(Closed) ceremony musician vs. DJ providing ceremony music?

posted 9 years ago in New Jersey – North Central New Jersey
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We had our wedding outdoors and the band provided the canned music indoors.  they put a speaker near the window and piped it out.  I don’t think it looked that weird.  They moved the speaker and wires after the ceremony.  You could do the same sort of thing in the same hall.  Just ask the DJ about providing this.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

My girlfriend who used the same dj as me, had an outdoor wedding.  He set up a small system and microphones and I didn’t think it was odd at all.  It was really kind of cool as the songs she choose were very different then traditional ceremony music and very appropriate to her.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I’ve planned weddings that have utilized both of your ideas.  The choice is truly up to you.  Go with whatever you think best fits the style of you and your groom. 

For a really fun, chic Boston loft wedding the DJ played different songs as different members of the bridal party walked down the ailse for the ceremony (no announcing of names like in a reception but different choices for each person).  This was really fun and got the ceremony off to a great start and fit the Bride and Groom’s personalities.  Guests were not at all confused as to where the sound was coming from.  You could probably get your DJ to throw this is an extra and the cost should not increase significantly.

If you want to go with a solo musician, I love the idea of the guitar.  You could also get a trumpet player or even a keyboard player.  For a solo artist for an hour, the rate is around $150 in the NJ area. 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2009

HI Jess,

This is an interesting question for sure!

It’s really up to you if you want to choose live music or a DJ for your ceremony. They both will provide the music you want and at reasonable rate.

The question is: Do you like frozen/canned fruits, or fresh and organic?

As far as rates, I think a professional musician should not charge more than $150 (depending or your wedding location) for the ceremony.

Make sure they have experience and performed at weddings before!

Best of luck!

PSQ

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2009

HI Jess,

This is an interesting question for sure!

It’s really up to you if you want to choose live music or a DJ for your ceremony. They both will provide the music you want and at reasonable rate.

The question is: Do you like frozen/canned fruits, or fresh and organic?

As far as rates, I think a professional musician should not charge more than $150 (depending or your wedding location) for the ceremony.

Make sure they have experience and performed at weddings before!

Best of luck!

PSQ

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