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.

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