As you’re in the process of checking everything off of your wedding planning to-do list, when you get to the line that mentions your wedding music, you might find yourself sighing a bit. It’s not because you don’t want to go without it; it’s because oftentimes finding a live band/string piece orchestra or even hiring certain singers can be pretty pricey.
So, what do you do if you are on a tight budget but you want to make sure the music at your wedding is still what you’d like it to be? That’s a really good question, and to help make your wedding planning process just a little less stressful, we’ve compiled a budget-friendly options.
You’ll be amazed by how much money you can save on just about anything if you simply ask around for referrals. This includes researching musicians or artists for your wedding. So, before you assume you can’t have a string quartet or a live duet of your favorite love song, do some digging and find out if anyone you can help find a person or group who will do the job for you for less than the standard rates.
Use a family member or friend
Sometimes, the most talented people are right under our noses. Whether it’s someone you talk to everyday or one of the individuals you can connect to via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, it doesn’t hurt to send out a message that you’re looking for some affordable musicians for your wedding.
You never know who might “pop up” and even be willing to do it… for free.
Hire a college band
While we all have a favorite artist or band, there are very (very) few of us who can afford to hire them for our wedding. But have you ever thought about the fact that there are a lot of college bands that can do just as well? Plus, a lot of them will be so excited to perform at a wedding they’ll cut you an awesome deal. One place where you might want find one by posting your ad on a website, such as Craigslist.
Talk to the venue
There are some venues that actually come with a music package. The thing is, a lot of people don’t think to ask them about it. So whether you’re getting married in a church or a mansion or even a hotel, ask them if they have any music connections. You never know… they might know a member in their church who would be more than happy to play a piano solo for you or a band who does weddings at their hotel at a discounted rate.
Use the same artists for the wedding and reception
If the reason your budget is so tight is because you’ve already set money aside for your reception, ask the DJ, band or artist that you booked if they would be willing to play or perform a couple of songs for your wedding for cheap or possibly for free. It never hurts to ask and their answer just might surprise you.
Finding the wedding music you and your fiancé are 100 percent happy with doesn’t have to drain your budget. It’s all about making the time to seek out what you want, from several different sources. Good luck!