Diane Martinson Wedding Music - Wedding Ceremony Vocalist
Diane Martinson -Special Events Singer- Minneapolis, MN

Singing Is My Passion

Need to hire a wedding singer? I am passionate about being a wedding music soloist. I believe that including meaningful songs in your wedding ceremony is one of the best ways to convey feelings of romance and love.

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Feels Like Home
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The Rose
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One Hand One Heart
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Lullaby
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Diane Martinson is known for her beautiful clear singing voice, versatility in several vocal styles, and expressive performance. Diane is dedicated to singing impassioned music that will beautifully enhance your wedding ceremony.

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Wedding Singer Demo
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Ave Maria (Schubert), Grow Old With Me, Apache Wedding Blessing, How Beautiful, Someone Like You (Wildhorn)

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Diane Martinson, wedding ceremony singer
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When you hire Diane Martinson as your wedding ceremony vocalist, you and your guests will be treated to a heartfelt singing performance. She'll work hard to ensure that your wedding music is everything you've dreamed of.

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Our clients say it best -

client review "Music is such an important part of our wedding ceremony. The beauty and sincerity of your voice has the ability to reach to the core of each person and bring them together to celebrate the wonder of this special moment. No family could hope for more at this all important time in their lives!" —Joanne O.

client review "Hire Diane; From now on, I'll be recommending you, both on my web site and in person, as by far the *best* singer that couples could possibly get for a wedding!" —Rev. Tomkin Coleman mnweddingminister.com

client review "...One person said to us, she really feels the music and you can tell that you do. You put your heart and energy into those songs for us and we thank you for that. It really made our special day wonderful." — Grace & Mark

wedding ceremony music thank you letter "Diane, Everyone comments to me how beautiful your voice was...
You and J.J. did an excellent job and your lovely voice helped make our ceremony very memorable.
Michael and I enjoyed working with you and have already given recommendations to many! Thank you for making our wedding day perfect. Sincere thanks!" — Michael & Bonita J.

wedding ceremony music thank you letter "Thanks for being a part of our special day!" — Melissa & Michael B.

Tried and True 5 out of 5 stars "Beautiful Voice Diane and JJ did such a great job, not only at the wedding itself but throughout the entire process! When we had our meeting to choose songs both Diane and JJ were so nice and happy to perform right in front of you so you knew exactly what you were getting. Diane has such a great voice and has a definite wow factor to everyone at the wedding. They are such genuinely nice people and are very flexible. We couldn't have asked for a better experience!" —Wedding: 7/28/2012 (rated 5 out of 5 stars on weddingchannel.com / theknot.com)

client review "Everyone commented on how touching and beautiful the music was. ...I will never forget the wonderful ceremony that Aric and I had because of you." — Christy R.

client review "My fiance and I knew we wanted great music for our wedding ceremony, but we didn't know where to start. Diane and her pianist, JJ, were beyond helpful in the planning process-just extremely pleasant to work with. The great service they provide is second only to the beautiful music they will create for your occasion. We highly recommend Diane Martinson and her accompanists!." — Anne M.

client review "Diane Martinson Wedding Music, The music was so wonderful I could hardly speak, I still get choked up when I think of it. My daughter said they were selecting the ceremony music with you, your singing and music performed by your instruments was just perfect, it couldn't have been better. We were so very pleased! " — Jeanne King, mother of bride

wedding ceremony music thank you letter "Dear Diane, What a voice! Thank you for making our wedding that much more magical. We cannot thank you enough for the beautiful music you provided during our ceremony. All the best," —Rita & Kyle

client review "Diane and her musicians were fabulous! The ceremony music was beautiful and exactly what we wanted! The music was seamless and everyone enjoyed them." — Kristin S.(rated 5 out of 5 stars on Wedding Wire .com)

wedding ceremony music thank you letter "Diane & J.J. - Thank you so much for doing such a great job singing and playing the piano. Our wedding was so much more meaningful because you were a part of it. We received many compliments and we would highly recommend you to others getting married! Thank you!" — [Julie & Tony] Steffen

client review "Thank you so much for going through the hassle of transcribing both of those new song requests for us. You don't know how much that means to us to have you performing our music and we truly appreciate it. Thanks again for all of your dedication" — Trisha L.

client review "WONDERFUL! I want to thank you for making this moment in our lives so Magical!!" — Julene & Tony

 
 

MUSIC SERVICES


SERVICES

Minnesota Wedding Ceremony Music / Wedding Soloist

Diane provides a free consultation to sing and play through music options to simplify your wedding music planning. Her expertise as a wedding singer and Twin City wedding music planner is based on professional training and twenty years of delivering extraordinary ceremony music at hundreds of Minnesota weddings.

