Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Book Review- The Bride’s Guide to Musicians

Book Review- The Bride’s Guide to Musicians: Live Wedding Music Made Easy and Affordable by Anne Roos

Picking out the right wedding music is one of those things that can be more complicated than you would ever expect.

Other than the song my husband and I were going to dance to I had no idea what to use for the father daughter dance, the mother son dance, or any other special songs.

And then there’s trying to choose between hiring live musicians or a DJ and just not knowing how it’ll all work out.

Anne Roos has written a book that will simplify everything for the soon to be married couple. And what I think is super cool about this book- Anne Roos is a musician that I considered for my wedding. Not live since I’m in Michigan and she’s not. But she plays Celtic harp and I wanted Celtic music in my ceremony so her recordings were at the top of my list when choosing music.
She’s been playing the Celtic harp at weddings for more than 25 years and has worked with every kind of wedding—and every kind of bride Now that she’s written a book I had to check out her advice.

In this new book Anne explains how any couple can incorporate live music into their wedding—and how they can do it on almost any wedding budget. The biggest myth she dispels is that live music is more expensive than a DJ. According to her- not true.

In the book Anne will guide you through planning the music for your perfect wedding with help from her practical advice, worksheets, checklists, sample contracts, tips from other wedding professionals, and so much more.

If wedding music advice is what you need you’ll find it in The Bride’s Guide to Musicians.
Here’s just a sample of what this book will show you:

* Five principles of shopping for musicians along with the most important questions to ask
* How to save money by booking the band yourself
* How to audition musicians
* Suggestions for making the most of bridal shows
* How to spot overpriced musicians—and how to recognize a bargain
* How to work with musicians to select the songs that will reflect your personality and your wedding’s theme—and how to pick songs that will get everyone up on the dance floor

* What to include in the performance agreement
*Sample contracts you can fill in and use
* Lists of hundreds of song ideas for your ceremony and reception, grouped by style, theme, genre, and era.

That’s a lot of much needed information packed into one book- The Bride’s Guide to Musicians. I wish this book had been around when I was planning my own wedding but at least now I can recommend it to other brides.

1 comment:

Celtic Harp Music by Anne Roos said...

Thank you for the wonderful review!

Anne :-)
Author of "The Bride's Guide to Musicians" published by Hal Leonard
(and available to play at your wedding)