Learn To Dance your First Wedding Dance Professionally

Dance your First Dance Beautifully and Impress Your Guests

As you might guess, when it comes to the first dance we have seen it all. The good, the bad … and the ugly!
We are always amazed though to see the reaction a couple gets from their guests when they have prepared just a little bit for their first dance.
It really is magic.
 and it somehow sets the tone. 
That little effort shows that they care. They care about their first dance as husband and wife and they care about their guests. They are offering more than the embarrassed shuffle that we often witness.
So we thought, ok what can we do, how can we help the Bride and Groom with their first dance…
Talking to couples that really impressed us we found out that they had all taken a few lessons and the First Dance Academy ( Link to www.firstdanceacademy.com/ie ) was the name that popped up most often.
The Jukebox Kings  contacted the First Dance Academy to see if we could maybe work out something. It turns out that as well as offering private classes and workshops, they also offer an online course: www.weddingdancetutorial.com
They have students from all over the world using their online tutorial and it really is a fantastic resource.
To make a long story short, we have cut a deal and we can now offer 1 month complimentary access to the wedding dance tutorial to all our clients!
Absolutely Free with no Catches
We hope it helps you guys with your first dance.
Just Follow the Link below and enter the Unique  Coupon Code THEJUKEBOXKINGS
Happy Dancing Guys!


Lisa and Gerard’s Wedding Day


What I loved the most about their day, was that it was a true family affair. From start to finish, the couple’s two sons, Finn and Noah were involved, including the ceremony itself, which was lovely.

And as far as finishing touches go, the attention to detail didn’t stop there. Their day was filled with so many well thought out additions. In particular, Agent Finn’s ring security box went down an absolute storm! I was glad to arrive at the house while the bridal preparations were underway so that I could set to work capturing those amazing touches. Check out the soles of Lisa’s shoes, in particular!

Lisa definitely wowed guests in her stunning fitted lace gown, while her bridesmaids wore elegant dove-grey floor length dresses. I was impressed when Lisa popped on her leather biker jacket after the ceremony, which added tons of edge to the shots on the beach.

After plenty of photos had been taken of the wedding party and the happy couple themselves, we headed back to the venue for the speeches, meal, cutting of the cake and first dance. After this, guests were left to dance the night away to the always-winning sounds of The Jukebox Kings.

The Jukebox Kings Wedding Band at Ballyliffin Donegal

Congratulations Lisa and Gerard. Wishing you many more amazing years together!

Lisa & Gerard’s Ballyliffin Lodge Wedding day

The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

How to Create A Wedding Planning Checklist

(credit B.O.I-The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist • Wedding Tips)

Set your budget.

12 months before-Work out an overall cost for your wedding and start a wedding spreadsheet listing each item.

The average budget for a wedding including honeymoon was €26,000 in 2017*. (Weddings Online Survey)

Pick your guest list. How many people are you going to invite? Establish a rough number then start making the list with names and contact details.

Irish couples invited 159 guests, on average, in 2017*.

Choose your bridal party Chief bridesmaid, bridesmaids, best man, groomsmen, page boys, flower girls: choose the people you want for each of the main roles.

Plan the look and feel Use a mood board or Pinterest to set the theme you want to achieve for your wedding by gathering the looks you like.

Agree the type of ceremony you want.

Do you and your partner want a religious or a civil wedding?

Religious ceremonies accounted for roughly 64% of Irish weddings in 2017, 12% were civil ceremonies and 11% were humanist ceremonies*.

Check the legal requirements for your wedding ceremony Arrange an appointment with the religious celebrant or the registrar to give notice and book your wedding date for a civil marriage ceremony.

Book the venue for the ceremony and pay the deposit (if applicable) Venues can be booked out a long way ahead of time especially for the summer months and on Fridays and Saturdays so book well in advance if you can.

Book the reception venue and pay the deposit. Hotels were still the most popular choice for receptions 67% in 2017, then came country houses 19%, and castles 9%*.

Start researching photographers, bands, florists, and caterers. As soon as you have a date and a location for the ceremony and reception, it’s time to start looking into who is available on the date.

10 – 11 months before – Arrange wedding insurance. Wedding insurance will cover you if something goes wrong before or on your big day for things like the dress, the venue, the suppliers and the rings.

Hire the photographer. You don’t need to discuss things shot by shot just yet but make sure you find a photographer who can show you examples of the style of photos you like. The average spent on a wedding photographer, in 2017, was over €1,500*.

Hire the videographer The same goes for the photographer. Find one who creates a record of the big day in a style you like.

The average spent on a wedding videographer, in 2017, was over €1,200*.

Book the entertainment for the reception. Go and see the potential acts to see how they perform live in front of audiences before reserving your favourite.

Meet the caterers and check menus. If your reception venue doesn’t offer a catering service, ask about any ‘catering rules’ they might have and book a catering service now.

Book your wedding transport. A vintage Rolls Royce and chauffeur? A horse and carriage? Reserve the transport that will bring you to the ceremony then whisk you on to the reception in your first moments of marriage.

Book your florist now even if you are not yet ready to start discussing the details of the bouquets, buttonholes and floral arrangements.

Book your honeymoon Are your passports up to date?

Do you need any vaccinations?

Decide whether you want a luxury couple of weeks in the Maldives after the wedding or want to take a ‘minimoon’ in Ireland now and splash out later.

The average cost of a honeymoon in 2017? Just north of €5,000*.

8 – 9 months before – Find a wedding cake supplier It’s time to agree what kind of cake you want and book a supplier.


Buy, order or hire the wedding dress and accessories. Whether you have had a clear idea of the dress you want for some time or are still unsure, now is the time to make the decision.

In 2017, the average amount spent on a wedding dress by Irish brides was just over €1,700*.

Buy, order or hire the bridesmaids’ dresses and accessories.  Once you decide on your dress then it’s time to turn to the bridesmaids.

