Post # 1
My ceremony will take place in a Catholic church … I don’t particularly love the choir that sings or the instrument players who do the music on Sundays at mass.
Is that typically who does weddings … the same people as the mass? So confused. I realize I should ask the sister in charge of music. I cannot get a hold of her.
If I do hire out, what do I look for? Thank you.
Post # 3
For our ceremony, we’re putting together an iPod playlist and putting someone in charge of it. =) We’re buying some good-quality speakers (and planning on using them in our condo/house when we move in together), and we MAY burn the playlist to a CD, depending on what is easier.
You can get lots of wedding ceremony music, traditional and non-traditional, on iTunes. =)
You’ve said before that you have a band…any chance of getting them to play during the ceremony? Otherwise, if you’re just looking for instrumental, check out colleges in your area and ask their fine arts programs if there are any students willing to play for your ceremony. You could get anyone from a harpist to a trumpeter (and they’re cheaper than professionals)!
If all else fails, check out craigslist, classifieds in your local paper, etc. if you really want live music. Otherwise, like I said, I’m a big fan of iTunes. =)
Post # 4
We have a friend who plays classical guitar, and this was alright with the people at the church (they said no rock music haha). We have to get ahold of the organist to tell her she won’t be required on the day, still haven’t been able to get that done though…
Post # 5
We have a friend who is a classically trained violinist who has volunteered he services for our ceremony. We just have to pick what we want her to play.
Post # 6
Most Catholic churches won’t allow recorded music so it’s a good idea to see what others are doing.
I was really involved in choir when I was in high school (a LONG time ago) and my choir director is still at my alma mater so I’ve emailed her to ask if the choir could sing at the wedding. I love choral music (done right!) so hopefully something from the sacred/classical end of their repertoire will be suitable.
We are also looking into a harpist and maybe a bagpiper too because FI is Irish and both would be nice traditional touches.
Personally I’d love to have a string quartet for the quieter moments and horns and the organ for the recessional – the real ‘HOORAY’ moment. But we’ll see how that looks in dollar signs!
We have a really good music school in my area and really good music programs in the public school system so that’s a definite option for me and very budget-friendly. It’s worth checking to see if you have any similar programs or schools in your area – students always love some extra cash!
Post # 7
At my church, the organist who plays on Sundays also plays for weddings. Our church has a long history of great music, so I’m not worried about it.
If you are though, I suggest trying to look into an organist or other musicians that you like from a local university’s music department
Post # 8
I would talk to the music director at the church (also sometimes called choir director). For us, we can bring in a soloist or choose one from their choirs. I think it depends on the parish but if you don’t want their choir I don’t see why you should be forced to use them!