Bride Has Decided

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by xjb0906, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. xjb0906

    xjb0906 Piano User

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    My earlier thread Undecided Bride resulted in responses ranging from comedic suggestions for possible songs to RUN AWAY As Fast As Possible!!

    Luckily, the bride has chosen "Trumpet Voluntary" and "Here Comes The Bride" with a Fanfare intro. The non traditional music will be canned rather provided by me. She had chosen the Here Comes The Bride And Fanfare from a youtube video posted by Randy Dunn. Apparently the fanfare section is Randy's own and there is no music for it. After listening to Randy I have put something very close on paper and sent recordings of two possible intros for the bride to choose from.

    The reason I started a new thread is that folks are paying little attention to my latest posts in the other thread and are continuing with the run away theme. Few of us take the time to read all of the posts in a thread before stating out own opinion.

    I have a question for folks that have played more than a few weddings as I have little experience in this arena. How do you work out entrances and cutoffs for the music. I imagine every wedding procession is of different lengths as well the distance of the walk for the bride. Should I plan on being at the rehearsal as well?
     
  2. BustedChops

    BustedChops Mezzo Forte User

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    To ease anxiety of both the bride and groom I suggest offering to attend the rehearsal dinner...Eat drink, be merry and above all make sure everybody knows when the trumpets will sound.

    Your presence will quickly command the spectators to understand that the wedding is in progress. I think if you can make clear the tunes and where you are to be it would save a big headache later.
     
  3. Ed Lee

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    Timing the "stop the music" is as much a variable as you state above. Yes, you should be at the rehearsal and expect to also play/rehearse there. Typical, the processional stops when the groom takes the first step toward the bride ... or extends a hand to her ... but only God knows what will happen.

    I've seen both brides and grooms leave before the ceremony. Hope you have an ironclad contract to be paid regardless of what the bride or groom do.

    You may not be invited to the rehearsal dinner whether it is before or after the rehearsal at the church ... don't expect or crash it if not invited. Your music job is only at the church or wherever the ceremony is to be held. It is usually either the Maid of Honor or the Bride's Father or whoever is escorting her down the aisle who give you the cue to begin the processional.
     
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  4. xjb0906

    xjb0906 Piano User

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    No such contract. I have been concentrating on learning to play the trumpet. I guess I need to start looking more at the business side of things as I get busier as a player.
     
  5. barliman2001

    barliman2001 Fortissimo User

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    Oh dear..., a viola attitude in a trumpet player... get serious, man!
     
  6. Vulgano Brother

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    Playing the rehearsal does soothe the nerves of the bride and groom, but expect everyone to walk faster at the actual wedding. Ask for the check before the wedding. The Trumpet Voluntary is good for the Postlude, but you might want to work out some repeats. If the bride has finished her walk down the aisle before the tune is over, don't sweat it--she'll enjoy listening to the end.

    Have fun!
     
  7. BustedChops

    BustedChops Mezzo Forte User

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    Do you know the room you will be playing in? That would help too...adjusting yourself to the acoustics would help greatly.
     
  8. Brad-K

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    One word...."Yes." ....as in 'Playing.'
     
  9. Ed Lee

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    Undoubtedly! It may be advisable to seek the counsel of a local Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Remember, such also includes time and mileage you must charge for, and such is portal to portal, from your house to the site of the ceremony / rehearsal and return. I always require an advanced unrefundable booking fee of $100.00 for the rehearsal/ceremony and such is $200.00 if my music services include reception and this would be applied to the total due within 10 days following the events. I'll add $50.00 to my booking fee if I'm required to wear a tuxedo to the ceremony.

    Otherwise, I do not charge to sound live Taps, but now will accept honorariums to do so, but limit this service to a 25 mile road radius from my home. I see no advantage to belonging to Bugles Across America or promoting them. I know of NO service by them in Northampton County NC, nor do funeral directors and clergy that I've come to know.
     
  10. edfitzvb

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    I haven't done many weddings. The weddings I have played have all had wedding planners. I always attend the rehearsal unless it is an out of town or I have a previous obligation which prevents that. Usually there has been a check waiting for me when I arrive the day of the event. It is usually given to me by the wedding planner when I arrive. As far as length goes, I work a lot with the same organist and if things go on too long I take a break while she plays. I think I have worn a tuxedo at 75% or better at the weddings I have played. (Your results may vary)
     

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