Congratulations, you are getting married....that is the great part!
Yes, but now you have to plan for the wedding – this is a bug undertaking. The things you will need to think about include the dress, wedding flowers, ceremony location, venue, rings, food selection, guests list, seating arrangements, music, invitations, honeymoon plans, limos, and so on. That is the not-so-great part!
The wedding planning experience can be both uplifting, and frustrating.
This post will address how to plan the music for your wedding. Do you want a DJ or are you considering hiring a musician for your wedding? We aim to help you in your decision-making process, and hopefully reduce some stress.
Wedding music entertainment...or not?
Unlike other aspects, the music you choose or not it totally up to you. Do you want bands, DJ's or musicians? It is truly an option.
So, first of all where do you want music played and how. Recorded or live?
Your main options for music are during:
b) Drinks reception
c) Wedding breakfast
d) Evening party
And if you chose any of the above, do you want live music (hire a musician or band), or recorded music (book a DJ)?
Your Wedding Ceremony
Your Wedding Ceremony, will undoubtedly be the most personal part of your wedding day.
Hiring live musicians are preferred for wedding ceremonies. They enhance the ambiance and emotional setting. And being human, as opposed to recorded music, they can react quickly to changes in the environment.
For example, as Bridal Party members, enter and leave, a ceremony area, Live Musicians can very naturally alter the music tempo (speed, feel, etc.), to keep in sync with what is happening around them.
Therefore, if you desire Ceremony music of any kind, my suggestion, is Live Musicians (either solo, duo, or trio). And instead of the classic organ, you might want to try something different....flute, harp, piano, violin, cello, guitar or saxophone music for your wedding ceremony.
If someone in your family has musical talent, why not invite them to perform a song...it will make I a much more memorable experience for you, them, and your guests.
Your Wedding Drinks Reception
Wedding Drinks Reception, also known as the Cocktail Hour, will have music playing throughout. Whilst the bridal party can’t be there to enjoy it, don’t forget about what your guests will be experiencing at this time. Make it memorable!
Whilst it’s common that drinks and canapes will be served – what kind of music could you have? Now we may be a bit biased, but there is nothing more inviting, than live music as one enters a room...it creates a certain, welcoming, ambiance. It sets the mood. It says to your guests, "yes, come on in, and have fun!"
We have attended great drinks receptions with musicians, and great cocktail hours with DJ's. It is your personal choice, but some people feel musicians, tend to add a elegance and a better atmosphere.
Your Wedding Breakfast
The Bridal Party has finished picture taking, your guests have loosened up with a drink or two and now it’s time for the main meal.
This is another point in the day when you might want to add some background music to create a welcoming atmosphere to the meal. You don’t want anything too loud or overpowering… no one will appreciate loud music…especially not your older guests. But something soothing will create a different vibe to no music at all.
Your Evening Party
The formalities are over, so let the party begin!
From that special first dance, until the party's end, you definitely want either a DJ or Live Band providing the music.
Although some DJ's are great at getting parties really hopping, bands and live musicians tend to be more dynamic. And let's face it, nothing sounds better than live music.
So in summary, while both bands and DJ's are great for Reception Music, if your budget is tight, DJ's are much more affordable.
For your live musical entertainment, Essex Saxophonists for Hire can add magic to your day. We can be booked for welcoming ceremony music, soothing songs during your drinks’ reception and wedding breakfast, as well upbeat tunes for your party.
If you want to add the wow factor to a DJ set, add a live saxophonist into the mix. Your favourite tunes will be played with a sax flavour; creating unique party that will be forever remembered.
If your wedding is in London, Essex, Kent, Surrey or Sussex contact Saxophonists for Hire by calling 020 8088 0945. Why not use this Wedding Planner Checklist to help you with other aspects of your special day.