4) Figure out your budget. Can you
afford a DJ (cheaper) or a band for your reception? Do you
plan on having folks dance at your reception? If not, then
a background pianist might be just what the moment needs.
Do you want just an organist or pianist at the ceremony,
or would you like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to serenade
you? Look for discount package deals. There is a substantial
savings for couples who hire me to do both their
ceremony and their reception. Since I'm already at the wedding,
it's not a huge expense for me to 'move' to another room
and play for the second half. That saves couples a bundle
by not having to hire a separate DJ or band.
5) Go to the bridal shows and search
out the musicians. Check the bridal guides for musician
listings. Talk to all of them. Even if you don't
want that particular instrumentation, it will allow you
to gain insight into what 'musical things' cost.
6) Always ask to hear examples of the
musicians’ work. Many musicians have CD's or links to their
website where you can listen to samples. I'm really personable,
so I invite potential wedding couples to come over to my
studio where I will serenade them to their hearts content!
7) Get it in writing. Make sure that
your musicians provide you with a contract. That way you'll
know exactly what you're getting, and there won't be any
misunderstandings/disappointments come the wedding day.