Star Edwards - Weddings

Congratulations on your recent wedding proposal!

There is no more exciting time of life than getting married. It comes with all the blessings and stresses at the same time, however, when I play for your wedding, it is my desire to take your stress away by being organized, on time, rehearsed and there for you when it comes to
providing the music for your important day.

The following is a list I have put together of the most asked questions concerning music at weddings.

Wedding Music Questions & Answers

1. What kind of music is best at weddings?
The music that you choose should be music that is meaningful to you and affirms your love between each other. This is what makes your occasion so memorable!

2. When is music played at weddings?
Music is traditionally played approximately 15 to 30 minutes before and after the wedding ceremony (which can include the receiving line). Sometimes guests gather for cocktails before the ceremony and music can be played then too. The music for the bride is called the
processional and at the commencement of the ceremony, the recessional. Music can also be played during the ceremony: lighting candles, mixing sand, roses to parents or any created ritual that is memorable.

3. What if we are not familiar with the kind of music played at weddings?
I can make song suggestions, should you want classical or Celtic music for your wedding. There are now many ways to hear these songs. We can set up an appointment at my studio for you to listen to song selections. We can connect with Skype for a consultation and
demonstrate the songs. Youtube is now a great resource to familiarize yourself with classical or Celtic songs you have never heard before but are very appropriate for weddings.

4. I don’t want the traditional Bridal March song, what else can we use?
Any song that has a stately march will work well for the processional. For recessionals, choose something upbeat! Pacabel Canon is becoming the 2nd most requested song instead of the Bridal March. For traditional music, I have many Celtic wedding songs to choose from. I put together my own book called, Celtic Wedding Music, which includes Celtic wedding traditions, Gaelic sayings, wearing the tartan plaid, Celtic toasts, and music for the ceremony. Below is a list of song suggestions.*

5. Do the musicians come to the rehearsal?
It is not necessary that musicians come to the rehearsal. What is necessary is clear direction on where you would like the musician(s) to sit and have a contact name for when the musician arrives.

6. What time do the musicians arrive before the ceremony?
The musicians should be at the venue at least 45 minutes before the starting time to play. Maps and cell phone numbers are very helpful!

7. I would like an outdoor wedding. Does the musician need to know that?
To insure a smooth, stress free event, it is important so they can plan accordingly. Music is used for cues in weddings and in places where there are waterfalls or wind, music may not be heard. Outside, voices may not carry and your guests may not hear you speak your vows.
The officiant, bride and groom should have microphones, so guests can hear the ceremony. A shaded, flat area should be reserved for the harpist and harp. In case of inclement weather, allow alternate plans to move to an indoor location. Inclement weather is defined as temperatures less than 50 degrees, very windy or any snow or rain.

8. In what order does the wedding party march down the isle? Does the music change for groom, bride and bridesmaids?
There are many variations to this scenario. Generally, the wedding ceremony starts when the ushers bring the parents and family members in. Then the officiate, groom and best man come down the isle. Some times the bridesmaids and groomsmen arrive separately, or arm
in arm together. Then the bride comes down the isle with her attendant. The music can be the same for the ring bearer or flower girl, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and the groom and different for the bride. Some choose to use one song for the whole processional.

9. Where do the musicians sit for the ceremony?
If the musician sits at the place of the ceremony (front) it is helpful for an assistant to let the musician know when the wedding party will start down the isle, as the musicians view may be blocked. Some times musicians are placed behind guests (back). It is beneficial to assign
someone to cue the musician when to start playing ceremony music. In some cases when the musicians view is blocked, and the bride and groom is standing at the end of the isle, the Bridal March song or Pacabel Canon music will finish at the earliest point of the music phrasing or for the Bridal march at the end of the song.

10. What happens in the music when we have a very short isle to walk down? Or a very long isle?
When walking down a short isle, if you choose the Bridal March, wait at the end of the isle until the song is completed. The Bridal March is a very short song, but really completes the ceremony. If you choose another song, I suggest at least completing a phrase of the song to
give the song a finish. On very long marches, for example, the first 8 measures of the song, Pacabel Canon is repeated until the Brides song.

11. What if we request a song to be played at our wedding that you do not know?
If you can provide the music, I will do my best to learn your song. Make sure that I receive the song in plenty of time to learn it for your wedding.

12. Do you require a deposit?
I require the full amount fee up front for your wedding, generally one to three months before the actual wedding which eliminates last minute balances due and accounting stress.

13. What happens if you have to cancel and can't play at our wedding?
In the 20 years of playing weddings, I have never once missed a wedding, nevertheless, circumstances can happen beyond my control. If this should happen, as soon as possible, I will give you another harpist name to perform your wedding and have a replacement.

*Wedding music - A sample of suggested songs
This is a partial listing. Please contact me for more songs.


Bridal March
Pacabel Canon
Pie Jesu
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
King Williams March
Baroque Fanfare
Trumpet Voluntary
Trumpet Tune
Hornpipe (Purcell)
Ode to Joy
Come, Ye Sons of Art
On Wings of Song
Allegro Sonatine #1 - LaTour
Menuet En Rondo - Rameau
Water Music
Minuet in G - Bach
Hornpipe - Purcell
La Musette Gavotte - Bach
Dance of the Spirits - Gluck
Musetta's Waltz - Puccini


Give Me Your Hand
Joys of Wedlock
Brave Heart Theme, Secret Wedding & Gift of the Thistle
Bride’s a Bonnie Thing
My Love is Like a Red Rose
I Know Where I’m Goin
Maire’s Wedding
O’Carolan’s Concerto
Haste to the Wedding
Brides Favorite
Bridal Jig
Wedding Night Jig
Gentle Maiden
Planxty Irwin
Skye Boat Song
Annie Laurie
The Irish Wedding
The Rose of Tralee
Irish Eyes Are Smiling


Dodi Li
Hana’ava Babanot
Erev Shel Shoshanom
Erev Ba
Siman Tov
Haida, Haida
Eile Chamda Libi
Hava Nagila
Hinah Ma Tov
Od Yishoma
Sunrise, Sunset
Al Kol Eleh
Hevenu Shalom


Music of the Night
From This Moment
Up Where We Belong
I Will
Dreaming of You
Tonight I Celebrate My Love
Annie’s Song
Can You Feel the Love
Through the Eyes of Love
There is Love
Wind Beneath My Wings
Titanic Theme
In My Life
Wonderful World
And I Love You So
Time After Time
Every Breath You Take
The Prayer
Besame Mucho
Time to Say Goodbye - Bocelli
A Song For You - Leon Russell
True Colors
You Raise Me Up
And I Love Her

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