Post # 1
I was thinking about having a violinist and organist at the ceremony. Should there be other strings involved? Does a clarinet sound nice with or should it be all strings and organist? It is all so confusing for me! So I was wondering what kind of instruments sound the best together for the ceremony? What kind of music are you all having that goes with the musicians hired?
Post # 3
All I know that I’m having for sure is a four piece string quartet. I’m not even sure what exactly they all play, I just know it sounded good! I may also have a saxaphone for a solo because I’m a huge fan of his playing. The woman I would want to play the piano is amazing, but I feel like she only gets to attend weddings when she’s playing, and I want her to attend as a guest. I think at this point we are just looking at the string quartet and the solo saxaphone. I would recommend contacting the musicians you are considering and asking them how they usually play. If they play as part of a group, you can inquire about hiring the other individuals as well. Also, if they play often enough, groups often have a CD or website that you can listen to for ideas of what music you want and what sounds you like so they can put together an ensemble from what you share with them. You can probably do searches online and get lots of information and hear some combinations too. Hope this helps!
Post # 4
only one acoustic guitar 🙂 SO excited!
Post # 5
12 string guitar, that’s it
Post # 6
My brother played his acoustic guitar.
Post # 7
I originally wanted a string quartet… but we have hired a piano trio – it includes a pianist, violinist, and cellist. It sounds beautiful! I like what the piano adds to the music.
I wouldn’t mind having a solo guitarist, either! So many things you can do with that!
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2018 - Hotel Vitale
Mr. Peep really wants a cellist. The problem they seem to only book 3 months in advance, so I haven’t booked them yet.
Post # 9
Piano for the mass.
Organ for the processional and recessional.
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2009 - Beach Social Hall
We are having a solo harpist 🙂
Post # 11
I used a group that plays at my museum (a historic house). They include a hammered dulcimer, guitar and violin. They dressed in period costume on the guests loved it! Best of all, since they aren’t in the wedding "biz" they were a great price.
Post # 12
I played in a string quartet for my brother’s wedding. We had two violinists, a violist, and a celloist. A string quartet playing Canon in D sounds beautiful (I’m biased).
Other combos I would recommend as a musician:
Piano and guitar
Piano and string trio (like at the Presidential inauguration)
Organ and string (cello or viola)
Harp and cello
I wouldn’t recommend for the ceremony:
Solo flute or picallo (too shrill)
Great solo instruments:
ukalele (Hawaiian Beach wedding)
Post # 13
Harp for us! It was really nice 🙂 I wanted a mariachi band too but husband didn’t like the idea haha
Post # 15
We are having a pipe organ and trumpet (the trumpet is for the processional and recessional pieces only, both are by Jeremiah Clarke). It’s actually a combination of instruments that is quite common at the chapel where our wedding will occur. IMO, it is really helpful to find a recording of a piece with all the instruments you want (even if it is not the same musicians) to see if that is the sound you were imagining.
Post # 16
We’ve got a string trio booked. Violin, Viola and Cello