Playing your song
The CeremonyIf marrying in a house of worship check regarding any rules on song selections, as well as regulations on house or outside musicians.
Classical, hymnal or other processional music is often appropriate.
Keep in mind the tempo and length of the song so that it will match the gait and size of the wedding party.
Talk about styles and what to expect with the musician(s). Also arrange to have payment or a tip provided for his or her services.
The ReceptionIs the wedding formal or informal? Traditional or contemporary? Aim for music that suits the style or theme. A full-piece orchestra mightn't suit a casual party.
When choosing music, consider not just your own tastes but those of your guests. You can't please everyone, but a wide range will ensure that more people dance and enjoying themselves.
ContractsSign a contract and work out payment agreements to protect yourself.
Here are some points that should be covered in the contracts.
* Price, deposit amount, additional charges (travel, food requirements, etc.), and overtime rates.
* The number of musicians who will be attending and what instruments they play, in the case of a wedding band.
* Names of specific people you want, such as DJ, lead vocalist, emcee, and what compensation will be made if these people are not available.
* Date and hours they’ll be working.
* Additional services, such as dramatic lighting, dancers or party favours.
* Number of breaks and how the break time will be covered, such as with recorded music.
* Style of dress or costumes.
* Specific music requests and list of your wedding attendants so they’ll have the right names if announcements are being made.
Ask others for musician recommendations. When you attend weddings, take the cards of performers you enjoyed. Contact prospective performers early on to ensure your wedding date is available.