Post # 1
Has anyone been to a wedding without music for the ceremony? What did you think?
Did you/or are you planning to have ceremony music?
Our ceremony is outside and there really isn’t anywhere to plug into. Nor do we really want to spend the extra $$ on music if we can avoid it.
Post # 3
We had a song when I walked down the aisle, and another play when we all left the ceremony spot. We didn’t have music playing during the ceremony, though. How would anyone hear you?
Where will your DJ for the reception be set up?
Post # 4
@beachbridebc: The last wedding I went to was an outdoor wedding. I’ve only just realised now, a couple of months later, that there was no music. It was certainly no problem.
We were silent as she walked up the (short) aisle. And when they walked back, there was lots of congratulating them and tossing petals, so the music wasn’t missed. The only other time you might want music is when signing the register, but we all just made small talk and I assume everyone else did the same.
Post # 5
I’m getting married outside in a rose garden. We hired a string duo (cello & violin) to perform pops songs as guests arrive, for the processional and recessional songs, as well as play for a few minutes after the ceremony.
It was about $400 for the hour.
Post # 6
@beachbridebc: Do you know anyone who can play guitar? You could hire someone pretty cheap, to come play a simple song. High schoolers LOVE these kinds of gigs and are very affordable/talented. I feel music makes it the entire process of walking down the aisle seem more ceremonious. Without music it can feel awkward. Music helps connect people emotionally to what they see, which is why its almost always used in dramatic movie scenes.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Fox Hill Inn
@beachbridebc: We had our wedding indoors, but we had high schoolers play our wedding music and it could easily have been converted for indoors. Have you contacted high schools in your area? They may already have quartets formed or know students who play freelance gigs for experience (and their prices are very reasonable!)
Post # 8
Do you have a DJ for your reception? ask him to come to the ceremony and play background music. Personally, I’ve never been to a ceremony without music. Or you can buy or rent speakers and play music from your own playlist. Put it on an ipod.
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
We are getting married outside in a garden but they have outdoor electrical hook ups and our DJ will be doing our ceremony music. I’ve been to a few other similar weddings and all had at least one speaker with the built in ipod/CD and wireless microphone. Our set up also includes a microphone so people sitting outside can hear us and our officiant better too.
That being said, I don’t think you have to have music. But it’s a nice touch.
Post # 10
Weather permitting, we are having our ceremony in the venue’s courtyard. We have a string trio (it’s actually a flute, cello and violin, but I don’t know what else to call it) play during the ceremony. They charge by the hour and the ceremony is only going to be about 20-30 minutes, so we are having them stick around for cocktail hour as well.