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Twin Cities wedding and event pianist, Sharon Planer, loves the adventure of bringing events to life with her live piano music!

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A Valuable Resource for my Piano Wedding Music Business
February 13, 2017

The Central Minnesota Wedding Association is a valuable asset to me as a wedding professional.

One of the highlights of my job as a solo musician is getting to meet with my engaged couples to plan their music. It puts me directly in touch with their wedding needs and wishes. I absolutely love getting to know them! On the day of their wedding I feel a wonderful connection to them and the special moments that their wedding day represents.

Even though I have this wonderful connection with my wedding couples, as a solo musician I miss the comradeship that those in traditional professional roles enjoy. This has led me to reach out to other professionals in the wedding business.

Being a member at Central MN Wedding Association has been fun, insightful and educational. Members of CMWA are accepted based on their business integrity, professionalism and commitment to excellence. At our meetings I have had the opportunity to get to know some of the best in the wedding profession! 

Sharon Planer is a proud member of the Central MN Wedding Association.

Sharon Planer is a proud member of the Central MN Wedding Association.

 

My favorite meeting of the year is the Wedding Panel where newlywed couples share their insights with members of the CMWA. The couples share what went wrong and what went right with their weddings and how their wedding professionals contributed to their wedding experiences. I always come away from this meeting with inspirational ideas on how to improve my services!

I am very proud of our Code of Ethics that each member pledges to follow.

Watch the video below to view first hand how CMWA has helped myself and others in our professional lives.

I am happy to have found a wonderful balance between my solo piano performances, interaction with my wedding couples, and networking with other wedding professionals!

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Have you voted for Minnesota Bride 'Best of 2016' Ceremony Music?
February 02, 2016

Vote for your favorite Minnesota Wedding Vendors.  Voting closes Friday, March 4.

Did you experience excellent quality of service with particular wedding vendors when you planned your wedding? 
If you are involved in wedding planning, have you worked with event professionals that wowed you with their personal attention to the client and the details of the event you were planning?

Minnesota Bride gives you the opportunity to voice your satisfaction by placing your vote!

Last year because so many of you voted for me, I was fortunate to be the WINNER in the MN Bride Magazine 'BEST OF CEREMONY MUSIC' category. Thank you for your vote!

I would be honored if you would consider voting for me again for the 'Best of 2016 Ceremony Music'.

Just click the image above and make sure to vote for at least 6 categories to make your vote count.

To vote for me, type 'PIANIST FOR PARTIES' for the category of 'BEST CEREMONY MUSIC'.

Thank you!!

 

I strive to make every couple's wedding music as unique and beautiful as they are! I appreciate your vote of confidence in my music services. Thank you!

http://mnbride.com/vote-minnesota-brides-best-2016-awards

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How to Plan Your Wedding Music
October 13, 2015

From the moment your wedding guests enter your ceremony or reception site, one of their first experiences will be the music! 

You will want your musician to be talented, professional, reliable and passionate about creating a beautiful musical setting for your special day.

How to find the right musicians for your wedding.


Word-of-mouth recommendations from people you know and trust can provide you with great leads. Get recommendations from local music stores. Do an internet search for the type of musician you are looking for. The place where you are having your ceremony or reception may provide you with names of musicians that they recommend. Check with other facilities that hire musicians for their recommendations. Select a number of musicians to contact. Hear them perform live. Read reviews online of people that have hired the musicians you have selected.


Ask the musicians for sample demo recordings. Ask them for references. Talk to references who can vouch that the musicians do a great job and are prompt and responsible. Do they provide a free consultation to help you plan your music? Are they willing to learn other songs? Do they play the style of music you are looking for? Are they willing to accompany vocalists or other instrumentalists if necessary? Will they attend your wedding rehearsal? What backup plans can they offer if they are not able to perform for your ceremony? Do they charge by the hour, by the job? Do they 'listen' to you? Do they make you and your event seem important to them? Do you like their personality and they way they respond to you? 


Find out the total cost to you including their performance, mileage, set up fees, rehearsal, practicing with other musicians, learning new music, etc.  Once you find the musicians that best represent your wishes, you will probably be asked to provide a deposit in order to secure the date for your wedding. 

Finding music for your ceremony

Once you have selected your musicians, you will want to meet to plan your ceremony music. Your musicians should be able to offer advice and provide you with a variety of music to choose from. Be sure and tell your musicians any special song requests that you have. It can sometimes take 4-8 weeks to special order music, so it’s important to do this well in advance of your wedding. The musicians will appreciate time to learn the music. 


There are some great sheet music resources and song lists online. Your local library will also likely have wedding music resources including sheet music and sound recordings. Many of the wedding web sites have lists of ceremony and reception music allowing you to listen to samples. Online and retail bookstores have music resources as well and you can listen to samples in the store and online. Bookstores and music stores will have resources to help you plan your music as well as sheet music and audio recordings. Staff at the retail stores are usually happy to share their insights with you. Discount chain stores sell wedding sampler audio recordings as do card shops and wedding shops.

Here are a few sites with helpful musician reviews and great planning ideas.

WeddingWire

Perfect Wedding Guide

Central Minnesota Wedding Association

 

If planning music for your wedding seems overwhelming, a professional musician will be able to guide you through the process and take care of all the details for you.  

 

You can relax knowing that your musician will create the perfect setting for your wedding!

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