Budget Bride Tip for June 19: Hire a one-man band to provide the music
We’re celebrating the month of June with a daily tip from savvy brides who saved big bucks on the wedding of their dreams.
Emily Guerroro had a moment of inspiration while planning the music at her wedding to Kevin Parr last Sept. 11.
"As I started wedding planning, it occurred to me, 'I bet one person is cheaper than four people,' " says Emily, 39, a communications director.
She immediately recalled a one-man band she and Kevin, 41, a sales engineer, had seen at a local bar before they were engaged.
“He was amazing,” Emily says. “He could cover Lady Gaga acoustically on the guitar and make it sound good.”
The bride located the musician on the bar’s website and e-mailed him.
Although weddings weren’t Eddie Pasa’s usual gig, he agreed to play the reception, which along with the ceremony took place at a rented waterfront home on Lake Anna, Va., for $500.
The average cost of a live band was $1,542 in 2011, according to The Wedding Report, a wedding industry research company.
Pasa played everything from jazz to hip-hop and even learned a song on the spot, “Swing Life Away” by Rise Against, so Emily’s 15-year-old son could sing along with him.
“It was helpful that he knew a broad range of music and was capable of learning new songs quickly,” Emily says. “He went over really well.”
Here's Eddie Pasa performing at the reception ...
This is Kevin and Emily, in her wedding gown, during the ceremony ...
Thanks to Emily and Kevin for sharing these personal photos from their wedding album.
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