24 Jul 2015 Admin

Wedding Music: Live or Pre-recorded?

Wedding music might seem like something very easy to figure out, but it can actually be pretty tough to get through. For one, you’ll need to decide if you’d rather have music played live all throughout, or put together a play list of songs for every part of the wedding. And once that’s been decided on, you’d need to look for a band or get good copies of the songs you want to include in your play list - it’s all just one big decision after another!

Fortunately, you don’t have to agonise over whether you should have live wedding music or not - why not do both? Here’s how to go about using both live and pre-recorded music during your wedding day:

Check your budget.

Budget is a recurring point in most wedding articles, and for good reason. If you have the budget to hire a wedding band for the entirety of your wedding day, then there’s no need to discuss when to use pre-recorded music. However, wedding bands do tend to cost a bit, so knowing how much you can shell out for wedding entertainment or, in this case, music, will help greatly.

Assess the playing space.

Sure, you may have the budget to hire a wedding band, but does your venue have enough space to accommodate them with all of their instruments? If you’re having an intimate wedding at a rather small venue, perhaps it may be better to consider having an acoustic wedding singer perform, or even have a pre-recorded play list.

Determine what kind of musicians you have.

You may know someone who knows someone who’s affiliated with a wedding band, or a group of wedding singers. That, or a friend or relative offered to perform some songs on your special day. Whichever the case may be, knowing just what type of musicians you have access to should be one of the first things to take into consideration. Are they more of the band that plays at wedding parties, or do they have experience in playing tunes for the wedding ceremony? 

Having a clear idea of just what kind of music your wedding musicians can bring to the table will make it easier for you to figure out when to have them play. 

Figure out which parts of the ceremony are critical.

Finally, once you’ve got your budget, musicians, and space all figured out, determine which parts of the ceremony are deemed critical. Critical parts need music that have less chances of experiencing a hitch. 

Ideally, the prelude and the postlude are non-critical parts, so having your musicians (especially friends or relatives who offered to sing a song during the ceremony) perform during this time would be suitable. On the other hand, processionals should be flawless, so it might be a great idea to have the music for this part pre-recorded - leaving you with one less thing to worry about!

Still need help? Contact Music for Scotland!

If you’re still unsure of just how to get through your wedding music dilemma, it’s time to bring in the professionals. Contact Music for Scotland now, and we’ll help check off one of the toughest items on the wedding planning list!

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