Your Wedding Music

Planning and Selection

It can be exciting and intimidating to personalize the worship for your Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Our Director of Music and Liturgy has compiled a list of resources and ideas to help you make the music at your ceremony beautiful and memorable for your spouse and family. For further information you can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click through the following topics to start considering how you'd like to design your Wedding Music.

Should I hire my musicians?

What is the expected expense for Wedding Music?

Fees for St. Robert\'s Wedding Musicians

Do I have to hire musicians from St. Robert Bellarmine?

Suggested Songs and Musical Selections

Liturgy and Music Planning Guide

Musician Contract

Should I hire my musicians?

Probably, yes. The different rites of worship across many Christian faiths and Catholicism in particular are all unique and may be executed to greater degree of success by someone with training and experience. 

Friends and relatives may offer to perform your wedding music as a gift and that can be lovely..... but often this is a more daunting task than amateurs and couples realize. Non-professional musicians who want to gift your wedding music, even if they play and sing beautifully may fare better as part of your ceremony if you ALSO hire a professional accompanist and arrange for rehearsals in advance of the ceremony. 

Especially, in a metropolitan area with a thriving professional music community like Omaha, it will make your wedding easier, more streamlined and, above all, as beautiful as it can be for your guests and memories, to let professionals do what they do and perform your ceremony with a personal, polished and artistic touch. 

...That said...all musicians, professional or not, are welcome to perform your wedding here as you wish. We only ask that you communicate and plan with our musical staff to make any necessary collaboration or rehearsal beautiful and effective. 

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What is the expected expense for Wedding Music?

In the city of Omaha and most other similar metropolitan areas you should expect to pay $300-$500 (or more) per musician you book for your wedding ceremony. 

At St. Robert's we are blessed to have many professional musicians worshiping with us! They are willing to perform your wedding at a significant discount as a partial gift to our parish family!
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St. Robert's Musicians typically book 2 to 12 months in advance but availabilities vary.

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Fees for St. Robert's Wedding Musicians

Below find the wedding music rates to hire professionals who worship with our parish family. There are options to pursue either a custom wedding, or a pre-framed wedding depending on your wishes and resources.
 

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Custom Weddings: (For Pre-framed weddings see below)

  • $250 for Organ and Piano Accompanist...
    …or $200 for piano accompaniment only.

  • $200 for each additional soloist. 
    …..If your vocal soloist is their own accompanist, the rate is... 
    ….$350 for Voice + Piano/Organ or $300 for voice + piano.

  • If you use St. Robert's Musicians you may pay them at the time of service by having a relative or attendant present them with payment 30 minutes before the ceremony begins. 

    Custom weddings include a private music consultation where you hand pick your music. You can certainly use standards and classics your have heard at other weddings but you can also incorporate your favorites from your own life and tastes.

    Custom weddings allow you the freedom to select music that you love. Our musicians are happy to learn and purchase new music for your ceremony and won't charge you for those titles unless the expense of the new music exceeds $30 (which is rare).

    Professional Soloist services available for booking through St. Robert's Musicians at the discounted rates above include...
    ...Male Voice, Female Voice, Piano, Organ, Violin, Cello, Flute and Trumpet.


    St. Robert's Wedding Musicians typically book 2 -12 months in advance, but availabilities vary.

Other Professionals and Guests: As indicated above professionals and guests on any instrument are WELCOME to perform and to collaborate here, but if they require an additional rehearsal that occurs more than two hours prior to the start of your ceremony or on any preceding date, an additional charge of $50 per 75 minute rehearsal will be assessed.

Most professionals will be comfortable preparing on their own and rehearsing with our music team the day of the wedding.

Please feel encouraged to utilize these rehearsals if you have a sibling, cousin, friend etc. whom you would love to sing, but whom needs extra help with the music. But also please feel just as welcome to rely on professionals alone to perfect and perform your ceremony. It's entirely up to each couple.  


Pre-Framed Piano/Vocal Wedding:  $200

For additional thrift a couple may look at our wedding music suggestion list and planning sheet and completely select their music without any private musical consultation. You just turn the planning sheet into our director of worship and your wedding music will be performed beautifully to those specifications. Pre Framed weddings use a single musician as both the pianist and the singer. You must still contact the Director of Music and Worship to confirm these bookings. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pre-Framed Piano/Vocal/Organ Wedding:  $250 

Just like the Pre-Framed Piano/Vocal wedding, the couple selects all their own music from the suggestions available but preference a single musician singing with organ (or organ and piano). You must still contact the Director of Music and Worship to confirm these bookings. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pre-framed weddings are priced significantly lower because of the reduced planning and coordination and exclude the option to include a consultation, additional soloists or additional instrumentalists. See rates above for a customized wedding experience.

 

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Do I have to hire musicians from St. Robert Bellarmine?

No! If you find a musician you love and trust, they are welcome to perform here! They simply have to contact our Worship Director at least 2 weeks before the wedding to coordinate their use of our facilities. But we DO HAVE musicians at your disposal if you like! 

If the musician you desire requires a collaboration with one of our accompanists and soloists you can investigate those rates by clicking here.

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