Every couple wants their wedding day to be a memorable and fun occasion for their friends and family. Live music is often one of the difficult choices couples have to consider before their big day. The right ensemble can create the perfect mood while, sadly, a mediocre or unprofessional group can really spoil a special moment. Here are some of the most important points to consider when making your choice.
Finding a group
You might be lucky to come from a musical family or have musician friends who can help you source a great group for your ceremony or reception. If you're not that lucky though, you will have to do some careful research yourself. You can start by looking at online wedding directories that list wedding suppliers in your area or by attending a local wedding expo or fair. There are also dedicated facebook groups where you can post a request for quotes, most career musicians will belong to groups such as these and will respond. And of course, you can always rely on good old google to help you out!
Choosing a group
If you are getting married in or near a city, chances are you will have plenty of options to choose from. Great! Now you have to start sifting through them to find your dream team! The most important considerations are usually quality and budget, these have to be carefully weighed up to make sure you get what you want. It's always wonderful to have live music at your wedding, but if you can't find any musicians who are professional and trustworthy that also fit your budget, it might be better to have a DJ play recorded music rather than having someone play your wedding march like a drunk duck. Here are some important factors to consider when making your decision.
Logistics on the day
So, after careful consideration, you have finally chosen your band or ensemble. Now you have to make sure that everything goes according to plan on the day. You can help the musicians save time and be efficient by ensuring that their chairs are already set up where you would like them to play when they arrive(this should always be in the shade). Armless chairs are a necessity for most string and wind players as they need space to move while playing. Professional musicians will always arrive 20 - 30 minutes before their alloted playing time to set up and ensure that everything is set up well. You don't have to provide food for short gigs of 2 - 3 hours, but water or cooldrink is always a kind gesture especially on hot days. If your ceremony is outside, make sure you have a backup plan in case of strong wind or rain as musicians won't play outside in bad weather. If you have a group playing for your walk down the aisle, make sure you communicate beforehand how you will indicate to them when you are ready to start walking.
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