Buy, order or hire the flower girls’ dresses and accessories. If you are going to have flower girls then you need to finalise their outfits too.

6 – 7 months before – Buy or hire the groom’s outfit. It’s time for the groom to go for an initial fitting and buy or hire his suit.

Buy or hire the best man’s outfit and groomsmen’s outfits.

In 2017, an average of roughly €1,000 was spent on suits for weddings which covered the cost of four to five suits (including the groom)*.

Buy or hire the page boys’ outfits. If you are having a page boy or boys then you need to buy or hire their outfits now.

Arrange the gift registry. Wedding gift lists are common in the US and the UK and guests from those countries often expect to be presented with a list of gifts to choose from.

If you decide to use a wedding gift list service you need to start now. Many retailers offer this service.

Choose and order invitations RSVP cards, ‘thank you’ cards, the order of service, ‘save the date’ cards and cake boxes all need to be ordered now.

Reserve equipment rentals Book the marquee, tables, chairs, linen, crockery, cutlery, candelabras etc.

Book first night accommodation for yourselves. It may be included with your reception booking if your reception’s at a hotel but, if not, make sure to book a place to stay.

Review all your supplier contracts.

Time to read through the small print to see exactly what each of your suppliers has committed to deliver and when so there are no surprises.

Ensure you’ve paid all the supplier deposits. If you forget to pay a supplier their deposit they may assume you’ve decided not to use them so check you’ve paid the deposit for each supplier.

Send ‘save the date’ cards if needed

5 months before –Choose and order your flowers. It’s time to choose which flowers you want. Remember that if the flowers you choose are not in season, locally, they will have to be flown in adding to the cost.

The average spent on flowers in 2017 was approximately €675 a wedding*.

Plan your reception using your mood board or Pinterest. Finalise your theme, décor, centrepieces, favours etc.

Select the music for your ceremony. Book singers and musicians and finalise the music selection.

Select the music for your reception. Run through the music choices for the reception and make your final choices.

Brief all the musicians. Make sure they know exactly when you need them, for how long and what you expect from them.

Book children’s entertainment and facilities. If you’re planning to keep the little darlings entertained then now’s the time to book their entertainment, onsite crèche facilities and any special requirements.

Finalise the guest list. Some of the guests on your list may not be able to make it; some may want to bring partners and children you haven’t allowed for. It’s time to create the final list.

4 months before –Review your budget. Are you still on track?

Are you overspending in one area and need to cut back?

Do costs you didn’t plan for have to be taken into account?

Review your budget.

Have you selected your wedding rings?

In 2017, the average spent on wedding rings, excluding engagement rings, was roughly €1,300*.

Select outfits for your mothers. You want the mothers of the bride (or brides) and the groom (or grooms) to look and feel their best on your big day.

Arrange a tasting. Now that your wedding day is in sight, arrange a tasting with the caterer to ensure you’re happy with your menu choices.

Finalise your cake design. It’s time to make the final decision about the cake.

In 2017, couples spent on average €378 on their wedding cake*

Select a master of ceremonies for the reception.

Select your ushers. Which of your friends and family will show guests to their seats and act as general guides during the day?

Plan your hen. The hen is traditionally the responsibility of the chief bridesmaid but you will want to know the plans and approve her suggested itinerary.

Plan your stag. The same is true of the stag which is traditionally organised by the best man.

Plan your rehearsal dinner. If you want a rehearsal dinner for your friends and family to meet then now is the time to plan and book it.

Finalise your honeymoon plans.  Renew your passports if you need to. You may or may not want to change your surname on your passport to reflect your married status. You might also need visas and vaccinations if travelling abroad to countries that require them.

Marriage Registration Form

Make sure you have the form now. You’ll need to give it to whoever solemnises your marriage before the marriage ceremony on the day.

3 months before – Book hair stylist and make-up artist. 

In 2017, Irish couples spent an average of €368 on make-up and €313 on hair for the bride and three bridesmaids.

 Beauty treatments need to be booked now for the run-up to the big day.

Brief caterer on menu options and beverage requirements. The caterer will need to know the numbers of diners and any special dietary requirements.

Determine customs and traditions. Are there any ‘must do’ traditions that you want for your wedding day?

Meet with celebrant to finalise order of ceremony . Go through the running order and the number of readings etc.

Select readings and readers. Choose the family and friends you want to read at the ceremony and appropriate readings you’re both happy with.

Write personal wedding vows. If you want to make your own personal vows at the ceremony, it’s worth starting to work on them well in advance.

Determine order of events at the reception. Where and when will everything happen and what are the timings?

Finalise details of rehearsal. 

The rehearsal itself does take a bit of organising so finalise the details.

Prepare information for guests. 

Where is it again? How do I get there? Where is there to stay?

Start building a Frequently Asked Questions list for guests which you can share on paper and on social media.

Prepare your wedding day itinerary.

What has to happen on the day itself, who will be involved and what time will everything take place.

Agree the ‘almost final final’ guest list . Who can’t make it? Who will you ask instead?

Send invitations It’s time to send out the invites to your guest list.

2 months before – Confirm venue arrangement.  Run through all the details with the venue.

Arrange for wedding dress fittings. Time to ensure that the dress fits.

Prepare instructions for bridal party.  Let everyone know what you need them to do so there are no surprises on the day.

Prepare instructions for all suppliers. Go through each of the suppliers in turn and be clear and specific about what you expect to be provided.

Agree guest lists for stag and hen. Who is going on the hen and who on the stag?

Select going-away outfit for bride. What are you going to wear as your going-away outfit?

Buy gifts for bridal attendants, parents, bride and groom. Time to organise the gifts for everyone involved in your day.

Print order of service, menus, and place cards Best get your printing done and set aside for the day.

Send information to guests as replies are receive.

As your guests confirm their attendance, you’ll need to provide them with information which you’ll hopefully have already gathered together as part of your wedding FAQs.

