Welcome to Weddings By Antoinette.ie

On this page you’ll find some details of my background, some fun facts about me
and also answers to some FAQ’s which I hope you’ll find useful!

A little bit about Antoinette

WHO IS ANTOINETTE?Antoinette Dunleavy - Wedding Church Singer

I’m a full-time Church singer & Wedding Singer from Dublin, Ireland ( I do other non-wedding related music too but we’ll cover that in another question!)

WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND?

From a Church music & Wedding music perspective, I spent over ten years honing my craft with The St Laurence O’Toole’s Folk Group, on Seville Place. I’ve been out on my own ever since and I genuinely love what I do.

OUTSIDE OF CHURCH & CEREMONY MUSIC, WHAT ELSE HAVE YOU DONE?

Loads! I sing with a number of Soul & Motown bands both nationally and internationally and throughout my career I’ve recorded and performed in London, New York, Paris, Israel Amsterdam, Dubai, Singapore and Qatar, to name but a (very!) few. My passport has quite a few well earned, dog-eared stamps.

I’ve recorded advertisements for many Irish companies including Easons, Brennans Bread, D2 Bar, DID Electrical, Trinity Taxis and 2FM, to name but a few and my voice appears very regularly on 2FM and other Irish radio stations airwaves.

I write and perform as part of ‘Grooveboy’ – a soulful House Music 5 piece, as well as writing for many other Soul & House music artists. You’ll usually catch Grooveboy live at the likes of Electric Picnic and Body & Soul.

Some FAQs

DO YOU TRAVEL NATIONWIDE?

Yep! I travel extensively throughout Ireland performing at church and civil ceremonies as well as singing with the cream of the crop of live bands in the Irish Corporate and Wedding Music market.

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?

● Church ceremony music – both wedding and funeral services.
● Civil Ceremony Music
● Pre-Dinner Music
● Wedding & Party Band Music

DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT AND IS IT REFUNDABLE IF I CHANGE MY MIND?

I require a €50 booking deposit to secure your date. Booking deposits are non-refundable.

WHAT ARE YOUR FEES AND DO YOU DO PACKAGES?

I do indeed do packages – just tell me what you’re looking for and I’d be delighted to put something together for you.

Fees will vary depending on location and services required, but typically start at €450 for a Dublin based Church Ceremony with piano player (pls note that funerals are priced differently).

WHAT MUSICIANS ARE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

Unless otherwise specified or requested, Antoinette is always accompanied by her trusty piano player!

ARE THERE TRAVEL EXPENSES INCLUDED IN THE PRICE? 

Antoinette’s fee is all inclusive – what you’re quoted is what you pay!

WHAT IF YOU GET SICK OR FOR SOME OTHER REASON CAN’T SING AT MY WEDDING?

Thankfully those instances are very very rare but should it happen I’ll always do my best to find a vocalist with the same experience & vocal style as me to cover your big day (for the same fee).

You are also free to find your own replacement vocalist in that instance and deposit would of course be refunded in full.

CAN I DOWNLOAD YOUR WEDDING PACK?

Yes! You can download my full wedding pack on the ‘Contact’ page of this website

WHAT IF MY FAVOURITE SONG IS NOT ON YOUR LIST?

That’s no problem – in all likelihood I’ve probably done it before (and it just hasn’t made it onto my list as there’s so many!) Just let me know what it is and I’ll be happy to learn it if I don’t already know it. I’m happy to learn max two songs provided I have at least six weeks notice.

DO I NEED TO ORGANISE USE OF THE CHURCH ORGAN OR PIANO IN THE HOTEL?

Nope – just leave all that to Antoinette & her musician. We bring everything that’s needed!

HOW DO I PAY THE DEPOSIT & FEE?

€50 booking deposit should be paid through Paypal (please ensure you accept charges).

Balance of fee due should be paid in cash on day of ceremony BEFORE ceremony starts (please ask your bestman to visit Antoinette when he arrives at

the church).

Should you wish to pay balance of fee due in advance of ceremony please contact Antoinette directly to advise and discuss payment transfer options.

Some fun facts

PROUDEST MOMENT?

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In studio in New York with David Morales, Melanie Daniels and David Walker

Musically I’d have to say being labelled ‘the real deal’ by Grammy Award Winner David Morales after a writing and recording session in his studio in New York. David has remixed the likes of Mariah, Aretha & Luther Vandross so it was such an amazing experience working with himself and his team.

On a personal note it definitely has to be the arrival of my baby girl Freya.

MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT

Falling off stage mid-performance at a certain 2FM celebrity’s wedding I sang at in The Osprey Hotel in Naas a few years back. I finished the gig but hobbled to my car that night with a sprained ankle (and a big fat dose of sprained pride!).

GUILTY PLEASURES?

Prosecco, The Carpenters (I own every album they ever recorded) and for some strange reason buying new storage boxes (I’ve storage boxes for my storage boxes!)

LITTLE KNOWN FACT

I co-wrote ‘With You’, the theme tune to the Ryanair, Charity Calendar 2014.  I’d love to say that the near 1 million views the video has is down to my amazing voice and songwriting skills… but somehow I doubt it is 😉

Check me out singing it at about 1.20 into the video here.