Your wedding ceremony music can help set the tone, create the right mood, and make your wedding feel even more special. That’s why it’s important to find the right musicians who will best fit your needs. To get started, here is a list of key questions that you should ask before hiring your ceremony musicians!
Background Check and Logistics
- Are you available on my wedding date?
- Do you have liability insurance?
- Have you performed at a wedding before? In the last year, how many weddings have you performed?
- What instruments do you and your co-performers play?
- Do you have a set ceremony repertoire or will we be working together to choose one?
- Have you performed at my ceremony venue before? Do you need any amplification, and if so, who will provide it?
- If you are unfamiliar with the ceremony venue, will you visit and check with my venue’s coordinator to discuss acoustics?
- If the ceremony venue does not allow amplified sound or have no access to power, what alternative options can you present to ensure the great sound even without speakers?
- What is the minimum amount of hours that we can hire you for?
- Can you also play during cocktail hour?
- If you have an emergency, do you have a backup? Will it be possible to meet your backup?
- What is your attire when performing at my wedding?
Price and Payment
- What is your fee? Are there any additional charges?
- How much is the deposit?
- When is the balance due?
- What is your overtime rate?
- What is your cancellation and refund policy?
- Can you suggest music pieces that will fit our wedding ceremony style?
- What combination of instruments would you recommend for my ceremony space and vibe?
- Are you familiar with the religious songs we want played?
- Can you play the nontraditional songs we’ve chosen?
- Are you willing to learn new music selections, and if so, is there an extra fee?
- Can you recommend what songs to play during the ceremony traditions, such as lighting of the unity candle?
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