Budget Wedding Music

Even if you can’t afford to hire a live string orchestra for your wedding, you’ll still want to have some music playing during your wedding reception. Regardless of whether you want to enjoy dance music or more formal pieces, hiring a DJ or obtaining your own sound mixers, amplifiers and other equipment can be expensive. That said, there are a number of resources you can use to save money on your entertainment.

Hiring Musicians

Depending on where you’re having the wedding reception, you may be able to pay for the services of in-house musicians. In some cases, local restaurants may have existing contracts with musicians in your area that you can hire. If you choose a large enough hotel, they might also offer these services. You can also check to see if any local musicians or bands regularly play at weddings – although if you choose this path, it’s important to interview these groups to make sure they can play the kind of music you’re looking for.

Music Students and Clubs

Chances are, your local high schools and colleges have students taking music classes that may be willing to perform at your wedding. If you want traditional orchestra music, this may be the most affordable option. Just be aware of the limitations of student performers – don’t expect professional quality if you hire high school students to perform. You may also want to include some pre-recorded music in your plans so that you have a variety of musical arrangements available.

Radio DJs

In many cases, you’ll find that radio DJ’s own the necessary equipment to play at your wedding. In addition, they’ll also know how to manage speakers and amplifiers, and how to select appropriate music tracks. If colleges in your area have radio stations, you may also want to ask if any of the student DJ’s will manage your wedding reception music. As with all of these options, you’ll need to compare how much they’ll charge with whether or not they can produce the level of quality that you’re looking for.

Pre-Recorded Music

Today, many couples rely on pre-recorded music for their wedding needs. While this isn’t necessarily a negative thing, it’s crucial to have the appropriate equipment that will produce quality sound. Ask local DJs what type of amplifiers and other equipment they use and then do some research on what models and brands are recommended. You may find that it’s cheaper to purchase your own equipment than to hire a musician or DJ – plus you can sell the equipment later to recoup some of your costs. However, if you decide to use this option, be sure you have someone on hand to handle the sound system while you’re busy with other wedding events.

Without question, music plays an enormous role in separating poorly planned weddings from beautiful ones, so take the time to select individuals and equipment that provide the quality you’re looking for. If financial concerns are an issue, do your research – there are plenty of low cost music options available that will make your wedding magical.

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Filed under: Receptions — vicky at 8:05 pm on Tuesday, July 1, 2008