Wedding music options - Buffalo, NY
May 28, 2013 12:56 PM Subscribe
My partner and I are planning our wedding up in Buffalo, NY, for this October - yay! We've got most things covered at this point, but one thing we're both feeling clueless about is arranging to have music for the ceremony and reception. Can you help? General advice and Buffalo-specific recommendations would be gratefully welcomed!
posted by DingoMutt to media & arts (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Neither of us have a very precise "vision" for what we want, beyond knowing that we're having a fairly casual wedding and need music options on a budget (ideally, under $400 USD - the further under, the better). We'd like a live musician for the ceremony but a playlist/MP3 player for the reception. Our venue doesn't have their own sound system so we're on our own, but have no idea as to what we need to get, or where to get it from. So I guess my questions are as follows:
- Can we get a live musician to play just the (brief) ceremony? I don't want to offend or be unreasonable - is there a typical amount of time we need to hire a musician for? I think we'd like an acoustic guitar player or two (though we're not definite on that yet), and we have specific songs in mind for the entrance and exit, but unfortunately we're not from the area so we can't just go check out performers ... what are the best resources for finding a musician? For the Buffalo region, is there anything more specific than Craigslist we should be checking out? What kind of rates should we expect to pay?
- For the reception, again we'd like to just do an MP3 player, but we don't have speakers. The reception space is fairly small - think park lodge room with space for ~50 people. Assuming we want mostly ambient background music and maybe some dancing, what kind of sound setup should we be looking for? Where can we get it from? Would it be inappropriate to ask our musician (once we found one!) if we can rent his/her/their sound system for the reception? Other than renting a sound system, is there some other approach I'm not thinking of?
Right now I'm feeling like I don't really know where to even start, so any advice or recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!