"Why should we consider live music for our event?"

We can think of many reasons! First, live music transmits a feeling of being "in the moment" that no recording can match. Experienced musicians know how to seamlessly integrate their pieces with what is happening around them, varying in tempo and volume as the situation demands, which a CD or MP3 player is simply unable to do. Last but not least, the very presence of live performers enhances your setting with an extra touch of elegance and romance.

How do we choose the right musician(s) for our event?

Choosing a sound that agrees with you (strings, flutes, harp, piano) is very important, but there are many other things to consider as well. A good place to start is asking other vendors (photographers, officiants, venue contacts, consultants, etc.) for recommendations. These vendors have had the opportunity to hear many local musicians handle the challenges of live performance over an extended period of time, so they will be able to provide you with the names of some standout professionals. Try to get a chance to listen to at least several groups (like many professional musicians these days, we have sound files on our web site, which makes this part easy). When considering top-rate musicians, remember that the cost is a reflection of the years they have dedicated to learning their instruments and their extensive performance experience. It goes without saying that these performers should be fully liability-insured, but you may want to ask. Remember: When you choose experience, you choose peace of mind where the music is concerned!

When/What should musicians play during the ceremony?

Most weddings include 20 minutes of music before the ceremony, while guests are being seated. For processionals, popular choices are "Canon in D" by Johann Pachelbel, "Bridal Chorus" by Wagner, and "Trumpet Voluntary" by Jeremiah Clarke, but we have arranged other songs for brides like Enya's "Only Time" or folk songs for the processional, too. Music is also a nice touch for a unity candle lighting or a meditative pause during the ceremony. Popular recessional pieces are "La Rejouissance" from Handel's Royal Fireworks Music, "Wedding March" from Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream, or "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Most musicians will be glad to help you select music that sets the stage for your special day!

For more information, here is a longer article, written by Adrienne deNoyelles, that appeared in Wedding & Receptions magazine. Page 1 Page 2

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