(Closed) Outdoor ceremony music

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

we’re having our friend play the keyboard. he’s going to play traditional jewish wedding music.


Post # 4
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

The pavilion we are getting married in doesn’t have electric. But FI’s dad is going to try to rig something up so we can use my Ipod and FI’s speakers.

Post # 5
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We had a string duo and it didn’t seem too formal for our garden wedding.  The strings carried really well without amplification (no electricity in the garden). 

Post # 6
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

a guitarist would be really cool and a more casual song can be played….

Post # 7
25 posts
  • Wedding: March 2010

I agree with the strings or guitarist. Either of these aren’t too formal but still very beautiful. I have no idea what we are doing yet.

Post # 8
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We have no electricity either, so are having a friend play guitar / ukelele and another friend sing.  I hope everyone can hear…but if they can’t, there’s not much we can do!

Post # 9
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My sister got married and had a string quartet. . . didn’t seem too formal at all. 

Our wedding is outside as well, and we are planning on an accoustic guitar.  Very laid back.  I’m so excited!

Post # 10
1020 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We’re having a guitarist and will probably find a way to pipe in my ipod for other stuff.

Post # 11
3363 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We are having a piano player playing classical music and traditional wedding songs.


Post # 12
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House

Our cocktail hour will be outside.  I originally REALLY wanted a jazz trio, but since that couldn’t fit in the budget, our DJ will pipe this type of music outside for us.  For an outdoor ceremony, though, I recommend splurging on live music!

Post # 13
92 posts
Worker bee

I think a string quartet or guitarist would work really well.  I’m having a ceremony in a small courtyard and I’m thinking either a harpist (if our budget will allow) or an acoustic guitar. 

Post # 14
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Thank you so much for asking this question! I really wanted to see what everybody else was doing, but I kept forgetting to ask.

At first, my fiance and I considered not having music at the ceremony… Until I saw a wedding on TV, and got the chills!  Music is important to me, so we decided that we have to do something.  We were considering setting-up an iPod (does itunes sell wedding songs? ;)).  However, I like all of your ideas with string instruments.  I guess it’s another thing to add to my to do list (great!).

Post # 15
165 posts
Blushing bee

Ceremony music can run the gammit and as you make your decision, I’d really consider how important having musicians or the type of music is to you rather than stressing over what kind of music an outdoor wedding “should” have.  All of the suggestions people have posted in response to your post have been really great.

In order of most to least expensive (at least from the quotes I had received in my area)

– I think a string quartet may be a bit much for an outdoor wedding unless it is a really large wedding, but they create such a beautiful ambience at weddings that everyone would be too impressed to give it a second thought.  Strings also have broadway and mainstream music in their repitoire so it doesn’t have to be terribly formal or stuffy.  Very expensive though so unless money is no object and live music is very important to you, you may want to opt for another choice.

– String duo (cello & violin).  Definitely not too formal for an outdoor wedding.  Love this idea.  Runs about $650 in my town so again depends on if live music is a priority and your budget.  If you still live near the high school or college you went to and they have a good music program, many times they have string groups that do events which could be less expensive and a way to personalize your ceremony.

– Harpist and/or floutist.   Harpists and flutists are very traditional and appropriate.  A good way to get in a musician without breaking the bank.

– Guitarist.  I love this idea because it allows for such versatility in ceremony mood.  The simplicity of an acoutistic guitar is really nice for outdoor weddings.

– iPod w/speakers.  As long as you have speakers that project well (there are a number of decent iPod compatible speakers available now too) this is a great, no fuss idea.  Many large estate venues that give you the option of using their music go this route now.

– The good ‘ol boom box that runs on batteries.  Obviously this would depend on the size of your wedding and quality of your speakers.   Check with your venue too…they may have a way to get electricity out to the garden for a bigger cd player or large speakers….they can help you with ideas for what works and what doesn’t.


Post # 16
3576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We are getting married outdoors as well and just assigning a very responsible friend to work the music with our ipod. I’m planning on buying a good Bose docking station w/speakers specifically for this.

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