What types of Ceremony Musicians in Orange County are there to choose from?
For Ceremony Musicians in Orange County there are many options to choose from…
There are two basic things to consider when deciding on your Wedding Ceremony Musicians in Orange County…the instrumentation you want to hear and the actual songs you want played. Today let’s talk about the different types of instrumentation you have to choose from…
The particular instrumentation you choose will create a certain ambiance and personality for your event, according to Essence Entertainment. There are many equally lovely options to choose from. Your decision will be generally based on what you like, the size of your event, and what your budget is. Here we discuss the traditional options.
The most cost-effective option is a Soloist – appropriate for small to medium sized events. Soloists to choose from are:
- Solo Guitar
- Solo Harp
- Solo Piano / Keyboards
- Solo Organ
If your Ceremony Site has one, it’s always nice to utilize a Piano or Organ. But it’s not mandatory, especially if you prefer the sound of a Guitar or a Harp 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 / Violin Duo
- Harp / Flute Duo
- Harp / Cello Duo
- Guitar / Violin Duo
- Guitar / Flute Duo
- Guitar / Cello Duo
- Guitar / Sax Duo
- Piano / Violin Duo
- Piano / Trumpet Duo
- Organ / Trumpet Duo
- Any Rhythm Instrument with a Vocalist
Can you see the pattern here? There are many more similar combinations to consider. Duos are appropriate for small to medium events. Something to consider when deciding on your music – 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. For instance, a Solo Harp can get lost in an outdoor setting of 80 people or more.
A Trio is the next configuration to consider. Now, here, you can have Three Solo Instruments playing together or a Rhythm Instrument with Two Solo Instruments. Here are some examples:
- Harp / Cello / Violin Trio
- Harp / Cello / Flute Trio
- Guitar / Cello / Violin Trio
- Guitar / Cello / Flute Trio
- Guitar / Upright Bass / Flute&Sax Trio
- Keyboards / Cello / Flute Trio
- Organ / Trumpet / Vocal Trio
- Cello / Viola / Flute Trio
- Cello / Violin / Violin 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.
Next to consider is the Quartet – again, it can be with or without a Rhythm Instrument…
- Harp / Cello / Viola / Violin Quartet
- Harp / Cello / Violin / Flute Quartet
- Guitar / Cello / Violin / Flute Quartet
- Guitar / Cello / Viola / Violin Quartet
- Cello / Viola / Violin / Violin Quartet
- Cello / Viola / Violin / Flute Quartet
The most popular Quintet configuration is the Brass Quintet.
The best way to decide on which Ensemble is best for you is to listen to them! An ensemble with a Violin has a different personality than an Ensemble with a Flute. Guitar is different from a Harp both visually and auditorily. A Quartet sounds different from a Duo.
Other factors to consider, as mentioned above, are budget, the size of event / number of Guests you’re having, and even the space you have available. The larger ensembles are of course more appropriate for larger events.
If this is confusing for you, then you need to call Essence Entertainment to get some professional assistance – they can help you decide which configuration of Ceremony Musicians in Orange County 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.