• Erik Folgate

    I have a friend at work that’s getting a string quartet to play at their wedding, and instead of hiring an expensive professional trio, she’s getting aspiring music students to do it, and paid a third of the amount for it. Great tips, Casey!

  • Jillian Lovejoy

    These are great! We actually hired a string quartet of high school students for our ceremony, and plugged a laptop into the sound system with our own playlist for the reception. Both worked great and saved us a bundle!

  • FrancesB

    I’m afraid this article should be entitled “10 ideas to have horrible music at your wedding ceremony and reception”. I wouldn’t ask friends, family, or students to perform for such an important occasion, I would hire some qualified professionals. I’m sure there are good ones available for fair rates.

    • Casey Slide

      Why do you say that? Did you have a bad experience?

      • FrancesB

        Not personally, but I was at a wedding of a friend who used amateurs and their performance was really quite bad. I wouldn’t want the musicians I’d choose to make my guests laugh or turn away in horror.

        • Casey Slide

          That’s not good. Perhaps the couple did not listen to them perform beforehand? Hopefully that would be a rare situation, but it’s a reminder to make sure to listen to the amateur beforehand!

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