Outdoor Ceremony Brides – what are you doing for music?

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

CallMeMrsG:  My sister just got married in my grandfather’s backyard.  we used my dad’s Bose speakers connected to her phone via cable for the one song that was needed.  Worked perfectly.

Post # 3
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633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’m having a string quartet, which I found for a fairly reasonable price.

Not having electricity is tricky… do any family members play instruments? Have you thought about how your guests will hear the ceremony without microphones?

Post # 4
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636 posts
Busy bee

I had a PA system (2 speakers + a mixer) set up but we had power so it was easy peasy. However initially I didn’t know we had power when we first looked at the site so I was planning on renting 2 battery-powered PA speakers (the batteries are inside the speakers). Or if you need a power source for more things (like a wireless lapel mic for your officiant, for example) you can get electric power generators (silent ones). If you have more than 50 or so guests you should have your officiant mic’d I think.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We had a DJ who set up his speakers. Originally we were just going to borrow speakers from my husband’s brother and connect it to our ipod. I thnk you can buy a speaker set pretty cheap on Amazon. I second the battery powered suggestion if you don’t have any electricity.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We had about 100 guests, and our officiant already had something to make sure he could be heard. For music, we had a string quartet, and it was perfect.

Depending on the number of guests, I think an acoustic guitar by itself would probably be fine, affordable, and beautiful

Post # 8
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5432 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

We had a string trio play for 20 minutes before the ceremony, during the ceremony, and for an hour after. We had hanging microphones for the ceremony so that our older guests could hear it. Then for the reception my dad hooked up some great speakers and sound equipment and stuff to play our wedding playlist on my laptop. I think the battery powered speaker suggestion is great and depending on the size of the space you could get away with having just one musician instead of a trio or quartet!

Post # 9
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1346 posts
Bumble bee

Contact a wedding musician service. Any musician that you’d want will have a free standing chargeable amp. It’s part of what you’re paying for.

Major applause to all of you who have chosen real live music over iPods! There is a huge difference, and live music is ALWAYS better!

Post # 10
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1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

There are a lot of weddings where I’m from (tourist beach location) and my high school orchestra teacher got contacted all the time by couples who wanted cheap string quartets to play some stuff during a ceremony. Some of my friends would go, play for like 30 minutes total, and walk away with $50 and experience. You could see if there are any students in your area maybe? I would offer money and interview them, but they’d be cheaper than pros. 

Post # 14
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2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

CallMeMrsG:  My sister’s wedding was outdoors and she had a violinist and it worked out well!

Post # 15
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271 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Antique Rose Emporium

I’m using Spotify to make a playlist, then I’m hooking that up to some iPhone speakers and viola…that’s it. Just have to find someone I trust to take care of the music. I have a friend who is a sound tech who offered to let me use his equipment, but with 10-15 people in attendance I think the iPhone speaker will suffice.

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