When your venue is outside, that already conveys a sense of uniqueness. Having lived in Florida most of my adult life, I can speak first-hand about the serenity of the beach. The salty sea air, cascading waves, and endless stretch of sand paint a picture of paradise. Enhance the natural beauty of your surroundings and make your beach ceremony unforgettable with the right choice of music.
Here are my top recommendations for musicians for a beach wedding:
1. Woodwind trio - Comprised of flute, oboe, and clarinet (or flute, flute, and clarinet), this ensemble is deal for a beach ceremony. The distinct timbre of each instrument carries well outdoors and projects farther than stringed instruments. In addition, each woodwind instrument is capable of playing both crisp, fast songs and smooth, slow songs at an equal volume, which is essential given the noise on the beach.
If you’re on a budget:
For a smaller wedding, solo flute or clarinet is a great alternative. Each instrument projects well and is versatile in range and style of music.
2. String duo - If you’re more traditional, a string duo, comprised of violin and cello, conveys simple elegance. For a small wedding (30-40 guests), the beautiful melody of the violin complemented by the rich sonority of the cello creates the perfect classical sound. Against the backdrop of the gentle waves, the blended harmonies of a string duo will welcome your guests and make them feel relaxed.
If you are expecting 20-30 guests, acoustic guitar is a great choice. The smooth sounds of the guitar coupled with the smooth sounds of the rolling waves will evoke the perfect imagine of simplicity and romance.
3. Brass trio - Ideal for any outdoor setting, a brass trio is especially great for a beach ceremony. Brass instruments project better than woodwind or stringed instruments, and their sound ranges from the bright, commanding trumpet to the dark, mellow tuba. A common brass trio is comprised of trumpet, French horn, and trombone.
If you’re on a budget:
Solo trumpet can be heard from a distance and is great for ceremonial music, such as your processional, bridal entrance, and recessional. A trumpet player can also use mutes to change the color of the sound. You can have a fuller, more commanding sound for your prelude and processional, and a softer, more intimate sound for any special parts of your ceremony (such as a unity candle or prayer.)
In my next post (the last in this series), I'll discuss music for an outdoor garden ceremony. Stay tuned!
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