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Irish and Scottish tunes make great wedding ceremony options! Whether they're traditional or recently written to sound traditional, there are countless waltzes, airs, slow jigs, and other slower tunes that make great processionals and bridal marches. Faster paced reels and jigs make for joyful recessionals.

Traditional songs tend to need a little bit of adaptation, as there aren't nearly enough love songs that end happily in Irish or British traditional music! But that's no trouble - take out the "love grows old and waxes cold" line from a song like "The Water Is Wide" and it becomes a beautiful ceremony song. There are also many recently written trad-style songs that go well alongside traditional songs, and some of those are included below.

Processionals & Bridal Marches

Instrumental Tunes (samples to the right or hyperlinked):

  • Bunyan’s Hymn - Traditional
  • The Eagle's Whistle - Traditional
  • Fisherman’s Lilt - Traditional
  • Give Me Your Hand (Tabhair dom do Lámh) - O’Cathain
  • I Saw Three Ships - Traditional
  • Ingers Brudvals - Swedish traditional
  • The Island of Woods - Liz Carroll
  • Laureen’s Tune - Shooglenifty
  • Lindsay – Archie Fisher, arr. John Renbourn
  • Merrily Kissed The Quaker’s Wife - Traditional
  • Planxty Irwin - O’Carolan
  • Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór (Sheebeg and Sheemore) - O’Carolan
  • The South Wind - Traditional
  • Tramps & Hawkers - Traditional
  • Twisting of the Rope (Casadh An tSúgáin) - Traditional

Songs with Vocals (select samples to the right; others can be easily found on YouTube):

  • Ae Fond Kiss - Robert Burns
  • Bring Me A Boat - Kate Rusby
  • Foreign Lander - Traditional
  • The Irish Wedding Song - Ian Betteridge
  • The Night Visiting Song - Traditional
  • On Raglan Road - Patrick Kavanagh
  • Our Anniversary - Daniel O'Donnell
  • Red Is the Rose - Traditional
  • The Water is Wide - Traditional
  • Wild Mountain Thyme (Blooming Heather) - McPeake
  • Willy O'Winsbury - Traditional

Recessionals

Instrumentals:

  • Fisherman’s Lilt - Traditional
  • Give Me Your Hand (Tabhair dom do Lámh) - O’Cathain
  • I Saw Three Ships - Traditional
  • Laureen’s Tune - Shooglenifty
  • Lindsay - Archie Fisher
  • Merrily Kissed The Quaker’s Wife - Traditional
  • Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór (Sheebeg and Sheemore) - O’Carolan

Songs with Vocals:

  • Awake, Awake - Traditional
  • Galway Girl - Steve Earle
  • High On A Hill - Kate Rusby
  • I Courted A Sailor - Kate Rusby
  • The Irish Wedding Song - Ian Betteridge
  • The Night Visiting Song - Traditional
  • Wild Mountain Thyme (Blooming Heather) - McPeake

Other Traditional Love Songs for Preludes, Cocktail Hours, Etc.

  • Blackest Crow - Traditional
  • I Courted A Sailor - Kate Rusby/Traditional
  • John Riley - Traditional
  • The Lakes of Pontchartrain - Traditional
  • Maid That's Deep In Love - Traditional
  • My Love is Like A Red Red Rose - Robert Burns
  • Rovin' Ploughboy - Traditional
  • Sweet Sir Galahad - Joan Baez

Irish Band Renditions

Anything from the list above can be arranged to include fiddle, concertina, accordion or tin whistle. Learn more about having an Irish band at your wedding here!