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Book our Professional DJ trained by Today FM for seamless entertainment following The JBK live set. We can guarantee no overlap or repeated songs and we can tailor your set as requested.
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CEREMONY MUSIC | DRINKS RECEPTION | BAND | DJ
JBK Wedding Band Ireland can provide a Male Tenor or Female Soprano and accompanist for your Ceremony. Let us take care of all of your musical arrangments with your celebrant. We can ensure the appropriateness of the musical choice.
Wedding Bands Ireland The Jukebox Kings are delighted to welcome you to our site. Home to one of Ireland’s Top Professional Wedding Bands. 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 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.
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.
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 OneWedding 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.
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 2017-2018 to view the huge variety of music that we performto rock your Party.
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“.
Wedding Bands Ireland-The Jukebox Kings Video
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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How Much Are Wedding Bands in Ireland? The Age old Question. Prices of Wedding Bands In Ireland vary just like any other service. There are many styles, sizes, quality and level of professionalism available which inevitably makes this a difficult question to answer in one sentence. The Question How Much Wedding Bands charge needs to be filtered and perhaps turned around to ask How much am I willing to Pay for my Wedding Band.
Working within your own Budget may dictate that you may only secure a certain type of Act. There are Wedding Bands that perform as a duo ( although I personally think a Band is at least 3 people) using backing tracks to supplement the other instrumentation. Most Bands require at least 3 Instruments to create a reasonable sound. Guitar and or Keyboard, Bass Guitar and Drums. A duo can of course only provide at least 2 of these instruments. However, if you are comfortable with this option then you may secure a great duo at a very affordable price. The Larger the number of Musicians in a Band the more you would expect to pay. If you book a Wedding Band that is local to your Wedding Venue then you might also expect to pay less than a band that has to travel 2-4 hours to your venue. These are things that you might also consider when searching for your Wedding Band Entertainment.
Oscar Wilde famously said.
“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
Perhaps this quote is relevant in this article. Should Price be the only deciding factor when choosing Wedding Bands? Surely Your Wedding Day requires you to seek out the Best Entertainment you can afford. While I know it’s not likely that your Budget will stretch to Ed Sheeran as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can. At the Very least your Wedding Band should perform very reasonable covers of great acts. The Value of a great Wedding Band will be enjoyed long after the honeymoon hangover is worn off. The Price of the Band probably reflects the demand and quality of the Act. Great Wedding Bands are professional and have worked at their craft usually for very many years. Just as any professional tradesmen or craftsmen build up an arsenal of skills over the years, so too Wedding Bands and musicians work at making entertaining your guests look easy.
What Should I Pay for my Wedding Band?
Prices of Wedding Bands can range from as little as €499 to €3,000 and beyond. A recent Weddings Online Survey suggests that the average price couples paid for Wedding Bands in 2017 was €1,961. This will, of course, take in to account the highs and the lows of the market. The average price quoted seems a fair reflection of the cost of Wedding Bands. I would suggest that any Quality Wedding Band should besomewhere in this Ballpark price range. This might seem like quite a hefty fee to pay for one night’s entertainment. But when you consider its divided between the Band and the costs that need to be paid. That each musician has to travel to and from the venue perhaps for many hours each way at unsociable hours, you might then consider the value of the price you pay.
I once heard a story of how when questioned by a prospective client about the fee being charged the client was asked what his occupation was. The client replied that he was an electrician. He was then asked if he could supply five electricians to travel to the venue to work for several hours returning home in the small hours of the morning at the same cost as five musicians. The answer as you can imagine highlighted why it is that Wedding Bands charge the fees they do.
Irish Wedding Suppliers provide excellent service to ensure your dream day is all that you wished it would be. The Jukebox Kings Wedding Band work hard at reaching out to Bride and Grooms letting you know about our fantastic Wedding Entertainment Service. We can easily be found on Google Wedding Bands Ireland The Jukebox Kings and Facebook. Now that you have found us we thought you might also be interested in some additional Wedding Services from some of our colleagues in the Irish Wedding Industry.
Leading Wedding Suppliers Ireland
Below we provide a link to the websites of Irish Wedding Suppliers who we have built up relationships with over our many years within the Wedding industry. We hope that by providing a link to these excellent Wedding Suppliers we might save you some research time. We will continue to add to the links for your convenience.
“I am an award winning professional photographer and a member of IPPA, SWPP, Wedisson & Fearless Photographers. The people that are most important to me are my clients. “
With the average wedding costing about €25,000, it’s time the lads got involved in deciding how some of that hard-earned moolah is being spent.
