Helpful Tips and T’s & C’s

Kayla McDonagh Wedding Music

Helpful Tips

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The most common questions people ask first in regards to choosing their ceremony music are: how many songs do I pick? and where do they go? for answers to these questions – simply choose your ceremony type below and read on…

Church Ceremony Music Layout:

During a church wedding ceremony there are many areas where you may choose to add music. Below is the layout which I feel works best in my experience. It’s important to note that whilst you want your music choice to contribute to the atmosphere and contribute help keep the energy flowing, you definitely don’t want the music to drag out the length of the ceremony. Another notable fact is that some parishes can be stricter than others in terms of “non-religious” music – so make sure to discuss this with your Priest in advance as a courtesy… although most priests tend to be usually happy once a few key areas are kept religious.

  • Procession/Entrance: This is the first time your partner and all of your guests are going to see you! But most importantly – this is when your photographer is going to capture some AMAZING moments. So pick a song which you love that is slow to help pace you as you walk up the aisle allowing your photographer the time to capture the moments and facial expressions!
  • Individual Candles: Sometimes a song isn’t necessary as some Priests talk as you and your partner light the individual candles. I always recommend choosing a song to have on standby even though usually only one verse and chorus is needed.
  • Psalm: This must be religious. If you are not a fan of religious hymns, why not choose guitar accompaniment as it will give a more modern feel to the hymn.
  • Gospel:
  • Unity Candle: I always suggest putting the couples favourite song here as they will have a chance to hear it once the unity candle is lit. It is also a great opportunity to take in what has just happened. You are now a married couple after all! It is also another wonderful chance for your photographer to capture some really magical shots.
  • Offertory: This is another section of the ceremony where your Priest will pretty much expect something religious. Another option is to choose an instrumental version of a popular song.
  • Sign of Peace: Usually the newly married couple take this opportunity to greet with their families. Therefore a full song is always needed here. Songs like ‘You’ve got a friend’ or ‘Songbird’ can add nicely to the atmosphere during this time.
  • Communion: Two or thee songs are usually required here. This depends on how many guests you have, as well as how many servers during communion. I also recommend choosing at least 1 religious song for communion.
  • Signing of the Register: The religious ceremony is technically over at this point therefore you may choose whatever songs you and your partner love. You will need usually three songs on standby at this point, as this signing of the register may take some time depending on how long the photographer keeps you.
  • Recessional/Exit: WAAHHHOOOO YOU’RE MARRIED! Choose something lively and uplifting that will get you and your guests clapping and cheering. This will make such a difference to your photos and wedding video!

Civil Ceremony Music Layout:

Civil ceremonies are a lot shorter than church weddings and sometimes the fact that they are so short, can make them a feel a little less personal. Song choice can change the atmosphere drastically and make any hotel ballroom or ceremony venue feel more magical. There are 3 main sections where music is needed for a civil ceremony.

  • Procession/Entrance: This is the first time your partner and all of your guests are going to see you! But most importantly – this is when your photographer is going to capture some AMAZING moments. So pick a song which you love that is slow to help pace you as you walk up the aisle allowing your photographer the time to capture the moments and facial expressions!
  • Signing of the Register: The religious ceremony is technically over at this point therefore you may choose whatever songs you and your partner love. You will need usually three songs on standby at this point, as this signing of the register may take some time depending on how long the photographer keeps you.
  • Recessional/Exit: WAAHHHOOOO YOU’RE MARRIED! Choose something lively and uplifting that will get you and your guests clapping and cheering. This will make such a difference to your photos and wedding video!

There are also two other parts of the ceremony where you can choose to add music if you wish:

  • During the Giving of the Rings: Sometimes a family member /son/daughter or friend brings the rings up to the registrar. It can be nice to have a short piece of music here as it makes it a little more special.
  • Sand Ceremony or Candle lighting: Couples may also choose to have music whilst they light the unity candle or during the sand ceremony. The sand ceremony does take a couple of minutes so if you are having a sand ceremony do consider having a song here to keep atmosphere alive.

 

Frequently asked questions:

  1. How far does Kayla travel? Kayla is from Galway but travels the length and breathe of the country for wedding ceremonies and with her band, Lady and the Tramps. With a base in Limerick, Portlaoise and Galway it means that her travel expenses are at a minimum.
  2. What does Kayla charge? Prices may vary slightly due to small travel expenses but on average ceremony music with accompaniment comes in at €475.
  3. Does Kayla provide a sound system? Yes, Kayla always prefers to use her own equipment because she knows how to use it and get the best sound from it. This minimizes set up time too. Kayla also brings a backup system.
  4. Before the ceremony begins will Kayla play as the guests arrive? Kayla uses sings until 10 minutes before the brides arrival. The reason Kayla stops is to make the brides arrival more special .
  5. When do I need to pick my ceremony music? 4 weeks before the date is the time to confirm all music. Kayla usually gets in touch 6- 8 weeks before the date to get the ball rolling on choosing the ceremony music.

 

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