1B. Solo Harp (2:00) - ditto
2. "Celtic Classical" (3:56) Harp, Strings & Oboe. If you like a slightly more classic sound, this is for you.
THE BIG ENTRANCE
3. "Highland Version" (3:56) Harp, Strings, & Irish Pipes. You either love them or hate them: the Irish pipes! And if you love them - this is the version for you...
4. "Highland Drum Version." The Bodhran or Irish drum is included in this version. (You may not hear the drum properly on your computer's speakers because they often obliterate the 'low end,' but you will hear it beautifully on decent speakers.)
5. "Piano-based Version." This is from "The Vow, an Irish Wedding Celebration." It also features Irish pipes, Irish whistle and bodhran (Irish drum) and is very 'traditional Irish' sounding. (Again, you may not hear the drum on computer speakers.)
Choose a few selections for your wedding party processional, and save the remaining tracks for the Prelude. This enchanting music conjures the magic of the Irish landscape, and provides the perfect musical backdrop to your special day!
As you walk gently towards your future - may the road rise to meet you!
1. King of the Faeries 3:55 (Original Version) (Ethereal, evocative, everyone's favorite). By far the most popular live processional after our "Celtic Wedding Processional" and most commonly used for Bridesmaids! It works beautifully out of doors, for bridesmaids, for children or for anyone wishing to create a 'magical' atmosphere.
2. The Grove 3:33 (Starts slowly, ethereal, atmospheric)
3. The Butterfly 5:19 (Think - "Celtic Vivaldi" - impressionistic, fey)
4. Dove's Return 3:00 (Another big favorite; popular for outdoor ceremonies, or during ceremonies, a very 'light' touch)
5. Greensleeves 3:16 (A "classic" on Irish whistle & harp, for a dreamy "float down the aisle" feel)
6. Spirits of the World 3:41 (iTunes Essential, New Age) "Float down the aisle" feel. This tune is listed under iTunes essentials with such luminaries as Enya, Jim Brickman, Acoustic Alchemy & Will Ackerman
7. Aisling (Dream) (3:17) (Very, very dreamy - Also used for interludes and even Meditation)
Click HERE to see a Full list of musical arrangements for every part of your Wedding!
What to Wear
“Who, being loved, is poor?”
— Oscar Wilde, Irish poet and dramatist
Weddings have always been a time for us to express our cultural heritage, a time to connect our own marriage to the history and values of our people. We do this both to emphasize the social legitimacy of the occasion and to remind ourselves that this union is but the latest link in a long chain connecting us to all of our ancestors. One of the simplest (and most fun!) ways to express these important ideas is through our choice of wedding clothes.
For the Groom
Even today, many men in Scotland choose to wear a kilt on their wedding today. The pattern of the tartan is typically that of the man’s clan, as every clan had its own unique design. Kilts have not historically been as popular among the Irish (except in the Northeastern corner of Ireland where many families have Scottish heritage) as they are among the Scots. There are, however, a number of signature Irish tartans available. The patterns for these usually correspond to the man’s home county (e.g. County Limerick) rather than to his clan.
You might be surprised to know that what we in the West consider the “classic” wedding outfit – the bride in white, the groom in a tuxedo - is in fact a relatively modern convention, one that only developed in the Victorian period (1837-1901, the period of Queen Victoria’s rule in Britain). Before this, there was considerably more variation especially in terms of the color of the bride’s dress and the style and color of the suit a man wore. Just as red is associated with good luck in many Asian traditions, blue was often considered the most propitious color for Celtic brides.
Irish brides today, even if they usually wear white, often accent their outfit with “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” (see Something Old, Something New). Green, however, is best avoided because it is believed to entice the fairies, and fairies are notorious for stealing away precious things, including possibly the lovely bride!
Material & Patterns
In later periods (such as the 17th and 18th centuries) the color of the bride’s dress would have been less important than the choice of materials, the intricacy of the needlework, and the extent of decorative flourishes (like ribbons and bows). High-born brides would have almost certainly worn silk or other expensive fabrics. The color of the material may have been something quite plain like a pastel, but it was likely to be embellished with vibrant floral patterns, intricate embroidery, and bright brocade. Brides from a more humble background might have had less sumptuous material, but they would have made their dress special by adding many ribbons, bows, and pretty flourishes. In both cases, as in earlier Celtic times, the dresses were typically floor length.
It was traditional for Scottish brides to take a tartan scarf and wear it as a sash across their dress once the actual ceremony was completed. This demonstrated their new status as members of their husband’s clan (see also chapter two, handfasting). This is still practiced today and is a simple and effective way to express the couple’s Scottish heritage.
Excerpt From: Áine Minogue. “A Celtic Wedding: How to add the perfect Irish touches to your wedding.” iBooks.
Irish Linen or Lace
The "white gown" fashion was often accentuated with Irish lace, a form of crochet lace that was regarded as a couture profession at the turn of the 20th Century. However, the Irish were producing lace as far back as the 16th Century, often in convent communities where they tried to emulate the styles of crochet lace on the continent.
Crochet Centers were set up all over Ireland by the Ursuline Sisters in order to provide employment during the famine. The first center started in 1845 in Blackrock, County Cork.
Soon, the couture lines of London, New York and Vienna sought out "Irish Lace," for the fashions of the day. Irish Lace was used to make dresses and to decorate blouse bodices and cuffs, trimmings and ruffles. Even men wore lace on their evening shirts.
Irish lace waned in popularity as a result of changes in fashion, however, the coutour lines of the world came calling again in the 1940s when lace came back into fashion.
Today, many brides like to add Irish lace to their wedding gowns. Many carry an Irish lace hanky or use small lace place mats at the center of the reception tables.