Post # 1
We’re having our ceremony outside in a city square, and the city has told us that weare NOT allowed to have amplified sound. That means it’s a live, acoustic musician or nothing, as far as my brain can figure out. The best source of classical musicians just let me know that the only option on our date is a harpist, an instrument that isn’t my favorite.
Does anyone have any good ideas on what else to look for? I was thinking a Craigslist ad for a classical guitarist. Maybe going to the local arts high school and asking for students? Not my favorite way to go, but it’s a possibility. Hand my guests kazoos and have them hum the wedding march? ::Ugh::
Any wisdom that the hive collective could provide would be much appreciated!
Post # 3
In your case, I think a lot of different instruments could work. I would consider guitar, violin and flute. I’m not a harp person either! 😉
We’re having a violinist play during our ceremony, and I am sooooo excited about it! I know it will be unique and beautiful.
Post # 4
IMO, a harp is not the right instrument for your ceremony site. Doesn’t blend with concrete!
What about a flute? A more folksy portable instrument seems more fitting for city square. Flutes are magical and you would only have them play when you walk down the aisle. Greensleeves is a traditional flute piece and a HS talented kid would be happy to make a hundred bucks to show up and play. I would really trust a talented HS student. Or maybe the music teacher wants to make alittle money.
Ifyou go w/ a kid you may want to speak to their parent also to make sure it’s OK and that the kid has transportation. Kids usually like to travel in pairs so you may ask if s/he wants to split the fee. They know their ability. Take their word. Trust the teacher’s recommendation.
Make sure you say what you want them to wear. White shirt and black pants? Khaki’s? Some schools have inhouse tux’s, although probably not suitable for your style of wedding.
What style of dress willyou wear? Your hair? Your veil? The music really should go with your style.
Do you have friends who play a guitar? that’s also an option. Pole both your friends and see what comes up. Get the word out there you are looking for musicians.
The best thing about a classical guitarist is that they can play pre wedding music too. I like that. You’re on the right page. I think you just need validation for your ideas. Go with your intuiton for how you see the day.
Try Craig’s list, too, yes. And the officiant. They know alot of people.
Make your decision and feel good about it. No one needs to know what your options would have been.
Post # 5
Craigslist is a good idea but if you want quality and experience I think you have to stay away from the local high school!
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