Post # 1
Hi the place we are getting married i thought i had someone to play the harp at the ceremony but i ran into a problem I cant get ahold of her and idont know if she would be willing to travel 35 mins to get there. I talked to the place where we are getting married and to rent speakers and mic there is 250 for just a 30 minute ceremony. To have the dj play music on a recorded tape is 150. I thought maybe i would have string quartet come and play it is 350 dollars just for the ceremony. I dont know what else to do. We are on a very tight budget and we need music to play during the ceremony. My fiance keeps joking saying we could bring our music and boom box and play it. Thanks
Post # 3
Your fiance is actually right on this. =) You COULD bring a portable CD player, and, if you can borrow some, a good set of speakers (otherwise the ones on the CD player will probably do) and ask someone to be in charge of the music for the ceremony. My fiance’s dad did this for his nephew’s wedding, and it went very well.
Try getting a hold of the harpist again. If you absolutely can’t, then remember that yes, as silly as it may sound, a CD player (or the Bose iPod dock) IS a viable option.
Post # 4
We picked out our own music and played it through an iPod using speakers that were already available at our venue. If this is not an option, and you own an iPod, you can buy an iPod docking station for around $80. I found that in the moment, it really wouldn’t have mattered to me whether the acoustics were a little "off." For example, our songs started looping again, and our DJ friend quickly remedied the situation, but we seriously didn’t care and it didn’t take away from what the day was really all about!
My point is that even if you have to bring a boom box or use less-than-fabulous speakers in order to save some money, I think it’s worthwhile. But this is coming from a sort of nontraditional bride- we had a kind of small, casual 75-person wedding at an art gallery. I know that some people have lavish, large affairs where this type of thing might not go over as well, so it all depends on the feel you’re going for and how much money you’re willing to spend.
Post # 5
The synagogue where we will be married has a CD player and a sound system, and we’re bringing a CD. Here is a link to all our ceremony music.
Post # 6
I agree with the above posters. Don’t be afraid to bring your own music on an iPod, etc. If you need better speakers, it’s cheaper to rent some nice ones from a party supply store than it would be to hire a DJ.
Hope you get it figured out!
Post # 7
thanks ladies. I am going to have to check with the place we are getting married at if we can do that. I LOVE The place we are getting married at but they are really strict about things. We are only having 80 people. Thanks
Post # 8
We are on a tight budget too and we are doing the same thing that previous posters have said. We have a friend who has speakers that hook up to a sound board and we are just going to hook our Ipod up to this. It actually sounds good. The only problem for us is that we have to do this for both the ceremony and reception so we need to figure out how we are going to get them from outside (our ceremony will be taking place at a lake) and inside to the ballroom…