location matter? If my wedding is outdoors/indoors, do I need electricity
your ceremony is to be held outdoors, acoustic
instruments (which require no electricity) are the most practical option,
i.e., "unaccompanied flute solo." I prefer to perform under
some sort of cover or in the shade as sunlight, heat, and precipitation
can effect tuning.
If your ceremony is held indoors, a microphone/amp
is not necessary as the flute sound carries well, but it's best to have
a reliable power source available if you are opting for the recorded
are planning a church wedding, find out if the church has guidelines
for wedding music. Some churches treat the wedding as they would any
other worship service and require that all music performed at a wedding
be of a sacred or religious nature. The clergy officiating the ceremony
may ask to approve the song selections in advance. Some churches treat
the wedding as a private service and allow secular songs to be performed,
and others may allow an instrumental version of a secular song with
no lyrics, which is what I offer if you choose secular music.
wedding does not have to be formal, nor does a beachfront wedding have
to be casual. Garden weddings can be elegant or informal. The music
you choose will help define the style of wedding you have created. If
you are aiming for formal, classical music is a good choice. Pieces
such as Pachelbel's "Canon in D" quietly announce a formal,
traditional ceremony. If your preference is secular music, popular songs
along the lines of "Speechless" may be just the ticket.
will you start to play?
The prelude music usually begins about 15 minutes before the ceremony.
Less prelude music is required for a small wedding. I am usually cued
by your wedding coordinator when to start. This prelude music announces
to the guests that the ceremony will begin shortly, it sets the tone
for the wedding itself, and it is a cue to the wedding party that things
are about to get underway. Since weddings are also something of a reunion
for family and friends, this prelude music is a way of formally marking
the time in which guests are to get seated and is performed at a soft
volume so people don't need to shout.
I need one or two pieces for the Processional?
Most brides choose two musical selections as processionals: one for
the attendants and then another for the bride. The moment the music
changes is the cue for the guests to stand and turn to watch the bride's
entrance. In small weddings, a single processional piece is perfectly
appropriate. (ex: "Bridal Chorus" or "Trumpet Tune")
have a special song that's not on your list. Will you please play it?
For an extra fee, I will gladly research and purchase a professionally
recorded accompaniment as well as create a flute arrangement for your
do you need from me in the mean time?
You will be asked to fill out a Performance Agreement. In general, I
need to know the wedding date, list of your top 10 music selections
(or I can make suggestions after you decide on classical or contemporary),
time of ceremony, time you want me to begin, if there is a specific
color you want me to wear (solid black is typical so as not to distract
from the wedding party), what my cue will be to begin the processional
music (if you don't have a wedding coordinator), and what the final
words spoken in the ceremony will be so I know exactly when to start