(Closed) Ceremony Musicians vs. DJ

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Should I hire ceremony musicians?
    Yes it would look ridiculous if you didn't... : (0 votes)
    Yes but its not the end of the world if you didn't... : (6 votes)
    50 %
    No save your money... : (6 votes)
    50 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    If you want some inexpensive but good musicians, contact a local university and its music department.  There are plenty of good, cash strapped college students who are musicians that might do that for a song! 

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee

    Do any of your family or friends play instruments?  I bet you could find a pianist/keyboardplayer among the group.  Depending on your area, a violinist and keboardist should not be more than a few hundred bucks a pop.

    Post # 5
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    513 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I agree with the posters above.

    When I was in undergrad- I had a full out of state scholarship in music performance. I did countless weddings for close to nothing compared to what I am paying. AND I played for my girlfriends wedding last yr with an accompanist… I was free.

    Or- is there anyone at your church who would be willing to play their acoustic guitar or piano for the event? (we are having two classical guitarists and a cellist play during our wedding ceremony)

    We decided not to let any of my musician friends play- merely because I didn’t want them "working". I wanted them to be full guests…

    Or conversely- you could ask the DJ to fade the tune out gently… I am sure then it wouldn’t be as abrupt as you are worried about?

    Post # 6
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    2681 posts
    Sugar bee

    I am having a DJ, simply because the song I want to walk down the aisle to, I want the exact version that it should be (The Princess Bride theme song) and I dont feel like I can guarantee that with getting musicians.  I am having a harpist for the cocktail hour though.  Im sure your DJ can figure out a way to not have an abrupt end to your song, even just by fading out the music as you reach the end of the aisle.

    Post # 7
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    2434 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2008

    I think there a lot of money saving tips to let you hire musicians.  If you can swing it, it might be worth it!  Good luck!

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