Ask The Celebration Advisor: Hi, I have an important question and am looking for any help…The singer that was going to sing during the lighting of the Unity candle can't make it…We are thinking of playing a cd instead. We don't want a long song. Isn't kind of tacky to hear a cd player start and stop…I know mine clicks too loud…any suggestions? Juls
I'm sorry your singer can't be there to sing at your wedding ceremony. A live voice is always a beautiful way to celebrate the unity candle lighting. However, I have been to many weddings where the music was presented by cd instead of live.
The key is having the right equipment. You can rent portable sound equipment specially designed for these situations. The on/off features are silent and will not be heard by the guests. Using this type of equipment, rather than your cd player, will also ensure that the music is amplified correctly. With proper amplification all of your wedding guests will be able to hear and enjoy the music. Which brings me to a question you didn't ask, but may need to consider. Will your quests be able to hear you, your fiance and the minister? If not, the same audio equipment might help with the simple addition of a few wireless microphones.
To get your money's worth use this audio equipment during your wedding reception as well. With lapel microphones on the maid of honor and best man, their toasts will easily reach the back of the reception hall.
So check into audio equipment rentals as a way to solve your cd problem. Discuss you needs with a sound specialist who will able to determine what is best for your wedding ceremony.
Recorded music is a very acceptable and pleasant way to share special moments during your ceremony. Of course, you can always use an mp3 player. Most of the time, turning them on and off is a very quiet experience. Whatever you chose, I'm sure your wedding will be a lovely day for you and your guests.