Budget Wedding Music Ideas, Suggestions, & Tips
It’s safe to say many couples are scaling back their wedding budgets because of these uncertain economic times. Wearing the wedding dress your mom or a good friend wore, shortening the guest list, throwing a less elaborate reception, or spending less on wedding music are all common ways to tighten the cummerbund.
If you’re hoping to have beautiful wedding music, but don’t want to break the bank to get it, here are some ideas to consider:
- Use only one instrumentalist – probably guitar or piano – for all your music. If they are accomplished on their instrument, they should be able to handle all your instrumental wedding music needs, and if they can sing, so much the better.
- Consider using amateur talent. You might have friends who would volunteer to help, or there might be a college or weekend ensemble of some sort who don’t depend on music for their living and would be willing to play for a lot less than a professional group.
- Use prerecorded music rather than live. We think this is a great approach, as evidenced by all the great wedding music you can listen to and buy on our website at a tiny fraction of the cost of having it performed live. This is much more common than it once was, and allows you to choose or combine different styles of music – instrumental, vocal, pop tunes, classical, and so on.
- Have your musicians do double duty – playing both at your wedding and reception. They get 2 gigs without having to pack up their instruments and drive to a second location, and so might give you a substantial break on the cost! This could give you the added flexibility of combining costs on some other vendor services as well. If you’re thinking about choosing fun, lighthearted music your reception, we’ve created an album just for you: Fun Wedding Music!
The less expensive route is not always the best – consider carefully how it will affect the mood and memory of the day if there are some less than perfect performances. Long after your guests have forgotten what pieces were played during the prelude or what they dined on at the reception, they’ll remember if their were some musical train wrecks during the processionals or ceremony. On the other hand, it may be perfectly acceptable if you’re a relaxed couple and a family member’s playing or singing is emotional and touching but not perfect.