Sunday, 30 March 2008

Are we allowed to sing?

Of course you are! Although as the ceremony is secular, we draw the line at hymns. Still, if you can find a song that's not too complicated, everyone can join in as long as you remember to print the lyrics in your Order of Ceremony. Mind you, it helps if you've got a musical family.

I celebrated a very moving wedding yesterday for two teachers, Steven and Karen at Houston House where Steven's sister, the award-winning song writer and singer Karine Polwart and their mother Anne gave us a gorgeous rendition of the Burns song The Lea Rigg, accompanied very beautifully on classical guitar by their friend Alan Coady.

If you're not fortunate enough to number musicians among your family & friends, but don't want to rely on your CD collection, you might think about booking a ceilidh band for your reception and asking a couple of them to come along early and play at the wedding itself.

That's what Juliet & I did when we got married, and it meant that we had someone there to knock out the chords for (I'm gonna be) "500 Miles" by The Proclaimers, which is about as Scottish a love song as you could hope for. It was a great ice breaker, and when everyone realised that this was going to be a fun wedding and it was OK to smile, the atmosphere from that moment on was amazing.


youngdegsy said...


I'd also be happy for you to post the lyrics of the song I wrote - Our Wedding Day - to the tune of Scotland the Brave, in case others want to use it, or it provides inspiration.

Not that I want to burden your blog in technical details, but to encourage its use I have copyrighted the text of our song using the creative commons licence pioneered by Professor Lawrence Lessig. This allows anyone to use, perform, re-use, re-mix or alter it without my permission, so long as it's attributed and not done for commercial profit. (see
by-nc/2.5/scotland/). I'm happy to include full details when I send it to you.


Derek Young

Tim Maguire, Humanist Celebrant said...

Thanks Derek

I'd be delighted - I remember it was great fun singing your new words: if you could send some low res images of the wedding as well, i can post them too

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