Hints & Tips
- Before hiring musicians or selecting songs, it is a good idea to talk to your ceremony site. Find out if they have any rules or restrictions. Many venues (i.e., churches, historical sites) have rules about what is and is not allowed in the ceremonies that take place there.
- Start a rough outline of your ceremony service order. Talk with your officiant, your coordinator (if you have one), or both, about where in the ceremony you would like to have music.
- Pick one person to be the single contact person for all musicians involved in your wedding. This person could be your spouse, yourself, one of your parents, or another trusted individual. Having only one contact minimizes confusion and helps to keep everyone on the same page.
- Designate one person to oversee the musicians on the wedding day. This person should provide copies of the wedding program, specify where the musicians should set up, and be able to relay any changes that have been made. Coordinators are accustomed to such responsibilities, but keep in mind they are often tied up during this time frame and may need someone else to do it instead.
- Choose someone to give the musicians cues in the prelude and during the ceremony. Again, it often works well for the coordinator to do this, but this is not always the case. Also, make sure your ushers know not to start seating the grandparents or mothers until the right song is being played.
- Many wedding sites will recommend their own accompanist, and this usually works out to be the best option, as this person will likely be very familiar with the venue, process, etc. Nonetheless, if you would prefer to use another accompanist and would like a recommendation, let me know.
- Usually, musicians do not need to be at the rehearsal the night before the wedding. If there are other musicians involved, we will coordinate a rehearsal time together, either an hour or so before the ceremony, or sometime earlier that week.
- Music helps set the atmosphere for your wedding, so take some time to think about what you and your future spouse really want. Whatever you envision musically, I will work hard to help make it happen!