite – Wedding Singer & Harpist | View Profile

Ann has been playing, singing and composing music for many years. She has played for Presidents, Prime Ministers and many other dignitaries both nationally and internationally. The Traditional airs and melodies which Ann plays are unobtrusive and can set the mood for any occasion. From the time your guests arrive, let them experience it for themselves. Ann is a classically trained Harpist, Pianist and Singer. She is an accomplished Traditional Harpist with titles including ‘All-Ireland Harpist’ to her name.


Veronica & Douglas | View Profile

Veronica and Douglas are a versatile duo specialising in weddings. They are both classically trained vocalists and instrumentalists. Giving you a wide range of musical options to choose from. Be it classical or pop, solo male voice, solo female voice, famous duets or even cello and piano instrumental pieces.


Ukebox – Ukulele Trio | View Profile

UKEBOX are “Irelands No.1 Ukelele Band, EVERYONE LOVES THIS BAND!” – Irish Wedding Diary. Made up of three of Ireland’s most reputable musicians who play and harmonise together like nobody else! This UNIQUE idea will bring something very special to your big day and have your guests in AWE! Create AMAZING MEMORIES as we will have your guests singing along from the moment we start. We can create a party atmosphere for your drinks reception in our hawaiian attire or a more formal vibe in our suits..the choice is yours!


Trio Royale – Jazz Drinks Reception | View Profile

Add a touch of class to your wedding drinks reception. With a light and sophisticated sound, this cocktail trio plays a breezy set of jazz and lounge music to create the perfect atmosphere for your guests. This neat little Trio combines (optional) vocals with light percussion, beautiful double bass and sparkling piano bringing a smile to everyone’s face. The quintessential complement for the perfect party.


Tom Madden Plays Saxophone | View Profile

Hi my name is Tom Madden. I play Tenor saxophone at private functions and weddings. For your very special day it adds to the wonderful atmosphere of a wedding bringing something different and unique. As your guests arrive after the service I perform a versatile set of swing and jazz to pop music keeping with the theme of love and happiness. My style of music creates a relaxed atmosphere that carries throughout your special day. I play with backing tracks so the quality of the sound is excellent.


The Wild Turkeys Trad Band | View Profile

The Wild Turkeys are one of Ireland’s best acoustic instrumental trad bands. As a versatile group they can offer groups as small as 3 musicians up to 8 musicians depending on your needs. With over ten years of experience the Turkeys will be sure to have the perfect package for your needs. All of the members are professional musicians and have high profile careers including performing An Chualainn live on RTE for the 100 years Dail celebrations, performing with Riverdance, and have performed with international traditional superstars like Sharon Shannon, Gerry O Connor, Michael O Suilleabhain and Zoe Conway.


The Jazz Dude | View Profile

Perfect entertainment for your drinks reception. The Jazz Dude creates a smooth classy atmosphere. As a solo musician he can cater to any size of venue. Backed by studio recorded backing tracks The Jazz Dude performs an engaging mix of jazz and swing standards. The combination of vocals and electric cello solos make for a unique performance. Get the sound of a jazz band for the price and convenience of a solo musician.


The HoneyVoom Duo | View Profile

The HoneyVoom Duo is an acoustic ensemble based in Dublin and perform nationwide. Stephen, a gifted fingerstyle guitarist, and Anna, a classically trained cellist with a penchant for pop, combine their unique styles to woo crowds with their captivating compositions of musical masterpieces. Their catalogue includes everything from Beethoven to The Beatles and Britney to Bach again. Their mantra is, “No song too big; no song too small.” Together they perform under the banner, The HoneyVoom Duo, and provide the perfect musical backdrop to your wedding ceremony and/or pre-dinner event.


The Cotton Club Quartet | View Profile

The Cotton Club Quartet are a vibrant acoustic Jazz band designed to get your wedding celebration off to a flying start. Think Roaring 20s, Great Gatsby, Gangster prohibition Clubs or Parisian Cafe Music and that’s us. Although we are lively we are not loud. This gives your guests a chance to enjoy the music and chat. The line up in the group is Clarinet/Sax, Acoustic Guitar, Jazz Guitar and Double Bass. We are usually an instrumental group but can on request augment the group with vocals.


The Cazettes | View Profile

Caz and Stephen make up The Cazettes Acoustic two-piece and are available for weddings and any other occasion that requires a musical duo. Having performed together for many years they are perfectly in tune with each other and share both vocals and instruments with each singing, playing the guitar and/or keys. Caz’s beautiful lead vocal has drawn countless compliments and she is also a dab hand at guitar. Music maestro Stephen can play any instrument and takes lead vocal on songs that require a male lead.


The Canape Cruisers | View Profile

The Canapé Cruisers will get your wedding day started off in the best possible way! We set the tone and create an atmosphere that will have your guests feeling so good that they’ll be shouting for more. We provide music for your ceremony and drinks reception, and we can even play some chilled out tunes during your dinner to keep the vibe going. We look forward to hearing from you!


Suir Strings | View Profile

Suirstrings is provided by Waterford’s finest professional string ensemble based in South East Ireland. With an extensive repertoire Suirstrings offers elegant quality music for your wedding ceremony, drinks reception or background music for your wedding breakfast. Suirstrings offers solo cello, string duet, string trio and the full string quartet experience for your special day. Add the grandeur and sophistication to make your wedding top class.


Rebecca McElroy

Rebecca McElroy has a wealth of experience in singing live to audiences, at weddings and has performed and recorded with many solo/ group projects including the Dublin Gospel Choir. Rebecca offer’s a number of packages for ceremony and pre-dinner entertainment. Her soulful, dulcet voice effortlessly covers all genres of music from Gospel to Jazz and Folk to Classical. Rebecca will provide guidance and support in choosing the perfect selection of music that represents your individual taste, provides the desired atmosphere for your day and suits your budget


Read – Acoustic Duo | View Profile

READ are a pre-dinner acoustic group with years of experience and music to suit all ages and tastes. With music from all decades performed in a chilled and relaxed fashion. In association with some excellent female ceremony vocalists and musicians we also provide excellent ceremony music that is tailor made to suit all couples needs.


Ramona Harpist | View Profile

Whatever your favourite music may be, Ramona’s vast repertoire and arrangements across all musical genres whether classical, concert, popular, romantic, love songs, film music, pop, jazz, traditional Irish and more. The Harp can also provide a lovely focal point for you and your guests as photos are taken. Ramona travels and performs throughout Ireland and loves to work with you to discover all your choices as you plan your Wedding Day and will tailor the music with you to create a perfect setting.


Orla & Niall – The Wedding Duo | View Profile

Orla and Niall have been performing together now for over 8 years. They are a harmony duo based in West Cork who tailor songs and set lists to suit your unique wedding ceremony. Over the last 8 years we have developed an extensive repertoire that will add an element of magic to your wedding day. Orla, who holds a masters degree in Music, performs vocals, is a pianist aswell as a concert flautist. Niall, who has over 15 years of gigging experience, performs vocals and guitar. Orla and Niall both have vast experience in performing for church and civil ceremonies and they have a wide range of liturgical and contemporary music available. They will strive to ensure that they provide memorable music for you on your special day, working with you to create a personalised set list for the perfect atmosphere on your wedding day.


Nicola Kavanagh | View Profile

Music creates a beautiful atmosphere during your wedding ceremony and getting it right is a matter of huge importance to make your day as special as can be. Nicola and John can provide this through a combination of flute, guitar, piano and singing, both male or female vocals, playing in classical, traditional and popular styles. Both John and Nicola are vastly experienced performers and singers in all musical styles and pride themselves on being very mindful of each couple’s requirements.