Wedding Music

General Questions

What instruments do you / your group offer?

I am a singer who is also a professional pianist and Irish harpist. On my own, I offer solo harp, solo piano, singing with harp, and singing with piano.

I can invite a second musician to join me (e.g. a violin or flute player), or I can be hired as a solo singer to work with other musicians (e.g. a string quartet).

What wedding packages / services do you offer?

For weddings, I cover all types of wedding ceremony music (church, civil, humanist, spiritual, interfaith, blessings, same-sex, etc), pre-ceremony music, drinks reception music, and dinner music. I am also happy to discuss singing your first dance song.

I have package deals for combining two or more services. The most popular combination package is ceremony music plus drinks reception music.

Can you play for my friend/ family member/ a professional singer who will sing at our wedding?

I have a Masters degree in accompaniment and I am happy to work and rehearse with another singer (or musician) in the lead up to the wedding. I often play for friends/family of the bride/groom who have offered to sing for the ceremony. If your singer is not used to preparing a ceremony music programme, I can still be available to help you to prepare the ceremony music choices. I work with young and nervous singers (I am also music teacher for kids and teens), all the way up to professional performers. If you have hired a professional wedding singer already, I will go along with the choices decided between yourselves and your singer.

Where are you based and what areas do you cover?

I am based near Limerick city and I typically travel up to 2 / 2.5 hours from there. This generally covers Munster and surrounding counties (Galway, Offaly, Laois, Kilkenny, Kildare). There are always exceptions so do get in touch if you are based outside of these regions. Currently, I do not cover weddings in northern counties, Dublin city centre, or island locations.

Are you available on weekdays?

Yes, I am available 7 days a week.

How far in advance should we book you?

I take bookings up to 2 calendar years in advance. I am currently taking bookings as far as December 2020. It is advisable to book 18 months in advance if you can, especially for Friday/Saturday weddings, as I receive multiple enquiries for the most popular dates. That being said, if your wedding is only a couple of months away, there’s always a chance I’ll have it available or that I’ll have had a cancellation for the date, so I’d love to hear from you.

Can we book you for our date, even if we don’t know which package might we want, or if we don’t have our wedding venue confirmed?

Yes, I can take a small deposit to secure the date. Details of packages, instruments, music choices, and even your exact venue location can be confirmed later on.

Pricing

Could you send us a price list?

If you are seeking a quote or a price list, the best thing to do would be to fill in my contact form so that I can send you a bespoke quote to suit your requirements.

Because I am a singer, a harpist, and a pianist, and provide various combinations those, as well as various different services / combinations of services, my pricing is not so black and white. Travel considerations can also affect the pricing.

It is always the same price for either harp or piano. Singing with harp/piano is my most popular package, and there is a discounted rate for solo harp/piano music without any singing. 

Does it cost extra to have a second musician?

Yes, a second musician (e.g. a violin player) will quote their own fee in addition to my fee.

What does your ceremony music fee include?

As well as the actual ceremony music performance on the day, a quote for ceremony music is inclusive of:

1. Travel;

2. Music as guests are arriving before the ceremony;

3. I provide my own instrument and sound amplification equipment to ensure that there is a good sound quality in the room for all to hear; 

4. I offer a highly personalised service whereby I would talk you through planning your ceremony music and I am available always and promptly to offer any music advice or suggestions that you may need along the way. There is unlimited email/phone consultation time. 

5. Where there is a second singer/musician, rehearsal time before the wedding is included. If it is my own musician, we will rehearse together in our own time. If it is a friend/family member of yours, rehearsal on the day at the venue is included.

What is not included: 

1. Extra rehearsal time with a friend or family singer/musician that would take place on a date other than the wedding date. You would be purchasing my professional services as a coach-accompanist offering one-to-one attention. 

2. The purchase of sheet music for special requests (not already on my repertoire list) that I may have to buy in order to learn a new song for you. I try to source free music or work it out by ear when I can, but sometimes there is no option but to buy it for a small expense. I would always confirm this with you before I buy.

Booking Process

How do we book you?

If I am available for your date, we will confirm booking details and pricing, and I will then take a small deposit to secure the booking, which is payable online by credit or debit card (via Stripe – it’s like PayPal but there is no need to sign up for anything). I would send you a custom invoice link to your deposit/receipt page. You can keep this private link to hand, or print out the invoice/receipt for your records. 

I receive many compliments about how “handy” this payment system is!

The deposit is a non-refundable booking fee. Please remember that no booking is secure without the payment of deposit.

We’ve sent the deposit to you. What happens next?

I will send you an email of confirmation to thank you for sending the deposit though, and I will put your confirmed booking into my calendar. I will outline any relevant details (e.g. regarding the final balance or when we should be in touch again). If you have booked ceremony music, I will send you a detailed email to help you get started with choosing your ceremony music (see below).

