Ranked No 3 in the Top Ten Entertainment Acts in Ireland by Ireland’s Wedding Journal



2006 Bride of the Year competition winner, Sandra Lynch, whose total prize was in excess of €17000 worth of wedding day essentials including the supply of wedding cars, jewellery, honeymoon, dress, make up and hairstyling, etc;

says that:

“the highlight of the day was undoubtedly the music at the ceremony” provided by the Ireland String Quartet.

For over ten years the Ireland String Quartet has been regarded as the No1 quartet on the island of Ireland by the top wedding professionals, Ireland Wedding Journal and Irish Brides magazines and is exclusively recommended to the clients of many top wedding venues. (Don’t take our word for it)

We offer a comprehensive consultation before the wedding day. With our vast experience, we can advise you of the various musical choices available, and maybe inform you of something you may not have considered as to how the day will unfold.

What we can guarantee, is that you will receive the highest standard of performance available, and the most expansive playlist in the country.


What our clients say (testimonials)

The Ceremony

As part of our service we aim to arrive around 45 minutes before the ceremony is due to start so that we can be set-up and ready to play before the first guests arrive. We have also found that this provides an opportunity for us to arrange our seating in conjunction with the Videographer and photographer, which ensures that we are not competing for space, or getting in each other’s way. If we are accompanying a singer, we rehearse their music about 1 hour beforehand.

The music we provide before the ceremony for the ½ hour or so is included free of charge and we continue to play, keeping your guests entertained and the groom calm (or as calm as can be expected) until the ceremony starts, even if the bride is late (and she probably will be).

The music for all parts of the ceremony will be tailored to your requirements, for example:

The Processional music,
Accompaniment of the singing of the hymns, with or without organ/piano
Accompaniment of a soloist
Music for during the Signing of the Register
The Recessional music

For the Wedding Mass we can also play for:

The Lighting of the Candle(s)
Gospel Acclamation
Responsorial Psalm
Offertory Procession
Sign of Peace
Reflection after Communion

For Civil Ceremonies, we are aware of all the religious music which is not allowed to be performed and can advise you accordingly.

We will try our very best to supply all your musical requests which are not a part of our repertoire free of charge, however for complex arrangements there may be an additional fee. Unfortunately we cannot perform miracles and need plenty of notice to arrange a new piece. We ask that you let us know at least four weeks before your wedding.

There will be no additional fees however for a ceremony that runs late.

The Drinks Reception/Photographs

After the spectacle of the Bride’s entrance, and the joy and sentiment of the ceremony, the drinks reception can be a bit of a low point in the day for your guests with the bridal party being monopolised by the photographer. From experience, the photographs can take as long as 2 or 3 hours.

Good hosts will want to ensure that their guests are happy, relaxed and entertained and this is popular juncture for us to keep the party atmosphere going. We are happy to play outside provided there is some shade for our instruments, or we can bring a pavilion with us to make sure there’s no hitch.

If you want, we can bring Ceara Grehan with us to sing some popular songs for the afternoon.

The Meal

The main advantage to having us play during the meal is that there is NO comparison between ISQ playing live music and ‘elevator music’ played through the hotel’s speaker system.

Members of the bridal party have on more than one occasion commented that the distraction of our music helped them relax and enjoy their meal before giving their speech. We provide suitable subtle and unobtrusive background music and, quite uniquely, you have the option of choosing (from our extensive repertoire list) precisely what music you want to hear.

Evening Entertainment

If you want something a little more upbeat and you want something unique, then why not let us play some songs to get your foot tapping or to boogie to!!

With the aid of pre-recorded backing tracks and ZETA jazz fusion midi electric instruments, we can provide a set of songs to dance to. With plenty of notice we can in most cases arrange any special song for you, particularly for the first dance and bring them to life in our own unique style. We can also offer you hits and love songs with our vocalist Ceara Grehan to add some romance to the air.

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