1 month before –Track RSVPs as they come in. Keep a running total of confirmed attendees.

Acknowledge the gifts you receive and a description of who sent which gift (take photos on your phone if you need a reminder).

Brief your photographer. Work out what kind of video(s) the videographer will provide and decide how much or how little you want them present during the day.

Confirm arrangements with musicians, transport, florist and equipment hire. 

Finalise venue arrangements. Check everything will be as you agreed and visit to take another look.

Get reception accessories. Buy, hire or borrow everything you need.

Arrange trials with hair and make-up artists. Your wedding day isn’t the time to experiment so use your trials to work out what you want beforehand.

3 weeks before – Give final numbers of guests to caterers and reception venue. How many?

Prepare seating plan for reception. Who is on the top table? Where is everyone going to sit?

Organise place cards.  Put the names on the cards to let everyone know where they are expected to sit.

Compose wedding speeches.  The sooner you start preparing the better!

2 weeks before –Confirm all arrangements with suppliers. Check everything will be as you agreed.

Provide wedding day schedules and instructions to all suppliers. Let them know what you expect in black and white.

Arrange final wedding dress fitting.  Last fitting.

Pick up wedding dress and accessories.

Collect or print tickets and your travel itinerary for the honeymoon.

Arrange foreign currency for your honeymoon if you need any.

Wrap your gifts If you haven’t wrapped your gifts, do so now.

Test drive the route to ceremony and reception. How long will it take? Are there any road works or diversions planned (remember to let guests know of any closed roads etc.)?

1 week before – Confirm rehearsal date and details. Ensure everyone will be there at the right time.

Review all wedding plans. Run through everything from top to bottom.

Make arrangements for receiving gifts at reception. How will you receive them and where will they be stored safely?

Prepare to pay balance of fees to suppliers. Ensure you pay your suppliers according to the terms you agreed.

Pack for honeymoon. Time to pack the suitcases and set them aside.

2 days before – Arrange to pick up the groom’s and best man’s outfits, if hired

Give gifts to parents and each other.

Pack all the items you need for the wedding ceremony.

Drop off all items at the reception venue.

Confirm the wedding day itinerary with the bridal party.

The day before – Attend and direct the rehearsal (make changes based on what you learn)

Give the updated itinerary to all involved.

Brief your ushers on their duties.

Ensure you have the rings somewhere safe.

Oversee the decoration of the ceremony and reception venues.

The wedding day – before the ceremony – Make sure your mobile is fully charged (and you know where your charger is)

Make sure you have all the wedding details and checklists with you.

ensure you have Marriage Registration Form and wedding programmes.

Coordinate the musicians, photographer, videographer, officiant, florist, transport or ensure somebody carries out this responsibility.

Liaise with your reception venue manager to ensure everything is in hand.

The wedding day – during the ceremony and after – Provide any final payments to suppliers or ensure somebody carries out this responsibility.

Have someone collect your marriage licence, candles, guest book etc. after the ceremony.

Have someone coordinate the photography and videography.

The wedding day – the reception – Coordinate caterer, musicians, DJ, cake supplier, photographer and videographer or ensure somebody carries this responsibility out.

Have someone oversee the reception receiving line if you have one.

Ensure somebody provides any final payments to suppliers.

Have someone to coordinate your first dance, cake cutting, bouquet throwing and any other ‘moments’.

Ensure someone has the responsibility to collect all your wedding gifts.

After the wedding – Ensure the dress goes to the cleaners.

Arrange to have the dress stored.

Return any hired attire and ensure all the bridal party do so.

Ensure the bouquet is preserved.

Place an announcement in the newspaper if desired.

Send out ‘thank you’ notes for gifts.

Ensure you pick up and store your marriage licence somewhere safe.

*Source: All figures supplied by weddingsonline.ie based on a survey of over 1,200 participants which took place in January 2018.

How to Search for Great Wedding Bands for your 2020 Wedding

Searching for The Ultimate Wedding Bands Ireland

How to search for Great Wedding Bands for your Wedding in 2020?

Here are a few ideas and tips. The first tip is there are lots of great ones to choose from so don’t worry too much. The second is enjoy the search.

For more practical tips read on………..

Planning your Wedding should be almost as much fun as the Big Day itself.

Every aspect of the research and arrangements can be made online ( at least in the first instance).  It has never been easier to find Wedding Ideas, Wedding Suppliers, Wedding Directories, Facebook Wedding Groups  and virtually anything Wedding Related without having to leave your house.  The World Wide Web has provided a catalogue of choice at our fingertips. Now you can look further afield than ever before for ideas, inspiration and of course online shopping too!

Wedding Fairs

Long gone are the days when the only show in town was the annual Wedding Show in the RDS, or the local hotel Wedding Fair.  Now there are a host of fantastic wedding events such as Ultimate Weddings Live.

Sure, Wedding Fairs including the Annual Wedding Show are still going strong and are of course a fun day out and an opportunity to communicate with a great many top suppliers in one place. You can also Check out many Acts Playing live at these events.  However you can arrange and plan most things online.

Wedding Websites such as The Knot are intended to be inspirational. It is however, important to separate the real from the fantasy. The Perfect Wedding Day is possible. Help is at hand from many Wedding Professionals.  If you are looking for the Ultimate Wedding Band then here are a few places to look.


Another suggestion for how to Search for entertainment for your 2020 Wedding is to use agencies. Often one Agency represents several Acts. In recent years there has been a huge increase in Wedding Band Agencies.  Bands without the necessary time or expertise to deal with all of the business requirements, team up with Agents. The expertise and required skills of running a business often is not where they excel. It makes total sense that Bands can offload this task to an  Agency that has the necessary skills and resources to promote them. Agencies such as AMA and Audio Networks  Irish Wedding Bands (all the same company) work on behalf of Wedding Entertainer.  They arrange all of the necessary promotion, marketing and financial supports etc.  They act as the point of contact between the Act and Bride and Groom. Agencies generally take a fee from the Band so there is no additional cost to the Wedding couple.  The Agency deals with all the small details.

