As a wedding officiant, I find that music selection is often one of the last items on “to do” list. And for couples who choose small, private ceremonies, they may believe that a live musician(s) is well beyond their budget. But that is not necessarily true! There are many options readily available to brides and grooms, planning any type of ceremony.
For a small, low-budget wedding, why not consider hiring a musician-in-training to perform at the affair? New York, of course, is home of world class music conservatories including Julliard and the Manhattan School of Music, which will gladly offer up student performers for the big day.
Many of my brides and grooms find the online directory Gig Masters an invaluable tool in securing a performer or ensemble for the ceremony and reception. Co-founders and “gig-masters,” Mike Caldwell and Kevin Kinyon combined their passion for music and the internet and transformed their two-person part-time experiment into a company that now staff’s over 20 full-time employees. Since launching the company in 1997, the gig masters have become nationwide with the largest database of client-rated performers on the Internet and well over 130,000 bookings. Rocking the philosophy that great entertainment truly is “the life of the party,” these two gentlemen offer a simple guide to planning your wedding (or event, whatever it may be), while specializing in ensuring its entertainment meets all standards. With everything from belly-dancing, to hypnotists, to mariachi bands, to flutists, your options with the gig masters are unlimited. If you struggle making decisions about performers or play lists, not to worry, because you’re in luck! The guide includes popular and most requested entertainers and entertainment to help direct your choices as you work through the simple planning checklist.
Music is just another opportunity for couples to let their unique personalities shine through. Consider the happy couple Maja and Gary, who came to New York from Brisbane, Australia to marry. Gary, a formal barrister back home, found a talented Steel Drum player who brought added joy to their destination wedding at the Gapstow bridge in Central Park!