What did you have: live ceremony/reception music or CD?

posted 3 years ago in Music
  • poll: I had/plan on having...
    A live musician (please specify which type in your post) : (20 votes)
    71 %
    CD/iPod : (8 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 3
    2111 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    @linnylou_88:  I’ll be having a DJ for the reception and a mariachi at some point. I know parts of the ceremony will use recorded music. I do want some live, though as my family is full of musicians.

    Post # 4
    771 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We are having a guitarist for ceremony:) so excited!

    Post # 5
    8847 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    We had live music for all of our ceremony and reception. Our friend played Canon in D on his classical guitar for the ceremony, my uncle and cousin played amazing acoustic guitar and vocals during the cocktail hour, and my husband’s awesome band (with a fill-in drummer) played the reception. We loved having the live music, certainly in part because it was done by close friends & family…

    By the way… this is such a pet peeve of mine… that’s a BOB DYLAN song! One of his more famous! And a really great cover by Adele 🙂

    Post # 6
    1243 posts
    Bumble bee

    We had nothing.  I had tried to arrange for a piper, and literally had no idea when I arrived at the venue if there would be 1, 2, 3 or none show up, as I had been using different avenues to secure one, and had confirmation from none of them.  We had a pretty non-traditional wedding (on the deck of a ship), so it was ok. I didn’t really have an “aisle” to walk down anyway, or at least not an aisle that the guests could see me approaching.

    Post # 8
    1355 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

    Organist during the ceremony, iPod for reception.

    Post # 9
    1175 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @linnylou_88:  We are hiring an acoustic duo.  Guitar and violin.  Trained classical musicians. 

    Post # 10
    209 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    We had a classical guitarist for the ceremony. If I’m honest, I can’t remember hearing him play, but I know others really loved it. We also had a band for the reception – they were amazing, really worth it.


    Post # 11
    1400 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We’re having a string triplet or quartet for our ceremony, because we’re using the Game of Thrones theme as our recessional and as far as I’m concerned you need at least a cello and one other instrument for that, and live music feels so much more magical to us 🙂

    We’re only using recorded music for the cocktail hour, for the reception we’re hiring a wedding band because FI hates DJs 😛

    ETA: Our ceremony and reception are at different places, so having the ceremony musicians play the cocktail hour doesn’t work very well for us, otherwise we might do that.

    Post # 12
    2055 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @linnylou_88:  We had a string quartet for our ceremony and cocktai hour. They were divine!

    Post # 13
    224 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @linnylou_88:  I’m going to be having a steel pan band for my ceremony (on the beach in the carribbean – seems fitting) and may forego music altogether for the reception. If anything, I may just do a music list off of an ipad or something – I’ll know more as details get closer. Our venue has live entertainment nightly (unfortunately – or fortunately?? – on our night it will be karaoke :/) and I may even get fire dancers or other entertainment in leiu of music.

    Post # 14
    2124 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @linnylou_88:  Live music was definitely mandatory for our ceremony. I think it really sets the mood and is so romantic 🙂 We had a violin and cello duo for our ceremony and cocktail hour and a DJ for our reception. The violin and cello duo even learned “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri for us.

    Post # 15
    730 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014 - South Bonson Pier & Community Centre

    I’m having my cousin play guitar while we walk down the aisle and before hand, but we’re having a DJ for our cocktail hour and reception.

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