Your Wedding Your Way

Wedding Insurannce

As Ireland recovers from the walloping of ex-hurricane Ophelia it got me thinking about the importance of Insurance. Every time I renew my home or car insurance I always think to myself, ‘well I hope I won’t need that’. It’s one of those things that we pay for but hope we never actually have to use.

I strongly advise all couples that I meet to take out wedding insurance. There are lots of different companies out there that offer lots of different packages but you can get pretty decent cover for about €50. A quick google search will readily show you what is available. Wedding insurance tends to cover lots of unfortunate events  such as the wedding being cancelled, suppliers failing to turn up on the day, suppliers going out of business before the big day, but as always there are caveats so be sure to read the fine print!

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With many weddings now costing between ten and twenty thousand euros Wedding Insurance is an absolute must to protect you and your money. We buy a new iPhone and we don’t think twice about insuring it, so why should a massive event like your wedding be any different? Get the insurance, file away the documents and carry on planning, safe in the knowledge that if anything does go wrong you’ll be sorted.

My hope for every couple is that you never have to use it and you have the most wonderful day of your lives.


Happy Wedding Planning.

Wedding Ceremony Music

Ceremony music is something that a lot of couples rightly spend a lot of thought time considering. If a couple chooses the right music it can elevate and enhance the wedding ceremony. I've performed at weddings where there have been live singers, string quartets, choirs, soloists and I've been at ceremonies where somebody is given the job to press play on the lowly iPod at the right moment. Whether you go for live or recorded will probably depend on your budget but I alway advise couples to use music in some shape or form.


Your choice of entrance and exit music are probably the most important. The entrance will set the tone for the entire ceremony while the exit is one that will hopefully get toes tapping, guests smiling and uplift the whole gathering. Entrances often tend to be slower and Romantic and exits tend to be lively and boppy. However, this is your ceremony so you choose what is right for you.


Many couples have a song that means something to them, but a word of caution - your song may not necessarily be suitable for the wedding ceremony. The story of the song may not work or the lyrics might not be suitable, if this is the case you're better off leaving it for the band to play later.


How many songs should you have? As a Celebrant I think 3 or 4 songs are good. One at the start, one at the end and then 2 during the ceremony.  You might like instrumental music during parts of the ceremony such as the lighting of candles, or sand during sand ceremonies.


I also think it is great if your guests can see the musicians. If your venue has the space, it is good if the musicians can be at the top of the room. This gives something for your guests to focus on during the songs and keeps fidgeting and chatting at bay.


Finally, don't feel that you need to have your singers sing the entire song. Many times, a verse or two and a couple of choruses will do the job perfectly.


If you need some inspiration the great people over at The Knot.com have compiled a great list of suggested songs. Enjoy and happy browsing.




Goood luck,



How to make your wedding a bit 'different'.

We all know that weddings are great, let’s just get that out there to begin with. It doesn’t matter if they are large extravaganzas catering for 250 people or small, intimate affairs that only involve immediate family, they are about love and fun and commitment and that’s all good.

My experience of weddings is that when people get engaged one or both of the parities would say something like, ‘I’d love if we could do something a bit different’ so you go down the route of candy carts, wedding favours, light up dancefloors, giant letters, etc – and these are all great, really great – as guests we love having these little touches but if everyone is doing them then how are you going to be a bit different?

My advice is simple – if you want to do something a bit different then do it in the wedding ceremony, this is after all the most important part of the day, this is the reason you have brought all of your family and friends together. The Wedding Ceremony is a real opportunity for you to put your own unique, individual stamp on your wedding day – and the best part is that your wedding guests probably won’t be expecting it. Whoever your wedding celebrant is, have a good chat to them about how you can make your ceremony totally unique, bespoke, romantic and all about you as a couple.

Some suggestions:

·         Give your ceremony a theme – is there a film, book, album that you love then why not weave in music, quotes, etc. Maybe you could incorporate some of these elements in to your vows.

·         Tell your love story – every couple has a love story, as the centrepiece of the ceremony you can have you love story told to your guests.

·         Hand Fastening, Sand Ceremonies, Candle rituals, Love letter and wine box rituals can all be written and tailor-made to reflect you as a couple. With a little thought these moments can be magical.

·         You could invite all of your guests up to light a candle, place a stone, tie a ribbon on to a tree as a symbol of good luck to the bride and groom.

·         If the couple are musically minded maybe one or both could sing during the ceremony.


When it comes to wedding ceremonies you really are only limited by your imagination. If you want to make your wedding a bit different don’t just follow the sheep, put some thought into it and I promise that you and your guests will never forget it.


Good luck with the preparations.