Music is one of those things that PBear and I just don’t have many strong opinions about. We always figured we would just do an iPod wedding and call it a day, especially since we don’t really plan on doing the whole dancing thing.
However, our venue had this amazing grand piano, which is definitely one of the focal points of the room. Though I’m sure our guests would be too nice to say something, it would feel weird to me to have this beautiful instrument there and not use it.
See the gorgeous piano?
Thus, I moved some money around to make some room to get a pianist to come and play for the ceremony and possibly most of the cocktail hour. Then for dinner, we would transition into the iPod for the rest of the reception.
Our officiant was thrilled when she heard that we had booked a musician for the ceremony portion. She says that because it’s an actual person sitting there, they are more on top of when to play the music. Furthermore, if someone walks in too fast or too slowly, we can always adjust the music to accommodate them. I’m hopeful that this will create a nice flow and make it more memorable.
Picking a musician was easy. Our venue coordinator recommended the guy who comes and maintains the piano. His pricing seemed reasonable, so without much hesitation, we booked him. Easy and done—-unlike most of the decisions that we’ve had to make.
The question now is, OK, so what do we actually want him to play? I’m not sure if we really have an idea as to where to start. We’re interested in keeping the music light, classic, and happy. We don’t want it to be a focal point, but we understand that it can really set the mood—and that’s as much as we’ve decided. We really don’t have any strong opinions about the subject, or rather, we don’t even have the knowledge to draw from as to where to start. (I’m sorry, Mom, for all those years of piano lessons that have gone to waste!)
I was thinking of possibly using The Vitamin String Quartet as background music for the reception, as I’m a big fan of their instrumental versions of popular music.
That’s where you bees come in. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what we should be playing or know a resource as to where to go to figure out what type of music to play? Did anyone else get a pianist?
- Boston, MA
- Graduate Student
- Wedding Date:
- June 2013