Post # 1
We are on a budget that our caterer has already destroyed but here’s my question.
Ceremony Musicians are they really necessary? We are having an outdoor ceremony on the grounds of the mansion we rented for the day. Our amazing dj has offered to provide the music for the ceremony free of charge. Is that cheesy?
The only musicians I have been able to find are asking $650+ for less than an hour of work….That’s hard for me to swallow.
What do you ladies think? And if you’ve been to a wedding where a dj did something similar how did it go? Was it a big deal? Is this something people really notice?
Post # 3
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.
Post # 4
- 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.
Post # 5
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
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
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.