Music for Your Celtic
Contact us for Irish, Scottish
and Celtic American tunes and songs at your wedding
reception. Or, if you
would like a traditional Celtic wedding ceremony,
just scroll down to get started. Check the selections
you like best, or just let us take care of it all
Music and Traditions for
Your Wedding Reception
Our music "works in"
really wonderfully as part of your wedding reception.
It's especially popular when there is an Irish or
Scottish side in the family! Here's the format we
have had the best success with for weddings...
Most parties hire a DJ as well as
us, and we work well with them! Upon arrival at
the reception hall, the DJ announces the toasts
to the bride and groom, and just after your family
and friends offer their contratulatory toasts, we
start up the Irish tunes as dinner is served. The
instrumental-only music sets a lively mood and includes
tunes that are familiar to guests of all eras. It's
live music, not recorded and therefore very special
Throughout the meal, our lively
but not-obtrusive music continues playing. Our music
works great because it lets your guests engage in
conversation, and maintains a bouncy mood.
As your guests finish their dinner,
we have a great time leading a little "spontaneous"
sing-along session of pub songs. The singing is
spontaneous to your guests, because someone always
has a request for their favorite Irish or Scottish
song! The first request leads to about 5 familiar
songs, during which we do our best to get your guests
singing and onto the dance floor. This gets the
kids up as well as their folks. And, as you know
there are a wide variety of songs that will appeal
to all your guests, from When Irish Eyes are Smiling
to Whiskey in the Jar, which even your teen-age
guests will enjoy!
Next, if we are working with a DJ,
he announces your First Dance, Father's Dance and
then takes it from there with the recorded popular
music you have chosen. Most parties use popular
recorded music at this point, because the bride
and groom usually have their own personal choie
of popular music that they want to dance to at this
point and thereafter for the remainder of the reception
Celtic Tunes and Songs
for Your Wedding Ceremony
We offer the unique option of either
male, female or duet vocal selections, since we're
singers as well as instrumentalists.
One of the most common questions
wedding planners receive is, "How many songs do
I need and where should they go?" The answer to
that question varies, simply because there is no
wrong way to go. here are some guidelines to follow
when placing music within a wedding ceremony. One
sample program is included below.
Prelude - Lasting about
15 minutes, prelude music is usually instrumental
and sets the mood for quiet anticipation. There are
many Celtic tunes that can set a lovely mood during
your prelude. You may check one or more selections
you like best.
||Wild Mountain Thyme / Will
Ye Go Lassie is a familiar favorite
||Planxty Irwin / Hewlett
||Down by the Sally Gardens /
Maids of Mourne Shore instrumental
Wedding Party Processional - This music
begins when the officient and the groom approach the altar. The
bridesmaids (along with the groomsmen who may
to walk to this selection, as well as the flower girls and ring bearers. Traditionally,
the music is played at a pace that is easy to walk to. The music continues
until the entire wedding party reaches the altar. A favorite Irish
choose this tune, Here
another accompaniment as you march down the aisle, your processional will announce
in attendance will stand as you make your way toward the center point. It's
time to set a cheerful mood.
||Haste to the Wedding
The Bride's Processional - The bride
may enter just after the matron or maid of honor, or wait for another
musical selection to begin. A favorite Irish processional tune
of ours is Haste to the Wedding. Whether you choose
tune, Here Comes the Bride or another accompaniment as you march
down the aisle, your processional will announce your arrival. All
in attendance will stand as you make your way toward the center
point. It's time
to set a cheerful mood.
||Morgan Magan by Turlough O'Carolan has a stately but light
feel to it.
||Bridal March "Here Comes the Bride" by Wagner
Poetry/Scripture Readings - If you choose to include this optional segment,
you might consider having a soft instrumental tune playing in the background.
Traditional instruments including guitar accompaniment would work
||Give Me Your Hand instrumental
||Rose in the Heather
Unity Candle/Soloist - A popular practice in a wedding ceremony is to
light a unity candle. The bride's parents and the groom's parents each light
separate candles. Then the bride takes one candle, the groom takes the other
and they simultaneously light a new candle symbolizing the union of the two families.
Instrumentalists play softly in the background
during the lighting. After the lighting is a fine time
duet, musically symbolizing the unity of two hearts. Gairin offers the lovely
be a fitting love song
time during your wedding.
For those who choose not to light a unity candle, this section of the wedding
ceremony is an excellent place for a song.
||Flow Gently Sweet Afton vocal medley of the Scottish and
||Once Upon a Dream duet from Dueney's Sleeping Beauty
||Skye Boat Song
||Give Me Your Hand original vocal and instrumental arrangement
||Just let us know if you'd like Tom or Mary Kay to sing
popular music, such as Josh Groban's You Raise Me Up - a current wedding favorite.
Vows - There are several places within the exchanging of vows where you
may ask for us to sing a song. Before the vows, after the vows or before
rings are all
practical and acceptable places for a song.
||Love Me Tender
||Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
||You Raise Me Up
Recessional - The part of the wedding ceremony you've been waiting for!
Congratulations! You're husband and wife. Of course, you'll need music to leave
by. The same principles apply to the recessional as did to the processional.
All in attendance will stand as you make your way out of the gathering place,
followed by your wedding party.
This music will be a joyful lively tune!
Post Ceremony Music - As your guests file
out, you may wish to have us continue playing to keep the festive
||Off to California
||Swallowtail / Morrison's Jig
||Tar Road to Sligo has a light and lively feel to it.
||Road to Listonvarna
||The Parting Glass
Important Note for Weddings: Check with your celebrant
(minister, rabbi, priest...) before making your music selections.
Some faiths, houses of worship or celebrants do not allow all music
or particular selections to be played. In addition, some will not
permit music to be performed during the exchange of
vows or as background behind the entire ceremony.