For Weddings in Ireland.

Choosing Music For Your Service.

Claude Debussy.

Music the universal language of love. It will set the tone for your special day, from the soft opening bars of a harp, beginning the day to the last ecstatic chords at the end of a never to be forgotten night of celebration and dancing.

The first music of the day is at the church, or service venue, the choice here is entirely up to you. Normally with a church service the organist would play while the guests were arriving for the ceremony. This of course isn't mandatory. You could have a string quartet, a harpist or flautist to serenade your guests as they arrive.
The organ taking over for the brides arrival, and the singing of hymns, were it's volume is neededto give body for voices that may not be used to singing.

You might like a singer for the signing of the register, or have a soloist in the ceremony, performing a song which may have some special significance to you or your family.



At a civil ceremony, you are not constrained by convention. Again there is a wide choice, for you to set the tone you wish. Below are set out some of the most popular wedding classics. You can download and listen to many examples from the drop down menu's below, please feel free to save and use them as you please.

We have tried to make the music files as small as possible for downloading, a little patience is needed here. We are in the process of putting together a zip file which you will be able to down load all the tunes listed below. We will post it here when complete.


The Prelude.
Music played as your guest arrive for the service.
Canon in D by Pachobel.
Ave Maria by Bach & Grounod.
Sleepers Awake by Bach
Prelude, Air and Gavotte by Wesley
Sheep May Safely Graze by Bach
Nimrod from Enigma Variations by Elgar
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring by Bach
Overture (Water Music) by Handel
Also quite popular are the local love songs that Ireland has such a wealth of. Click here for more prelude siggesions.


The Processional.

This is the music to announce the arrival of the bride, and during the procession to the alter. It should be slow and sedate and last as long as the it takes to walk down the aisle.

The Wedding March from Lohengrin by Wagner.
Trumpet Voluntary by Clarke.
Arrival of the Queen Of Sheba by Handel.
Pomp and Circumstance March by Elgar Carillon Murril
I Was Glad by Parry
Handels Water Music. by Handel.
There also some rather fine Irish airs that fit the processional perfectly, such as
The March of the King of Laois. By Unknown.
Molly St George. By Connelan


The Signing of the Register.

Here you could choose your favourite love song, it could be modern or traditional.
Listed below are some suggestions

Air on a G String by Bach.
Clair De Lune by Debussy.
Salut d'Armour by Elgar
The Lord bless you and keep you by Rutter
Panis Angelicus by Franck
Adagio in G minor by Albinoni
Nocturne from String Quartet by Borodin
Largo from Symphony No 9 by Dvorak
Ave Maria by Schubert
Spring by Vivaldi.
The Barcarolle by Offenbach.
Triumphal March Opus 53 no 3 by Greig


The Recessional.

This music will accompany you, as husband and wife leaving the church, to begin your life together. It should be something uplifting and celebratory.

The Wedding March by Mendelssohn.
Ode to Joy by Beethoven,
Prelude and Fugue in A by Bach
Toccata (Symphony no 5) by Widor
Grand March from Aida by Verdi
The Ride of the Valkyrie by Wagner

Hymns to sing would be personal favourites, and be decided between the family's and the celebrant.


Summing Up.

Discuss with your partner and family the type of music which you would like, if you visit our musicians and entertainers page, just choose the type of music which you would like from the drop down menu.

You are certain to find a group or individual who will help to make your special day absolutely perfect. Some of the music which you may have listened to on this page was put together with the help of some of the musicians listed on the musicians page.

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