Music For Outdoor Weddings

Outdoor weddings can be extraordinarily beautiful. When planning an outdoor wedding, it is essential to make the music beautiful. There are different factors that differentiate a perfect outdoor wedding music from a bad one, and these are listed below

Size of the Wedding: It should be noted that the larger and more spread out the wedding guests, then the more the volume that will be needed to saturate the arena for the guests to hear clearly. The volume requirements can be achieved by adjusting the number of instruments, the type of instruments and sound reinforcement.

Number of Instruments: There is an accepted standard for determining the amounts of instruments needed: usually an additional musician for every 50 guests over 150. This always serves as a guide or starting point but the type of instruments and sound reinforcement are the most important determining factors.

Instrument Type – This can be divided into Unamplified and Amplified Instruments

Unamplified Instruments; This includes instruments such as percussion, the brass trumpet and brass quintet, also woodwinds, especially the flute, the brass family and the trumpet are higher pitched than the tuba and its sound louder and carry farther unlike woodwinds although they are set of instruments with the next loudest volume


Amplified Instruments: These are instruments possessing built-in pickups so that the instruments can be amplified through an amplifier. These include instruments such as electric guitar, electric acoustic guitar, harps, etc. When hiring musical bands it advisable to ask if amplified instruments have built-in pickups for better sound reinforcement

Sound Reinforcement: Any instrument, or any combination of instruments, can be used if you have proper sound reinforcement. Some wedding couples use their own sound equipment which is not always a good idea. Using the correct instrument type and a number of instruments can eliminate the need for sound reinforcement to avoid problems and cost

Acoustical Considerations: Volume of the instruments are always louder if closer to a wall and if the wedding location is nearer to one is advantageous

Placement of Musical Band: Placing the musical band up front usually works best and wedding guests can watch during the prelude. This has the added benefit of having the music ensemble in some of the video and pictures. Hence If the band is placed higher also (e.g. on an elevated landing or gazebo) it makes it easier for all guests to see the music ensemble.

Background Dissonance: Background dissonance could be a distraction from the wedding ceremony. Therefore, wedding venues should be checked for nearby dissonance such airplanes/airports, roads, wind, wave noise, fire and paramedic stations, boats, and passers-by.

Permits, Time and Noise Restrictions: It is well noted that most outdoor venues require permits for weddings and loud music volumes. Volume restrictions can even happen at resorts because of guest room proximity. It is essential to see if restrictions on permit or location allow time for the band and other vendors to set up.

Temperature: It is proven that at a temperature below 60 degrees, brass works better than stringed instruments because of intonation issues.

Outfit: When dealing with wedding bands Ireland about dressing or costume it is wise to take into consideration temperature and winds. Short dresses on a windy day are certainly a distraction as are shivering or sweating musicians.

Using Recordings: It has become popular to use recordings at weddings. it is inadvisable, because it requires a lot of professionalism and also, it is illegal to play recordings for groups of people without paying royalties.

A bride’s guide to wedding music selection

In the contemporary America weddings, music is a key part of the ceremony. You will therefore find yourself wondering what kind of music will be best suited for your wedding. Your music selection will set the ambience as well as the tone for your wedding.  It is therefore of importance that you select music that will reflect your style and taste while creating a desirable atmosphere. The traditional standard for music is organ music. However, many brides are now choosing to incorporate harpist in their music collection or entirely eliminate organ music and replace it with harpists or string quarters.

Order of playing music

Usually, wedding music is used to accompany specific events. As the ceremony begins, prelude music may be played for 20-30 minutes. Prelude music is usually soothing and meditative creating a tranquil environment as the guest slowly arrive to the wedding venue.

After guests have arrived, the ceremony then begins.  Ushers will accompany the bride’s and groom’s mothers, siblings and grandmothers to their respective seating positions. As they walk down the aisle some music is played too usually known as procession music.

Depending on how the wedding ceremony is planned, you may need to have communic music to play when lighting the unity candle. At the end of the wedding service, recessional music will be ideal as you walk down with your now husband.  Recessional music should be celebratory and lively. The ceremony ends in instrumental music as guests leave.

In most weddings, after the service, the couple will often have a reception party to celebrate their union. You and you husband will enter the reception ceremoniously as the emcee announces your names and title. There needs to be some background music playing as you make your entry. Traditionally, at the reception, people dance therefore there is a need to incorporate danceable music in your collection. The reception session opens with the newlywed’s dance followed by a dance with the in-laws. It is also common to have a father-daughter and mother-son dance for the bride and groom respectively. Some reception ceremonies incorporate a cake cutting session that should be accompanied by some background music.

Selecting the music

The groom and bride need to have detailed discussion with the band/DJ regarding the music collection for the D-Day. When selecting music, consider that wedding audience is usually diverse. It ranges from young children to adults and those in between. The selection should therefore be able to cut across the broad audience. If you have a favorite song or a special request song you would like played, let the DJ know.

Also, seek some insight from the DJ ON what kind of music is appropriate and when it should be played. If you are having difficulty deciding on the kind of music to play, talk to other newly wed brides or your friends or your family in consultation with best wedding bands or DJ. Keep in mind that this is your special day and if there is a special song that you or your fiance would like to be played, let it be included in the selection even if it is not inline with what is considered normal.