Band clash leads to wedding crash for newlyweds as they receive a special guest at their Wexford wedding
There was last minute panic for Alan Murphy and Claire Gargan when they discovered that the band for their Wexford wedding had been double-booked to perform on the Late Late Show.
The Dublin couple, who held their wedding reception in the Ferrycarrig Hotel recently, were at a loss when The Swing Cats were supposed to be on the RTE show at the same time as their celebrations. According to band manager Vinny Ryan, the band members were 'dying a thousand deaths' when they learned of the error.
'This is the first time ever that we have been double booked,' he said. 'It was an innocent mistake.'
Despite the couple's worst fears, Vinny said that their big day was never under threat.
'They booked us for the date almost a year ago,' he said. 'We take weddings very seriously so they always would have gotten preference.'
Thankfully, the band didn't have to pick and choose as executive producer of the show, Larry Masterson, received a call from the bride and groom in search of a solution. Keen to help out, the producers agreed to film the band in advance of the programme, allowing the band enough time to make it for the all-important first dance.
'We're going to hit the stage like never before!' said Vinny, not long before the band kicked off the night.
To add to the evening, the newlyweds received a visit from a very special guest. Marty Morrisey surprised all of the guests when he gate-crashed the wedding as part of a live broadcast for the Late Late Show.
'All's well that ends well. We are so relieved it worked out,' said Vinny. 'It's like a fairytale.'