(Closed) To have ceremony musicians, or not to?

posted 10 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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23 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We’re asking our DJ to play music – not sure yet if it will be classical and modern.

I think people will either hear the music but not really make the connection that there’s a live person playing it.  Or it might take attention away from you and the wedding party if people feel obligated to pay attention to the performer.

Now, if you love the idea of a live musican, it’s very posh and classic, but I think it’s also dependant on the mood you want for the wedding.  I feel the live music is very formal.  Our wedding is causal and the live performance would feel out of place.

I think you should have music you LOVE at your reception, and if someone can move you by playing it live, go for it.  If there’s something else you love / want for the same price, put your money into that instead.

Good luck!

Post # 4
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1091 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

I’m in the same situation!

 Since the DJ gave a wide time limit, we can ask anytime for him to  dot he ceremony I thought I’d check with local college msuic departments a few months away from the wedding to see if there are any student quartets etc that play at weddings.

 If not though, we’ll just do the DJ, b/c I think in the end, it prob isn’t that big of a deal, but I’d still prefer live musicians.

 Good luck!

Post # 5
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60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I was able to get a wonderful live harpist for about $300. It was worth every penny.

But we also didn’t have a DJ that would do the ceremony for free-that’s pretty nice.

I say, shop around some more if you really like the idea of live music, but don’t bust your budget for it, especially because the DJ can do the job just fine.

Post # 6
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2025 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Check out Gigmasters.com for your area. They are where I booked my band, and have countless musicians available. You can read reviews and listen to some of their music. They have a variety of price ranges.

Post # 7
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78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

We had our DJ do the ceremony music and it was great! I don’t think anyone even noticed there weren’t live musicians. 

We used an instrumental version of Nightswimming by REM for the processional and I walked down to Ben Harper’s Not Fire, Not Ice. We actually got compliments on the music choice and apparently lots of my family cried (in a good way).

At first we were stuck on having live musicians (which are great if you have the desire/funds) but in the end, I’m glad we saved that money. 

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