Last Updated: 6th October 2022
A marriage proposal is one of the most magical, memorable and personal moments in a couple’s life together. For some, the perfect proposal will be in a quiet or private location with just the two of you. For others it might be in a public place with as many people watching as possible. Whatever you choose for your proposal, there’s one thing you can do to ensure that it’s next level, and that’s hiring a live musician!
Music creates memories, tugs at heartstrings and allows us to feel every single emotion more strongly, so it’s obvious why live music at your proposal will make things extra special. Whether you have a particular song you both love, want to take your partner back to the time your first met or simply want to choose a romantic ditty to help emphasise how you feel about your loved one, hiring a live musician for your proposal will help to make your once in a lifetime experience completely unforgettable.
Musicians For Your Proposal
When choosing which type of musician is right for your proposal, you first need to consider the practicalities of where you’re going to propose. Is there room for an entire band? Unless you’re having a party and are planning to hire a party band to perform a special song for you to propose to, the likelihood is you’ll need a musician that doesn’t require a lot of space or set up time. For that reason, solo musicians and sometimes duos are by far the most popular choices for marriage proposals.
Guitarists are incredibly versatile and are usually able to play pretty much anything you want them to. Even if the song you’ve chosen isn’t already in their repertoire, most will happily learn it for you free of charge. An acoustic guitarist requires little to no set-up time and can suddenly appear out of nowhere for your special moment because they don’t require amplification, making them the perfect musician for a proposal! If you’d like to learn more about hiring a guitarist, check out our guitarist booking guide.
If you’re able to have your musician set up prior to your arrival, a hiring a pianist is another excellent choice for your proposal. The timeless and sophisticated sound of the piano will make your magical moment classy and elegant. Equally as versatile as a guitarist, a pianist will be able to learn practically any song you’d like them to perform. As long as there’s a plug for their piano and amp, they are able to play pretty much anywhere and don’t take a long time to set up. Don’t worry, they’ll bring their own instrument with them so there’s no need to source a baby grand for yourself! Our guide to booking a pianist will teach you all you need to know before you book!
Possibly the most romantic instrument imaginable, the harp will create a spellbinding musical backdrop to your proposal! You’ll need a little more space and careful planning to make this one a surprise due to the size of this magnificent instrument, but trust us when we say it’s so worth it. Harpists are able to play a range of both classical pieces and modern love songs so there’s a really good chance your special song is already in their repertoire and most will be happy to learn your chosen song for free. Our guide to booking a harpist will tell you more.
Another popular choice is a violinist. These talented musicians require little to no set up time if playing acoustically, can appear at a moment’s notice and create an exquisite sound for your proposal. If you have the space available you could also consider a full string quartet to help you create a dream-like accompaniment to your special moment.
Some of the coolest instrumentalists on the planet, saxophonists make a great choice of proposal musician! They have a fast set-up time and hardly take up any room at all so they’ll be ready to make your proposal as slick as you want it in no time. Find out more about booking one of these awesome performers in our saxophonist booking guide.
An Acoustic Duo
If the place you’ve chosen to propose is a little on the noisy side, you might prefer to boost the sound of the music by hiring two musicians instead of one. With two singers you’ll be treated to stunning harmonies and when you choose an act with two guitarists, you’ll get a richer, fuller sound from the accompaniment as well.
A Roaming Band
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Perhaps you’re planning a romantic walk in the park, a private rooftop dinner or a stroll down the beach at sunset? What could be more romantic than bumping into an acoustic roaming band who just happen to be playing your favourite love song? Nothing, that’s what! That’s why roaming bands are the ultimate proposal musicians. They can move around freely, positioning themselves exactly where you need them and can even follow you as you walk along if you’d like. The warm harmonies and unrivalled energy they deliver will make it highly likely that you’ll get that yes!
Popular Songs For Proposals
If you’re in need of some inspiration for the perfect song to play while you propose, check out these popular proposal songs. You never know, they could one day become your first dance song as well!
Just Say Yes – Snow Patrol
Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You – Elvis Presley
Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler
Love Story – Taylor Swift
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
All Of Me – John Legend
Marry Me – Train
On Bended Knee – Boys II Men
Waiting For A Girl Like You – Foreigner
Something – The Beatles
Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Marry Me – Jason Derulo
I Choose You – Sarah Bareilles
Truly, Madly, Deeply – Savage Garden
How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
How Do I Hire A Musician For My Proposal?
If you’d like to hire a musician to help make your proposal absolute perfection, head over to our website using the link below and discover the incredible full range of instrumentalists available for hire. When you find an act you love, fill in the enquiry form and we’ll get back to you with a fully-comprehensive quote. If you don’t have a specific date in mind for your proposal, feel free to give our friendly advisers a call and they’ll be able to recommend a range of musicians for you to consider. We can’t wait to hear from you and good luck with your proposal!