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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions: Wedding Music

See below a selection of frequently asked questions about booking and planning wedding music with me.

Do you have a question that was not answered on this page? Let me know!

 

What wedding music packages do you offer?

As a specialist in wedding ceremony music, I offer a range of services to suit any type of ceremony. These include church weddings, civil ceremonies, humanist ceremonies, spiritual ceremonies, interfaith blessings, vow renewals, same-sex ceremonies, and more. My signature ceremony music package includes singing and accompanying myself on either the Irish harp or piano, as well as providing pre-ceremony music.

I also offer drinks reception music as a standalone service or as part of a combination package with ceremony music. Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your specific ceremony and reception music needs.

What instruments do you play?

As a professional singer, pianist, and Irish harpist, I am able to provide a range of musical services to suit your needs. I am comfortable singing and accompanying myself on either the harp or piano, and I am also able to perform instrumental music on either instrument.

Other musicians can be invited to join me, such as a violin player, or I can be hired as a solo singer to work with other musicians, such as a string quartet. I am also available to provide accompaniment for another singer or musician of your choice.

Where are you based and how far do you travel? 

I am a singer/musician based in Limerick, and I am currently accepting bookings for weddings in Limerick and surrounding areas up to about an hour or so away from the city. This includes all of Co. Limerick, as well as parts of Clare, Cork, Galway, Kerry, Laois, Offaly, and Tipperary. Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your event location and availability.

Are you available on weekdays?

I am available 7 days a week.

Can you accompany my friend to sing/play at the ceremony? 

Yes, I would be happy to work with another singer or musician at your event. With a Masters degree in accompaniment, I have the skills and experience to support other performers, whether they are a family member or friend singing a single song, or a professional musician joining me for the ceremony.

Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your specific needs and how I can best support you and any other performers at your event.

How far in advance should we book you?

I am currently taking bookings until December 2024. To avoid disappointment, please contact me as soon as you are ready to book for 2023/2024. 

2025 is not yet open for bookings.

Could you tell us about your pricing?

The fee for booking ceremony music is fixed and does not vary based on the length of the ceremony, number of attendees, or number of songs played. This provides the peace of mind that comes with being able to make adjustments to your ceremony plans without incurring additional costs.

To get a personalised quote or price list, simply fill out my contact form on this website with the details of your requirements. I offer a range of singing, harp, piano, and accompaniment packages and combinations for ceremonies and receptions, and I will be happy to provide a bespoke quote based on your specific date, location, and desired package(s).

The fees for both harp and piano are the same, and so it is not necessary to confirm your choice of instrument until closer to the date.

Do not forget that you can get a discounted rate on drinks reception music when you add it to a ceremony music booking.

Please note that travel considerations and changes to the original details provided (such as date, location, or package) may affect the quoted fee. You may contact me any time to discuss your specific needs.

Does it cost extra to have a second musician?

Yes, if you would like to hire a second musician (such as a violin player) for your event, they will provide their own fee quote separately from my fee. Please note that this fee will be in addition to any fees for my services.

What does our ceremony music quote include?

I am committed to providing a seamless and professional music experience for your special day. This includes thorough planning with you in the weeks or months leading up to the event, as well as on-site coordination including transport, setup, sound checks, and coordination with other vendors such as the officiant, photographer, and wedding planner on the day of the wedding.

In addition to the actual music performance on the day, my initial quote for ceremony music includes the following:
  1. Travel to your location (if necessary)
  2. Pre-ceremony music
  3. My own instrument and sound amplification equipment (if needed)
  4. A highly personalised service that includes consultation time to help you plan your ceremony music and offer music advice or suggestions. This can be done online or over the phone, and there is unlimited email consultation time.
  5. Rehearsal time before the wedding (if applicable) with a second singer or musician, either in our own time or at the venue on the day (within one hour of the ceremony).
  6. The ability to organise tracks (such as your favourite recording or a backing track) to be played through my sound system, with the option to edit the track digitally in advance as needed (such as lengthening/shortening/removing the intro/changing the key, etc.)
Please note that the following are not included in the initial ceremony music quote, but can be arranged:
  1. Rehearsals with a performing friend or family member on a date other than the wedding itself.
  2. Special musical requests (such as learning a new song) may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis, and are subject to an additional fee. This may be necessary if the sheet music needs to be purchased, or if there is substantial time required for learning, arranging, or transposing the song. Requests must be made well in advance of the performance date. Please note that accommodation of special requests is usually limited to one song and is at my discretion.
  3. The provision of a second musician/performer
  4. Any additional travel charges that may be incurred due to changes in the venue location.
  5. Bespoke recordings

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your specific needs, do not hesitate to contact me.

