Best instruments for wedding music


If you decide to have live music for your ceremony, here are some things to think about.

Consider whether it is an indoor wedding our outdoor—where other sounds may filter in.

Which instruments are best for weddings?

First and foremost, make sure the music can be heard, especially for stringed instruments such as guitar, harp, or dulcimer. This may require miking or ensuring that the musician or musicians sit very close to where the ceremony is taking place and not far away under some shady awning where their notes are blown away by wind or traffic noises! I have officiated at weddings where the musicians were playing their hearts out on harp or dulcimer or guitar, but no one could hear a note.

Wind instruments, such as flute, clarinet, and trumpet carry very well and are a good choice for an outdoor ceremony. And flutes combine beautifully with guitar and harp.

Singers at wedding ceremonies

If one of your instruments is voice, make sure the singer is very well-miked or has a carrying voice. Again, I have heard, barely, people with the most beautiful voices, singing wonderful tender or passionate songs at a wedding, but no one else has heard them because they were not close enough and the singer was not using a microphone.

If your ceremony is indoors, miking is not usually an issue, unless you have a large number of guests in an enormous banquet hall.

If you are lucky enough to have a grand piano at your disposal, position it in such a way that the pianist can see the ceremony, especially so that he or she has a good view of the officiant, so can receive any necessary cues. And make sure the piano has been tuned recently, or ask to have it tuned for the day. You want to have beautiful music—not sour notes—at your wedding.