A Wedding Band Agency will Handle all the Arrangements.



Wedding Directories are a fantastic source for Great Bands for your 2020 Wedding. There have been many Wedding Directories that have appeared over the Years. Perhaps the most successful in Ireland is weddings online . In recent times many more have sprung up such as One Fab Day, Mrs2Be, Confetti.ie, The Vow, Hitched , wedding suppliers.ie

Changes to the Equality Law for same Sex marriage has also seen an new wave of wedding directories such as gayweddings, Rainbow weddings, irishlgbtweddings

More recently there has been a new niche created in spin off Wedding Band directories. These are effectively directories where Wedding Bands Post a listing and the directory owner takes a fee for advertising the Band.

Sites such as Best Wedding BandsWedding Band Reviews, Wedding Band Association, specialise in promoting Wedding Bands Ireland You get the chance to contact all suppliers through one e-mail. This is routed to all acts and they quote their price if available. The Band pays the fee to the site who manages all promotion on their behalf. Fees and arrangements are usually between the acts and the Bride and Groom.

Wedding Band Sites

In this the Internet age it is expected that a  Wedding Band like all other suppliers will have a Website. in fact one of the best ways to find a whole list of Music Wedding Bands in Ireland is to search Google.  Page after page of Wedding Acts advertising themselves as Ireland’s best Band. However the standard of the videos and quality of the Musicianship is usually excellent. While you must choose from a host of outfits who quite frankly are very similar in style , suits, music , set list. Its great that you can view so many from the comfort of your armchair.  Now that you have viewed some of the entertainers you like online, you can short list the ones you want to see live! Most bands just like The Jukebox Kings  offer showcase viewing dates.


The final way to search for a good Wedding Band is through reviews.  There are several sites dedicated to this. Websites such as Wedding Band Reviews.ie, specialise in reviews from Bride and Grooms.  There are also features from Weddings Online The 10 Most Reviewed Wedding Bands and One Fab Day The Best Wedding Bands in Ireland. Although you do need to be aware that only paid members of these sites can receive reviews from Bride and Grooms.

Music Mistakes To Avoid – The Knot

Top 9 Wedding Music Mistakes

Don’t Make These Music Mistakes at Your Wedding
The music is definitely one aspect of your day that you don’t want to mess up—and we’re here to help – The Knot
by Simone Hill

Whether you consider yourselves music people or not, the music at your wedding is super important, and a great band or DJ can be the difference between a pretty fun wedding and an unforgettable one. Avoid these mistakes and you’re guaranteed to have truly amazing wedding music.

1. Dismissing the idea of a band or DJ before doing some research.
This is your first music decision to make and it’ll narrow down your options by half. Love live music and have a bigger budget? A band might be your preferred pick. Have a tighter budget or dozens of songs you’d like played perfectly (in other words, exactly how they sound on Spotify)? A DJ could be your perfect choice. But don’t dismiss either because you think a band will automatically be out of your budget or a DJ will be cheesy.
Music Must: Do your research (check out amazing DJs and bands on The Knot or on Gigmasters to get started) and get recommendations from friends. You’ll see there’s a lot of variety—from mash-up artists to barbershop quartets—among both types of entertainers.

2. Starting the ceremony in silence.
Most guests will arrive 20 to 30 minutes before the ceremony starts, but the wait will seem a lot longer if they have to wait around in silence. Book your ceremony musician to start no later than 20 minutes before you begin.
Music Must: Having music before and during the ceremony will also help signal to guests that it’s time to be seated or get quiet by upping the volume or tempo.

3. Offending your officiant with your ceremony music.
Getting married in a house of worship? When it comes to ceremony music, many churches, synagogues and other religious institutions have rules that could affect your choice of ceremony music, like prohibiting certain secular songs. It may be your wedding day, but unfortunately it’s not technically your church, so respect the regulations.
Music Must: It’s a good idea to speak to your officiant before you book musicians to play a classical version of The Beatles’s “All You Need Is Love” composed for your ceremony and can’t get your deposit back.

4. Skipping a sound check.
Depending on your venue, there may be limitations (like power supply, sound amplification or time-of-day restrictions) to the type of music you can have. Even without regulations, it’s still a good idea to ask your venue manager what type of music typically works best for the space (for example, a soloist may feel tiny in a grand ballroom, but may work well for an intimate garden party).
Music Must: Plan for your band or DJ to do a walk-through if they haven’t worked in the space before. While you might not realize that crashing waves could easily drown out a string quartet or trio of flutes, a pro can help spot and solve any tricky music situations with a sound check.

5. Waiting until the wedding to meet your musicians in person.
Want to know exactly what your music might sound like in real life (rather than a recorded sample)? Take in a live performance. Checking this task off your list can actually be a lot of fun. Go to a showcase if that’s an option. Grab your fiancé, put on your best going-out outfit and make it a date night. While you’re there, pay attention to the tunes and also how the band or DJ emcees, whether they take requests, and how well they get the audience going. If you can, talk to the DJ or bandleader at some point one-on-one or set up another time to meet face-to-face. This person will be your emcee, so you want to have an easy rapport.
Music Must: Make a note of the names of the particular musicians or DJs you like, so you’ll be sure to book the same exact people for your party.

6. Forgetting to talk through the must-play songs.
Don’t assume your band or DJ is going to play every one of your favorites. If it’s a band, talk to them about this list before you decide to book—they may have to learn a song or two. For DJs, just be certain they’re open to your suggestions.
Music Must: If they’re missing a few of your favorites from their repertoire, ask whether there are any fees associated with adding them.

