Why I Always Amplify My Acoustic Classical Guitar for Weddings [Part 3]
In Parts 1 & 2 of this topic, I discussed considerations of sound projection and proximity. Following is another essential element in why I always amplify my instrument at every wedding
Here is one example of why it is important to be amplified at weddings. A couple of summers ago I played at Gwen and Michael’s wedding in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The ceremony took place at the bottom of a hill overlooking a beautiful garden. The wedding guests processed from the top of the hill from a distance of approximately 100 yards. I played Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for the entrance of both sets of parents, bridesmaids, groomsmen and groom and then switched to Ben E. King’s Stand by Me for Gwen's entrance. In this situation, the cues for entrances were determined by the music. It was important that the guitar be loud enough to be heard from a great distance.
This is a common scenario. In outdoor weddings the wedding party is often quite far away from the wedding site. At indoor weddings, the wedding party uaually enters from a different room in the building.
The music is one of the most important elements in transporting everyone (the wedding party, parents, bride and groom) from one physical location to another. In this way the transitioning from the pre-service to the processional and the grand finale of the recessional can occur as smoothly as possible.This is why the music needs to be amplified and heard from a great distance.
I have had many happy couples tell me how touching it was to hear their wedding music while they were waiting to walk down the aisle (or downthe hill to the garden). Music can help to calm the nerves on your big day and touch your inner being. It is essential that you enjoy this experience.
In conclusion, it is a good idea to make sure that any guitarist you hire tastefully (not too loud or soft) uses a amplification.
I welcome your comments and would be happy to discuss the types of amplification, microphones, and other ideas for couples to considerwhen booking a wedding musician.
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Scott Sanchez is a wedding professional who has been providing wedding music throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, NewHampshire, Maine, Vermont and New York for over a decade. To learn more about him visit his website: www.scottsanchez.com