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Live Ceremony Music on a Budget - 4 Money Saving TipsBy Kyung LeBlanc
So you want to have some special music during your wedding ceremony, but you are on a budget and don't want to break the bank? Fortunately you have many options for live wedding ceremony music and there are a number of steps you can take to reduce cost while still creating a special and unique atmosphere for your wedding ceremony. Here are 4 tips that can save you some money.
Find your own musicians
While it may offer you peace of mind to book your musicians through an entertainment agency, you will almost always pay less if you remove the middle man and book the musicians directly. When booking your own musicians, research is critical. Wedding Wire and similar sites are a great resources to find and compare wedding musicians. Be aware that some websites, like Gigmaster, take a cut from the musicians and this may increase your total cost.
Organ Plus One
Organ is probably the most common used for wedding ceremony music. An inexpensive way to spice up this fairly common setting is to add another performer along with the organ. Trumpet for example can add a brilliant quality to the ceremony music and can be used to highlight special moments such as the bride's entrance and newlyweds recessional. Soprano or tenor voice might be another combination to consider. Solo voice set against the orchestral accompaniment of the organ can be very moving.
Sometimes, all you need is one or two musicians to take care of all your ceremony music. Some instruments perfectly suited for this task are solo harp or solo guitar. Solo violin or solo cello are also very good options that are sometimes overlooked. While they don't have the lushness of a string quartet, a solo string instrument can offer a simple elegance and intimacy that will draw the listener in. When considering duos, the possibilities expand greatly. Some common duos include, flute and harp, violin and harp, violin and guitar, and cello and violin.
Add the Cocktail Hour
This tip may seem counter intuitive, but you can often get more value for your money(and a discounted rate) if you use the same musicians for your wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. Some instruments that are particularly suited for both tasks might be, strings(solo or group), harp(with or without additional instrument), solo guitar, and of course piano.
Wedding ceremony music can really add that special something to make your ceremony more memorable. By applying one or a few of these tips you may be surprised how affordable it can be!
Kyung LeBlanc is the founder of the DC based, Sage String Quartet. This DC string quartet was established in 2007 and has grown into an elite consort of some of DC's most accomplished musicians. Visit her wedding string quartet website for more details and advice regarding your wedding ceremony music.
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