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  • Writer's pictureJulia Ferrigno

3 Reasons to Have Live Wedding Ceremony Music | Benefits of Live Music at Your Wedding

It’s no surprise that most couples hire a DJ for their wedding. And most DJs offer sound for both the ceremony and reception, making it cost-effective and convenient for the couple. DJs do a fantastic job offering wedding ceremony music, but did you know there are other options?

violinist with glasses playing at wedding ceremony outside during the day
Jordyn Kasey Photography

Live music is a great option for your wedding ceremony that often goes overlooked. It’s not just for the high-end luxury weddings, and it’s not completely out of reach for brides sticking to a budget. It’s important to be aware of all the options for your wedding ceremony music, so here are three reasons you should consider live music:

#1 ) Live music is an art form.

Musicians have a talent that they want to share with the world. When you listen to them play, you have to appreciate their skill and passion for their craft. Not only will you be supporting local musicians, but you and your guests will receive a live and personal performance making your wedding ceremony music even more special.

For example, David Kimbell is the epitome of a musical artist and performs not only at weddings but plays with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the Hilton Head Choral Society, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, and more. You can listen to samples of his work at weddings here.

#2 ) Live music is memorable.

DJs have become the norm for wedding ceremony music for many couples. If you’ve been to a wedding recently, can you even remember what songs were played at the ceremony? If a memorable wedding tailored specifically to you and your fiancé is important to you, don’t overlook the difference live music can make! Guests often forget many details of a ceremony accompanied by recorded music, while few will forget a ceremony accompanied by live musicians.

“Since so many ceremonies take place outdoors with the backdrop of Hilton Head’s beautiful beaches, live oaks, and Spanish Moss…Strings add an organic ambiance and romance.” - Nicole Gorden, Hilton Head Entertainment

#3) Live music is unique and personal.

As a bride or groom, you will be the focal point of the ceremony. From your entrance to your exit, all eyes will be on you. The music playing in the background will set the mood for those moments, making the choices all the more personal. You have many options when it comes to choosing live music at your wedding ceremony. You can hire a soloist, duo, trios, or quartets that use your favorite instruments like the piano, guitar, or strings. Many musicians cover popular songs, so you can even include an instrumental of your favorite pop song in the ceremony, making it even more personal. When hiring a DJ, you may be limited to certain tracks. With live wedding ceremony music, you can create a musical ensemble that best suits you.

For example, Catherine Klimoff provides a wide variety of musical options. When she's not performing, she's teaching as the Music Director at Hilton Head Preparatory School! Learn more about Cathy here.

Vendor Spotlight: Hilton Head Entertainment

If you’re still torn between a DJ and live musician, talk to a wedding entertainment expert! Nicole from Hilton Head Entertainment works with dozens of local musicians and DJs and can tailor your wedding ceremony music specifically to you.

Using a company like Hilton Head Entertainment also helps keep all the music of your wedding music under one contract if you’re interested in hiring a live musician for the ceremony and DJ for the reception.

Whether you decide on live music or a music track for your wedding ceremony comes down to personal preference. Either way, you can’t go wrong with an experienced DJ or talented musician.


About Julia Noelle Weddings

Julia Noelle Weddings is a wedding planning and design service located in Bluffton, SC. Julia and her team strive to provide professional services to help you plan your dream wedding celebrations. Using her expert organization and diligent precision, Julia hopes to provide you with a fun and stress-free experience when planning your wedding.


Want more wedding tips and advice? Read our other articles or check out the YouTube channel for weekly wedding planning videos. Happy wedding planning!


Xoxo Julia

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