Planning Your NJ Wedding Music Yet? Call Pianist Arnie Abrams

 

It’s never to early to book your wedding ceremony, cocktail hour or reception music with Arnie Abrams

It’s January, your wedding is in May, and you are now at the crossroads of thinking about the New Jersey wedding music.  You are convinced you are going to use a DJ for the reception because you think that is the least expensive route, and you felt you probably can’t afford live music, so you’re not even going to explore the possibility.  You also know that you would like to have some live music but you do not know who to call or where to start.

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This is the scenerio of more couples that you may think. I speak with them on a daily basis.  Let me give you some cheap advice (uh oh…I’m glad he didn’t say ‘free’ advice) on what to do.

Google a few local New Jersey DJ’s on the internet and check out their sites.  There are millions of them (well….924,000 to be exact, according to Google at this writing).  Check out the first AND second page of Google, because, you really want to make the extra effort to make the right decision here.

See if their websites are professional looking.  Look for testimonials and/or reviews.  See how often their names pop up when you Google their names directly in Google’s search field.  Pick 2 or 3 (or more) that you think you can imagine providing the music and entertainment and contact them for a quote. Anyone who answers your inquiry within 12 hours is fair game…throw the others out, since they don’t feel that they need to earn your business.

Then Google a few local New Jersey pianists (or guitarists or violinists or other musicians) and do the same.  There are not nearly as many.

Just like you did with the DJ’s, see if the musicians’ websites are professional looking.  Look for testimonials and/or reviews.  See how often their names pop up when you Google them directly in the search field.

From their sites and online presence, pick 2 or 3 that you could imagine having them perform for your ceremony, cocktail hour, rehearsal dinner or reception.  Check out their sites, their talent levels and their offerings, and contact them for a quote.  Once again, only consider the ones that answer your inquiry within 12-hours.  Essentially, go through the same routine you did for the DJ.

Grab a piece of printer paper, list your possible DJ’s and musicians along the top row.  On the left side of that same sheet of paper, make columns and list each of the cost (both DJ’s and musicians) in the first column, professionalism in the 2nd column down, talent in the 3rd column down, and ‘perceived personality’ (you REALLY do not know this, which is why it is perceived) in the 4th column down, on-line reviews in the next column, and on-line presence in the last column (you can add as many parameters to this matrix as you like…these are just ones I can think of as being the most important at this writing).

Now, pour yourself a glass of wine (I’m shocked if you had not done so already) and think about what you and your guests will remember and enjoy about your wedding day.  The venue.  The food.  And the music.  OK, we can add your wedding dress, since you spent a bundle on it.  Look at the cost differences (if any) for the music choices, since I understand perfectly that alone can be a very strong factor….I’m not living in a bubble and I am in the same boat as everyone else.

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Cost

$4000

$3200

$1200

$1400

$1800

Professionalism (5=best, 1=worst)

3

2

5

4

3

Talent (5=best, 1=worst)

3

5

5

3

5

Personality (5=best, 1=worst)

1

4

4

2

4

On line reviews (5=best, 1=worst)

2

4

5

1

4

On line presence (5=best, 1=worst)

3

2

5

1

2

TOTALS

12

17

24

11

18

You may be shocked to find that you can have the NJ wedding music exactly how you want it.  You may opt for live music for the ceremony and the cocktail hour, and go with a DJ for the reception.  Or, you may wish to have live music for the entire day.

Keep in mind that if you are having a smaller or more intimate wedding, you may not need a 10-piece band, and a soloist, one-man band, duo, trio or quartet may just do the trick.  There are some very talented NJ duos, trios and quartets out there who are versatile enough to do a wedding, and the cost can be comparable (or less) to a DJ.

But also keep this in mind.  Live music is live, and nothing else compares to it.  You know it and there is no sense debating it.  And everyone knows that live music vs. recorded music is MUCH different.  Not better – but different.

But if you are looking for a playlist for your guests to dance to nonstop and keep them dancing, maybe a DJ is the way to go.  The live band only knows a few hundred songs that they will perform at your wedding, while the DJ can cue up literally thousands of songs.  DJ’s will play all of the dance music you want and more.  But you know as well as anyone else at your wedding knows….it is not live (it’s Memorex….well, sort of…actually, literally).

Whatever you do, o-bride-to-be, conduct the quick research that I outlined above (it won’t take you long at all), and you will at least have investigated your options and will be happy in your heart that you made the right decision.  After all, it’s your special day and it’s your NJ wedding music.

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