7. Making it impossible for guests to hear each other.
Your reception isn’t the place for nightclub-level volume. It’ll only frustrate your older family members and make it tough for them to talk to one another and enjoy the party. And you don’t want your guests to wake up with sore throats from having to yell to each other all night.
Music Must: When going over your timeline with your DJ, you can make volume requests. Ask for low volume during cocktail hour and dinner (like instrumentals and soft ballads) and louder for dancing and the final song (yes, you can go all out for “Sweet Caroline”). On the wedding day, ask a bridesmaid or your day-of consultant to keep volume on their radar and alert the band or DJ if there are any issues.

8. Choosing a really long first-dance song.
You may do anything for love, but if you choose Meatloaf’s “I’d Do Anything for Love” as your first-dance song, you’ll be swaying with your new spouse for more than five minutes (12 if you choose the album version!). Do a run-through and you may realize four minutes can feel like forever if you’re just rocking back and forth. Yes, it’s about you two, but keep your guests in mind too.
Music Must: A little choreography goes a long way, so you might decide to take a few lessons. Or if your heart is set on a certain ballad, work with your DJ to cut your song down to a reasonable length, or talk with your band about performing a shorter version.

9. Leaving out a do-not-play list.
Sit down with your soon-to-be-spouse and go through your favorite songs together to create the must-play and do-not-play lists. If you decide to use a band instead of a DJ, give them plenty of time to review your picks, in case they have to add a song to their repertoire. Once you’ve handed over the lists, leave the rest up to the pros. And be careful not to micromanage (that’s why you hired them).
Music Must: If your must-play list gets too long (say, more than 10 songs), create a third list. This can be more of a wish list of songs you’d like to be played only if your guests respond positively to them.

10. Playing explicit songs before the after-party.
You won’t be able to please everyone, but ask that your DJ or band keep it at least PG-13 during the reception. When it’s just you, your college besties and adult cousins at the after-party, feel free to play the songs that weren’t appropriate while your grandparents and baby nieces and nephews were around earlier in the night.
Music Must: Beyond blatant profanity, really consider the song’s lyrics and meaning. There may be a very innocent inside joke behind your choice of a raunchy song, but most guests will be on the outside—including your cute little flower girl.

11. Sticking to one genre.
You both may truly love ’90s grunge, but five full hours of Nirvana might drive some guests to leave early. You’re sharing this day with family and friends, so save your more obscure favorites for the honeymoon playlist and let your band or DJ play a mix of songs that everyone can enjoy.
Music Must: Give your parents a thank-you shout-out with Frank Sinatra’s “Chicago,” or Huey Lewis & the News here and there. Seeing them enjoy the night will be well worth a little Frankie Valli (and you know deep down you love the classics too).

Article Originally Appeared on – The Knot


Wedding Music Bands Ireland – The Jukebox Kings

Wedding Bands Awards Finalists 2017/2018/2019/2020

The Jukebox Kings are delighted to welcome you to our siteHome to one of the Top Professional Wedding Music Bands Ireland can offer. We are happy to answer any of your questions you may have and to provide links to helpful articles. You can also visit our Facebook page for more information and reviews.

  • How Much Does it cost to have a Music Wedding band at Your Wedding?  Prices vary from €500 up to €3,500 depending on the Size and popularity of the Act. The distance a band needs to travel and popularity of the band can affect price too!
  • How much is the average Wedding Band?  It is difficult to answer how much the average Band costs, Comparisons of prices between a 3 piece and a 7 piece band would be unhelpful. Try to compare prices between Bands of the same size in order to get a better understanding of what is the average price for Bands in different categories.
  • What are the benefits of A Live Band v’s a Band that uses backing Tracks?  No doubt a really great Band that provides Live music at your Wedding will provide a fantastic atmosphere and experience for your Guests, but there are other options. It is worth checking out a  Band that uses backing tracks as an alternative on your Big Day.
  • Why Choose a Wedding Band rather than a Wedding DJ.  This is a regular debate that Bride and Grooms seem to have regarding the best option for entertainment at their Wedding Reception. DJ’s provide great value and can certainly offer a more cost-effective alternative if your Budget does not stretch to a Live Band. Obviously, a Live Band and DJ as your entertainment option would be a great choice for your Wedding and Guests if your Budget allows.

The Jukebox Kings are Especially Delighted to advise that we are Finalists for the second Year running as Wedding Band of The Year.  Nominated 2 Years running at the prestigious Irish Wedding Awards 2018.


Wedding Bands Awards Ireland finalists The Jukebox Kings provide:

  • Ceremony music.
  • Drinks – Pre-Dinner Entertainment
  • A top class  5 piece Band for your Evening Reception
  • Optional Additional Brass section.
  • Late night DJ.
  • Late Resident Bar Entertainment
  • Post Wedding Day BBQ/Lunch Entertainment

The Band is a Fully Live Band we never use backing tracks.

We play only One Wedding event each day so you can be sure you will always receive the original line up. We travel nationwide and furthermore we have One Fee regardless of distance and travel time.


Just Married


You can’t beat an Irish Wedding and the music and entertainment provided by Irish Wedding Bands are the key ingredients to a successful celebration. Our Wedding couples are delighted at the entertainment provided by The Jukebox Kings. Time and again we feature on articles such as this one from One Fab Day as they share with us their delight at our performance.  Hear how we kept their Dance Floor full All Night Long with a variety of music.

Check out our Setlist Page  to view the huge variety of music that we perform to rock your Party.

Dance The night away to The Jukebox Kings

We Travel from the Hills of Donegal to the Ring of Kerry, from Galway in the West of Ireland to Co Wicklow’s East Coast and Everywhere in between.

Why Book The JBK’s for your Wedding Day?

So Congratulations you’ve just received the Wedding Proposal and the Engagement Ring of your Dreams. You are now looking to find the perfect Band for your Celebrations. Because your Wedding Day is the most important Day of your life. Everything should be perfect. What could possibly go wrong? Second, only to losing the Wedding Rings at the alter is booking the wrong Band.  Entertaining your guests is as important to us as it is to you. Music and entertainment need to be fun. So book the Best Entertainment Ireland has to offer. Here’s Why you should Book The JBK’s  for your Celebration.

