Post # 1
After speaking with a friend who is still in college and very involved in a well-known music program at a college in my area, she suggested posting on the school boards for a string trio for my wedding ceremony.
I received several responses, both from students and professors that compiled their own musician emsembles to play for weddings, and were very affordable. I ended up choosing a professor’s ensemble and am paying $300 for a string trio for my wedding ceremony (this is roughly $200-$250 cheaper than I had seen elsewhere)
I would imagine a student emsemble would be even more affordable! Look at your local college and univeristy website or information boards to see if they would allow you post an advertisement looking for musicison (or photographers, or videographers) A great way for students to get experience and make a little money on the side and for you to have an affordable (usually accomplished) vendor.
Make sure you interview and hear samples first, of course!
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill
Great recommendation, Latte! FI & I both work at a university. Every Thursday afternoon, a different band gives a live concert outside of the Student Center. Last week it was the University’s R&B Ensemble. They played a wide variety of stuff from 60’s greats to Norah Jones hits… and were really AWESOME! FI commented on how great it would be to hire them for our reception music. Immediately, I had visions of the closing scene from "Dan in Real Life". :o)
Until now, we’d been planning on doing the iPod thing because all of the other alternatives just seemed way too expensive. There may be hope yet!
Post # 4
I think this is a great idea! 🙂 We were able to find a string ensemble to play for our ceremony through our university and they’re great AND much more affordable than the professional options. I was able to get the contact information for the student ensembles through the particular studio at the University. (I called the strings department, because we were looking for a string ensemble), but posting advertising on school bulletin boards/websites is a great idea.