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

Yes, I can take a deposit for ceremony music only. Reception music can be added on later.

If you have booked ceremony music alone, I cannot guarantee to remain available in the evening for your reception music without a reception music booking, so do let me know if you are planning to book reception music with me, to avoid disappointment.

Choosing Instruments and Ceremony Music

What ceremony music packages / instruments do you offer?

I have 4 main packages for ceremony music:

1. Solo piano music (or piano accompaniment for another singer/musician)

2. Solo harp music (or harp accompaniment for another singer/musician)

3. Singing & piano

4. Singing & harp

These are just me on my own. There are many more combinations available if you want to include a second musician, e.g. a violin or flute player.

We can’t decide between harp and piano!

Don’t stress! It’s completely up to you which instrument you want to choose, and you can change your mind at any point. It’s the same price either way. For me, it’s just about which instrument I bring with me on the day.

If you have watched my videos and listened to my recordings and you are still unsure whether to choose harp or piano, I can advise you. Start by focusing on your song choices first, and we can see which instrument might suit your song choices the best. Piano might be better suited to rock, jazz, or musical theatre. And Irish/folk music is wonderful on the Irish harp. But most songs work on either instrument! A handful of pieces on my repertoire list are only available with piano (anything marked with a star *) so, if you want those songs, piano is your instrument.

If you are still completely stuck, I can send you some strategic recordings to help compare the two instruments.

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 can have one instrument at the ceremony and the other at the reception. That’s no problem at all. It’s the same price whether you want the same instrument for the day, or the two instruments. To have both instruments, it’s a nice variety for the guests to see and hear something different at the reception that wasn’t at the church, and it means you can take full advantage of hiring a singer-harpist-pianist! Instrument choices don’t need to be decided until closer to the wedding date so there would be no rush to decide on this when you are booking.

How do we choose our ceremony music?

I work almost exclusively by email as this seems to suit couples with busy lifestyles and those living abroad coming home to get married. I will send you a detailed email with either a church music or a civil ceremony music template to work with, along with some advice for choosing music for each part of the ceremony, and some useful links to suggestions and my full repertoire list. Take your time with it all and you can get in touch with me again when you are ready to start planning the music. I can offer as much advice as you like along the way, just send me an email with any queries, large or small. If you’re having trouble, you can simply send me a list of your favourite songs from my list and I’ll suggest where they might fit best into the template. 

Some couples are happy to put it all together themselves with my repertoire list, recommendations, and template, and just have me look over it at the end for approval or any feedback. Others like to get check in with along the way as they choose each song separately. I appreciate that some couples plan their music in short bursts and others all in one go, so whatever suits you best is fine. 

The church music template is straightforward, it includes hymns, and the music needs to be approved by the priest.

The civil ceremony template will vary depending on the type of ceremony that you will design with your celebrant/registrar closer to your wedding month. Your individual celebrant/registrar may have music recommendations or restrictions for us to follow (e.g. HSE civil ceremonies tend to not allow religious music).

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

I ask wedding couples to have their music finalised by one month in advance of the wedding date, but you can send me your proposed song choices as early as you wish. If I don’t hear from you, I will make contact a couple of months before your wedding to get the ball rolling. We need to leave enough time to send a couple of drafts back and forth, and time for you to check the final music list with your priest/celebrant/registrar. 

Can we choose a song that is not on your list?

Half of my repertoire list (if not more!) is built from real requests by wedding couples over the years.

I am always happy to chat with your about your own song ideas. If you have a special request for a song not on my list, I will definitely check it out and see if it is possible on your chosen instrument (the piano would be slightly more versatile than the Irish harp), and hopefully you will let me know in good time too (before the one-month mark).

I am usually happy to learn one or two new songs for no extra charge on my time. You can of course request more than two new songs if you wish. At times, there may incur a small expense for the purchase of sheet music that cannot be sourced elsewhere for free, but I do my best to keep costs to a minimum.

You have recordings of songs with piano. Are these available with harp too?

My recordings are just some examples of my repertoire. Everything on my repertoire list is available on both harp and piano, unless it is marked with a star *, in which case it is available with piano only.

You have instrumental versions of some songs on your website recordings. Do you sing these too? / You have songs on your repertoire list. Can you play these as instrumentals?

Yes. Again, the recordings are just some examples. I try to include instrumental versions of songs for people who are booking me as a solo harpist/pianist (without singing). 

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

I love performing in big churches! In general, the larger the church, the better the instrument sounds, due to the acoustics of the room. I am completely self-sufficient in that I don’t need a second musician to fill out my sound. I provide my own microphones and amplification so there will be no issue with being heard by everyone in a large church. My harp is also amplified. 

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