Post # 1
Yes, I have posted on this before but I’m still stressing about it. I decided to do a poll…I feel people are more honest that way.
My budget is shot…by shot I mean absolutely positively destroyed. Our lovely dj has offered to do the music for the ceremony as well. He claims he has small speakers that no one would notice but what worries me is the abrupt end to the song when I finally make it to my destination as well as the "tackyness" of it all. (i know thats not a word weddingbee supports but its the best word for this right now…) Our DJ is a professional but this isn’t something he normally does although he has in the past.
A bit of background info: We’re getting married at a ridiculous mansion that my mother picked out for me. I feel like now if we dont’ do everything just so it will be very noticeable….
So here’s the quesiton:
Should I let the DJ do the music and save a few hundred dollars or hire a ceremony musician for around $400 mind you my budget is shot?
If you have seen weddings were they used the dj how did it go down Good or Bad?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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!
Post # 8
I ended up booking a guitar/flute duo for $300 including travel from Ri to CT.
If anyone needs his contact info let me know!