I heard there is a big wedding going on this weekend - so let's talk about wedding music and wedding gigs!
As with most of life's major milestones, music plays a huge role in setting the emotional tone for a wedding, and having live musicians makes a huge difference.
Of course, not many people have quite the opulent resources available to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for this weekend's royal wedding, which reportedly will feature two choirs, an orchestra, several soloists, and even a troupe of trumpeters!
As string players and musicians, many of us have been part of weddings both big and small. I played in my first wedding as a college student and have continued to do so -- weddings in fancy churches, in backyards, on Malibu hilltops, school chapels - I can't begin to remember them all. I do enjoy creating the music for such occasions and also having that incidental chance to see how many different ways people choose to take their vows and celebrate their union.
Have you played for many weddings? What is your zaniest story? What music was the most moving? Have you ever participated in a wedding that seemed anywhere near the size of the royal one this weekend? I realize that several answers might apply in this vote, but please pick the answer that fits best for you, and then tell us about your wedding-gig and wedding-music experiences!
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