Wedding Music FAQs

Arielle Unger Photography

Q:  What types of services do you provide for weddings?

A:  The following can be booked individually or combined for a longer booking:

  • Ceremony music (typically 60-75 minutes total - 30 minutes of prelude music while guests arrive, processional, bridal march, optional mid-ceremony music, recessional song, and then a few more songs while guests exit)
  • Cocktail hour music
  • Dinner music
  • First dance and/or parent dances

For smaller, DIY weddings, I can also rent out my PA system so you can hook up your computer/tablet and run your dancing playlist for the reception, provide a mic for speeches, and make announcements if desired.

Q:  What about proposals?

A:  I absolutely love playing for proposals. It's typically a very short 5-15 minute booking, but those few moments pack in a ton of emotion! It's such an honor to be a part of something so special and intimate.

Q:  Do you take requests?

A:  I'm happy to take 1 special request per event (2 might be possible depending on the songs and the time of year), learned and arranged just for you. Songs can even be tailored and customized! All special requests are subject to my discretion, so I encourage clients to tell me before booking what they might have in mind.

I'm also happy to accompany a friend or family member who wants to sing as part of your event.

Bose Tower set-up for ceremonies or cocktail hours

Q:  Do you have your own sound equipment?

A:  Yes! I use a Bose tower for gatherings such as cocktail hours and parties of 75-150 people, as well as a larger PA that works better for 150-200 person groups. For smaller parties and for ceremonies, I have a battery-powered guitar & voice amplifier (it can also be used in locations like beaches and parks where there is no access to power).

Q:  Where are you based? Do you travel?

A:  I live in the Boston area, but I'm happy to go just about anywhere! Most of my gigs are around Boston or within a couple hours of the city. If it's far enough away to require flying or if booking overnight accommodation is necessary, I would ask that you cover those costs.

Q:  Do you perform with other musicians?

A:  Yes. Most of my private event bookings are solo, but I'm increasingly collaborating with mandolin and violin player Jordan Santiago. He can join me in playing any of my repertoire posted here online. If you'd like a duo booking, be sure to ask in your inquiry!

If you're interested in having Irish music at your event, listen to my Irish band The Ivy Leaf's album to get a taste of our group sound. We're a great fit for St. Patrick's Day parties and events, or for anyone of Irish descent who wants to honor their heritage with traditional music at their wedding. We can play as a duo, trio or quartet, depending on availability.

Q:  Do you play for LGBTQ ceremonies?

A:  Of course!

Q:  Where did you study music? What is your experience with weddings?

A:  I got my Bachelor's degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music in 2010, and shortly after graduating I performed for my first ceremony. I only played for a handful of weddings those first couple years, but I soon realized that not only was my music a great fit for ceremonies, but I love working with couples. As of early 2018, I've played for over 200 weddings, showers and proposals, and am on track to hit the 300 mark in 2019!

Q:  We're still looking for an officiant/DJ/videographer/etc. Do you have any recommendations?

A:  Sure do! Here are some of the great folks I've worked with and highly recommend. Many of the photos in my wedding section come from various amazing New England wedding photographers - be sure to hover over them to see who snapped the shot!

 

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