Decide After We’ve Met
Typically, once you contact me, I will reply within 24 hours to address any questions you might have and confirm your date with my schedule as well as e-mail you a brief form to fill out so that I can get a sense of your musical preference or style of wedding. This will help me prepare for our initial meeting, where I can provide specific recommendations tailored to you, then we can go from there.
In our initial meeting we will work out a tentative list of songs and start discussing a few details. After the meeting, if you would like me to be your wedding pianist, I will then e-mail you a contract to sign and send back to me with your deposit. Once I receive your deposit, I will secure the date on my schedule to perform at your wedding.
Between then and your wedding rehearsal, I will provide you with the finalized list of songs and when each song will be played during which part of the ceremony.
Customized Prelude Medley
I typically begin playing 20 minutes before the ceremony. For the prelude, I have some recommendations, but in the past I’ve also done it many times where the couple provides me with their favorite songs, and I arrange a customized medley, mixing their picks into a continuous flow of music that plays smoothly and beautifully.
Typical Flow of Music at the Ceremony
Once the official ceremony begins, I play one or two processional songs to accompany the formal entrance of the groom and bride’s families and the wedding party, then usually a separate song to accompany the entrance of the bride to make it extra special. I then perform another piano solo for the lighting of the unity candle (or for another traditional event). If it is a Christian wedding ceremony, I will then play a couple of congregational worship songs. Towards the end of the ceremony, I play a recessional song after the bride and groom are introduced as husband and wife and as the wedding party exits. At the end, I play another couple of postlude songs as your guests leave the ceremony venue.
Again, any of the music can be tailored to your specific preferences or style of wedding.
Duets with Other Instrumentalists
In the past I’ve also played duets at weddings with other instrumentalists such as violinist, cellist, organist, etc. If you do decide you need another instrumentalist, I could provide recommendations of instrumentalists whom I have worked with in the past.
Reception / Cocktail Hour Music
I have also performed at wedding receptions and during cocktail hours, usually following the wedding ceremony. You and your guests may prefer live piano music at the reception (and/or cocktail hour). You may choose particular songs or a certain genre if you have specific preferences. Otherwise I have a repertoire of music that fits elegantly with wedding receptions. I have also accompanied couples on the piano for their first dance, the father-daughter dance, the mother-son dance, etc. If a piano is not available at the reception venue, I can supply my own piano and audio equipment.
For your reference, general pricing info is here.