Jen emailed me with this question:
I am living in the UK with my husband to be. We are already legally married, they wouldn't let me move to the UK if we didn't get hitched (he is a Brit). We are having the wedding outside here this coming summer. I cannot figure out wedding music. There is no electricity outside and since you can't legally get married outside in the UK (I know, the English are sometimes bizarre) the venue people aren't much help, this is there first outdoor wedding ever. Because he and I are already legal we are sidestepping this whole outside rule.
So I looked into booking a string quartet, WAY out of the budget. Also looked into the local universities for musicians, but as the wedding is in the summer they aren't sure if they could find students who could commit. Also, not even sure if I am thrilled by a string quartet. But I know I can't walk down the aisle in silence, it would be sad.
I agree, it would be sad to walk down the aisle with no music. But maybe you're setting the bar too high.
At our wedding, H-town's 13-year-old niece warmed up the crowd with Dvorak on the flute. Then two of our good friends did an unplugged version of a Pixies song for the "processional."
It doesn't matter if the musicians are professionals. It doesn't even matter what instruments they play. It was the most amazing feeling to walk down the aisle with my friends singing my favorite song to me. (I am srsly tearing up right now just thinking about it.)
Does anyone else have advice? Please weigh in.
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