We provide high-class Entertainment . We are specialists in providing the right music mix for you and your guests.
5 professional musicians who offer Excellent Entertainment that will ensure your celebration is an enormous success.

A Little Background Info On The JBK’s:

Celebrating 10 Years Together in 2018

“The Jukebox Kings have been performing together since 2008, during which time we have played at many Fantastic Weddings.  This is what makes The JBK’s a Great Live Band“.


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We appreciate that every wedding couple’s musical tastes differ.

The JBK’s, believe that you can’t replace live music for your celebration. Nothing compares to  Live Wedding Bands. You will find no lip syncing or backing tracks from The Jukebox Kings.

We customise our set for your wedding and treat your event with special care and attention to detail.

We deliver it all in a timely, professional and friendly manner.

There is a saying “Buy cheap pay twice”. With your Wedding Day, you don’t have the luxury to re-run events if things go wrong. Get it right the first time with The Jukebox Kings.

We provide exceptional attention to detail for your requirements.  We work right alongside you every step of the way to ensure that we get your special mix just right.



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JuneBug Weddings Feature Wedding Band The Jukebox Kings


Beautiful mountains, lush green fields, and crisp, calm water surrounded Ben and Dee on their big day. The grounds of The Europe Hotel in Ireland created the perfect, romantic ambience for the couple to exchange vows. The bride wore a lace gown, and the groom dressed in a royal blue tuxedo. Their breathtaking surroundings and elegant attire allowed for truly astonishing photos by Katie Farrell Photography. Though their day was full of serious beauty, the couple added light-hearted jokes to their vows and offered guests a day filled with ice cream and other fun sweet treats. We absolutely love this gorgeous wedding!

The Couple:

Ben and Dee

The Wedding:

The Europe Hotel, Killarney, Ireland

The Inspiration:

We wanted the day to feel relaxed and to be full of colour, yet remain simple and non-fussy throughout. We wanted to bring a modern feel to the traditional wedding by adding colour to as much as we could without going overboard, therefore keeping an easy sense of style to the occasion. This theme carried over into the wedding dress, which was beautifully elegant, and the bridesmaids dresses, which were completely unique, mixing a strong sense of style and colour, offering a look that was also very non-traditional. The Groomsmen all wore different shades of blue to complement the bridesmaids dresses, but also to work well with the Groom’s royal blue tuxedo, that took a modern twist on a classic look. Our favourite flower is the Gerbera, which exemplified everything about our vision for the day – vibrantly colourful, simple yet elegant at the same time. The most important thing was that we wanted the day to reflect us and our personalities, not traditions or conformities.





The Moments:

The ceremony itself, as it was the first time we got to share the room with each other alongside all of our favourite people. There was so much happiness in the room, you could literally feel it, it was a wonderful moment. On top of that we said our own vows adding a little humour into the moment, which our friends seemed to enjoy as much as we did!

The Couple Recommends:

David Cronin and his team at The Europe Hotel were absolutely incredible, with no detail missed and no request being too much trouble. They were extremely accommodating and so easy to deal with that we felt that they wanted us to be there a much as we did.

The Wedding Team:

“JuneBug Weddings Feature Wedding Band The Jukebox Kings”

Photography – Katie Farrell Photography
Venue – The Europe Hotel
Floral Design – Fun Ireland
Catering – The Europe Hotel
Cake – The Europe Hotel
DJ – The Jukebox Kings
Live Music – The Jukebox Kings
Makeup Artist – Mandy O’Loughlin
Hair Styling – Sonia Danaher
Wedding Dress – Temperley London
Bridal Accessories –Emily-Jean
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Mary Katrantzou

A huge thank you to Katie Farrell Photography for sharing Ben and Dee’s incredible wedding at The Europe Hotel with us! Want to see more mountain wedding inspiration? Check out this intimate mountain wedding at Island Lake Lodge!

One Fab Day Feature The Jukebox Kings

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One Fab Day recently Contacted Wedding Bands Ireland JBK HQ To let us know that we were featured in one of their Wedding articles. One Fab Day is one of the leading online Wedding Directories. The Jukebox Kings provided entertainment for James and Katie at the Super Tinakilly House in Wicklow. We do not advertise with One Fab Day so as such this was a nice objective mention. It was a fantastic Day and the Wedding was wonderful and a delight to perform at.

Super Pretty with Pops of Pink in Tinakilly

With so many ideas on florals, venues, decor, etc., it can be tough to whittle it all down. What are you and your betrothed going to love…? But what are your guests going to enjoy too? Well, if this is the predicament you find yourself in, don’t worry. You’re not alone! And today, we are delighted to bring you the beautiful real wedding of Katie and James it could easily serve as the guidebook to The Perfect Wedding. Captured by Danielle O’Hora, Their countryside wedding took place in the quaint surroundings of Tinakilly House in Co. Wicklow. This wedding was filled with crowd-pleasing favourites, intimate moments and pretty floral touches. Pretty much everything you’d want your wedding day to be! Scroll on to see this adorable day come to life!

Tinakilly House looks so beautiful lit up at night. It looks like the atmosphere at the reception was amazing!


Katie tells us that she’s a big advocate for the mini-moon if it isn’t feasible for you to take a full honeymoon right after the wedding; “After the wedding we had a few days away in Portugal. It was absolutely perfect. We both loved the chance to relax together and relive the big day. During the Easter Holidays we are going to South Africa and cannot wait!”

Thanks to Danielle O’Hora for sharing these beautiful photos with us! We wish Katie and James all the very best for the future!


