You have a lot of wedding musician choices for your ceremony nowadays. One way to find and research possibilities is through the online sites that collect a bunch of musician profiles for you to look through. There are a bunch of these now: WeddingWire, The Knot, Gigmasters, Gigsalad, and Thumbtack are a few.
I’ll go through each one and give you any inside industry tips I can.
On the main WeddingWire page, you just use the big button in the middle of the screen to choose Ceremony Music. It brings you right to a buffet of musicians:
- string quartets
- multiple singer/songwriters
- cover bands
- brass bands
- duos of various composition
- a woodwind trio
- a piano player from New York (?)
- people who I can’t actually tell what they do
They make everything very easy. Assuming the musician has their profile filled out, you can find pictures, video, a description of their background and their services, prices usually, and reviews. It’s a great place for reviews. They’re pretty strict with the vendors about them.
You can message the musician right through WeddingWire if you like, otherwise google their name and find their website.
One thing to keep in mind is that the first page and the listings with the nice pictures are paid listings, whereas the ones on the later pages, without the pictures are free listings. Therefore the position doesn’t necessarily relate to their skill or experience.
I was paying about $700 or so a year for the lowest tier of paid listing. Other brackets cost more, but I don’t know how much.
You found some wedding musicians, how to narrow it down?
Maybe one of the listings will jump out at you for whatever reason. Your heart says yes. Hey, that’s a good sign! If you’re ready-ready, you could just use the message box on the right that WeddingWire so thoughtfully provides.
But maybe you’re not sure. The guy seems like the perfect bagpiper, but you still have questions. Is it safe? Will he show up? Can he play as good as he looks in a kilt? In a future article, I’ll discuss some ideas of how to “vet” your Scottish music provider.
In my next article, we’ll go over some ideas for choosing among the amazing buffet of string-strummers, ivory-ticklers, and horn-blowers.