The background music you choose for your wedding day plays an important role in setting
the event's tone and atmosphere. Some couples simply opt for a prerecorded playlist, but
investing in live musicians is sure to make your big day feel extra special. Here are three
important reasons why you should choose live background music for your wedding.
1. Live music creates atmosphere and ambience
There's a reason why people flock to live concerts. There's something special about hearing
music live that a recording simply can't match. The tone of the instruments is more vibrant
and moving. Every live recital of music is subtly unique, and it feels special to witness
something that will only happen once.
Plus, the experience is shared among everyone listening to the live performance, and this
creates a sense of community and connection that heightens the atmosphere of a wedding.
Live music creates an ambience that simply can't be achieved with recorded music. This is
particularly true of instruments like the harp which generate a soothing, ethereal,
atmosphere, dialling down stress levels and helping you relax and enjoy your day. The harp
has also long been considered a symbol of romance – just think of Cupid on Valentine’s
2. A live performer is a focal point in quiet moments
The moments in between the main events of a wedding – the ceremony, the meal, and the
first dance – run the risk of feeling quiet and stilted, particularly if the happy couple are busy
being photographed. Background music can alleviate this risk, especially when it is
performed live because the musician serves as a focal point for the guests.
This can be particularly helpful when guests first arrive at the venue and are waiting for the
ceremony to kick off. The presence of a live performer generates a celebratory air, and it
gives the guests a talking point to help them get to know each other. After the ceremony, you
can expect portrait photography to take between one to two hours in total. It's important that
guests are occupied during this time and live music can certainly help.
3. Live musicians provide flexibility
No matter how carefully you plan the schedule of your wedding day, you have to be
prepared for things to change. The bride could be late to the ceremony, technical problems
could extend the formal photography time, speeches could overrun, and a kitchen mishap
might cause dinner to last longer than expected. Playlists can't accommodate for these
problems, but live musicians can. When you book a live performer, you're paying for their
experience and professionalism as much as their musical talent. They'll be familiar with the
little hiccups that typically take place at weddings and they'll adjust their setlists accordingly
without you having to worry about a thing.
Choose live background music for your wedding
Live background music can truly transform the tone and atmosphere of your big day, so
don't hesitate to choose a live performer. Talented harpists get booked well in advance,
so start the search for your dream musician around six to nine months before the big day
and be sure to factor the cost of a live artist into your budget as soon as you start planning.
To make sure to stay on track as the planning gets busy check out this amazing comprehensive planning checklist put together by Wed2B.com