If you’re getting married and music was one of the things that you and your betrothed first bonded over, chances are you’ll want to make it a huge part of your wedding day. The question is, how do you do that without spending a fortune? Read on to see how!
There’s something incredibly pleasing about the way an old vinyl record looks, and you can use this to great advantage when you’re planning your wedding.
Take some time to visit thrift stores and you should be able to get yourself a collection of old vinyl without spending too much money. You can then use these as decorative features throughout your day:
• Invitations use small 45’ vinyls as your wedding invitations. Simply print out your text or a photograph onto a self-adhesive vinyl sticker, pop it in an envelope and you’re done!
• Guestbook use a full-size vinyl record as your guestbook. Again, print yourself a self-adhesive vinyl sticker with a photograph or text and then provide marker pens for your guests to scribble their messages to you.
• Centerpieces label small vinyls with your table names or numbers and then pop them on a stand or suspend them above the table to act as your centerpieces. Adding some flowers and candles will complement the vinyl and make a simple and beautiful centerpiece.
• Menus use vinyl to display your menus to add a vintage musical theme to your mealtime!
If you have a song that really means something to you as a couple, you could get it recorded onto vinyl and then give it to your guests as a truly personal wedding favor. You can get any song recorded onto vinyl using online services such as Vinylify and Cutsy.
Cassette tapes can also be procured cheaply at thrift stores or even garage sales! Tapes are a versatile way to incorporate music into your day because you can pull them apart and use the tapes, spools and casing separately to create a variety of decorative features. Use the tape as ribbon and the casing and spools as features for your seating chart. You could even craft your wedding day earrings out of the spools!
The most important thing about a musically themed wedding day is the music! If you are musical, then writing your paramour a song and performing it as part of the ceremony or celebrations is an amazingly personal touch. If you aren’t musical, you could play a recording of a favorite song or take a crash course in guitar or piano to learn how to play something as a romantic surprise.
If music is important to you, then probably the most important decision for you to make about your day is the band or DJ that will perform at your reception. Alive Network has an entire catalog of musicians from every conceivable genre, so you should be able to find something that’s the right fit for you. Browse their selection of wedding entertainment here.
Old sheet music will add a classical touch to your day. Use it to make flowers, as wrapping for your cutlery, floral arrangements and favors, to make your invitations, or even as bunting.
Musical instruments are a real statement addition to your day. Try searching on eBay or in thrift stores for an old one that you don’t mind using as decoration. Consider using a larger instrument such as a guitar as your guestbook or ask your guests to scrawl their well wishes on it in colored pens. After the day, you can display it in your home as a personal decorative touch.
You can use smaller instruments as part of your centerpieces — a violin nestled amongst some flowers would be a beautiful touch. Smaller instruments are also great placed on chairs for the ceremony itself so that when you leave your guests can cheer you on using tambourines, maracas, triangles and anything else that makes a satisfying noise!