(Closed) What is a good instrument to play at reception?

posted 9 years ago in Music
Post # 3
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Yes an acoustic guitar by itself can be really pretty.  Also a cello or violin is pretty.  Think string instruments.  Also, you might be cautious about using someone from a local music school.  They may not have played in public before, so be sure to try to hear them play somewhere else first or get good recs from other people.  If you go into the music school you might just ask the main reception for recs.

Post # 4
64 posts
Worker bee

Like you mentioned, an acoustic guitar would be an option, you could also do a string duet.  I heard a violin duet at a recent wedding, and they sounded very nice.  Of course for both of these options, you will probably want a mic, so you would need to make arrangements for that. 

If you want something a little less traditional, you could do a woodwind or brass duet.  Flute is a popular choice for weddings.  For myself, I’m attempting a brass ensemble (horn or trumpet) because that’s what I play, and I have a small wedding and they’re loud enough that I won’t have to worry about extra audio equipment. 

I’m in LA too, and in the process of contacting USC about musicians (I’m an alum).  I might just head over there and put up some flyers.  UCLA has a good music school too, and at either school, you’ll get some great musicians.  If you want, I can let you know what the response is once I get one. 

Post # 5
1569 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

You might have your question answered for you if you google around for wedding musicians in your area. Even if you don’t end up hiring them, you’ll see what good pairings are out there. Typically, if you only want two musicians, you might find a flute with a violin, or a violin and cello. I would strongly recommend that you hear any musicians live before hiring them, especially if you’re considering going the route of hiring students. Sometimes students have very professional and polished ensembles, but not always. A third instrument is probably going to give you a fuller and more complete sound, versus a duet which will sound somewhat small in tone, so you might consider something like a flute/violin/cello trio or something like that if you can afford it.

Post # 8
29 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

If there is a local music school (high school or college) contact them to see if any students would be interested in playing.  A student will be much cheaper with equal or better quality.  Hope this helps!

Post # 9
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Went to a wedding who had an acoustic guitar during the ceremony and it was beautiful!

Post # 10
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

piano & violin, piano & cello, piano & viola

Post # 12
43 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

a “piano” could really just be a very easy to transport keyboard.  keyboards can emit tones similar to organs as well.

a harpist from a local college may not necessarily be that expensive.  i personally like the sound of classical guitar with violin.

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