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Hints On Booking Live Music For Your Wedding
 by: Gavin Scott

Part 1 - Types of music

Ceremony

There are a myriad of ideas for music during the ceremony, from string quartet to bagpipes! Singers -from solo to a choir, organist, trumpet, brass ensemble and harpist are just some of the many other options.

Reception Drinks and / or Wedding Breakfast

For background or 'dinner' music between one and three musicians is ideal, unless you are expecting more than about 100 guests, when you might want a slightly larger band. Vocalists can be somewhat distracting for purely background music, particularly during a meal, as it can seem like more of a performance, and guests may feel rude talking while they are singing.

Musicians particularly suitable for background music are:
Jazz trio or duo, (or quartet for larger events);
Solo jazz guitarist;
Solo classical guitarist;
Solo Spanish guitarist;
Jazz or classical pianist;
Harpist;
String quartet (an exception to the 1-3 musicians rule).

Dancing

For a wedding it is important to remember that there are likely to be a very wide mixture of guests, with a correspondingly wide mixture of tastes. It is therefore prudent to consider whether your choice of a profane rap band is really what your Granny is going to dance to. A quality covers band should be able to cater to a wide audience, encouraging your guests to dance without beating them over the head with pumping bass drum when they are still digesting the sumptuous wedding breakfast.

About The Author

Professional musician Gavin Scott ( http://www.bassplayer.co.uk ) has performed at some of the world's most prestigious venues, from the Royal Albert Hall to Monte Carlo Sporting Club, where he has performed for royalty, and played alongside artists such as Elton John, Liza Minelli and Earth Wind & Fire. His jazz band Manhattan ( http://www.jazz-trio.com ) are the band of choice for weddings, parties and corporate events throughout the UK.

This article was posted on September 27, 2005

 

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