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Wedding Planner

Planning Music for Your Wedding

  1. What type of ambiance do I want for my guests and myself on this day?

  2. What style(s) of music would create that perfect setting?

  3. What are my options?

    1. Live Music:

      1. I would want someone who can provide me with knowledge, resources, skill and personality that would ease my mind and lift my spirits.

      2. What instrument(s) would capture both quality and class in this setting?

      3. The musician(s) would need to have the skill to adapt to the needs of the environment since weddings have processionals that cannot be timed, and moments where there is no speaking during the ceremony that ought to be appropriately filled with background music.

    2. Pre-Recorded Music:

      1. I would need to have the time to find the music appropriate for prelude, processional, during the ceremony, recessional and postlude.

      2. There would need to be someone available to control the starting and stopping of music during the service.

      3. Will the stopping of music in a place where it doesn't sound complete interupt the flow of mood?

  4. When should I contact a musician? - As soon as possible, 6 months is ideal.

  5. When would I meet with the musician? - About 3 months prior to the event is good.

  6. What if I have specific music I want to have played? - Let the artist know of your wishes as soon as possible so he or she can get and learn the music.

  7. What if I have a friend I want to have sing during the ceremony, could the musician provide accompaniment? - Often this is fine for both vocalists and instrumentalists. A rehearsal time would need to be determined, even if it is the day of the wedding. However, rehearsing ahead of time will ensure the best quality of music.

  8. How much would something like this cost me? - There are always several variables, like every other little detail you have to schedule for this very big day. Most harpists in the Kansas City area seem to have comparable rates. Don't hesitate to ask about their training, experience, and even their instrument. Some play the large harp, others play the small one. This can make a difference in the cost, too. So you will need to decide what is going to satisfy you on YOUR DAY.

Phaedra Moll
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