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Dublin, Ireland

MUSIC OPTIONS

LISTEN

Liturgical/Classical

Irish/Celtic

Contemporary/Secular

OUR PROCESS

1

ENQUIRE

Submit Enquiry / Date Check / Initial Phone Consultation / Arrange Booking Fee

2

SELECT

Research Period / Draft Song List(s) / 2nd Phone Consultation / Instrument Selection

3

CREATE

Finalise Choices / Music Arranging Process / Writing (if required) / Final Consultation

4

PERFORM

Arrive 1hr in advance / Smart black dress code / Sound Check with own system & instruments / Background prelude music

ADD A LITTLE EXTRA

STRING QUARTET 

  • Ceremony / pre-reception drinks /  during wedding meal
  • Classical / Contemporary / Rock
  • Optional Candlelight

GRAND PIANO HIRE

  • Delivered & tuned at your venue
  • Pianist supplied
  • Excellent hire rates

1st DANCE LESSONS

  • Basic moves or fully choreographed
  • Provided by our Sister Company weddingdance.ie
  • Fully insured in-studio lessons

LED CANDLE HIRE

  • 300 LED Candles
  • Option 1 – Hire only (batteries not included)
  • Option 2 – Delivery (+ batteries included)

WEDDING TESTIMONIALS

“Thank you so much for the fantastic music yesterday for the Church and pre-reception. I’m not even on my honeymoon yet, but had to let you know that so many people commented on and loved the music. Just as you promised, the standard of all the players and singers (yourself included) was top class. You were so right about combining the piano with strings, it was simply stunning. I’ve recommended you to people already”.

Catriona & Kevin

“What can I say, only FANTASTIC. Donal and I would like to thank you very much for making our wedding day on Feb 5th in Knightsbrook Hotel so wonderful and memorable. Your singing was absolutely fantastic and the musicians, piano, violin and flute, were superb. Thank you also for your help from my 1st contact with you, your advice in choosing the selection of music and songs and right up to the presentation and performance on the day itself. Everything was so professional and it was a pleasure to deal with you”.

Mary & Donal

“The music was just out of this world & I was so happy with it on the day. It was an absolute joy dealing with you as you made it so easy and stress-free for me. We were so happy that we went with both the piano and the violin as it really added that something extra but without a doubt it was your singing voice that excelled above all else. I would happily recommend you to anyone and we have such great memories of the day…”

Susan & Stephen

FAQs

HOW DO I BOOK?

Go to our Contact Page & complete the enquiry form.  Ensure to leave the date of your wedding & location, so we can check availability.  We will contact you to arrange an Initial Consultation and chat.  We will provide you with an estimated quotation, based on what you think you might like.  Following that, we will send a Booking Form and information on how to pay the Booking Fee.

HOW MUCH IS THE BOOKING FEE?

The non-refundable Booking Fee varies (€100 – €500) depending on which package and the number of musicians you’d like to book. 

I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WANT YET. CAN I STILL BOOK?

Yes!  Many of our couples don’t know what instrument line-up they’d like at the time of booking.  We will chat through all of that during your consultations and will often recommend a line-up that will best suit your song choice.  We expect that you’ll have different ideas during the planning process and that’s okay!

HOW & WHEN DO I CHOOSE MY INSTRUMENTS?

After you’ve booked and your date is secured in our diary, we move onto the ‘Research’ phase.  During this phase we’ll have a 2nd Consultation and start to put your ideas together.  It’s not expected that you’ll have finalised your repertoire at this point, but more that you will have a general idea – certainly enough to inform the instrument line-up.  We will then set about booking your musicians.

This part happens for many couples a year in advance of their wedding date; and this is what we’d ideally recommend.  Many of our musicians play elsewhere and are in high demand, so early booking is recommended as much as possible, especially for peak wedding dates (weekends & summer months).

DO YOU TRAVEL OUTSIDE DUBLIN?

Yes!  As with any supplier on your wedding day, travel rates apply to cover the costs of fuel & time spent travelling to/from your venue.  Depending on your musician line-up and where they are each traveling from, we will always do our best to provide the best possible rate.  Please enquire for details and to see if we can travel to your wedding.

DO I HAVE TO BOOK A SINGER?

No, of course not!  Naoise will happily work with you to create an individual sound for your wedding and if that is all instrumental music, then that’s perfectly wonderful!

WHAT HAPPENS IN CASE OF ILLNESS OR OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES?

Unforeseen circumstances are part of life and every experienced, professional person you’re working with for your wedding day will have a ‘back-up plan’.  When hiring musicians, having a professional with a network of equally talented people they can call upon is absolutely essential. 

It’s all too common to read posts on social media from a bride who has been let down by their wedding musicians and are desperate to find somebody/anybody to step in.  While the online community is a wonderfully supportive place, full of people willing to help, the standards vary greatly. 

WHAT HAPPENS IN CASE OF ILLNESS OR OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES?

Unforeseen circumstances are part of life and every experienced, professional person you’re working with for your wedding day will have a ‘back-up plan’.  When hiring musicians, having a professional with a network of equally talented people they can call upon is absolutely essential. 

It’s all too common to read posts on social media from a bride who has been let down by their wedding musicians and are desperate to find somebody/anybody to step in.  While the online community is a wonderfully supportive place, full of people willing to help, the standards vary greatly. 

Encore Occasions couples can rest assured knowing we will never cancel your music.  Any singer or musician who becomes unavailable will be replaced with another, equally as qualified, trained & experienced.  This applies whether we have 2 months or 2 hours notice!  These circumstances are extremely rare!

IS IT USUAL TO HAVE LIVE MUSIC AT A WEDDING IN IRELAND?

Absolutely yes!  Ceremony music is the one part of the day where your guests will be seated and actively listening to your music, so getting it right is extremely important.  There is nothing quite like live music, which can be adapted on the spot to suit the length of each moment during the ceremony.  It just doesn’t compare in any way to pre-recorded tracks.

[We’ve had many things go wrong on a wedding day, where our music kept guests entertained as they waited… e.g. for a delayed bride to arrive, for that moment when the candles wouldn’t light, for the time the priest was quietly drinking tea not noticing the bride had arrived, for the time the groom fainted, for the time the flower girl refused to walk up the aisle, for the time the best man fell off the hotel ‘stage/altar’ and broke his arm… the list goes on!]  And all of that is not even mentioning how live music enhances each moment of your wedding ceremony.

OUR CIVIL CELEBRANT SAID WE ONLY NEED 3 SONGS. IS THIS ACCURATE?

Well, in our experience, no!  Civil, Humanist, Interfaith and other services are all very different, but should all be created for each individual couple, allowing their personalities to shine through.  Music is a huge part of this.  Aside from entrance & exit, we perform stand-alone songs, reflections, underscoring for poems, light touches while you’re lighting candles, handfasting or doing other rituals.  Music motifs here & there add warmth and help draw your ceremony together.  It’s only when you experience a ceremony like this that you’ll appreciate just what we mean!

OUR PRIEST WILL ONLY ALLOW HYMNS. HOW DO WE ENSURE OUR MUSIC IS MEANINGFUL?

There is a great wealth of hymns old and new to choose from.  We will work with you to find ones that are musically beautiful and have lyrics that speak to you.  Lots of songs can be played as instrumental music too, so if you have some special pieces you’d like to incorporate, we are experts at re-arranging them into soft, church-suitable versions that you’ll still recognise and love!

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ADD THE SOUND ENGINEER?

Cost available on request and will vary greatly, depending on number of musicians and if they are to be individually miked or just generally lifted.  Expect a minimum of €400, but costs can rise to €1,500.