Exquisite Music for Your Wedding Day
Exquisite, elegant, and unique. Do you like the unique, sweet sound
of the lute or the rich, mellow tones of the guitar? I have performed
at hundreds of weddings and know exactly how important music is
to set the tone for your new life together.
"Paul is an incredibly talented
musician and his music brought so much to our wedding; it
dramatically added to the intimacy of the ceremony. He was
able to determine what music was appropriate for our event
and performed in the manner of a consummate professional.
I would immediately recommend him to anyone
planning a wedding, or any event that calls for music. Thank
you Paul, your contribution to our special day will always
- Mike and Nina Guswiler
"If you want the complete musician for
your wedding, there are few that can cover the variety of
styles that Paul can. From baroque to country he has the skills
and sensitivity to fit the needs of the event. You don't need
to hire a separate band for the wedding dance because he can
cover that as well.
Paul brings a special serenity to the ceremony
which creates a calm atmosphere, which can make a big difference
in an emotional and sometimes stressful event." -
Barry and Sherry Brottlund
I am classically trained and can provide unique music, including
vocals and/or ensembles (lute or guitar and violin), for your wedding
day. From Bach to the Beatles, choose from many styles. I also offer
reception/cocktail hour background music as well as music for your
Together we will work to create the musical program for your wedding
There are five main sections of the wedding ceremony:
This is music that is played 15 to 30 minutes before the ceremony
as guests are being seated.
Opus 15 by Mauro Guiliani
Opus 70 by Mauro Guiliani
Sonatas for Violin and Continuo by A Corelli
Gymnopedies by Eric Satie
Various Preludes from Lute or Cello Suites
This music accompanies the wedding party down the aisle.
The Wedding March by Richard Wagner
Canon by J. Pachelbel
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by J. S. Bach
Air on a G String by J. S. Bach
Fantasia for violin and lute BWV 1025 by J. S. Bach
Various Fantasias from the Renaissance Period
Interlude music is used to enhance special moments during the ceremony
such as lighting a unity candle, presenting roses to parents, or
taking a pause for reflection.
Hand, One Heart from “West Side Story” by Bernstein
Sheep May Safely Graze by J.S. Bach
Sunrise, Sunset from “Fiddler on the Roof” by Bock
Wedding Song by Paul Stookey
Here Comes the Sun by George Harrison
Let it Be Me by the Everly Brothers
In My Life by Lennon/McCartney
Annie’s Song by John Denver
You’ve got a Friend by Carol King
Til There was You by Meredith Wilson
Here There and Everywhere by the Beatles
Starting Here Starting Now by Barbra Streisand
After the ceremony is over and the couple is presented to the audience,
they recess up the aisle to the sound of joyous and upbeat music.
Canarios by Gaspar Sanz
Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven
Rondeau by Henry Purcell
Never Ending Love by Delaney and Bonnie
Forever and Ever Amen by Randy Travis
This is a continuation of the joyful tone of the recessional and
lasts about 15 minutes or until all of the guests have left the
hall. This music helps to create an atmosphere of celebration as
the guests go through the receiving line.
Entr’acte by Jacquie Ibert
5 Preludes by H. Villa Lobos
Etude # 1 by H. Villa Lobos
Bachianas Brasileiras #5 by H. Villa Lobos
Concerto for Guitar by Antonio Vivaldi
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Your Ceremony and Reception Music
How do we select music?
There are five main sections of a wedding ceremony: prelude, processional,
interlude, recessional and postlude.
Begin by reviewing the list of songs here. I can also assist you
in choosing other music from my repertoire.
Do you play for wedding receptions?
Yes! I can play background music for a cocktail hour or dinner reception
immediately following the ceremony or at another location. I also
play for corporate events, private parties, and banquets.
Do you play for wedding dances?
Yes! I play rock and roll as well as standards. A list of dance
music is here.
Will you accompany my friend/relative who sings?
Yes I have done this many times. Usually a brief rehearsal right
before the ceremony is adequate. If a prearranged rehearsal is necessary,
this can be arranged at an additional cost.
Do you work with other instrumentalists?
Yes, I have worked with a wide variety of accomplished players.
Do you have a singer you work with?
For more pop style music, I sing and accompany myself or I work
with several classical singers.
Will you learn a special piece of music for my wedding?
Yes. I may need you to provide sheet music or a recording. There
will be an additional charge for preparation time.
Do you come to the wedding rehearsal?
In most cases it is not necessary for me to come to the wedding
rehearsal. Details of the ceremony can be discussed over the phone
or by email to ensure a smoothly run service. If you would like
me to be at the rehearsal, there will be an additional cost.
Do you play outdoor weddings?
Yes, all the time and I have special equipment for situations where
there is no electricity.
An outdoor wedding can be a beautiful event however alternative
plans need to be made in case of inclement weather. My musical instruments
cannot be in the direct sun or precipitation of any kind and I prefer
not to play in temperatures below 65 degrees. Strong winds can also
cause performance problems.
Do you play out-of-town events?
Yes. Travel fee is based on location.
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Fees and Booking
Fees are based upon length of time, location and whether additional
musicians are required (e.g. violin, bass, keyboard, strings) but
here’s an approximate idea:
Ceremony (1 hour): $250 solo lute or guitar, vocals
Reception (2 hours): $250 - $350 solo, amplified lute or guitar
Dance (3 hours): $450 - solo, full electric guitar, bass guitar
and drums, vocals
Packages are available if you choose to have me perform for the
ceremony and reception or the ceremony, reception and dance.
A non refundable deposit of $100 is required to hold the date.
I will send you a contract after a verbal or email agreement has
been made. You will need to sign the contract and send it back with
the deposit. Your date will held for two weeks in the absence of
the signed contract and deposit. Full payment is due 2 weeks before
Please contact me by phone, 651.260.3787, or email me
with any additional questions and/or to book a date.
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