While we could tell you up and down all about our wedding services, we figured it might be best coming from one the brides herself. Omaha Musicians Live owner, Leah Lukowski, recently interviewed one our brides, Catrina Trabal, to get her perspective on the decision to incorporate live music into her wedding day.
LL: What made you want to have live music over prerecorded music for your ceremony and cocktail hour?
CT: When thinking about my wedding, I always imagined having a quartet. I felt it added a certain elegance. My fiancé and I went back and forth on it though, as we both loved the idea, but didn’t want our ceremony and cocktail hour to be stuffy. After seeing the available list of songs, however, we realized we could have the elegance of the quartet with modern songs to make it fun.
LL: How did you select the genre of music for your ceremony/Cocktail hour? Was it easy or difficult?
CT: We knew we wanted modern music that most people would know for the cocktail hour. I loved that during our reception and weeks after our wedding day, people came up to me to compliment the music selection, or ask “Did you know they played Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen?!” The music made for an awesome experience for everyone involved.
As far as the ceremony, I selected about 10 songs that I knew and really enjoyed. From there, I listened for songs that flowed together, that fit and made sense in our ceremony. I also listened with my heart. In the end, our ceremony had the music that we connected with, that reminded me of my relationship with my husband. They were fun songs all centered on a beautiful, amazing love.
I am passionate about music. I love that one song can bring back memories of a special time, or conjure up thoughts and feelings about love, friendship, etc. It was one of my favorite parts of all of the wedding planning.
LL: Looking back was there anything you would have done differently regarding your music choice?
CT: I would not have. I loved our choices!
LL:When thinking about incorporating live music into your wedding day, is there any advice you would offer to future brides?
CT: Listen to your gut. Go with what you know you want and what you will enjoy. If you stick true to yourself, you won’t go wrong. Everyone is there to celebrate your relationship, and they will celebrate in whatever fashion you want them to.
Think of the tone you want to set. Our ceremony and reception were held at the Durham Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. We wanted to go with the elegance of the beautiful building, but honor our fun personalities and the joy of our day.
Also, it is the bride’s special day. You should have everything you want. But don’t forget your groom. It is his special day as well. Select music and other things for the ceremony and reception that fits both of your personalities.
LL: Based on your experience how likely would you be to recommend Omaha Musicians Live to other brides?
CT: Hands down, you and your staff are the best, so incredible and so patient. We chose the quartet, and then we started second guessing. You helped me go back and forth with the pros and cons until we stuck with our decision.
Also, at the ceremony, when we needed last minute assistance, you really stepped up to the plate to help. It meant so much as a bride in the midst of all the craziness, to have someone stay calm and assist.
I wish I would have found Omaha Musicians Live sooner. We had gone to a bridal show and booked a D.J. very early in our engagement because of the deals and cheap pricing. Had I looked further into our options, I would have done all of my music through Omaha Musicians Live. Music really sets the tone throughout the night, and I feel we would have received better quality and more professionalism at our reception had we used Omaha Musicians Live.
My husband and I can never say enough how happy we were with you and your services. We will always recommend them for music for any celebration.
LL: Any additional comments you would like to add?
CT: One of my favorite memories is during the ceremony, when my husband, step son, and I were doing the sand ceremony. The quartet played “To make you feel my love” by Adele. I specially requested this song, and thanks to Omaha Musicians Live and their wonderful musicians, the quartet was able to play it. It was a perfect song for the joining of our family. I still tear up thinking about it. I am forever grateful to Omaha Musicians Live for playing the soundtrack to my memories of a very special day.
A huge THANK YOU to Catrina for her contribution to this blog post and also CONGRATS to Catrina and Milt, what a beautiful wedding!