Devoted October 2020

No ceremony musician

Erica, on August 23, 2019 at 9:11 AM Posted in Wedding Ceremony 0 23
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Is anyone not hiring a ceremony musician? Our ceremony is going to be maybe 20 minutes MAX, and I cant justify spending $500+ for that short of time. I was going to just pay a family member to bring a bluetooth speaker and essentially "DJ" the reception, but idk what we're going to do about a microphone. Anyone else struggling with this?


  • Samantha
    Expert October 2020
    Samantha Online ·

    I wouldn't pay for a musician either. The space we're renting has a resident organist, but no sound system. So, we're just planning on projecting. It'll be a small ceremony of 65 people max so I don't imagine people will have too difficult a time hearing.

  • Erica
    Devoted October 2020
    Erica ·
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    We're having close to 145 people and the ceremony is outside, so I'm worried about people not being able to hear us
  • IvyAndKris
    Rockstar October 2019
    IvyAndKris ·

    We skipped that cost as well. It just didn't make sense for us. We have two really good speakers for the reception and bought a speak with microphone at Costco for less than $100. We may not use it much but it's still cheaper than a musician. I think you'll be fine if you have someone who can be responsible for the music.

  • Caytlyn
    Champion November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
    Our DJ is providing ceremony music for an additional $100. Any live music definitely would have been out of our budget.
  • Kelsey
    Super September 2020
    Kelsey ·

    I extended my DJ's contract to include ceremony music. It's an extra 200 for the ceremony music and for him to play during cocktail hour. It seems much more reasonable than hiring ceremony musicians which was going to be over 300.

  • Danielle
    Savvy May 2020
    Danielle Online ·
    Yes. I'm gonna do a complete ceremony playlist. Everything from seating guests music to the Brides walk all lined up connected to Bluetooth speaker. My cousin will know every song for everything. I'll buy a mic.
  • Sarah
    VIP September 2019
    Sarah ·
    We also extended our DJ contract to include the ceremony and it cost us $150 and it included a lapel mic for the officiant and one for FH.
  • Sara
    Super October 2019
    Sara ·

    We're paying our DJ for ceremony music. We expect to have a super short ceremony (we're aiming for 15 minutes) but we also want background music for probably the hour leading up to the start while people arrive. He has a separate PA system and speakers so the transition between the ceremony and reception will be seamless. For an outdoor ceremony, especially with that many people, I'd definitely recommend some kind of a sound system. I know our DJ got married outdoors far away from any outlets and ended up buying a generator run PA system so everyone could hear them. That's probably a little over the top, but even a 20 minute ceremony would feel really long if you can't hear what's happening

  • Cyndy
    VIP May 2019
    Cyndy ·
    We use two speakers for our ceremony and a friend played music from his phone. We didn’t use a speaker but just tried to speak loud enough for people to hear. We had a friend stand in the back and my officiant would watch for his signal if she started to get too low and it worked.
  • Erica
    Devoted October 2020
    Erica ·
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    My DJ wanted to charge us $400 extra for a ceremony sound system
  • Amber
    Super May 2020
    Amber ·

    I considered a ceremony musician but I couldn't justify the price for the time they spend playing. We planned on foregoing a DJ altogether until I realized how stressful that would make the day of (trying to coordinate all the different playlists we would have to make). Luckily we found a DJ who is doing our ceremony and reception for $600. If you haven't signed for your DJ yet, I might try to find one cheaper, $400 is crazy just for the ceremony add-on!

  • Caytlyn
    Champion November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    Holy moly 😳
  • Erica
    Devoted October 2020
    Erica ·
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    He was cheaper than most in my area, and I went to a wedding that he DJd and it was really fun. I could justify maybe $200 extra but $400 was too much
  • Yam
    VIP September 2019
    Yam ·
    We’re not doing it either. We found a very nice harpist but after paying for our reception band we just couldn’t shell out $400 for a ten minute ceremony. I’m honestly considering no music at all, it’s not a traditional ceremony with a bridal party or anyone walking down the aisle. Maybe I’d hear songbirds.
  • Jordan
    Expert September 2019
    Jordan ·

    Our DJ is providing ceremony music at no additional cost.

  • Melle
    Rockstar June 2019
    Melle Online ·
    Yea I had a church friend be the av guy during where we just played music off a speaker
  • Cher Horowitz
    Rockstar December 2019
    Cher Horowitz ·

    We aren't hiring a musician either. That would've busted our budget really fast!

  • EmAbrams
    Devoted August 2019
    EmAbrams ·

    We are using a Bose speaker and a playlist on my cell phone which a friend will control. No need to spend the money on 20 minutes. I completely agree with you

  • Future Louie
    Super August 2019
    Future Louie ·
    Like everyone’s saying, you can absolutely have your DJ play the ceremony music. We had that option, but I desperately wanted a live guitarist. Thankfully, it was all one price for having him at the ceremony AND cocktail hour so it was nice having some live music while everyone mingled. If you’re having a cocktail hour, and want live music, I’d recommend finding someone who can do both. But if it’s not important to you like it was for me, absolutely forgo it!
  • MrsJackson
    Super October 2018
    MrsJackson ·

    I rented a PA/Speaker system from the rental company I used for the tent, chairs, tables and everything. I had a cousin basically press play when it was time, and the DOC helped with timing.

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