This is where Well Groomed – A Gentleman’s Guide to Weddings comes in. Through our regularly updated content from our experienced writers, we provide tips and advice on everything from choosing the engagement ring, through picking the right suit and surviving the stag, to organising the honeymoon. We aim to educate men across Ireland to help them become educated, stylish and well-groomed grooms, proactive in helping to plan the wedding. Because… why not start off as you mean to go on and impress your partner?
“Every wedding day is unique and special to the couple of the day. It should also be stress free and the music for the ceremony should reflect this. That is why I aim to fashion the music choice to suit the day and theme of the wedding.”
The Jukebox Kings Wedding Band are Delighted to Announce that we have yet again received a nomination as Irelands Best Wedding Band for this Years Irish Wedding Awards.
The Event is to be held in Dublin on January 28th. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all nominees the best of luck. It is a great honour to have been nominated by our delighted customers as Wedding entertainers of the Year.
Top contenders for The 2nd Irish Wedding Awards 2018 are announced
Following the enormous success of the annual ceremony, we are delighted to announce the second annual Irish Wedding Awards, aiming to celebrate the hard work of the best professionals and establishments in the Irish wedding industry. Thousands of nominations were received from the public and the full list of finalists has now been compiled.
The black tie event will be held at The Crowne Plaza Dublin on Sunday, the 28th January.
The Jukebox Kings Wedding Bandis one of the finalists in the Entertainmentcategory. The Jukebox Kings Wedding Bandwill find out if they have managed to win the competition and collect the trophy at the elegant ceremony being held in January.
“We are Delighted to have been nominated for this prestigious event which we share with some Fantastic acts. Good Luck to all the nominees for 2018” -The Jukebox Kings Wedding Band
The 2nd Irish Wedding Awards 2018 aim to recognise and reward those within the wedding industry that work towards making your special day perfect, including the caterers that provide delicious reception meals for your wedding, the DJs and bands that add the extra thrill to the atmosphere, the hair and makeup artists that make you look and feel on top of the world, and many others.
The glamorous event promises to be the biggest and most unforgettable night in this year’s events calendar. Numerous prestigious accolades will be awarded to the most deserving professionals and businesses, including Wedding Venue of the Year, Caterer of the Year, Photographer of the Year, Specialist Wedding Supplier of the Year and many more.
Nicole McEwan, Campaign Manager for Creative Oceanic, said: “We are delighted to see so many people getting involved in The 2nd Irish Wedding Awards. We have had a fantastic response from the public over the last year at the first ceremony and we are looking forward to welcoming and acknowledging the most dedicated and successful individuals and establishments in a celebration of their tireless work. We would like to wish all the finalists the best of luck.”
(Note to Editors)
For further information on The 2nd Irish Wedding Awards please follow the link on Facebook
For more information regarding the event contact Creative Oceanic on UK 0844 879 3256, Republic Of Ireland 019020004 or email [email protected]
Creative Oceanic, website www.creativeoceanic.com. For more information regarding the event or media related information please contact Creative Oceanic UK 08448793256, Republic Of Ireland 019020004 or email [email protected]
Creative Oceanic are organisers of all aspects of the Awards from the event management through to the public and media relations aspects. We organise over 60 awards a year in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Belfast and Dublin.
Some good tips here, (we are not too sure about the one about the Band though)!
Weddings can be expensive occasions and costs can quickly add up. But there are things you can do to prepare financially for your big day. Check out our A-Z on how you can do just that and still enjoy the perfect wedding day.
The latest research shows that the average total budget for a wedding in Ireland in 2016 is €22,531, up 6% on 2015. On top of that, 38% of couples end up spending more than their planned budget.
With costs rising, it’s more important than ever to make savings wherever you can when planning your big day.
A is for… Attendees
With the average price per head at €61, a spiralling guest list is the quickest way to put a big dent in your wedding budget. To keep the numbers in check, set some ground rules for whittling down the long-list:
Decide on a realistic number of guests and stick to it
If you haven’t spoken to them in certain amount of time, e.g. 2 years, don’t invite them
Be discreet about your wedding plans to avoid anyone wrongly assuming they are invited
B is for… Budget Planning
Planning your budget is critical. Decide on the maximum amount you are willing to spend on your wedding and each of you decide on your top three priorities, whether it’s the band, the dress or the rings. You can agree to spend a little bit more on these items and cut back elsewhere.
C is for… Cake
On average, Irish couples spend upwards of €300 on a wedding cake, which often goes unnoticed by most guests. You can make an easy saving here and decide to go without the cake. Alternatively, there’s the option to take a trip to Marks & Spencer in Newry and pick up a three-tier wedding cake from as little as £60 (not available in Republic of Ireland).
