Dum, dum, dee, dum!  We’ve all heard the same wedding tune over and over again.  But, there is more to wedding day music than the processional and it is important that you have good communication with all of your wedding day music providers.  (I’m having flash backs of my own wedding day when the pianist for our cocktail hour was in a fender bender and couldn’t make it!)  We are lucky to have guitarist, Rich Barry, providing music advice. Rich gives us five tips (that you might not have otherwise thought about) for wedding music and working together with your music vendors.  Take it away, Rich


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1.  Don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask questions.
For example, if there is a piece or a certain style of music that you enjoy and wish to hear on the day of your wedding at least ask if it is possible to be played.  If your musician has been playing weddings for some time they probably have already answered or dealt with your request and it is often not much trouble to accommodate. I admit, there are certain requests and ideas I haven’t been able to accommodate, however I have found that some of my best repertoire and ideas for ceremonies has come from requests of past weddings.

2.  Make sure your musicians know if the ceremony is inside or outside.
Inside there are usually no issues, however if it is outside here are a few thoughts:  If it is a summer day you might consider having a pre-prelude area where the musicians play before the ceremony.  Often guests will
remain in an outdoors area until about 10 minute before the ceremony begins.  If this is the case it is nice to have the musician(s) play where the crowd gathers and about 12-15 minutes before the ceremony then make the move to the ceremony, this often will trigger to guests to follow.  If possible try to have the musicians in the shade.  This is more for the safety of our instruments more than our own comfort.

3.  Make sure you delegate payments on your wedding day or arrange to pay before or after the
wedding day.
I often am paid on the wedding day by a member of the family, but always find it a little awkward to be paid by a bride or groom.  On the day of your wedding you really want nothing to worry about, especially paying your musicians.

4.  If your wedding is outdoors and there is a quiet instrument such as the guitar.  The musician
should have their own amplification.

This isn’t for the instrument to be loud, but rather to have an equal presence.  If the instrument is a quiet instrument it is often helpful and reassuring to be able to hear it from where the location in the ceremony where your wedding party and
yourself will be starting your procession.

5. All of the pieces that are confirmed for your ceremony music should be sent via e-mail to your musician rather than a phone conversation.
Because of the number of weddings a musician may perform per season and changes that are made for each wedding,
this is the easiest way to ensure all of the pieces are affirmed for the day of the wedding.

Thanks so much, Rich, for sharing your wedding music knowledge with us.  Be sure to check out more from Rich on his website right here.

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