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Wedding Ceremony Music: Keep it Professional or Get a Friend to Do it?

I get it. Weddings are expensive. You’re probably looking to save money wherever you can, and I don’t blame you. There are some really creative ways to do that. In fact, you can read about some genius money-saving tips in this blog post. Music sets the tone for your wedding, so I don’t believe that wedding ceremony music is a place you should skimp.

It might be tempting to ask your friend to bring his home sound system and arrange some music for you. There are so many ways this could go wrong, and I’d say that the only exception to the ‘Don’t ask your friends to handle the ceremony music’ rule is if your friend is actually a professional musician. Here’s why:


Image credit: Sinead Nic Gabhann – Ceremony Singer


First impressions last. Your wedding ceremony music is the first impression anyone will have of your special day. If you want to wow your guests (and who doesn’t?) then music is the way to do it!

Music sets the tone. I said this earlier, but music really does create an atmosphere. A professional will help you choose the music that reflects the type of ceremony you want for your big day.

It’s all about flow. The pros will know when to start playing and finish playing so that your ceremony flows. They will fill in gaps when needed. If you’ve ever experienced awkward gaps between songs, you’ll know how disrupting that can be.

How about something special? A professional wedding singer should be able to learn one or two pieces especially for you to make your ceremony special and unique.

Guests notice. Being told by your guests that your ceremony music was amazing, is a wonderful feeling and a great way to start your married life.

Pros don’t get nervous. Nerves can get the best of anyone so you want to make sure the person won’t chicken out and leave you high and dry.


Have you seen our supplier listing? We’ve got some incredibly talented musicians who would love to make your day that much more special. You can check them out over here.


Main image credit: Fionnuala Monks

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Kelly Jane Hartmann

Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.

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