Budget Bride Tip for June 19: Hire a one-man band to provide the music

Bride and groom with pink piggy bank

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.











Here are the other "Budget Bride" tips we've published so far:

Budget Bride Tip for June 1: Throw a potluck dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 2: Say 'yes' to an affordable dress

Budget Bride Tip for June 3: Bake your own wedding cake

Budget Bride Tip for June 4: Put dad to work

Budget Bride Tip for June 5: Turn your reception into a barbecue

Budget Bride Tip for June 6: Take the ceremony to the beach

Budget Bride Tip for June 7: Cupcakes make tasty wedding favors

Budget Bride Tip for June 8: Hold down the guest list

Budget Bride Tip for June 9: Feed your guests wedding cake from Costco

Budget Bride Tip for June 10: Decorate your reception with Craigslist

Budget Bride Tip for June 11: Buy dishes for the wedding dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 12: Go with a lunch instead of a wedding dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 13: Buy your wedding veil online

Budget Bride Tip for June 14: Rent a summer camp for your reception

Budget Bride Tip for June 15: Hire a friend to make your wedding gown

Budget Bride Tip for June 16: Tie the knot on a Sunday

Budget Bride Tip for June 17: Take a pass on gift bags

Budget Bride Tip for June 18: Ask guests to RSVP online