Choosing music and musicians
The wedding music is a fundamental part of your ceremony. It can evoke powerful emotions on the day and can set the scene for you and your guests. You can make the music for the ceremony either traditional, unique or anything in between. From organ music and wedding harpists to live bands, there’ll be no problem finding music perfect for you. It is important to consider wedding music for all parts of the ceremony: the bride’s entrance; the signing music; the processional music and the wedding disco. There is information from choosing music for your wedding to questions to ask your DJ.
Music for church weddings
Wedding music has always been a tradition during church ceremonies. Your choice of music for the ceremony need not be traditional though! Your vicar will be able to advise you not only on classic hymns but also alternative types of music like harpists. Make sure your choices are within the technical range of your organist and easy and familiar for your guests. You want everyone to sing loudly!
Wedding music for your civil ceremony
Are you having problems choosing wedding music for your civil ceremony? It can be tricky to find the perfect music for the ceremony. This is because you’ll want it soulful and important to you, but also permitted by the Registrar. Few civil ceremony venues have an organ so it is worth considering a wedding harpist or pianist. Religious content isn’t permitted, so instrumental options can be substituted. At the end of the day, it is a personal decision, so if the Titanic theme tune is what you want, it is always worth asking!
A string quartet or wedding harpist is a beautiful way of providing wedding music for the ceremony. They can set the scene at the beginning of your ceremony and during the service, before continuing to the reception and for the rest of the day. Generally, musicians advertise their main speciality, however, most are very flexible and can play more than one instrument or provide singing as well. Professional musicians will be able to adapt their repertoire to play during the church service, then quietly during the wedding breakfast, before upping the tempo for the evening. Just be aware that the longer your band plays, the more this will cost.
Live bands for your wedding reception
There is nothing quite like a live wedding band to get your guests dancing and to turn the evening reception into a night to remember. Prices for live bands range more than any other aspect of your wedding, from £500 to £5000. The price primarily depends on the experience of the musicians and the number of musicians in the band. Most wedding bands will be able to email you a link to a YouTube video of them performing, or send you a sample CD. If you are using an agency make sure that the contract confirms the name of the band, and that that is the band you have listened to the demo for, as well as whether they will provide recorded music during their breaks. It is quite popular to start the evening with a live wedding band and follow it up with a wedding disco and DJ to make sure the evening ends with everyone on their feet! Be sure to consider live bands near you.
Wedding disco’s and DJ’s
It is a real skill to get guests of all ages onto the dance floor, so it is important to choose your wedding DJ or disco with care. There are so many factors to consider that the best option is to meet up with the DJ so that you get to know each other. A wedding DJ worth this while will provide a successful disco that suits you, your groom and all of your guests. Most couples have a song that they consider to be “their” tune, and when booking your disco or band ensure that they will be able to play it for you; they won’t have an endless repertoire but should be happy to source a particular piece for you.
The wedding DJ is control of the finale of your wedding music. Therefore you need to make sure the wedding DJ you choose is the one for you and gives you the best possible wedding disco you can have! There are a number of questions you can ask give the wedding DJ the grilling that they need!
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