It would seem a bit much to pay a solo musician all of 10 minutes (if that) to play music for a ceremony/recession. I’m referring to those with just a couple guests or if it’s just the two of you. Sure, it’d be nice ambiance, but I don’t think it’s worth it in the grand scheme of things.
So if no music, do you just walk up to your groom in in silence?
Do you want into the space together? Ours will be an outdoor space.
Just trying to think of the various options. I think we’ll see other prior for a first look.
@sienna76: I have the same question! I’m eloping and one place I contacted wanted $75 to play music, so forget that. Fiance wants to get married on the beach and I wouldn’t want to drag a cd player/ipod around and who would start/stop the music? So looks like we’re going to walk together down the aisle. We’re driving together to the location so he’s going to see me before the wedding anyway. Plus I am shy to begin with and having to walk down an aisle alone with no music and people staring would make me run for the hills. Sorry that probably wasn’t any help :/
We weren’t going to have music for our ceremony either because of the logistics of starting and stopping an Ipod dock; but our officiant said that even if we choose to have no processional song that we should definitely have some kind of music playing while we sign the paperwork; otherwise it is really awkward. I suppose if it is only the Bride and Groom it would be fine; but for any guests it would be weird to sit in silence while the Bride/Groom and witnesses are signing papers.
@ItsAmandaYall: You’ll need a witness to sign the marriage license, have them carry the ipod. Even if you guys are driving down together you can always change your outfit on location and meet up with him. It’s really up to you hun. I had 2 ceremonies. One in my garden, We were both barefoot, I put my bouquet of daisies in his pocket through out the ceremony. My dad married us (he’s a minister). My husband helped me zip up the dress before the ceremony! If you are comfortable with the no surprises element go for it. When the rest of our families and church caught word they were pretty pissed:( So we had a 2nd ceremony with the bells and whistles:
I had more fun in the 2nd ceremony but the emotion of the first private tying the knot beat out every birch tree and all the horns in the 2nd ceremony.
I realize the original post here is now two years old… but if anyone else out there is searching for some ideas still… I am having a small outdoor wedding in early October and plan to place a few outdoor chimes around.
Nothing too loud and disruptive… just something subtle, easy, affordable and fitting for my outdoor venue. I’ll probably just borrow some from my mom; however, I do like the idea of buying new ones that I can keep in my yard to remind us of our ceremony.
We deided not to have a big bridal party, so it seems silly to pay $250 for our DJ to set up a second sound system. This way, my hope is that everyone can enjoy the short ceremony and the chimes will help break the silence.