Lovin’ our venues? You’re not the only one!
Be sure to book now for September and October 2024 so you don’t miss out on popular spots.


Lovin’ our venues?
You’re not the only one!
Book now for September and October 2024 so you don’t miss out on popular spots.    DON’T MISS OUT

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our full disclaimer to learn more.

We know you have one, and it’s extremely special to both of you. Now, imagine hearing it elegantly played throughout nature’s landscape and the special spot outdoors where you have chosen to say “I do.”

We’re referring to your song and how it can be delicately woven into your intimate wedding ceremony.

Let’s be honest; you can’t beat live music for your nuptials at one of life’s most important events. The richness and emotion that come from instruments like the violin, harp, guitar or flute add incredible emotion, sensuality and integrity to an outdoor ceremony or venue.

Most people choose to have a band or a musician or musicians to create that matrimonial mood and harmony.

Here are our “7 Reasons Why Live Wedding Music is Great for Your Intimate Wedding”:

1. It sets the tone.

In other words, it’s the couple’s vibe, and whether they’re the only two at the wedded event, or if a few other guests are attending, the right notes can evoke passion, atmosphere and your style for this magical moment.

For instance, hearing a favorite song being played right there in the stunning desertscape delivers immediate flow, balance and beauty as it wafts about the quiet air of nature.

Most couples like to select an entrance song and a recessional song because the musical pair tie a nice ribbon around your nuptials.

2. It adds authenticity.

Maybe you have chosen the ideal spot to say “I do” by the Joshua trees, cacti or near the majestic backdrop of Red Rock Canyon. An outdoor elopement can set you right down in the middle of nature’s endless bounty.

Being around nature gives a couple of sense of blending into its awesome grace and refinement. Music played by a professional musician can lend another level and realness to the moment. It creates a bit of formality but in a rustic, more freeing manner.

3. It’s entertaining for guests.

If you are choosing to have others share in your bliss or a witness or two at your intimate ceremony, wedding bands can offer presentation or staging to the nuptials. Live music removes any awkwardness or quietness out in the open air.

Following the ceremony, more musical entertainment creates a happy celebration during a champagne toast, for example, or at a catered post-nuptials function room.

It doesn’t matter how tiny your chosen ceremony might be, the sound of musical entertainment is welcome by all people both young and older.

4. You can enjoy a first dance.

As the newly wed couple, you should have that special song to sway to for your first dance as a married couple. It could be classically traditional or modern pop. It’s up to you, and we know you share a favorite tune.

Celebrities sometimes share their first dance songs. Here are a few:

  • David and Victoria Beckham: “It Had To Be You” by The Starlight Orchestra
  • Beyoncé and Jay Z: “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé
  • Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher: “Love Never Fails” by Brandon Heath
  • Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi: “Ribbon in the Sky” by Stevie Wonder
  • George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin: “Why Shouldn’t I?” by Cole Porter
  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and Prince William: “Your Song” by Elton John (covered by Ellie Goulding)
  • Former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama: “You and I” by Stevie Wonder

5. It connects the moment.

Trust us, the sound of canned music is okay, but it’s really uneventful. By having live wedding music at your intimate nuptials, you create a freshness, excitement and even an energy that you can feel throughout the ceremony and/or reception.

Recorded music may be fine for that stuffy corporate function or all kinds of office parties, but your nuptials are on an entirely higher plateau.

We all only go around once in this life, so why not go for the best in building those gorgeous memories.

Recorded tunes don’t deliver the same impact that live bands exude. It’s both a visual impact and an auditory one that engages the sense of feeling and touch.

Musical sounds connect people, places and things and are highly stimulating. You won’t soon forget the instruments that sweetly played on your big day.

6. It elevates the event.

When you choose to have musicians or a band who play live at your intimate nuptials, you are taking that momentous walk down the aisle to a tailored experience. In other words, it’s a customized part of the ceremony that can shun tradition or keep some of it or create a modern look at matrimony.

Music helps weave an individual story of two people and takes the wedded adventure to the ultimate level.

You can get creative with the sounds you want to enhance on the big day. You can show prospective bands your playlist and know they will deliver with great precision.

A solo guitarist or solo violinist can shape the ambience you expect.

7. You and yours are worth it.

Look, you could have your cousin Albert bring along his best DJ canned music via boombox and blast it into the little corner of your elegant desertscape, but that’s probably not what you and yours had in mind.

A couple ready to walk down the aisle is making a commitment to love, devotion and any other expression they desire for making it official.

A live musical atmosphere amps up the moment ten-fold and gives you that cozy, safe, warm feeling that brought you together in the first place.

Here at Cactus Collective, we offer live acoustic accompaniment for your nuptials. You don’t have to worry about planning every detail of your intimate ceremony.

We are experts who know how to create the ideal wedded events. From the officiant to the flowers and photographer and music, we have access to the finest here in the Las Vegas area and offer a variety of amazing options.

Each wedded day is unique and special to you. It’s your life, your moment, and we understand.

We deliver epic desert elopements and intimate wedded ceremonies. That is our specialty, and we always do it well.

Whether it’s the perennial traditional favorite by Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” or Elvis’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” the sounds are beautiful and mean something special to you.

Don’t silence your nuptials. Bring them alive with the right musical notes that transcend time and culture.

See What Cactus Collective Weddings Can Offer You

McKenzi Taylor
McKenzi Taylor

McKenzi Taylor is America’s go-to elopement and micro wedding expert, often featured in small and major media outlets, such as the New York Times. With over 15 years of wedding photography experience, it was after planning her own Las Vegas elopement in 2016 that McKenzi felt her purpose shift into elopement coordination. She started Cactus Collective Weddings soon after in 2017. Since then, she’s become a WIPA board member, and has helped well over 1000 couples get hitched in style around Las Vegas, San Diego and Black Hills.