What types of Ceremony Musicians in Orange County are there to choose from?
There are many types of Ceremony Musicians in Orange County to choose from…
When deciding on your Wedding Ceremony Music, there are two basic things to consider…the actual songs you want played and the instrumentation on which you want those songs played. Today let’s consider the different types of instrumentation there are to choose from…
According to Essence Entertainment, the particular instrumentation you choose will create a certain ambiance and personality to your event. There are many options to choose from – all of which are equally lovely. The decision on what you pick is generally based on what you like, what your budget is, and the size of your event. Here we discuss the traditional options.
Soloists are obviously the most cost-effective, and are appropriate for small to medium sized events. Soloists to choose from are:
- Solo Harp
- Solo Guitar
- Solo Piano / Keyboards
- Solo Organ
It’s always nice to utilize a Piano or Organ if your Ceremony Site has one. But it’s not mandatory if you prefer the sound of a Harp or a Guitar better. A Solo Artist creates a more intimate atmosphere musically. For all situations, be sure to pick an instrument that is appropriate for the setting – for instance, if your Ceremony is in the middle of the beach, don’t pick a Harp…it is not possible to get these large, expensive instruments across the sand. Or if overall volume is a concern, pick a Guitar, as Guitarists generally bring an amplifier.
A Duo is generally one of the above Rhythm Instruments along with a Solo Instrument. A few examples are:
- Harp / Flute Duo
- Harp / Violin Duo
- Harp / Cello Duo
- Guitar / Flute Duo
- Guitar / Violin Duo
- Guitar / Cello Duo
- Guitar / Sax Duo
- Piano / Violin Duo
- Piano / Trumpet Duo
- Organ / Trumpet Duo
- Any Rhythm Instrument with a Vocalist
Are you starting to see a pattern here? There are many more similar combinations to consider. Duos are appropriate for small to medium events. Though be careful – if your Ceremony Musicians will also be playing for your Cocktail Hour, you want to make sure they won’t get overwhelmed with conversation noise…something to consider when deciding on your music. For instance, a Solo Harp can get lost in an outdoor setting of 80 people or more.
The next configuration to consider is the Trio. Now, here, you can have a Rhythm Instrument with Two Solo Instruments, or you can have Three Solo Instruments playing together. Here are some examples:
- Harp / Cello / Flute Trio
- Harp / Cello / Violin Trio
- Guitar / Cello / Flute Trio
- Guitar / Cello / Violin Trio
- Guitar / Upright Bass / Flute&Sax Trio
- Keyboards / Cello / Flute Trio
- Organ / Trumpet / Vocal Trio
- Cello / Viola / Violin Trio
- Cello / Violin / Flute Trio
If you plan on having a Vocalist sing at your event, it is best to have a Rhythm Instrument in the mix – the Rhythm Instrument is much better suited to accompanying the Vocalist than an ensemble with Three Solo Instruments, i.e., a String Trio.
Next up is the Quartet – again, it can be with or without a Rhythm Instrument…
- Harp / Cello / Violin / Flute Quartet
- Harp / Cello / Viola / Violin Quartet
- Guitar / Cello / Violin / Flute Quartet
- Guitar / Cello / Viola / Violin Quartet
- Cello / Viola / Violin / Flute Quartet
- Cello / Viola / Violin / Violin Quartet
The proper titles for the above configurations are as follows: Harp Quartet with Flute; Harp Quartet All Strings; Guitar Quartet with Flute; Guitar Quartet All Strings; String Quartet with Flute; All String Quartet…I’m sure you’re getting the hang of it by now.
The most popular Quintet configuration is the Brass Quintet.
Now – how do you decide on which Ensemble is best for you? LISTEN to them! An ensemble with a Flute has a different personality than an Ensemble with a Violin. Harp is different from a Guitar both visually and auditorily. A Duo sounds different from a Quartet.
Other factors are budget, the space you have available, the size of event / number of Guests you’re having, etc. The larger ensembles are more appropriate for larger events.
Sound confusing? Then you need to get some professional assistance by calling Essence Entertainment – their experienced Staff can help you decide which configuration is best for your situation. However, you still need to LISTEN to the different options and decide which one(s) you like the best – only you know the answer to that! A good resource is the Essence Entertainment YouTube Playlist – they have many of the options available to listen to. If you need more options to listen to, work with Essence Entertainment - they can play additional samples for you.