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Carolina Music Planner provides wedding music in Asheville, Greenville, Atlanta, Charleston, Savannah, Knoxville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Johnson City, & Highlands. Megan Johnson-Barnes, the founder & cellist, has been a part of the wedding industry for over a decade and specializes in string ensembles.

Carolina Music Planner offers a variety of live music options for your special day, and will coordinate the performances from ceremony music to the reception. After planning and performing music for hundreds of weddings, Megan Johnson-Barnes has streamlined the booking process to simplify it for the client from start to finish.

With diverse options from a classical string quartet to Appalachia/folk duos, CMP has an ensemble for every client.


Services Offered


Carolina Music Planner offers high-quality service options to each couple. Organized, concise packages make the process of finding the right fit for your wedding easy. In the end you will receive top-notch service and a stunning performance. Some of the services available include:

  • Ceremony
  • Cocktail Hour
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Reception
  • New Pieces
  • Travel
  • Woman-owned
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Frequently asked questions

What is the starting price for wedding ceremony music?

$450

What is the price of your most popular wedding package?

$900

Which of the following are included in the price of your most popular wedding package?

Ceremony Music
Cocktail Hour Music
Sample Music

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?

Brass - Trio
Brass - Quartet
Brass - Quintet
Instrumental - Solo
Instrumental - Duo
Instrumental - Trio
Orchestra
String - Trio
String - Quartet
String - Quintet
Soloist / Vocalist

How many musicians are in your band(s)?

1 - 3
4 - 6
7+

What instruments does your group play?

Cello
Drums
Flute
Guitar
Harp
Piano
Trumpet
Saxophone
Viola
Violin

What services do you provide?

Ceremony Music
Cocktail Hour Music
Instrumentals
Learn New Songs
Liability Insurance
Music During Breaks
Reception Music
Rehearsal Dinner Music
Sample Performances
Sound/PA System
Vocals
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Reviews of Carolina Music Planner

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Carolina Music Planner received rave reviews for their live music services at weddings and events. Reviewers praised the professionalism, prompt communication, and exceptional talent of the musicians. The selection of songs, including a mix of classics and modern hits, was highly appreciated. The orchestra created a beautiful and harmonious atmosphere, with multiple guests commenting on the special touch the music added to the ceremonies. Many couples highly recommended Carolina Music Planner for their high-quality and personalized music services.

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Carolina Music Planner received rave reviews for their live music services at weddings and events. Reviewers praised the professionalism, prompt communication, and exceptional talent of the musicians. The selection of songs, including a mix of classics and modern hits, was highly appreciated. The orchestra created a beautiful and harmonious atmosphere, with multiple guests commenting on the special touch the music added to the ceremonies. Many couples highly recommended Carolina Music Planner for their high-quality and personalized music services.

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Jenny S. Sent on 03/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Music lovers pay attention!!

I wish I could give this team a MILLION stars! My husband and I hired them for our ceremony and cocktail hour music and they are PHENOMENAL. I chatted with Megan ahead of time on what songs we wanted to play, and as me and my husband are both varietal music lovers who love all kinds of music, we loved that they had pre-made playlists of not only the classics, but pop, rock and even 90s grunge! Cannot say enough great things about them!
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Steve Sent on 11/18/2023
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Best day ever

The music was so beautiful. We hired a violinist and keyboardist and they were fantastic.
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Jenn N. Sent on 10/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Elevated Everything!

We were blown away by the quality and performance Carolina Music Planner provided for our wedding. We loved getting to choose the perfect songs for our ceremony and they truly elevated everything to the next level. Highly recommend!
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Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
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Team

Megan Johnson-Barnes
Megan Johnson-Barnes
Founder/Cellist

Megan began playing the cello as a young child in Atlanta, GA. After moving to the SC low-country in 2004, she studied with Damian Kremer and Natalia Khoma in Charleston, SC. Through her high school studies, she was an active part of the Beaufort, SC classical music scene, regularly performing with the Beaufort Chamber Orchestra. She was principal cellist of the Beaufort Youth Orchestra through grade school, eventually teaching cello students in the area. She began performing for weddings/special events over 10 years ago, and has since played/organized hundreds of events. She attended the University of North Carolina in Greensboro as a Cello Performance Major, then finished her studies with Natalia Khoma at the College of Charleston, completing her Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance.