How do we book you?

Once I have confirmed my availability for your event date and location and we have agreed on a package and price, I will require a deposit to secure the booking. The deposit can be paid online using a credit or debit card through Stripe (a secure payment platform similar to PayPal, but no account is required). I will send you a custom link to your payment form, which you can save as a receipt for your records. Please note that the deposit is a non-refundable booking fee for a specific package, date, and location, and no booking is considered secure until the deposit has been received.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the payment process, do not hesitate to contact me.

What happens after we send a deposit? 

After receiving your deposit and payment form, I will send you an email to confirm your booking and provide any further relevant details based on the package you have booked. This may include guidance on selecting ceremony music, a timeline for planning, and any other important information you may need. If you have any questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Can we book ceremony music now and decide on reception music later?

If you are interested in booking me for ceremony music but are unsure about adding reception music at this time, it is possible to place a deposit for the ceremony music and add on reception music later, subject to availability.

However, if you know that you would like to include reception music in your package, it is best to book it in at the same time as your ceremony music to ensure availability. This will help you avoid disappointment and ensure that you have the musical experience you desire on your special day. 

What ceremony music packages / instruments do you offer?

I offer four main packages for ceremony music, with the first two accounting for 99% of my bookings:

  1. Singing with harp accompaniment
  2. Singing with piano accompaniment
  3. Piano only (no singing, just piano, either on my own or as accompaniment for another singer or musician)
  4. Harp only (no singing, just harp, either on my own or as accompaniment for another singer or musician)

If you have any questions or need assistance selecting the best package for your needs, don’t hesitate to contact me.

We can’t decide between harp and piano!

Do not worry about selecting the “right” instrument for your event – they are both stunning, it is completely up to you, and you can change your mind at any point until your music is finalised. For me, it is just about which instrument I am setting up on the day.

If you have listened to my recordings and you are still unsure whether to choose harp or piano, I can advise you further. Start by focusing on your song choices, and we can see which instrument might suit your songs the best. Piano might be better suited to rock, jazz, or musical theatre, and Irish/folk music is wonderful on the Irish harp. However, most songs will work on either instrument. A handful of pieces on my repertoire list are only available with piano (you will see them marked with a piano symbol 🎹 on my website). If you want any those songs, piano is your instrument. 

Can we have both harp and piano at the ceremony? How much is it to add on the second instrument?

I offer a choice between the harp or piano for your ceremony, and the price is the same for either instrument. You are welcome to change your mind about your preferred instrument at any time until your music is finalised. Please note that I will only bring one instrument to the ceremony. If you have any questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Can we have one instrument (e.g. piano) at the ceremony and the other instrument (e.g. harp) at the drinks reception, or does it have to be the same instrument for both?

You have the option to have one instrument at the ceremony (such as the harp) and a different instrument at the drinks reception (such as the piano), or to have the same instrument for the entire day. The choice is entirely up to you and the price is the same either way.

How do we choose our ceremony music?

I will send you a detailed email with a template for either a church ceremony or a non-church ceremony (e.g. a civil ceremony), along with some advice for choosing music for each part of the ceremony and some useful resources such as my suggestions and full repertoire list. We will plan the music entirely through email (unless you prefer to request a call for a mutually agreeable time). I will offer as much advice, suggestions, and feedback as you need to help you create the perfect musical experience for your ceremony.

If you are having trouble deciding, you can simply send me a list of your favourite songs from my repertoire list and I’ll suggest how to best arrange them for your ceremony.

For church ceremonies, the music typically includes hymns, and must be approved by the priest.

Non-church ceremonies may vary depending on the type of ceremony and the guidelines of your celebrant or registrar.

