Choosing the right wedding musicians for your special day can, for many, seem quite a daunting task. After all, for a lot of people, musicians are not something they have to book on a regular basis. Indeed a lot of wedding couples we work with have perhaps never investigated the world of live music before.
Where do you find Wedding musicians?
The world of professional musicians is a slightly curious one to all of us, even those of us who work in the industry. Nowadays, most musicians tend to advertise their services online. For the majority, a google search will be the way forward when it comes to finding musicians.
But then you will be presented with a plethora of options. This will range of a number of agencies such as Encore and Bark, all of whom will offer you a huge range of musicians and alongside this you might find a few musicians own website, such as our one for example. But exactly what Google provides will vary hugely depending on what you searched for.
A general search for ‘wedding musicians’ is most likely just going to find a few agencies. This is all very well but essentially means you then have to start the search again in order to narrow things down.
When it comes to wedding musicians pretty much there is a huge choice nowadays. Everything from Harpists to string quartets (Duo’s like us of course), Jazz Bands, Saxophone players, Orchestras and DJs.
What sort of Wedding musician do you want?
This is for many the $64,000 question. Some couples of course will be very fixed on for example a Classical Musician for the Ceremony and Drinks reception and a DJ for the evening party. There is ultimately no right or wrong when it comes to choosing musicians for your wedding. After all, it’s your special day and you should have whatever sort of music or musician you want.
We come across a lot of enquiries for Harp players or String Quartets through the agencies we are affiliated with. And in a lot of cases we will apply for these jobs. It’s amazing how many couples select Harp from the drop down list but on further discussion don’t actually want a harpist, at least not for their entire wedding day.
Without being too biased we would of course always recommend JAM Duo. The blend of Cello and Piano is well suited to a range of music from Classical styles such as Pachelbel’s Canon through to covers of modern day songs (well essentially anything from the 20th and 21st century). This is possible because the range of the cello is similar to the human voice and also it has a very mellow and lovely tone so is ideal for covering a lot of songs.
JAM Duo have been described as a Classical Duo, a Classical Crossover and a Cover ‘band’, although strictly speaking in most people’s eyes we are not a band! We are simply a Cello and Piano Duo who cover a lot of popular, contemporary and classical songs.