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• Reception: Tinakilly Country House

• Hair: Hair by Martina King

• Photographer: Danielle O’Hara

Louise Scott was the second photographer for Katie and James’ wedding

• Videographer: Diga Video Productions


The Wedding Details

• Ceremony: Our Lady’s Nativity Church, Leixlip, Co. Kildare
• Wedding Dress, veil and hairband: Folkster
• Bridesmaids dresses: Dessy
• Shoes: Rainbow Club, House of Fraser
• Flowers: ABsolutely FABulous Flowers
(flower crowns, pew ends and flowers outside church by bride and family!)
• Groom’s suit: Herbie Frogg, Best Menswear
• Groom(smen)’s suits: Love Suits
• Cake: James’ Aunts
• Stationery: Bride’s Brother and girlfriend
• Make Up, Tan and Nails: La Prima Rosa
• Church choir: Our Lady’s Nativity Gospel Choir
• Reception Music: The Canapé Cruisers
• Wedding Band: The Juke Box Kings
• Ice-Cream: Rockfield Ice Cream

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Ireland’s No 1 Wedding Band The Jukebox Kings are Ireland’s liveliest Wedding Band. We are proud to announce it and happy to provide the evidence. Visit our Testimonials page for “Wedding Reviews “ from happy Bride and Grooms who have booked Ireland’s No 1 Wedding Band The Jukebox Kings professional “Wedding Band” for their Wedding Day.

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Hear how happy their guests were. How time and again they share with us their delight that we kept the Dance Floor full All Night Long. Just as we promised!

Check out the Setlist Page   to learn how The Jukebox Kings “Wedding Bands Ireland“ music will rock your Wedding.

We travel from Donegal to Kerry, Dublin to Galway and everywhere in between.

So Why Should You Book The Jukebox Kings?

Your Wedding Day is the most important Day of your life, so book Ireland’s No 1 Wedding Band “The Best Live Wedding Band Ireland” has to offer? Music and entertainment for Weddings need to be fun. Book The Jukebox Kings and the party will never stop and your dance floor will always be full.

Choosing The Jukebox Kings “Ireland’s Best Wedding Band” will provide this guarantee.

We provide high-class Wedding and “Corporate Entertainment” . We are a specialist Wedding Band, providing the right music mix for you and your guests. 5 professional musicians that offer Excellent Wedding Band Entertainment. We value your custom and understand the importance that a Wedding Bands Music will play in ensuring that your Wedding Day is an enormous success.

A Little Background Info On The Band:

The Jukebox Kings Wedding Bands Ireland are five guys playing great Music at Weddings. That’s what makes us a Wedding Band. We have been performing together as The Jukebox Kings Wedding Band since 2008, playing hundreds of fantastic Weddings that’s what makes us a  Great Wedding Band.

When we are not playing together as The Jukebox Kings we can be found playing music on side projects such as “These Charming Men” which guitarist Gavin founded over 20 years ago.

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Live “Wedding Bands Ireland”

We recognise and appreciate that every wedding couple’s musical tastes differ. The Jukebox Kings Wedding Bands Ireland, however, believe that there is nothing better than a Live Wedding Band. You will find no lip syncing or backing tracks with us.

The Jukebox Kings Wedding Bands Ireland bookings are managed by Derek he will provide exceptional attention to detail for our Bride and Groom’s requirements. We work right alongside you every step of the way to ensure that we get your special mix just right.

We customise our set for each wedding and treat each and every wedding with the same special care and attention to detail ensuring a smoothly run operation is delivered in a timely, professional and friendly manner.

 Ireland’s No 1 Wedding Band Sample Testimonials from Happy Couples

The Jukebox Kings played for our wedding in May 2013 and were professional from the first day we met them. On the night of the wedding they played a great wide range of music and kept the dance floor full. So many people commented on how great the band were throughout the night. I would highly recommend The Jukebox Kings to any couple looking for an incredible wedding band.

They were a pleasure to deal with from start to finish. 10/10

Pat and Aoife Saturday 4th May 2013, Kinnity Castle

We’re just back home after an amazing wedding and honeymoon. Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thanks for all of your help and also to ask you to pass on my huge appreciate to the band for the fantastic entertainment. Everyone was commenting to me about the band and they had just the right mix of younger and older music and I didn’t get off the floor all night and was just really happy with the band and the songs, you really are excellent!

Thanks again 10/10

Eimear & Pól 27th June 2013, Stephens Green Dublin 2

Just a quick email to pass on my thanks to the band for playing at our wedding a few weeks ago on what may have been the hottest day of the year! Due to the heat and getting people to think about coming inside it was 10pm before they started and they played straight through without a break. The band was absolutely fantastic and we were delighted with them. Loved their version of our first dance too. They had the dance floor was full and everyone happy for the night. They were really professional and we had plenty of enquiries about them for guests and everyone was really impressed.

Definitely have to make an extra special mention of the DJ. He had the place hopping for hours and then some! Made the night and everyone was several were raving about him. Lovely fella and guests had plenty of craic with him. Thanks again 10/10

Nuala and Will Friday 12th July 2013, Boyne Hill House

A big,big thanks to all of you for doing such a great job at our wedding on Saturday night. The guests couldn’t speak any higher of your performance and you all aided in making such a wonderful night!Massive thanks also for including our extensive list of special requests and our last-minute first dance change!

