Planning an Irish Wedding from abroad:
It can seem like a very daunting task to undertake planning a wedding from a different country, sometimes even a different time zone, but it absolutely can be done!
It’s all about trust… If you can rely on your Wedding Suppliers to do what they have promised over email/ phone, then everything should fall into place on the day. So how do you know whom to trust?
1. Trust Experience:
Testimonials from previous clients are an invaluable source of research.
2. Trust your instinct:
You will know fairly soon from dealing with someone whether you can trust them or not, you do it on a daily basis.
Two recent weddings we did were planned from abroad, and both worked out perfectly on the day. Both Weddings were in beautiful venues with years of experience organising weddings, and had a dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator in house, which was invaluable to the couples, both in the planning stages and on the day itself.
For ourselves planning the ceremony & reception music, it didn’t really make much difference, as we usually do all our planning by email/phone anyway. We kept in touch, confirming receipt of booking deposits, carefully planning set lists, and planning last minute details, such as offering to play a piece of music on an iPod through our P.A. system, rather than on a small CD player, so as to improve the sound quality (it’s the little things you might not think of that make all the difference!!)
Co Kildare Wedding:
The first Wedding was a civil ceremony in the beautiful Barberstown Castle Hotel in Co Kildare where the reception also took place. It was a romantic, elegant affair with carefully chosen readings, a personal poem, a candle ceremony, and an eloquent registrar who presided over the ceremony in a dignified manner befitting such a solemn occasion.
The Music: The couple chose a classical piece of music that is sentimental to them, for the bride’s entrance. Then during the Signing of the Register we played ‘Make You Feel My Love’ by Adel and ‘Here Comes The Sun’ by The Beatles. For the recessional back down the aisle, they chose ‘Oh Happy Day’, and everyone danced off to the drinks reception.
We also played a Drinks-Reception Set of some background music and upbeat party tunes, which along with the champagne and candy buffet had everyone chatting and mingling away happily.
We are not the main band, and don’t try to be.
We simply aim to set the mood for an enjoyable afternoon and we are always mindful not to intrude on natural chatter of your guests.
Dublin City Centre Wedding:
The second featured Wedding was a totally different affair.
A church ceremony in the Unitarian Church at the heart of Dublin city centre followed by a reception in The Shelbourne Hotel to which the guests enjoyed a 5-minute stroll through St Stephen's Green on a perfect Dublin Summers’ day.
The Music: For the brides entrance we played the beautiful ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’ by Puccini. For the 2-part candle ceremony we played 2 verses of Amazing Grace. Between the carefully selected readings we played Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pie Jesu. And then things got a bit lively… a couple after my own heart with as eclectic a taste in music as me. They chose ‘You’ve Got The Love’ by Florence And The Machine and ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz for The Signing of the Register. And they chose to walk back down the aisle as husband and wife to ‘For Once In My Life’ by Stevie Wonder, followed by Oh Happy Day as guests were filing out.
(We are very versatile and enjoy the challenge of blending such seemingly juxtaposing styles. Maurice has studied classical guitar and also played in a Punk Band, so can play pretty much anything on guitar, and while my years of classical vocal lessons come in handy for the classical pieces, I throw it all out the window and sing from my toes when we play songs from my favourite genre of all… soul.)
As this was a big wedding and took some time for all the guests to congratulate the happy couple we played a few more from our set list to keep the guests entertained, before heading over to the hotel to play the Drinks-Reception set of music to create the perfect ambience along with the champagne and canapés for mingling on that beautiful sunny afternoon.
We started with ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green and slowly built up the tempo finishing with ‘Rollin In The Deep’ by Adel as everyone filed into the dining room.
Photography by Lisa O'Dwyer Photography
We thoroughly enjoyed being part of these two, and indeed all of our Weddings.
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I hope you have found this helpful.
Best of luck, and happy planning!!