Wedding Music Planning on a Budget


Tips to cut down costs on your wedding music

With the uncertainty of the global economy, a lot of engaged couples have had to scale back on their plans for a big wedding. Measures to cut down on costs are popular, some of which include opting for a smaller wedding with a shorter guest list, using mom’s wedding gown, using online resources to send out invites, scrimping on favors, and using recorded music instead of hiring a live wedding band.

However, music is an important part of the wedding and makes the day even more special than it already is. While it is something that may not be as easy to cut corners on, it is definitely possible to have your dream wedding come true with a beautiful ambience that only the best wedding music can provide without shelling out big bucks.

Here’s how:

1. Think of the numbers

The first thing you need to do is to think of exactly what you need. If you’ve only invited around 50 guests, do you really need a full string quartet? A small number of guests means a small wedding, which would most likely mean a smaller venue as well. Instead of hiring multiple musicians to perform and provide music for your wedding ceremony, how about hiring a soloist to play guitar or the piano to play the instrumental pieces and provide accompaniment to the vocalist? If that doesn’t quite meet your standards, then you may also consider hiring a string duo or trio instead – just make sure that the musical pieces are made specifically for a lesser number of instruments so that it won’t sound so empty without the other pieces.

2. Look for talented amateurs

Amateurs, such as musicians from a local college, are usually very talented and less likely to say no to working for a price that’s less than what professional musicians would demand. If your family is musically inclined, it’s a great idea to have family members play for your wedding. Not only will you get to show off just how talented your family is, you’ll also get to include them in your plans, which makes them feel involved in the whole process. Or you could also ask your friends to play for you on your wedding day, and consider it as their gift for you – which means you get your wedding music for free.

3. Time management

Do you really need your musicians to play all throughout the wedding ceremony and reception? Chances are, you won’t really need them to play anything at certain parts of the program. So how about using recorded music, such as classical preludes in between while your guests are being seated, and have the musician play starting from the processional to the recessional? If you’ve hired them to play for your reception, consider having them play only after dinner, and switch to pre-recorded dance tracks for the after party.

4. Consider the location

While you may have set your heart on hiring the best live band from your hometown, but are marrying in your husband-to-be’s hometown all the way on the other end of the country, it may be best to have a listen at some of the music played by local wedding bands. Not only will you be able to save on costs for transportation and accommodation, it’s a chance for you to experience the local music scene and possibly find a hidden treasure.

Regardless of how you decide on your wedding music, bear in mind that cheaper doesn’t always translate to better. Make sure to listen to your chosen band live so that you’ll know what you can expect to hear on the big day. Ultimately, wedding music is something that can transform your wedding day into an unforgettable experience not just for you, but also for your guests, so it’s a great idea to spare it some thought.

About the author: Melissa Page is a professional writer who loves everything about weddings. She blogs for Music for Scotland, a premier live music agency who presents regular wedding band showcases in Glasgow. When she’s not busy writing, she hangs out with her friends in a coffee shop.