Still Useful Today. 

While cleaning up my website, I found this blog. As you can see, I haven't posted in a while (too busy actually doing music to spend time talking about it).

But there are still some really useful ideas and info in these posts...things you might not consider unless you've played a lot of weddings.

So, I will leave these posts up in the hope they may be helpful to couples planning their music.

SOME REAL COUPLE'S WEDDING CEREMONY MUSIC CHOICES part 2 

 

1/23/17   SOME REAL COUPLES" WEDDING CEREMONY MUSIC CHOICES     Part 2

In Part 1 of this post, I shared some ceremony music choices of some of the couples I've worked with recently.

Here are a few more couples' interesting wedding music line-ups along with my thoughts. A couple of these are somewhat unusual, but they worked perfectly for the respective couples.

***Amy and Chris:    This couple wanted more contemporary music, except that Amy had always wanted to come down the aisle to "Over The Rainbow"…

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SOME REAL COUPLE'S WEDDING CEREMONY MUSIC CHOICES 

SOME REAL COUPLES" WEDDING CEREMONY MUSIC CHOICES     Part 1

Many couples who contact me are having a hard time deciding on music for their ceremony...their processional(s) and recessional. One of the best parts of my job is helping each pair come up with the combination of ceremony music that is perfect for them.

So in today's post, I'll share some of the ceremony music choices that I played for couples this past year. Expect one or two more posts on this same topic because I have seen so many different…

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DO YOU NEED A MICROPHONE FOR YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY ? 

DO YOU NEED A MICROPHONE FOR YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY ?

"That was really beautiful, but I couldn't really hear what was said..."

I often overhear this as guests are leaving at the end of an unamplified ceremony.  After many years of hearing this and since I am amplifying my acoustic guitar, I offer couples the option of setting up a ceremony microphone.  Roughly 75% of my clients chose to include this.

Based on my experience, these are some things to consider when deciding if you should include a microphone…

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ACOUSTIC GUITAR MIGHT BE RIGHT FOR YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY IF *** 

ACOUSTIC GUITAR MIGHT BE RIGHT FOR YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY IF...

 

If you want the special touch of live music for your ceremony, acoustic guitar is an option you should consider. After playing hundreds of weddings, I've learned how to choose the couples whose weddings I can truly enhance. I'm a bit biased, of course, but here are some reasons you might consider guitar as your ceremony instrument.

 

 

     *** If you really love the sound of acoustic guitar ...enough said.

  

     ***   If you are planning a

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WHY LIVE COCKTAIL HOUR MUSIC IS A GREAT BARGAIN 

What Makes Live Cocktail Hour Music a great bargain

One of my favorite parts of playing weddings is when I also play for cocktail hour. That happens with about 50% of the ceremonies I play.

Here are some reasons why it's a great idea to have live music during your cocktail hour.

*Your guests will love having live music. I know this because I get the most positive feedback from guests during cocktail hour. People naturally respond to an actual person playing live music, and as a performer I'm more accessible…

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WHAT MAKES PACHELBEL"S CANON IN D A GREAT WEDDING CEREMONY SONG ? 

 

I play roughly 30 to 40 weddings each year, and year after year the most popular processional choice is Pachelbel's Canon in D .  That's fine with me because it's an awesome processional to work with.

So what makes it such a great processional ? 

Well ...

* Most importantly, The Canon is simply a beautiful and elegant piece of music . It is hard not to be swept along by it as the backdrop for such a meaningful event.

*The moment The Canon  begins to play every participant, and every guest ( especially…

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PLANNING YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY MUSIC--VOCALS vs INSTRUMENTAL 

Planning Your Ceremony Music

 Questions to ask yourself when planning ceremony music:

Do you have a special song to include, or are you just looking for a unique and fun approach to your ceremony music ?

Today's post will talk about including vocals in your music.

Question 4: Vocal vs. Instrumental ?

 

Because I am a singer as well as an instrumental guitarist, couples have the option of including vocals in their wedding ceremony music.  Probably 75% of the ceremony music I play is instrumental guitar,…

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QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING CEREMONY MUSIC: TRADITIONAL VS CONTEMPORARY 

 

 

Planning Your Ceremony Music

  Questions to ask yourself when planning ceremony music:

Question 3: Traditional or contemporary ?

Choosing ceremony music can be tricky. First you think about what music you like...but then you think about what your parents, or Nana, or Aunt Ethel likes.  As in so much of wedding planning, it becomes  a balancing act between your ideal vision and expectations of others.

Many couples try to decide between "Contemporary" vs. "Traditional" music.

Here are some of my…

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4 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF WHEN PLANNING CEREMONY MUSIC 

Planning Your Ceremony Music

Part 3 : 4 Questions to ask yourself when planning ceremony music:

As I started writing this, I realized that I had a lot to say about choosing ceremony songs, so I'm going to split the " four questions" into two installments...Two questions today and two more in my next posting.

 

Question 1: What mood and atmosphere do you want ?

*You probably have a vision of your wedding ceremony,  so before you choose your music,  think about how you would describe the atmosphere you're…

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