Star Edwards - Weddings

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Over 20 years of performing special events committed to making your event stress free and memorable. Music available? Celtic, Classical, pop, light jazz/swing, South American, blues, Renaissance, rock tunes, oldies, movies, multi-cultural, and songs for all ages and time periods. Harp will define your event as graceful, traditional, and romantic!

Guest artist of the Irish group, the Chieftains, Perry Mason (TV) The
Case of the Skin Deep Scandal with Morgan Fairchild, The Princess and
the Dwarf movie with Warwick Davis, John Reyes-Davies & Richard Kiel,
The Brown Palace Hotel.

Classical - Celtic - Renaissance - Irish or Medieval harps available.

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.

14. Can you back up a vocalist that I have hired?
Yes! As long as I have the sheet music in keys that work well with the Celtic harp (key of F, C, G, D, A)

15. How can I hear the songs you will play at our wedding?
Make an appointment to come to my studio to choose your songs. I will play an assortment of possible choices of songs.

16. Is there an charge for coming to your studio to hear you play songs we will choose for our wedding?
There is never any fee for a consultation and choosing music.

17. We are planning an outdoor wedding, will my guests be able hear the harp outside?
Yes! I provide my own PA system and have an portable amplifier and electric harp to insure that the harp can be heard over conversations, wind and water fountains.

18. Can you travel to my wedding site?
Yes, however travel fees may apply

19. What happens when we decide we would like to hire you to play for our wedding?
I send out a contract that covers all the information stated in the initial consultation. Should anything change, you can cross out the line and write in new information and send the contract back with your payment.

*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


Annie's Song
A Whole New World
A Thousand Years
Angel Eyes
Besame Mucho
Because You Loved Me
Can You feel The Love Tonight
Can't Help Falling In Love
Close To You
Could I Have This Dance
Count On Me
Dreaming Of You
Every Breath You Take
From This Moment
When I Need You
Forever's As Far As I'll Go
For You I Will
I Swear
I Will

More Pop:

I Believe In You And Me
I Love You Always Forever
Lovin' You
My Heart Will Go On
Now And Forever
Our Day Will Come
Perhaps Love
Right Here Waiting
Through The Eyes Of Love
Today My Life Begins
Tonight I Celebrate My Love
The Rose
Thinking Out Loud
Theme from Love Affair
Wind Beneath My Wings
You're Still The One
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
You Look Wonderful Tonight
You Raise Me Up

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