Post # 1
Anyone NOT doing any background music during the time when the guests arrive and start seating in the ceremony area? Of course it would be nice to have some soothing music during that time but would anybody really notice it? Or notice that it is lacking? I’ve been to a few weddings, but I can’t recall this detail. I only remember this wedding I went to at a church where they had someone sing to the guests during the preceremony time.
We don’t have live band or harpist or pianist or singers. We only booked a DJ for a 6-hour package, which will cover the ceremony, cocktail hr, and reception times. They offered to play some music in the room during the 30 min before the ceremony for extra fee, because it is considered overtime. I don’t know if it is really necessary?
Post # 3
I think it’s a nice welcoming touch to have background music playing when guests arrive for the ceremony, but like you said, no one will really miss it if it’s not there.
Our ceremony & venue were at the same location, and we also had a DJ only because I wanted to walk down the aisle to a song by Sade, so live musicians weren’t necessary.
The DJ charged us a little extra for the extra time and the extra set-up of speakers at the ceremony site, but it was well worth it to us to have the ambient music.
We wanted guests to feel welcome from the start, so we played mellow music and served lemonade and iced tea when they arrived at the ceremony.
Post # 4
This may be helpful- I really wanted a string trio for our ceremony, and my budget was pretty tight , and I couldn’t afford it- and I actually ended up hiring music students from a local university who are actually looking for places to perform! What’s been great is that, I’ve been able to meet with them several times, as we select different pieces, and I’m saving more than half the cost of a professional trio- may be worth looking into in your area. So if you decide you want some music before the ceremony, i’d suggest this!
Post # 5
Its not a necessicty, but it is nice. If you know anyone who plays guitar or anything, they could just play lightly before hand.