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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!