Post # 1
Just wondering what most people do – get a DJ/friend to play pre-recorded music, or have real live instruments playing? Our ceremony is indoors at a fancy historical hall with stained glass windows and a high ceiling. We were going to have the DJ at our ceremony anyways to set up the mics (and there are some pre-recorded songs we really like), but I don’t know if I’ll miss out on the real wedding experience by not having strings or something playing for at least some of the songs.
Then I was thinking of having him play maybe a Vitamin String Quartet song so it “sounds” like real instruments… don’t know if that’s tacky or not.
I could hire some strings as well, but that’s getting expensive and I’m not sure it’s really needed.
Fiance has relatives that could play the piano, we are currently thinking of having one of them play real piano music while people are being seated, and then for the processional and all songs after, would be pre-recorded.
Thanks guys. 🙂
Post # 3
Lucky for us, FI’s uncle is a professional acoustic guitar player, so he’s playing for our ceremony. If we didn’t have him, I think we’d use our DJ (who also plays live music) for the ceremony. I agree that hiring strings would become expensive, and I probably wouldn’t want to spend that much for 1/2 hour of music.
Post # 4
Prelude music will all be recorded/purchased music.
The processional will be recorded and arranged by my cousin. She’ll be a bridesmaid and therefore feels unable to play. She also wants it perfect, and with a recording you can get that. She’s doing a piano (and maybe guitar) arrangement of a Death Cab song.
During the ceremony FI’s sister will sing, likely to recorded accompaniment.
The recessional will also be regular recorded/purchased music.
Post # 5
There is a huge organ in the church we’re getting married in, so we’re going to use that. It does limit us somewhat though!
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
My fiance’s brother is a jazz guitar major, so he’s going to play. Not jazz though, oh heavens no not jazz.
If that weren’t available, I’m not sure what I’d opt to do. But I will plug my old college internship – they put together a classical CD for wedding music: http://www.beautifulbaroque.com/
It has some of the standards and more obscure stuff too.
Post # 7
Recorded music isn’t tacky…especially because the focal point of the ceremony will be you and your FI. 🙂
Post # 8
We have a band so we are using the keyboard player for the ceremony. When we were considering a DJ we totally would have used pre-recorded music. That was out plan initially but now that we are paying the band regardless, may as well use them.
Post # 9
I wanted a string quartet but didn’t like the price tag so I settled on a harp. With some time for reflection, I wish I would have saved even more money had the DJ for an extra hour to do the ceremony music. Would have been 50 bucks total, especially since they are going to charge us anyway if we use their mic/speaker for our outdoor ceremony, despite the fact they will already be there set up.
Post # 10
This all comes down to what our potential pastor says, but this is what I want:
-My uncles singing and playing acoustic guitar while people are escorted to their seats
-Recorded music for the processional
-Bagpipes for the recessional (family tradition), barring that, more recorded music
Post # 11
my fi’s friend plays piano so we’ll have a keyboard for him to play. if we actually had to pay for someone (more than the gift we’ll be giving him), we’d go with the prerecorded music. live music is way to expensive for me.