With so many excellent wedding vendors out there, the initial prospect of searching for and selecting the right vendor for your needs can be overwhelming. You want to choose experienced musicians whom you can trust to set your mind at ease and ensure a solid performance for your wedding day.
Here are three criteria that will help you in selecting the right wedding musicians:
1. Professionalism and Responsiveness
You can learn a lot about the quality of a vendor by your initial experience with them. After you inquire about their services, do they reply within 24 hours (sometimes even less)? Do they answer your questions thoroughly and offer advice about wedding music? Are they responsive and adaptable about accommodating special requests? If they are professional about the initial stages of contact, then you can expect that they will arrive at your wedding early, be properly attired, communicate effectively with your wedding planner, and be flexible and adaptable for last-minute changes.
2. Experience and Expertise
You deserve every aspect of your wedding day to be perfect. That's why you should select a musical ensemble whose members have been playing together a long time. This is a good indicator that they have performed at many weddings and other events. Ask them to tell you about their previous experience and if they have testimonials or references. You want to ensure that your musicians have the expertise to make your wedding day unforgettable.
3. Knowledge of Wedding Repertoire and Ability to Accommodate Special Requests
For your wedding ceremony, you want musicians who know the traditional wedding repertoire, as well as be able to accommodate your special requests. If you have specific pieces in mind for your processional or bridal entrance, be sure to tell your musicians. Otherwise, tell them about the order of your wedding ceremony and processional (for example, whether your parents will be walking down the aisle first, how many bridesmaids and grooomsmen you will have, and so forth) and ask for their recommendations. For wedding receptions, you are looking for musicians to provide background music that is pleasant and enjoyable. You should be sure the musicians have a collection of fast and slow pieces to vary the pace of the music and create the right ambiance for your guests.
Choosing the right vendor for your needs can be a stressful process. I hope that this article has provided valuable insight to assist you in your selection.