"Early booking discount" on wedding music
One wedding i attended, the crowd went on a hilarious turn when the band started to play " achy breaky heart ". On another, eyes rolling on the bride's side of the church, the musicians were playing the Ex's theme song. On several occasions, wedding music has made a rather infamous take on the supposedly memorable, in some cases "The" most memorable event in a couple's lives.
Choosing music and the players is not too hard to do. But I must say it is imperative to book your music ahead of time because :
# 1. IT GIVES YOU TIME TO LOOK AT THE LIST. You can change, you can add and even ask some musicians to arrange music for you so that your occasion be as memorable as you want it to be.
# 2. IT GIVES YOU TIME TO CHECK ON THE PLAYERS. Whether you can check their videos online, see them live in a perfomance or in some pricey set up, you can have an audition for musicians so that you know what to expect in your wedding. Also make sure you get to see who the players would be, chances are, you book a female quartet and you end up with a mariachi band. Oh yes, it happens. Especially when it is peak season, you wish to book this particular group, but eventually some have decided to get a better deal and get replacements.
# 3. YOU CAN ALWAYS CUSTOMIZE YOUR WEDDING. This is your day, isn't it? Why would you book a double quartet if your guests are just 50'ish? Why choose a group that has horns if your chapel is too small. Always consider things like, theme of the wedding, number of guests and the age of the couple.
Customize guys!!! You don't want your kids to make your wedding video a laughing stock. So, are you still slacking with your wedding music booking?
With tenstringedlyre , we always value booking ahead of time that's why we give 10% discount to any package you wish to have in your wedding. Inquire, ask around, compare, but if you wish to have a personalized wedding music, you need not go too far ü visit us at www.tenstringedlyre.com
In the Philippines, the basic standard rate for hiring musicians per gig is 2,500. Basic means three to four hours of playing. But, we always need to consider so much more in booking musicians. We need to understand that in 10,000 , you cannot demand for a quartet already just because you know their basic rate is as such.
Booking musicians require rehearsals. They need transport money, they need food allowance, they need assurance that within the day, musicians can be satisfied and happy to be booked in your wedding because they have reserved the whole day for you not just some three to four hours of playing. So what is it in a real booking musician's budget?
Always consider to book professional musicians. Those people who have gone to music schools or at least have trained with respectable teachers. These people have paid so much learning their crafts and so the profession should be very well uplifted. Also consider that the location of your wedding might not be so accessible by public transport. Let's face it, not everybody has their own car. And lastly, musicians is no other different than your guests in the wedding. We also need to be provided with reserved seats for food to be taken accordingly, not some styro-packed lunch that you can distribute to the artists and if it says buffet, it should mean buffet = )
Booking musicians is not hard to do, just be wise and inquisitive. Here at tenstringedlyre we feature our artsist, their backgrounds, upload mp3 and videos so you can gauge if our group suits your standards. Remember, if your musicians are paid cheaply, you can very well expect what to listen to.
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