I will work with you to ensure that all of these details are taken care of and that all the music fits seamlessly into your ceremony and meets any guidelines that may be in place.

Can you sing traditional church hymns (or is it all modern music that you do)?

Absolutely. In fact, I sing at least one hymn at practically every wedding mass. I usually sing at least four hymns, but it depends on the couple’s preferences and the priest’s requirements. There is a dedicated “Church Music” section on my repertoire list here, and you can listen to a playlist of my church music recordings here.

Do we have to have hymns at the church?

For a church wedding, it is typically expected that some parts of the mass will include hymns, such as the Responsorial Psalm, if it is to be sung. I can offer guidance on the most appropriate places to include hymns in the service and suggest options for incorporating more modern songs as well. However, the specific balance of hymns to modern songs will depend on the preferences of your priest and the guidelines of your parish. I will work with you to create a church music program that reflects your personal taste and fits within the guidelines of your church.

When do we need to send you our ceremony music choices? 

If you have any questions or want to discuss your music choices, you can reach out to me at any time after booking. If I don’t hear from you after booking, I will reach out to you about two months before the wedding date to begin the process of finalising your music. It is best to send me your proposed list of songs 6-8 weeks so we have plenty of time to make any necessary adjustments. This will also give you time to review your selections with your celebrant or priest and ensure they meet any guidelines. We will aim to finalise all music and ceremony details 1 month before the wedding date. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need assistance with your music planning.

Note: You may want to finalise your song choices earlier than this proposed timeline if you plan to include them in your wedding booklets.

Can we request a song that is not on your repertoire list?

If there is song that you wish to have me sing or play at your ceremony, and you cannot find it on my repertoire list, then this song is a special request. 

With a special request, it is essential that you make the request at least one month in advance. This makes sure we have enough time to see if it is suitable for the instrument you’ve chosen, to make sure the sheet music can be sourced if necessary, and to be sure that it is appropriate for any ceremony guidelines. Naturally, it also allows me time to prepare it to a good standard. 

Please let me know what special request song you are considering as early as you can, and we’ll work together to make it happen if possible. Also please note that special requests are usually limited to one song, and their accommodation is at my discretion and not always guaranteed. (For more information, see the question ‘What does our ceremony music quote include?‘ above.) 

Which instrument is better for a large church/large wedding? Will you be loud enough on your own?

I am experienced in performing at large churches, and have all the necessary equipment to ensure a great sound that can be heard by all of your guests. This includes a microphone for my voice, a pickup for my harp, and amplifiers for my keyboard. Sometimes I use the church’s sound system if it is available and if I believe it to be superior to my own. I also bring a backup speaker to every ceremony to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

It is worth considering that, for larger indoor drinks receptions (for example, over 200 guests in the one space), the piano tends to carry better than the harp due to the different atmosphere than that of a church. A ceremony can be thought of as a sit-down concert performance (even a solo instrument will be heard), whereas at an indoor drinks reception, which often takes place in a bar-type environment, the music may need to compete with lots of happy chatter and so there are extra considerations.

Please contact me to discuss your specific requirements and I will advise which option(s) may be the best for you.

What kind of additional services can you offer?

I offer a variety of online services such as creating custom recordings in my home studio, arranging sheet music for singers or musicians, and providing ceremony/wedding music consultation. These services can be booked separately or in addition to having me perform live on your wedding day (please note that thorough music consultation is already included with every ceremony music booking, so if I am already doing your ceremony music, you don’t need to book extra consultation time).

I can create recordings of songs or instrumentals for your ceremony, or provide accompaniment tracks for your singer or musician. For example, I recently sent a piano accompaniment track to a violin player in Germany so that they could perform at their friend’s wedding. I also pre-recorded an entire ceremony music programme for a couple who were not able to have a live singer with them on the day.

If you have booked me for perform at your ceremony, I can offer to record your ceremony music program, either live or recreated in the studio afterwards, as a keepsake of your special day.

These services come with a nominal fee and can sometimes be applied towards the total ceremony music fee if you choose to book me to perform at your wedding. If you have any other requests, please don’t hesitate to reach out and I will do my best to assist you. Also, if you have any questions that you think should be added to the Frequently Asked Questions page, please let me know.

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