Had a lovely day playing at the wedding ceremony and reception of Linda Rasdale and John Mc Cool on Saturday 1st November at The Strand Hotel, Ballyliffin, County Donegal. For her entrance piece Linda chose I Giorni by Ludovici Einaudi. This piece was written for the piano but transcribes well for the guitar. For the lighting of the candles I played Canon in D by Pacobel and My Heart Will Go On (Theme From The Titanic). For the signing of the register I played She Moved Through The fair and Fields Of Gold. The recessional piece was The Sally Gardens.
Played recently at the wedding reception of Rosemary Doherty and Gwen Beattie at The Lough Erne Golf Resort, Enniskillen. The Resort is the ultimate expression in old world heritage and new world luxury, set on its very own 600 acre peninsula, between Castle Hume Lough and Lower Lough Erne, just outside Enniskillen, with stunning panoramic views from almost every vantage point. Many thanks to Rosemary and Gwen for having me play on their special day and to the guests for their kind comments on my playing. It was a real pleasure to play in such a beautiful location and for such lovely people.
Why choose a classical/jazz guitarist for your wedding? Couples put in countless hours of work to make their upcoming wedding perfect. Choosing the right music is one of the important decisions they need to make. The guitar is one of the most romantic and versatile of all instruments. It will provide the perfect ambience for your special day. The guitar lends itself to many diverse styles of music and solo guitarists do not need much space especially in some function rooms where space is at a premium. Wedding ceremonies and receptions will hold treasured memories for years to come. For this reason they deserve very special care to ensure the right ambiance is created. The solo classical guitar is the ideal choice to complement wedding ceremonies whether it is providing background music as friends and family arrive for the ceremony or playing your favourite tune as you walk down the aisle. As an instrument the guitar can play different styles of music and so appeal to a wide range of musical preferences – an important consideration when so many guests have different musical tastes! The guitar can also be performed outside or indoors as required. Having a premiere classical/jazz guitarist for your wedding ceremony and reception not only sets the perfect mood and acoustic ambiance but also provides an elegant experience where the many generations of guests will be able to converse easily.
Weddings can be quite expensive. Having a classical/jazz guitarist will help you stay within budget. Price is primarily determined by the number of hours of performance, travel distance and the popularity of the guitarist. Sometimes if a new arrangement of a musical piece is requested an additional payment may be required. It is also a great idea to ask the guitarist for some suggestions. Wedding guitarists are very sensitive to individual tastes so should be able to provide you with a list of songs to choose from. Be sure to allow the guitarist ample time to prepare for the event. Book at least six weeks before your wedding date if possible.
With the wedding industry flourishing on the internet, this is often a good source of information when researching into ideas, especially with the multitude of wedding blogs and forums. Magazines often provide inspiration and come with beautiful illustrations too. It is even possible to gain ideas by watching many of the wedding television programmes currently broadcast too – such as “Don’t tell the Bride”. However, when looking to meet collective local suppliers, face to face, a wedding fayre really comes into its own.
Wedding fayres typically take place from the autumn through to early spring. They are often hosted at wedding venues, giving you the chance to look at the venue as well as meeting lots of different suppliers.
To get the most out of your wedding fayre it is worth working out why you are going. Is it to get general inspiration or are you looking to source a specific type of supplier? Take time to research prices in advance as it will help you to bench mark what is on offer, negotiate, and compare the value of any special offers that many suppliers put on at wedding fayres. Sometimes it is possible to get a real bargain at these events with discount wedding dresses, music or two for the price of one on certain items.
The real value to be gained from a wedding fayre is getting to meet the actual supplier face to face. With something as personal as a wedding it is important to establish a good relationship with your musician, photographer, florist, hair and makeup supplier etc. You want them to be confident and professional, make you feel relaxed, listen to your requirements and be able to offer advice when required. In a no pressure environment, you can see what the suppliers have to offer, talk to them about your plans and ensure that you could work well together – all giving you the confidence to book their services for your wedding. Talking to suppliers at a wedding fayre should give you a good indication as to whether or not you want to hire them.
Many suppliers that come to wedding fayres have something unique to offer and feel that by showcasing their products and services wedding couples will feel inspired and want to find out more. As an example The Wedding Musician and Jazztalk provide wedding music for civil and religious ceremonies/drinks receptions and will play live at wedding fayres. This is a great opportunity for potential clients to actually hear how they sound in a real life situation as opposed to a recording. They can also give advice, through many years of experience, as to what type of music will work best in a particular event or setting. All aspects of providing music can be discussed with couples in total confidence and in the knowledge that you are talking to musicians who are experts in their field.