Wedding Ceremony Music; The uplifting power of Live Music

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Wedding Ceremony Music; The uplifting power of live music

I am an ordained Interfaith Minister, currently creating and performing legal alternative wedding ceremonies in Ireland.  I am delighted to see more and more of my marrying couples using powerful live ceremony music to enhance their wedding ceremonies. I also work with my partner Liam Mac Amhaila, an established, talented Connemara musician and composer in a musical collaboration called An Anu.

My musical experience through many years of performance, ranging from opera at Covent Garden to international touring with my own band, has brought me to a place where I see the power and energy of live performance is as important as the actual music. My study of music in ceremony and healing as an Ethnomusicologist, have led me to the conclusion that music in ceremony has a very important role to play in our modern world.  Bringing universal healing and regeneration to our gatherings.

As An Anu, we create music with a spiritual theme, and a powerful energy of celebration and love. Our music is strongly vocal, as we are both singers. We incorporate concert flute, Irish whistle and guitar. Also darabuka (North African hand drum) and bodhran. We perform Irish traditional folk plus roots music such as blues, jazz and gospel. The music is rooted in both our cultural origins, Irish and African/Caribbean both original compositions (some inspired by the writings of John O’Donahue are increasingly popular for my ceremonies)  and well known songs and instrumentals. Wedding CeremThe uplifting power of live music.

Wedding Ceremony Music; the uplifting power of live music

The feeling of achievement that comes from performing music in a ceremony that I have created in collaboration with a couple, and that I am also officiating, is satisfying because of the many positive functions it fulfils. There is a sense of healing and balancing, of purifying and clearing the atmosphere and mood of the ceremony. There is a great sense, also of focusing the intentions of everybody present into a feeling of one-ness and unity, and the consequence is a shared positivity and a relaxed and happy start to the wedding celebrations. The flavour of which permeates the whole day.

Using Uplifting Live Music For Your Wedding Ceremony Music; The uplifting power of live music

If you are interested in live music for your own wedding ceremony, here are a few points to encourage you to go ahead:

1.Your guests will be entertained during your ceremony in a way that cannot be achieved by playing a CD or a digital file, and this will help them relax and experience the ceremony more deeply.

2.While the music is going on, you will have created some breathing space, some meditative space for you and your partner during the ceremony, this helps you experience the moment more, rather than get through feeling nervous and forget a lot of the experience.

3.You can include songs that have a special meaning to you both, or that mean something to your family, you will be communicating emotions, music can do this for us all, so why not use it to empower emotive and significant times in your life such as your wedding ceremony.

4.You can use the lyrics of the songs you choose to amplify what is meaningful to you and your partner. Through live music you bring an ancient form of culture, used in ceremonies for centuries to your wedding day, for all to share, enjoy and appreciate.

Article by Rev Helen Webb BA. Mus Interfaith Minister and legal solemniser, vocalist, musician and composer. Wedding Ceremony Music From An Anu, An Anu Contact Rev Helen Webb

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Weddings in Ireland; Linking The Old and the New

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Interfaith Minister weddings In Ireland

I am an Interfaith Minister and legal wedding solemniser in Connemara, County Galway in the Irish Republic.  I have performed up to 30 weddings in Ireland (per year) for the past 3 years including this years bookings.  I believe this gives me a pretty good idea of how the wedding industry is going on these western shores.

Spirit of Inclusion Weddings In Ireland

Well, we’re moving forward with great creativity, heart and a spirit of inclusion of the old and the new. The energy and character of Irish weddings is focusing through great efforts made in the hospitality area, the legal side (particularly the introduction of legal same sex marriages and the inclusion of Interfaith Ministers on the government’s legal solemniser’s list) and through meaningful spirituality (without necessarily including denominational religion).  This “Irish Wedding” energy, as I perceive it here in my region, has a huge warm heart, a creative soul which welcomes the new whilst gracefully including elements of the traditional and the magic of the indigenous culture of the west.

I mention above the non-denominational nature of ceremonies.  I should also mention that many of my own ceremonies have included elements from the Catholic Mass at the request of my clients, elements such as the Prayers of the Faithful, Peace Be With You etc.  These elements can respectfully bring together those from Catholic and other religious or non-religious backgrounds in an atmosphere of inclusiveness and acceptance.  Jewish elements have also been included;for example, the breaking of the glass by the groom to mark the end of the ceremony.

Ceremonies can also be simply meaningful and heartfelt expressions of the marrying couple’s love for each other, with beautiful readings and vows, and a focus on bringing friends and relatives together to honour and support the couple’s decision to “tie the knot”  That expression actually comes from the ancient Celtic tradition of hand-fasting where the couple’s hands are tied as a symbol of their union, with a hand-fasting cord or “croix” I have had many requests for this to be included in ceremonies, it’s a wonderful way to link in to ancient traditions.

Overseas Visitors Weddings In Ireland

Many many overseas guests are coming to Ireland for their weddings.  In my opinion Hotels in the west are offering the best hospitality to be found anywhere in the world, and something for every style and budget, beautiful ideas and packages from Castles to country houses, to Barns and yurts.  Surprisingly realistically priced packages. Well worth a thorough investigation for any marrying couple.

Wonderful Venues Weddings In Ireland

I highly recommend Zetland House Hotel, Connemara for an exclusive small wedding (up to 60 guests) Dromoland Castle County Clare for a larger more stately occaision,  The Loughrae Hotel and Spa for their beautiful roof-top terrace overlooking the Lough, Carrygerry Country House, family run, near Shannon Airport, The Slieve Aughtly Centre for a wedding with riding and woodland adventure trails, The House Hotel and marine Spa on Bofin Island for Island life and culture.  The list could literally go on and on, and the activities and hospitality offered is off the scale.  Enjoy your venue hunting and get your flights booked to Shannon.  The new wedding culture in the west is waiting! By Rev Helen Webb, (Interfaith Minister and wedding musician/vocalist)