(Closed) Live ceremony music vs recorded music advice!

posted 7 years ago in Music
  • poll: Live music or no live music? Sacrifice the feel I want?
    Live music all the way : (8 votes)
    47 %
    I wouldn't even notice it wasn't a real musician. : (9 votes)
    53 %
  • Post # 3
    209 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We don’t have room in our budget for live instruments, otherwise I’d probably be going through the same problem. We are planning on playing a VSQ playlist for our ceremony. But our ceremony is going to be outside on a patio & pretty casual. 

    Post # 4
    389 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I didn’t vote because I definitely would notice it wasn’t a real musician (I would look around for the string quartet and realize it was a recording when I didn’t see any musicians).

    However, I think a recording would be fine so you could have the music that you want.

    Post # 5
    2359 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I would sacrifice it for the music I want.   No one is gonna care if its live or not

    Post # 6
    3339 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    I don’t understand why you can’t have the music you want with a live musician…

    Post # 7
    199 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    If you hire a quartet, you could buy the sheet music and give it to your musicians so you could have the actual song played by live musicians — or pay them extra to track it down for you. If you’re just having two musicians, you won’t be able to have the exact same arrangement, but they might be able to put something together for you that gives you the vibe you are looking for.

    Post # 8
    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I couldn’t justify the cost for live musicians for 20 minutes (max) of music when I already have a DJ set up in the same space. Yes, I love the feel of live musicians, but it was an area I was willing to cut.

    You do need to have someone who knows what they are doing running the recorded music (can fade out if needed, watch the length in case the processional is taking longer than expected, deal with speaker problems, etc).

    Why aren’t live musicians able to play the sheet music version of VSQ?

    Post # 9
    1423 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    We ended up not have live musicians for the ceremony and just had the DJ do the ceremony/cocktail hour/dinner/dancing music.  It was way cheaper — especially because it is so hard to find a good ceremony musician.   

    Post # 10
    776 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @rango6:  I hired a violinist and cellist and he is more than happy to arrange whatever I like for the duo. Maybe you need to find different musicians? 

    Post # 11
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    @rango6:  I hired college students from a local university (I just emailed the music department and asked for a list of student string quartets) and they were cheaper than paying a DJ to do the ceremony. They were really sweet and flexible, and they told me they’d play anything I could find sheet music for. I really wanted our recessional to be “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz, so I found some sheet music on the Internet, and they learned it and played it beautifully! They also learned a couple other pop songs that I requested. Could you ask around and find a musician/group who can learn some of your VSQ songs if you send them sheet music?

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