What to know about wedding musicians will depend on the kind of wedding in your plans. Additionally, you will want to decide if you need musicians for the ceremony alone, the reception alone or for both. Once you have decided these things you will be ready to choose your musicians.
The most traditional weddings use a piano or organ for playing the Wedding March as well as the recessional. Someone may sing during the ceremony and the person is generally accompanied by the instrument.
For less formal settings, the music for the ceremony itself may be provided using a recording. The couple may choose a song that is currently popular for these portions of the service or there may be no music at all.
Many couples choose a band for the reception. The band can provide dance music for the entertainment of the guests. You will want to determine the length of the reception before contracting with the band.
Instead of live musicians, many couples today choose a DJ to provide the music for the service and or the reception. Mobile DJs often have access to all the sound equipment needed for either an indoor or outdoor wedding and play a large variety of music. This helps to meet everyone’s tastes.
Before choosing a musician or a DJ, it is a great idea to have heard them in action. You do not want to pay someone that is going to cause you special wedding day to be anything less than perfect. In addition, you should ask for and check references. If you have friends that have recently had a wedding, you might consider asking if they would recommend the musicians from their wedding.
Wedding musicians can help to set the mood and atmosphere for the wedding ceremony as well as the reception. Choosing the correct musicians is a very important part of your wedding plans.