4 Reasons Why Your Wedding Ceremony Needs Live Music

Although there are many costs that can quickly add up while planning a wedding ceremony, here are 4 reasons why you shouldn’t skip out on live music in order to save on your bottom line:

Atmosphere

Are you tired of booking live music for your house party? Do you need a break from the string quartet playing Grieg each morning when you wake up? Realistically, these complaints certainly don't apply to the average person! We save live music for our most special occasions, and the atmosphere created by professional musicians just for you and your guests comes second to none. There is also certainly a special feeling created by musicians playing their instruments live. Would a concert be the same if there were no musicians on stage and simply pre-recorded sound being played? In our case, a duo performing on instruments mainly associated with classical music, a real sense of elegance and classiness is created when we perform live.

Requests

We play a lot of requests – more than we initially expected! We love when people pick music that is special to them, and this often involves some pretty unique songs. However, the instrumentation in the original recording might not always be the most appropriate for a wedding ceremony – this is where we come in! We can make an arrangement of the song, preserving all the melody/harmony, but giving it a classy twist of being played on classical instruments. There definitely aren’t recorded versions of these special requests. A memorable arrangement we did lately was of The Vaccines' I Always Knew. It turned out great, worked perfect as a processional song, and added that special touch to an already exciting moment!

This is the couple we played The Vaccines song for! Aren't they sweet? http://www.jessicalittlephotography.com/

This is the couple we played The Vaccines song for! Aren't they sweet? http://www.jessicalittlephotography.com/

Sound

I’ll be honest – amplified sound systems are very difficult to get right. Playing recorded music through a PA system can often sound muddy, muffled, or harsh. A proper setup really does take someone knowledgeable, often involving an expensive rental, and setup/sound check time.  With acoustic instruments, there are never any technical difficulties, very little setup time, and a lovely natural sound that is adjusted on the fly to accommodate how many guests are present in order to not be too quiet or too loud. Classical instruments also especially excel in big reverberant spaces, such as churches. A lot of classical music was written for this setting, therefore the music projects and fills the space in such a beautiful way. And because we arrange our popular music to suit the needs of our Classical instruments, it works out perfectly.

No Technical Difficulties

As I mentioned previously, there are never technical issues when working with acoustic instruments, and power isn’t even required! For parts of wedding ceremonies that require careful timing, such as the bridal processional, it definitely helps to be able to make up appropriate endings on the fly, rather than a fadeout or a full stop on a recording! Occasionally, tempos must also be slowed down to accommodate not ending too early. Not a good look if the bride hasn’t finished walking down the aisle and the song has ended! A recording will never wait, but we keep a close eye on every aspect of the wedding to ensure smooth transitions (TIP: If you have a big wedding party or know your venue of choice has a long [rocky staircase] aisle to walk down - and you've decided to wear heels - mention it to your musicians). Lastly, no sound check is ever needed as well, as musicians are quite good at using their ears to adjust the volume of playing as they go along.

To most people, music doesn’t seem that important to something like a wedding ceremony until it goes wrong or is missing. Hiring experienced musicians with many, many wedding ceremonies and other events under their belt ensures a memorable and smooth event with a beautiful atmosphere.

5 Popular Recessional Songs

When choosing to have live musicians at their wedding, couples are usually mostly thinking about what processional song they’d like to have. However, the one that everyone seems to get stuck on is what recessional song to use. It should be upbeat and fun, but classy and beautiful – here are some popular numbers that work great and we love to play. 

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5th Annual Evening of Recognition for Niagara Sustainability Initiative

We were thrilled to be invited to play for Niagara Sustainability Initivative (NSI) for their 5th annual Evening of Recognition. To both of us, it is of utmost importance to put forth our community and environment's state in our everyday decisions. Being newer to the city, we were excited to see such a great and passionate group coming together for the ultimate goal of preserving and bettering our environment. Check out their initiatives and become more aware of what's going on in your community at http://niagarasustainability.org/.

For the entertainment portion, we selected an array of popular tunes that a variety of people would be familiar with. Because of the age range that we saw, we spanned our music selection from the Beatles all the way to Ariana Grande and Nathan Sykes. 

Photography was done by Erin Bernardo

Riverbend Inn and Vineyards

We spent our New Years Eve in the company of the guests of the Riverbend Inn and the wonderful, attentive staff dedicated to making the evening special for every customer. The unique elegance of the venue lent itself to creating an experience that was unforgettable. Guests listened to a variety of music, ranging from Jazz, Tango, Classical, and popular hits throughout the 1990s and 2000s.

Something that we would like to start is having an interactive post on a social media platform (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) about song requests. We always love playing customers’ requested music, but it does take a little planning in advance! Who wouldn’t want to personalize the music they are tuning into while eating a delicious meal?

AG Inspired Cusine

AG Inspired Cuisine is a season-inspired menu restaurant that hosts a live music act every Friday and Saturday evening 8-11pm. We were invited to play this past weekend and were excited to perform. As you walk into the restaurant, you are enveloped by the alluring atmosphere created by the warming and soft décor, the kind staff, and the aromas travelling from the kitchen straight to your senses. The layout of the restaurant makes it easy for you to enjoy a meal with loved ones with smart spacing, yet adhering to a level of coziness. The menu offers a variety of exquisite options inspired by seasonal food grown locally, giving you a farm – to – food experience.

AG Inspired Cuisine

We wanted to ensure we’d match and contribute to the ambiance that AG Inspired Cuisine had established, so we put together a list of music to include variety, uniqueness, and elegance. Our music selection ranged from some jazz tunes arranged by Nikki Iles, Tango music, well-known Classical pieces, and more popular tunes (from Elton John to Rufus Wainright to Taylor swift).

We are looking forward to play more during their live music evenings (Fridays and Saturdays) and always invite requests the week before on our Facebook page.

Feel free to check out the sample below of one of the pieces we performed: