Tips for Choosing Wedding Musicians

Planning a wedding celebration can be crazy, fun, and overwhelming all at once! So many decisions, so little time. Menu? Decorations? Flowers? Wedding Invitations? Bridal Showers? Music? Lets focus on the music and share suggestions to ensure a successful wedding celebration.

Things happen so just keep cool and let the wedding professionals help you by virtue of their expertise! If you are a do it yourselfer, allow extra time for the learning curve. Just relax if stuff goes wrong like the ring bearer forgetting the ring up on the 16th floor of the hotel room, or the ceremony starting 35 minutes late because Uncle Bob took a wrong turn driving to the church.

Always trust a professional. Remember: You are planning one wedding. Professional help plan thousands. Many people are looking for value today and may believe that because Aunt Bertha plays the piano, she'd be perfect as your cocktail pianist. Aunt Bertha may know "Love Me Tender", but do you want to hear it over and over? Don't disappoint your guests or yourself by cutting corners? If she wants to play as her gift to you, invite her to play one or two songs. Let Aunt Bertha be a guest.

Leave the music to the professional who has a wide repertoire for everyone. They are able to take requests, play polished, professional arrangements--and do it all while smiling and carrying on a conversation without taking their hands off the keys.

For a beautiful, elegant, and classy wedding ceremony and reception use "live" music. Keep the CD's in the car. If you are absolutely on the tightest budget you can hire a solo musician for what two dinner entrees or a lovely flower arrangement would cost.

Do not cut corners with your ambience. Music sets the tone for your day. Your guests will notice. Keep this thought in mind for your wedding showers, rehearsal dinners, and your post nuptial champagne brunches.

Trust your friends for referrals that they have dealt with for their special occasions. If you don't know of anyone, the facility where you are planning your event usually has a list of preferred musicians for specializing in wedding ceremonies, receptions, and corporate events.

Ask your friend and the venue about bands, orchestras, dj's, florists, photographers, and caterers. Just ask a catering coordinator for their list of professional musicians; this list of recommended vendors most likely did not pay to be listed! Anyone can get listed in a phone book or a wedding magazine for a fee. Recommendations cost nothing but are tremendously valuable resources.

Brides planning Catholic wedding ceremonies need to consult with the musical director of their local churches before selecting musicians. It is common practice for the church to require you utilize their "in house" musicians and will not allow you to bring in "outside" vendors. Remember when planning your wedding, always trust a professional with a proven reputation. Enjoy your special day!