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Wedding Music-Streefree, Spectacular, Affordable

What makes a wedding? The right music.
Music creates emotion; especiallyat weddings. Music (words and sounds) inspires more feeling, memories, andsentiment than any other expression. Everyone has, at some time, felt euphoricjoy or been moved to tears by certain songs. However music, along with food andother arrangements can be costly. The question is, then, how do you includemusic (and enhance feelings and memories) without stressing, and breaking the bank? Hint: smaller weddings, and combination wedding/music packages.
Wedding trends
A new trend in toward smaller, economical weddings is emerging. Why? The majority of people are waiting longer before tying the knot mostly for career and economic reasons. [1]The average age of a bride in the US now is 25.3 (27 for the Groom). Also, one-thirdof those getting married each year have been married before and therefore have already experienced large lavish weddings. What this translates to is a growing trend toward small to mid-sized affordable weddings that, yet, don’t skimp on service and quality.
THE NEW MOVEMENT: a solo musician/vocalist
Other way to save money is to make appropriate music choices.Traditionally, there have been only two options for music: a live band or a DJ.Either of these can be appropriate depending on the type of event you are planning. Additionally, many high-end weddings use separate musicians for the ceremony,post-ceremony cocktails, and dinner/dance reception.The total costs for music alone (DJ or Musicians) can exceed $4800. Why not have a single music resource for all of theseevent essentials?
Technology now allows a solo musician-vocalist to reproduce the sound and quality of a full band with the use of studio backing tracks (video). And, some professional soloists can also provide “Lite DJ” services for people who want awide selection of dinner & dance music without the thumping volume, fogl ighting, and conga-train dancing usually required at younger first-timeweddings.
There are several benefits when opting for a solo musician/vocalist:
Less stress: You can work directly with one professional –communication and planning are easier
Logistics: music selection can be planned for the Ceremony (guest arrival, processional & recessional songs), cocktail reception, anddinner/dance or any combination. Sound systems and microphones can be easily moved or pre-positioned prior to the event.
Affordable: working with a professional soloist can save thousands in music expenses. For example, the cost for a ceremony, cocktail dinner, and dinner reception, can be under $1000.
How to save $$$
The average cost of a wedding used to be $20-30K. However, with the awful economy,everyone is looking for ways to save money while still creating their once-in-a-lifetime wedding experience. All this means that people are budgeting more, planning carefully, and, in many cases, opting for small to mid-sizeguest lists and facilities that offer ceremony/reception packages for theirwedding. The Advantages are many:
·      Smaller events require less work and less stress, the savings in lower “plate-counts”can be applied to other areas, e.g., to enhance food and beverage options
·      Music costs and arrangements can be made more efficient and easier (see below)
·      Fewer guestsallow for the marriage couple to choose popular ceremony/reception combination facilities where the ceremony and reception take place in one area.
For example, my own wedding was held at a lovely outdoor patio area at a country club. We had the ceremony and reception in the same place. Our guests didn’t have to take a single step to relocate or gather their things to another area.  We saved thousands while everyone relaxed and enjoyed the event. 
There’s no place like home
Another popular option is tohave the entire event at home (or at your friend’s house with the beautiful view of the ocean). I personally have performed at dozen’s of house-party events where catering, officiants (ministers), music, etc. are conveniently arranged and casually enjoyed.
Why should a loving couple be denied a wonderful event due to economic conditions? 
Economic conditions
Let’s face it. Weddings canbe expensive. Many people just don’t have a huge budget these days for such anevent. Worse yet, some start out their lives together by going into a financial hole because they feel they have to have extravagance for their family andfriends. Why should a loving couple be denied a wonderful event due to economic conditions?
Article submitted by DonCovel, owner of Don Covel Entertainment serving Orange County for over 20years. His warm guitar and smooth vocals are often compared to James Taylor. He also provides wedding music planning assistance including popular Lite DJservices for small to mid-sized weddings. Consider the above guidelines whenchoosing musical entertainment.
“As a guitar/vocal soloist musician, I provide my clients with a combination of classic rock and smooth jazz that is very popularat Orange County venues. All of this is enhanced with a full sound system and backing-track production. You are free to contact me personally for more music ideas at NO COST or OBLIGATION.”
Musically yours,
Don Covel
Info: 949-855-6581

Technology now allows a solo musician-vocalist to reproduce the sound and quality of a full band…
[1]http://www.soundvision.com/info/weddings/statistics.asp,  US CensusBureau http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2003/cb03ff02.html

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