Post # 1
Hello! I’ve been lurking around the boards for a while but this is my first post.
I’m getting married outdoors in a park. I’m trying to find an inexpensive way to do music for the ceremony. I thought about just doing pre-recorded music, but I’m not sure what equipment is needed to pull this off.
Is anyone else doing (or have done) something similar? If so what are you using for the music?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
We’re having our ceremony outside in my fiance’s grandparents’ backyard. We are renting some sound equipment from a local music store and just hooking up our laptop (and having someone control it for us). Do you have access to plugs where you are in the park?
Post # 4
How big is your space and how many people are there? It may be cheaper to get a solo instrumentalist. Depending on the number of people and the noise level of a park, a harp/guitar may not be loud enough. They tend to be inside instruments.
Some outside friendly wedding ensembles are;
Brass (Trumpet, French Horn, Cornet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba)
Saxophones (Likely Tenor or Alto)
Fife and Drums
Bagpipes and Drums
Jazz Trio Amplified (String Bass, Keyboard, Drums or Sax)
Vocal Quartet or Octet, solo dramatic voice
If you are going to do a pre record you will need;
~ Access to electricity; can you hide the extention cords?
~ Speakers; either two up front or you can do some surrounding the area as well. You will want to test this out ahead of time and not seat someone who is sensitive to louder noises right near a speaker.
~Mini-Sound Board; this doesn’t need to be a huge 10 channel dig, just enough to plug in your CD/Laptop, and make that interface with the speakers.
Also, check with the park about noise levels and music restrictions. Some public places have specifics on what they will and will not allow.
Post # 5
I don’t know what your budget is, but I’m in central PA and I found a string trio for under $400. Live music might be cheaper than you think. You can also call local colleges (or even high schools, especially if you have one focused on arts near you) and see if there are any students who might be wanted to play for a little spare money…
Post # 6
Live music is probably more affordable than you think. Even a solo musician, such as a violin, a guitar or a flute, would add a lot of charm and beauty to your wedding, and would be cheaper than setting up sound equipment for pre-recorded music. Also, have you tried contacting nearby colleges to see if they have a student orchestra with members who would be interested in performing for a smaller fee than professionals? Many college-level musicians are very accomplished at performing the type of chamber music you hear at ceremonies (it’s really, really easy) so you could get a great deal this way, and support young artists in your community.
Post # 7
I played in many weddings while I was in college, and for a quartet, were paid anywhere from $300-400 usually! I second looking at nearby colleges. You can find some awesome talent at great prices, and usually you can set up a meeting first to hear them before you commit. Good luck!
Post # 8
We are having a guitarist who brings his own amp and speakers. He’s done a lot of weddings and with the speakers the sound carried fine. A soloist was cheaper than a trio or quartet. My friend had a quartet from our high school – they were okay, but not amazing, whereas our guitarist is an excellent musician. He charges $225 for the ceremony, which includes his commute, 20 minutes before and after, processional, recessional, and anything we want during the ceremony. Plus another $125 for cocktail hour. We decided that pre-recorded music would require a DOC since our friends will be in the ceremony and we don’t have a DOC.
Post # 9
Thanks for the suggestions everyone!