Megan has been honored to share the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Andres Cardenes, Bela Fleck, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, William Preucil, and many other world-renowned musicians. She attended the advanced division of Brevard Music Festival. Currently living in Asheville, NC, she enjoys performing with the Johnson City Symphony, STACE, and her regular string trio consisting of harp, violin, and cello. She will be sure that your wedding/special event music is performed at the highest level of professionalism, only hiring the most talented musicians in the region.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, Tate.

Hiking, calendars, fun-colored pens, traveling to new places, & meeting new people are some of Megan’s favorite activities.

Some of her favorite artists (and requests) are Thom Yorke, Samuel Barber, Metallica, Evanescence, Tool, The Cranberries, anything Baroque, soundtrack music, Linkin Park, & Imogen Heap.

She chooses to donate to Helpmate to support domestic violence awareness. She believes in healthy, happy love (whatever that looks like for you). Carolina Music Planner supports LGBTQ clients with open arms.

Teresa Curran
Teresa Curran
Administrative Assistant and Lead Violinist

Teresa is a freelance violinist who currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina. She has played professionally for over 25 years in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. She currently plays with the Asheville Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, & Greenville Symphony. She has also been part of small ensemble groups that specialize in weddings, receptions, and corporate events and most recently co-founded Cabaletta Strings.

Teresa earned her Bachelors degree in violin performance from Converse College where she was concert master. During her college days she was selected to play the Spoleto Festival in Italy with Sweelinck Conservatory of Amsterdam. She also spent summers studying at Brevard Music Center in Brevard N.C.

Some of Teresa’s musical highlights have been performing with Edwin McCain, Ray Charles, Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Mark O’Conner, Roberta flack, Moody Blues, and Seven Nations.

During her free time,Teresa enjoys drawing her whimsical art, playing piano, volunteering at animal rescues, and spending time with her 2 dogs.

Rachael
Rachael
Lead Violinist

Rachael began her violin studies at the age of two. She made her professional debut with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16, and continued her violin studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Rachael has held positions with the Asheville, Greenville, Charleston, and West Virginia symphonies, and most recently served as Performing and Visual Arts Coordinator at Chautauqua Institution, a nine-week summer festival in Western New York. During her time at Chautauqua Institution, she oversaw all of the institution's arts education and community engagement initiatives, including in-school residencies for students with disabilities made possible through grant funding from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition to the standard classical repertoire, Rachael is deeply
committed to exploring musical diversity and the broader scope of the fine arts spectrum. Her work has been lauded for its diverse programming, thought-provoking subject matter and mission of social change through the power of music. Rachael lives in Morganton with her husband, and maintains an active Music Together® teaching schedule and private studio for gifted students.

Professional Network & Endorsements

5 Endorsements
PLAIN WITH SPRINKLES EVENTS PLAIN WITH SPRINKLES EVENTS Wedding Planners

YALL - One stop shop for your live music! They will set you up with everything you need - Almost all female musicians - including bagpipe!! They go above and beyond for you.

Bespoke Strings, LLC Bespoke Strings, LLC Wedding Musicians

Megan is an excellent cellist! She is innovative and can play any genre of music! You won't be disappointed with her work.

Ten Cent Poetry Ten Cent Poetry Wedding Musicians

Megan is one of the most professional musicians I have had the honor to know, work with and perform for. She has everything needed to be a successful contribution to any event and works hard to keep the bar high. She is smart, classy, incredible with communication, organized, hard working and is a virtuoso player. If you are lucky enough to book her, you are well on your way to a beautiful wedding!

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