Church Wedding Ceremony Pianist Mallorca

I was booked by a really lovely Irish couple for their destination wedding ceremony in Mallorca. They’d decided to have a big traditional church wedding ceremony but to counter some of the tradition by booking me as a pianist. They wanted me to play instrumentals of their favourite pop and indie songs instead of the usual classical or organ pieces that often goes along with a church wedding, and I was more than happy to oblige.

Gail the bride put a lot of time and effort into talking to me about exactly which songs and where they wanted them and she gave a lot of thought to the lyrics even though they were instrumentals versions and the meaning of the songs. She also shared a lot of my taste in songs and I was delighted when she told me their requests which included:

1) 1000 Years – Christina Perry
2) Glasgow Love Theme by Craig Armstrong from Love Actually
3) Silent Sigh – Badly Drawn Boy
4) Still Falling For You – Ellie Goulding
5) The Universal – Blur

Pianist outside the church of San Francisco in Palma Old Town, Mallorca

Pianist outside the church of San Francisco in Palma Old Town, Mallorca

Church Drama…

There was however a slight kerfuffle when I arrived at the church. It seems the church never got the message that they had booked their own pianist and the organist turned up from 50km away especially to play at the wedding. In my best Spanish I tried to explain politely that the organist wasn’t required as the couple had booked me to play the piano. The priest nor the organist either didn’t like or understand the message and insisted that we split the songs – the organist would play the first and last songs and I would play the rest… Now as much as I did kind of want to hear the organist play 1000 Years and, even better, – The Universal by Blur (!) I did have to put my foot down and make the couple’s wishes made clear. This didn’t go down well and I was ordered to go and see the head honcho super-padre priest in a small room at the back of the church. This is all 10 minutes before the ceremony was due to begin! He seemed kind of disgusted with me and shouted at me a lot and asked in disdain if I was going to *sing* too. haha. Luckily I was only there to play piano and did not insult him further with my vocals…. I’m not really sure why it was all made such a big deal of but I was definitely not made to feel welcome at all! I stuck my ground though and tried to kill them with kindness but I have to say it was touch and go! Eventually the organist shuffled off and I was left to play the songs I’d been asked to and all went well. To be honest I found the whole thing quite amusing as I knew I hadn’t done anything wrong and I was just glad that I was able to stick to my guns and make happen what I’d been booked to do! The couple had no idea about all this until I told them weeks later!

Piano set up ready for the church ceremony in Palma de Mallorca

Piano set up ready for the church ceremony in Palma de Mallorca

Anyway, it’s all in the past. They had a great wedding and I got a very heartfelt thanks from the bride who said the music surpassed all their expectations and really added to the emotion of the ceremony.

Funny Moment

I have to just tell you that I overhead her in a part of the ceremony where everyone has to wish everyone else peace and shake their hand or kiss them. It was all very quiet and nervous little ‘peace be with you’s coming from the congregation. I was sat near the front and could hear the gorgeous bride in her beautiful white lace, lean over to her bridesmaids and wish them peace, then added in her fantastic Irish accent: “I’m sweating like a pig I swear to yers I’m sweating so much I can smell me own feet!” to which they all, including me, burst into unstoppable laughter!

I really enjoyed this wedding and I loved the songs and the couple! The church drama – well it just adds to the fun of it!

Pianist ready for a fun church wedding in Palma de Mallorca

Pianist ready for a fun church wedding in Palma de Mallorca