(Closed) What instruments are you having for your ceremony?

posted 10 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
390 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

All I know that I’m having for sure is a four piece string quartet. I’m not even sure what exactly they all play, I just know it sounded good!  I may also have a saxaphone for a solo because I’m a huge fan of his playing.  The woman I would want to play the piano is amazing, but I feel like she only gets to attend weddings when she’s playing, and I want her to attend as a guest.  I think at this point we are just looking at the string quartet and the solo saxaphone.  I would recommend contacting the musicians you are considering and asking them how they usually play.  If they play as part of a group, you can inquire about hiring the other individuals as well.  Also, if they play often enough, groups often have a CD or website that you can listen to for ideas of what music you want and what sounds you like so they can put together an ensemble from what you share with them.  You can probably do searches online and get lots of information and hear some combinations too. Hope this helps!

Post # 4
312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

only one acoustic guitar 🙂 SO excited!

Post # 5
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

12 string guitar, that’s it

Post # 6
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

My brother played his acoustic guitar. 

Post # 7
225 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I originally wanted a string quartet… but we have hired a piano trio – it includes a pianist, violinist, and cellist. It sounds beautiful! I like what the piano adds to the music.

I wouldn’t mind having a solo guitarist, either! So many things you can do with that!

Post # 8
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Hotel Vitale

Mr. Peep really wants a cellist. The problem they seem to only book 3 months in advance, so I haven’t booked them yet.

Post # 9
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Piano for the mass.

Organ for the processional and recessional. 

Post # 10
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009 - Beach Social Hall

We are having a solo harpist 🙂

Post # 11
123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I used a group that plays at my museum (a historic house).  They include a hammered dulcimer, guitar and violin.  They dressed in period costume on the guests loved it!  Best of all, since they aren’t in the wedding "biz" they were a great price. 

Post # 12
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

I played in a string quartet for my brother’s wedding.  We had two violinists, a violist, and a celloist.  A string quartet playing Canon in D sounds beautiful (I’m biased).

Other combos I would recommend as a musician:
Piano and guitar
Piano and string trio (like at the Presidential inauguration)
Organ and string (cello or viola)
Harp and cello
Harp duet

I wouldn’t recommend for the ceremony:
Solo flute or picallo (too shrill)
Brass (trumpet)

Great solo instruments:
ukalele (Hawaiian Beach wedding)

Good luck!

Post # 13
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Harp for us! It was really nice 🙂 I wanted a mariachi band too but husband didn’t like the idea haha

Post # 14
94 posts
Worker bee

flute and piano

Post # 15
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We are having a pipe organ and trumpet (the trumpet is for the processional and recessional pieces only, both are by Jeremiah Clarke).  It’s actually a combination of instruments that is quite common at the chapel where our wedding will occur.  IMO, it is really helpful to find a recording of a piece with all the instruments you want (even if it is not the same musicians) to see if that is the sound you were imagining. 

Post # 16
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We’ve got a string trio booked.  Violin, Viola and Cello 

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