D is for… Dinner
Buffet style eating at a wedding is often a much cheaper option than the traditional four or five course meal. It comes with other benefits aside from the price such as giving guests the opportunity to move around and chat to different people and providing more options for people with special dietary requirements.
E is for… Engagement
Longer engagements can be great for keeping costs down as you bide your time and don’t get caught making panic purchases.
F is for… Friends and Family
Make use of the expertise of family and friends. Perhaps your sister has a flair for the creative and could help with the decor or your dad knows a guy with a vintage car ready for a special outing.
G is for… Groomsmen and Bridesmaids
While it’s great to have family and friends involved, groomsmen and bridesmaids are a big expense once dresses, suits and flowers are divvied out. There is no rule stating you must have equal numbers of groomsmen to bridesmaids so don’t feel you need to take the costly step of adding more of one or the other just for the sake of evening up the numbers.
H is for… Honeymoon
An oldie but a goodie: don’t forget to tell everyone you can that you’re on your honeymoon! You’d be surprised at the upgrades and complimentary tokens of well wishes this will return.
I is for… Invitations
If DIY invitations seems like a job too many, just consider the fact that wedding invitations can cost more than €300. If you’re looking for a head start, congratulations.ie stock a range of DIY wedding invitation supplies.
J is for… Jewellery
With the impressive quality of costume jewellery these days, there’s no need to splash out on expensive wedding day jewellery if you’re on a tight budget.
K is for… Kids
Whether you decide to invite children or not is completely your choice but don’t be afraid to make yours an adults-only wedding if that’s your wish. You’ll make some savings, plus you might be surprised at how many parents will be glad for an excuse for a night out and arranging a babysitter.
L is for… Lingerie
Bridal-specific underwear is expensive, so make sure to check out places like Debenhams and Marks & Spencer first who also have a wide range of suitable bridal options.
M is for… Month
The most popular months for Irish weddings are July (15.7%), September (11.9%) and August (11.6%). As you would expect, these are also the most expensive months to get married. February is thought to be the cheapest month to get married so it might be worth exploring your options for this time of year and give your friends and family something to look forward to in the winter.
N is for… Non-Wedding Retailers
When searching for suppliers, be mindful of going straight to wedding specialists. Using the word ‘wedding’ or ‘bridal’ has a knack of immediately upping the price of goods and services. Whether it’s speaking to your local bakery about your cake or a hair stylist about formal up-dos, think about what suppliers you can talk to before bringing up the ‘W’ word.
O is for… Offers
When you’ve identified a supplier that you’re interested in, it can be a good idea to sign up to their mailing list. That way you can wait for and pounce on any special offers as soon as they become available.
P is for… Pinterest
We mentioned decor and invitations as possible DIY projects and that’s just the beginning of it. Take some time to browse Pinterest for endless DIY wedding inspiration and see where you could make some savings while also putting your own unique stamp on the day.
Q is for… Query Costs
Whether it’s the venue, the meal, the bar extension or the band, always be prepared to negotiate on costs. The savings could be significant.
Sending elaborate ‘Save the Date’ cards in advance of wedding invitations is a relatively new trend that has made its way from the U.S. and into the Irish wedding. While it is sensible to give your guests plenty of notice once you’ve decided on your date, a simple email or phone call is a perfectly acceptable way to deliver the message while saving on stationery and postage.
T is for… Timing
Consider starting your wedding a bit later in the day. By moving your ceremony to 5 or 6 pm followed by dinner you’ll cut out expenses such as reception drinks, canapes, reception music and perhaps even the band moving straight into the DJ entertainment. You may even justify a less costly mid-week date as people can arrive after work and perhaps only take the following day off.
U is for… Unnecessary Costs
Similar to ‘Save the Date’ cards, wedding favours are also a relatively new addition to the Irish wedding and if you’re on a tight budget, can be firmly placed on the ‘Unnecessary’ list.
V is for… Value
Be on the look out for great value on items such as bridesmaid dresses and shoes around big shopping events such as the January sales and Black Friday.
W is for… Wedding Dress
For many women, this will be high on the list of priorities, however on average it’ll set you back €1,622. If the dress isn’t the be-all and end-all, you do have other options. There are now numerous boutiques that offer the option of renting your wedding dress for the big day. This could mean that the bride can wear the gown of her dreams for a fraction of the price.
Charity shops are another great option. Stores such as Barnardos have their own dedicated bridal rooms stocking brand new wedding dresses donated by well-known Irish retailers, wholesalers and designers from as little as €250.
X is for… Xylophone
Ok, we admit it, we’re struggling here! But, still a xylophone wedding march would certainly give your wedding that little bit of x-factor wouldn’t it?
