Wedding Music for the Budgeted Bride
In the end your guests will not remember the color of
the flowers or what silverware you used, but they will
remember the fun they had at your wedding. In order
for your guests to have fun at your wedding means having
quality entertainment and getting it at an affordable
price. Sacrificing your groove in order to save a little
is not the best way to go, however I have come up with
some creative ways to get quality wedding entertainment
and not break the bank.
Live Band vs. D.J.
If you limit your
band to a drummer, singer, and guitarist it will save
you in the long run while still getting the live entertainment
factor. Another option is to use a live band for during
the cocktails and switch to a D.J. when the real party
begins. That way you get the best of both worlds, and
yet you're more likely to stay within your budget.
In the battle of D.J. vs band, price-wise the DJ usually
takes the cake. If you have your heart set on a band
and your budget can afford the cost, an easy way to
save is to limit the amount of members in the band.
For every musician you can almost certainly figure it
will cost you 150 to 200 dollars.
Don’t be on peak
Your wedding does not necessarily have to take place
on that “perfect” autumn evening, or even
on a Saturday night. If you are willing to have your
wedding on an off-peak night or season you can save
yourself on all of your wedding costs, as well as the
Overtime always costs more
Most entertainers book for four hour slots, if your
wedding might need more entertainment than that, book
for more time to be on the safe side. An extra hour
in advance will always be cheaper than paying steep
Save on your Ceremony
Using ceremony musicians can cost up to one thousand
dollars extra. Consider some valid alternatives and
use the cash elsewhere in your wedding. If your wedding
site has a decent sound system you can consider using
classical CDs with someone trustworthy to cue the music.
Even better ask a talented family friend or family member
that you couldn’t squeeze into your party to perform.
It will save you money and make your family member feel
very important on your special day.
Amateur Musicians will save you money
Check out your local clubs and colleges for qualified
and inexpensive musicians. Also consider going to the
head of the music department at your local colleges
and ask who the most talented student is. A word to
the wise, a bad band means a bad party; always make
them audition before saying yes.
Of course, one of the best ways to ensure that you're
getting your music at the best price is to do a search
online. As with most other things, the Internet makes
finding budget wedding entertainment a breeze.