Will recommend you to all 10/10

Laura and Diarmaid Saturday 10th August 2013, Grand Hotel Malahide

The Jukebox Kings were great and all our guests enjoyed them very much. They were also very friendly guys and fun who really got the party going. We are delighted we chose them and would like to wish them the best. Please tell them how pleased we were with their performance. Thank you also guys for your efficiency regarding the booking and prompt correspondence which kept us assured all the way. It was all brilliant! All the best 10/10

Marie and Tunde 24th August 2014, The Ashbrook Arms, Durrow, Co Laois

The Jukebox kings played at our wedding at the end of September. We honestly couldn’t recommend them more. They are a brilliant band, they read the crowd and kept the atmosphere going all night. There was a flawless transition between the band and DJ who kept the party going till the very end.They really did make our wedding into a great party and can’t thank them enough.. 10/10

Alison & Wayne 28th September 2013, Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, Blessington Lakes, Co.Wicklow

The Jukebox Kings Wedding Bands Ireland– people could not get over the voice and talent of the band – they covered everything flawlessly and still made it their own! They had the dancefloor rocking all night and they sang our wedding dance by special request and I was blown away!!! They were 5 lads who made it a party as we wanted it to be! We even had the groom hijack the drums when the band took a break and they cheered him on (I was cringing at the bar!) I can’t even begin to put into words how happy we were with the whole day – it really set the tone we wanted and we still have people emailing asking who they all are and where to find them! 10/10

Sonia and Andrew 1st August 2014, Tulfarris Hotel Blessington

The Jukebox Kings Wedding Bands Ireland and the DJ’s (Mark & Gavin) were absolutely amazing…there is a notion out there that wedding bands are always cheesy and unpolished, well, if that is the case than these lads are not your typical wedding band they are individually and collectively incredibly

talented musicians and we could not feel more grateful to have had them play at our wedding!! Further to this we had a number of musicians (and these guys make the harshest of critics!) as guests at the wedding and they were particularly impressed by the bands musicianship!! I always said from the first moment we began planning our wedding that music was my priority and I can say without any hesitation that I have absolutely no regrets!! 10/10

Fiona & Aidan Horetown House, 2nd August 2014

We wanted to say thanks very much for the music on the night of our wedding, 7th August 2014, at Step House Hotel, Borris, Carlow.

The band was excellent, and professional. They learned and played (very well) the songs we had requested, which meant a lot to us. The D.J. also played all the songs we had requested, and withstood the unauthorised requests!

The floor was full all night, and young and old thoroughly enjoyed the music. A lot of our guests have since asked who the band were, and we of course have passed the information on! We were glad we made the trip on a cold February evening to see the band in Dublin.

Thanks again! 10/10


Contact The Jukebox Kings Wedding Bands Ireland


Derek 353-0857386365



Wedding Bands suitable for both Bride and Grooms

Wedding Bands suited to both Bride and Groom 

Wedding Bands Just don’t get any Better than The Jukebox Kings. So if you want a band with appeal to both Bride and Grooms Musical Tastes? You will love us.  Not too much Rock and just enough Roll. Because our Musicians are Professional performers and we are managed professionally too.

Searching for Wedding Bands can be overwhelming. As the number and variety of Wedding Bands available is growing daily. We are an established Wedding Band of over 10 Years The Jukebox Kings can provide a guarantee of experience. Your Wedding Party is too important to entrust with an inexperienced Band. We provide entertainment from a compiled list of top songs.

Wedding parties are full of energy, love and people looking to share a great day. It is the Wedding Band’s job is to bring everyone together and make sure they all share this special occasion in the company of good live music.

Wedding Professionals

Often we hear horror stories of Wedding Days ruined by an unprofessional supplier. Suppliers who have failed to deliver on their promises. But Wedding Bands are like other Wedding suppliers. Because some are excellent and some are very ordinary.  Being a professional Musician does not equate to being a business professional.

The Jukebox Kings Sales/Bookings and communications are all handled by Professional Management.  Excellent Customer Service and communication are a pre-requisite to your contract with your Wedding Band.  If you are not receiving excellent service from day 1 then this should signal alarm bells.

If Your Wedding Band can’t get the basics right, then how can you be confident that they will deliver Professional Entertainment to you on the Big Day?

Irish Wedding Awards

The Jukebox Kings are Delighted to advise that we are Finalists for the second Year running as Wedding Band of The Year at the prestigious Irish Wedding Awards 2018.  We are hoping we can bring back the Gold Medal this year. The Event will be held in January so fingers crossed for The Jukebox Kings. Wedding Bands Ireland 2019

Don’t Just take our word for it read what our Audience has to say.

Wedding Bands create the Live Music that is the benchmark for every great Wedding. Book one of the Best Wedding Bands in Ireland for your Big Day?  Great Music is vital to a successful Wedding Celebration. Your Band should ensure everyone joins in on the dance floor. The Jukebox Kings are Ireland’s Best Live Wedding Band providing Fantastic Party entertainment.  Filling  Dance Floors is our specialty. We are experts at providing the right mix for you and your guests.

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 Studio Video.

This Video was great fun to make, we had Scorching weather and a great Team helping to make us look cool! We are certain you will have as much fun watching it as we did making it.

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Who Are The Jukebox Kings Wedding Band?

Dublin based Band The Jukebox Kings are 5 professional musicians providing a unique entertainment offering.  Killer Lead and Backing Vocal/ Harmonies. Combined and complimented by excellent musicianship. Performed by a Band with a fantastic Musical pedigree.  We have all worked in the Wedding Business for many years. Playing together as The Jukebox Kings Wedding Band for 10 Years.  Our longevity makes us a safe and secure option for your Big Day. As a Wedding Band, we have maintained our prominence, popularity, relevance, and freshness in the Wedding Business for over a Decade. This experience makes us better equipped to provide entertainment. When compared to a Band that has only just emerged from the latest Music Factory.

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The Jukebox Kings are always looking to become involved with Top Professional Wedding Suppliers. We are delighted to recommend The Bridgehouse Hotel, for your Wedding Venue.

Why not View The Band and Hotel at an upcoming Showcase



Live Performers.

We recognise and appreciate that every wedding couples musical tastes differ and vary.  We always perform as a Live Wedding Band, no lip syncing or backing tracks. Derek manages our bookings and provides exceptional attention to detail for our Bride and Groom requirements.  We work right alongside you every step of the way to ensure that we get your special mix just right.

We customise our set for each wedding and treat each and every wedding with the same special care and attention to detail ensuring a smoothly-run operation is delivered in a timely, professional and friendly manner.

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