Y is for… Your Day
As you can see from this list, there’s very much a trend towards doing your day your way, especially if there’s cost savings involved. Don’t be a slave to costly traditions, design your day your way and you’ll open yourself up to a wide range of savings.
Z is for… Zurich
Zurich offers a number of savings and investment plans specifically tailored to individuals and their requirements.
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!
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 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.
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 Wedding Band Ireland- The Jukebox Kings
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.
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!
Katie’s incredibly beautiful beaded dress came from Folkster Bridal. I’m absolutely in love with all of their bridalware, so I’m sure Katie found it difficult to pick just one!
“Although we are both from Kildare, we met on a night out in Kilkenny over nine years ago. We were both there for the Bank Holiday weekend with our friends. In Kytelers Inn, James happened to be standing in my way to the bar! After (kindly) asking him to move, chatting ensued, numbers were swapped and… the rest is history.”
Flowers? Check. Vintage milk pail? Check. Okay, sounds like they’ve covered all of the wedding essentials…!
How cute are these cookies? Almost too pretty to eat (but I’d eat them anyway because they look delicious!).
When it came to the proposal, James knew how to do it! He took a location and activity they already loved and made it extra special. “We both love to hike and our favourite route is The Spinc in Glendalough. To make the most of a gorgeous summer’s day we set off on a hike. When we reached the top of the valley, at our usual picnic spot, James bent down and started rooting around in the bag. I assumed he was organising the picnic, but instead he pulled out a ring. The beautiful and familiar surroundings were the perfect spot for the proposal.”
“Here come the girls!” The matching floral pyjamas made for such a cute picture.
The flower crowns (made by the bride herself!) looked so pretty on Katie’s flower girls.
Katie’s simple and elegant up-do meant the beaded bodice of the dress was undisturbed. Such a gorgeous look!
N’awh! Dads’ first looks are always one of the most special shots from the wedding.
The plaid blue suit is such a cool, retro-inspired alternative. Love it!
The illustration on the signage is very Rifle Paper Co.-esque (the goal)!
The turquoise and pink colour scheme of the church matched the bouquets and flower girl dresses perfectly.
Oh my gosh, this is just too cute!
The couple’s family were troopers, helpful in lending a hand to ensure Katie and James’ day was filled with personal, homemade touches. “Katie’s sister conducted the Gospel Choir that sang during the Mass. James’ aunts made the wedding cake and his cousin carved the cake stand. Katie’s brother and his girlfriend made the save-the-dates, invitations and booklets. Katie’s dad gathered and arranged the flowers for outside the church and along the church pews.”
The wedding was laid-back, fun and full of everyone’s favourite food. “The day was extremely personable and fun. From the ice- creams outside the church, to the outdoor drinks reception to the crisp sandwiches at 2am! We wanted our friends and family to enjoy our big day as much as us.” Crisp sandwiches? Sounds like our kind of party!
“I scream for ice-cream!” A post-ceremony sweet treat is always well-received.
Oh, to be a child again!
The venue, Tinakilly House in Wicklow ticked all the boxes for Katie and James. It was high-impact but low-maintenance! “We chose Tinakilly because it had a fantastic sense of uniqueness about it. We loved how the pavilion had floor to ceiling windows and views over the sea. Although we both enjoy being creative, we did not want the added pressure of having to decorate an entire venue and we adored how Tinakilly needed very little additional touches to make it the perfect wedding venue.”
Such a stunning venue! Katie and James definitely chose well!
This vintage-inspired outdoor seating area was a lovely spot to catch up with friends– not to mention sit down to stop your feet from aching. We’ve all been there ladies!
When it came to adding unique elements to the wedding décor, Katie scoured bridal websites and Pinterest and found some amazing, yet doable, ideas. “I like to be artistic and really enjoyed creating a few little touches for the wedding day. Throughout the year I pinned a number of different ideas that I tried my best to recreate, or adapt to suit our wedding day.”she explained.
She looks so happy! Such an amazing shot by Danielle!
“We involved many of our family and friends in the entire process. It was great that so many of them were able and willing to help us out. Even if they thought I was daft (I was questioned why on earth I needed two milk churns at the wedding) they did their best to help us out!”
The maids dresses were simple and elegant. This colour is super flattering on all skin tones too, which makes it a great choice if you’re having multiple bridesmaids.
A girl after my own heart! Katie made table names inspired by the couple’s favourite biscuits.
There’s nothing more romantic and nostalgic than carving your names in a tree, is there? I’m obsessed with the idea of using a carved tree trunk as a cake stand!
