Frequently Asked Questions

Over the years we have been answering many questions that couples approach us with. We hope that this section will help answer some which you may have. If not please feel free contact us and we will be happy to discuss any topic with you.

I have no idea about the music for the ceremony, what can I do?

That is not a problem. As part of our package we provide an email consultation form that you can use to choose your music. This lists an extensive numbers of pieces in each area of the ceremony and a link to hear each piece on the internet. It really makes it very easy to choose your music. Some couples have  pieces that they would like to be included and that is not a problem either as we are more than happy to learn these for you. However our repertoire is very extensive and we try to keep as up-to-date as possible with modern repertoire but if we don’t have the music we download it off the internet! Our only requirement is that we must be able to locate the sheet music on the internet but almost everything is available these days!!

Do you bring a piano with you?

We have all our own professional gear including a top of the range Roland digital piano and a mic system. All we need is a power supply!

How do I know when to start walking up the aisle?

Before the service begins we will discuss with the Officiant whether they will announce the bride’s arrival as they usually do. Therefore Yvonne will be playing a selection of pieces as the guests arrive and will be given the nod by either the Officiant or the photographer that the bridal party is ready to start walking. There will then be a few seconds pause in the music to swap over to the Processional piece of music and the ceremony begins. If you have a photographer they will give us the cue to start as they will walk up to the top of the aisle in order to set up for the walking up the aisle photos. All you need to do is take your time and enjoy the moment.

Where will Wedding Music Duo be performing  in the venue?

We can only answer this question when we arrive at the venue. In general we will set up at the front of the venue to one side of the Officiant and within reasonable distance of a plug socket.  But most importantly we will set up where there is sufficient room and where we do not block any of your guests or the wedding party itself.

Will there be music before the ceremony starts?

Yes. Yvonne will start playing a selection of pieces on the piano from the time the first guest arrives. This creates a beautiful atmosphere and is the perfect introduction to the rest of the ceremony.

How far in advance do you need to be booked?

That is a difficult one as some dates are more popular than others. The best thing we can do is if you are thinking of booking us for your wedding day then please contact us and we can provisionally hold any free dates for you. If we receive another enquiry for that date we will then contact you to see if you wish to go ahead with the booking or if you have found an alternative. The date will only be reserved after a deposit is received.

My best friend has a beautiful voice and I would like her to sing one song during the ceremony, is this possible?

Absolutely. We often have relatives or friends who have a beautiful voice, sing either with us or sing a solo on their own. It also makes the ceremony more special to have someone close to you singing a song for you. We can meet up with them before the day to rehearse or simply on the day if they are used to performing with an accompanist. It works very well.

Is it possible to have another instrument involved in the ceremony, eg cello, flute, violin?

The addition of a third instrument creates endless possibilities for pieces. It opens up a whole new repertoire and adds another dimension to pieces already in our repertoire. eg We can perform Pachebel’s Canon as a piano solo but if there is a violin or a cello, it makes is even more beautiful as it is originally a piece for strings. It is also beautiful to add in an unaccompanied piece for whatever instrument is involved to create more variety in the ceremony. One of our favourite instruments in the soprano saxophone, probably because there are a handful of people in the country who can play one! And one of our most loved pieces is Kenny G’s, “The Wedding Song”. There are endless possibilities for the addition of a third instrument but do be aware that there will also be an additional cost, starting from around €150 and upwards. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.

I have no idea about how much music should be in the Civil Ceremony or where to put it?

We have a lot of experience with performing at Civil/Humanist ceremonies. We have a sample ceremony layout under the Civil Ceremony title that you should have a look at to get more of an idea about where music can be included. However as each Civil Ceremony is so unique, we ask that you forward us on a copy of your ceremony layout once you receive it from your Officiant and we will go through this with you and give you suggestions about where it would be nice to include music. Another nice feature is to have some background music behind your poems/readings, it can create quite a nice/romantic atmosphere.

How does the Civil Ceremony/Drinks Reception package work?

Once we have finished performing the Recessional piece of music, we quickly move all our equipment to the drinks reception area. We try to do this, if possible, via a back entrance or somewhere other than trying to get through your guests. It will take about 15 mins to move everything and set up again but we try to do it with as little interruption as possible. We will always have asked the hotel to ensure a space is kept to allow enough room for the piano so that we don’t have to ask guests to move. We also will ask their advice about the best place to set up in order for the most amount of people to be able to enjoy our music.

 

 

  • Yvonne Collier
  • Chloe Kenny
  • Denise Brennan
  • Nicola Harding
  • Roisin O Grady
  • Regina Hanley
  • Caroline Reid O\'Brien
  • Brona Colfer - Cellist
  • Emily Redmond - Violin

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Yvonne Collier – Piano

Yvonne Collier – Piano

Chloe Kenny

Chloe Kenny Singer

Denise Brennan

Denise Brennan

Nicola Harding

Nicola Harding

Roisin O Grady

Roisin O'Grady

Regina Hanley

Regina Hanley

Caroline Reid O’Brien

Caroline Reid O'Brien Singer