(Closed) Ceremony Musicians… what kind?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: What type of music did you/will you have at your ceremony?
    String Ensemble : (8 votes)
    40 %
    Harpist : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Pianist : (3 votes)
    15 %
    Recorded Music played by DJ : (3 votes)
    15 %
    Other, I'll explain below... : (5 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Actually, we had 2 CDs from a korean fingerstyle guitarist. We really wanted modern, contemporary music, so we had simon and garfunkle, the beatles, the eagles, etc, all on an acousic guitar. Our venue (a plantation house) had it playing for everyone while they all sat down, then they transitioned into the ceremony music CD I compiled. We didn’t have a DJ but it was the same effect. I looked into a live musician (a solo guitarist) but couldn’t find anyone to play the genre/style I wanted. Live musicians are really nice, but they are also really expensive and I couldn’t justify the hundreds of dollars for that versus $40 for the CDs since the venue included sound system

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    We’re having a string duet (violin and cello). They’re playing regular classical music for the predule, Canon in D for the precessional, and “All You Need Is Love” for the recessional.

    We only paid $300 for an hour, so it was totally worth it to us (especially since we were quoted at $600 or more by other musicians). We found them on craigslist and they’ve been amazing to work with so far!

    Post # 5
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    we’re having a pianist, but only because our friend is playing for free! you should go with what you like.

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I think string ensembles can have an amazing depth of sound, a really rich tone. I was at a wedding recently where they had an organ for the church ceremony then a harpist at the cocktail reception which was just lovely.

    My finace plays the trumpet, so we’re looking at having a trumpeter alongside the church organ.

    Post # 7
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

    Strings and pianist!

    Post # 8
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I’m having my ceremony in my university chapel which has a big, grand organ, and the organist fees come with the package!

    We were going to have strings until we found that out.

    Post # 9
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    Newbee

    i agree with fiftyfootbride. strings and piano would be beautiful

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    We’ll have a ‘pianist’ – using a keyboard for our outdoor ceremony =)

    Post # 11
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    Worker bee

    I picked “other”.  Though not for everyone, I am so excited to have bagpipes.  We’re both from Scot-Irish heritage, and bagpipes have always evoked such emotion.  There are also several military members in our families.  Our setting is a beautiful, small town out in the mountains of Colorado, so I think it will be perfect!  Also, it will be a surprise…

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We are having a single violinist at our beach ceremony. She can play classical music and has some more modern options. She is also willing to learn a new song if it is important to the couple, but I think we may go the more traditional route for the ceremony (although we haven’t decided yet).

    Post # 13
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    FI’s brother was a music major in college and knows lots of musicians so he graciously offered to pay for our ceremony music as a wedding gift.  He gave us the choice of what we want and Fiance and I are leaning toward a string ensemble.  It’s such a generous offer and something we wouldn’t had splurged on ourselves.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    String sextet: two violins, viola, cello, bass and a spanish guitar. beautiful!

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