If wedding-planning is overwhelming to you, Katie has some advice for your approach; “The idea of planning a wedding can seem very daunting to some. Just take it step by step. We had over a year to plan the wedding and took each decision one at a time, instead of trying to complete everything at once and feeling overwhelmed by it. And most importantly – Do whatever suits you!”
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!
• 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
I have spent a lifetime as a Wedding Singer. From the tender age of 10, I have sung at Weddings. From the time it was discovered that I had a pure Boy Soprano voice my Choir Master and Vocal Coach encouraged and tested my ability to perform Latin, German, Austrian and French works by many of the greatest popular composers. Shortly after joining the boy’s Choir in North Dublin in 1978 I was asked to audition a piece by our Choirmaster along with many other boys. I was delighted to outperform the others and become the lead solo Boy Soprano. Thus began my lifetime affair with Classical music and Classical performance. The upside to this elevation to head Boy was that I was asked by many people who saw me perform to sing at their Wedding ceremonies. This was the origins of my life as a Wedding Singer.
Is being a Wedding Singer Cool?
True to say, growing up in a tough North Dublin neighbourhood being the local Wedding Singer didn’t rate highly on the cool stakes. When all my mates were playing Gaelic (It was the height of the Dubs successful team of the 70’s) or Playing Football in the hope of getting a trial with Liverpool ( Ronnie Whelan),
Arsenal ( David/Pierce O’ Leary, Liam Brady) or Manchester United (Kevin Moran). I was singing Panis Angelicus in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
I Loved Football, Gaelic, Rugby I still do. The problem is I wasn’t very good at it. Sports was not where I excelled. I was always the last to be picked for a kick around in street games. Still, I loved participating.
As an Infant I had bad hips, bad knees, flat feet, the list goes on. Not the physique of an athlete. I couldn’t run 20 paces without tripping myself up. Think Forrest Gump as a kid. I had bad eyesight and still do, operations corrected my site but not sufficient enough to restore my peripheral vision. Needless to say, all this stacked the odds against me becoming a top athlete. But I loved to play and participate.
My one area of excellence was music. When I sang the Avé Maria there was rarely a dry eye at a Wedding! Both My Mother and Father claim to have been singers and tell me that is how I inherited the gene.
Suddenly it was cool to be a singer, not a “Wedding Singer” of course but a singer, a front man someone to front a Band. At my First School concert in Secondary School, I performed “Save A Prayer” from Duran Duran and “Wish you were here” from Pink Floyd with Glen Hansard and Mark Dignam who as we know have both gone on to make full-time careers in music(where did I go wrong?).Needless to say, I had a few offers and joined a synth Band(well, it was the 80.’s) we thought we were Depeche Mode. We had some great gigs in places like the Ivy rooms, performing New Order, Depeche Mode Covers.
Bands came and went the pop was replaced by Rock, Whitesnake, Guns, and Roses, Metallica, AC-DC covers replaced the synth pop. Original Bands, Cover Bands, Gigs, Recording, Audition’s, new members, no record contracts, no money. The constant change of lineups and Bands and the pursuit of Fame and fortune.
In the late 1990’s, wow last century! I finally gave up on the dream of following in Bono’s footsteps and climbing the trussing to plant an Irish flag in Redrocks. There were far more talented and energetic Front men than me had failed to make the grade. I decided to concentrate on the area and niche that was perfect for me and I returned as a Wedding Singer. Performing in Churches at Ceremonies, singing classical and contemporary pieces alike. Once again I took the route that was not regarded as cool. Many of my contemporaries couldn’t consider the possibility of playing and performing at Weddings and Wedding Receptions, they were still Rock star wannabees on a mission. But I enjoyed it and understood its relevance in the world of entertainment. Sure it wasn’t Wembley or Redrock or the Theatre of Dreams but it was entertainment and singing and music. So after a great number of years, I can still proudly say I am a Wedding Singer and have been since the age of 10. Times have changed and the music and pub scene that existed for so many years and provided the platform and stage for so many Bands to perform and springboard to fame have disappeared. Some of the Bands that existed in my youth most notably Aslan are still filling venues but never quite made the leap that they deserved. I am Happy to say I still enjoy performing and having the opportunity to sing some of the classic songs that I learned so many years ago. I can be booked for ceremonies and Receptions with The Jukebox Kings Wedding Band Ireland
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Ireland’s No 1 Wedding Band The Jukebox Kings areIreland’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 BandThe Jukebox Kings professional “Wedding Band” for their Wedding Day.
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!
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We travel from Donegal to Kerry, Dublin to Galway and everywhere in between.
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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 Kingsand 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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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.