Diane Martinson can be hired as a wedding soloist, as a duo; singer with her pianist (optional portable piano), or as a vocalist with her musician ensembles including string trio and harp. Diane also loves singing special request songs and offers her unique custom music arrangements of your request song for voice / piano, or adapts them to include other instruments providing a one of a kind performance for couples to cherish. Diane offers music for traditional church weddings, non-denominational civil unions, outdoor garden ceremonies, commitment ceremonies, Encore weddings, and vow renewals. Preview Diane's song list here

"Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart" - Pablo Casals

Music Planning for Your Wedding Ceremony

by Minneapolis vocalist Diane Martinson

On your wedding day, nothing is more important for creating a beautiful, meaningful ceremony than the music you select. Rather than simply having instrumental music alone, the vocal songs you choose will lift up your celebration to greater heights. That's the powerful advantage of including solos with stirring words set to beautiful music, performed with heartfelt emotion.

I offer traditional classical wedding songs, contemporary wedding solos in many styles, and special request new songs. All will enhance the romance and bring special meaning to your ceremony.

A complimentary consultation to plan song placement and preview ceremony music options is provided 4 months before your wedding. I will sing and play through music options for you, so there is no need for you to spend a lot of time obtaining wedding music CD's, and picking out all the ceremony music ahead of time. It's best to have a copy of your ceremony outline from your officiant for our meeting.

Prelude Music
Typically instrumental, while guests are being seated. A final Vocal Prelude Solo or Instrumental selection during seating of family, and lighting of the altar candles.
Processional
Music for Bridal Party (sometimes the bride as well). A second processional with different music can be used for the Bride's Entrance.
Wedding Ceremony Vocal Solos
One early in the ceremony, and a unity candle solo, or instrumental solo. Additional solos may be added depending on your ceremony.
Recessional
Festive music for the wedding couple and bridal party exit (usually instrumental).
Postlude Music
Instrumental music while guests exit (usually selected by musician).

Diane's Wedding Music Planner (PDF)

You can get a head start in planning how many songs you need with Diane's Wedding Music Planner. It includes an example of the placement of music within the ceremony.

If you do find all the music you would like before we meet (or in place of a consultation if you live out state) that's terrific, just email the selections to me and I will put together a song confirmation for you. Then you will simply need to confirm the selections with your ceremony officiant.

While it's true that the majority of people prefer classical music played at the ceremony for the prelude, processional and recessional music, adding a professional singer for the ceremony solos will lift the romantic atmosphere to a more sophisticated level.

Another musical advantage of hiring Diane Martinson Musicians is that I provide my custom song arrangements to my instrumental accompanists for a superior musical experience. My unique song arrangements compliment the vocal line and highlight the instrumentation. These renditions are not performed by singers at other weddings. Even my arrangements of the traditional classical songs are optimized for my wedding ceremony performances.

The helpful tips I've included, along with my complimentary music consultation, will help you choose the music for your special day.

Music Services for Weddings

Diane offers many wonderful music choices (vocal and instrumental) and extra services to ensure you will be completely happy and excited about your ceremony music.

Her services include:

Outdoor Wedding Music

Diane's pianist J.J. Saecker, is available as her accompanist, and plays all of the ceremony music needed including: the Prelude, Processionals, Solo accompaniment, Recessional, and Postlude music.

A portable piano keyboard, sound PA system & vocal mic is offered for wedding music at hotels, country clubs or outdoor locations without on-site pianos and sound systems. Eco-friendly weddings can request our battery powered portable sound system PA and piano keyboard.

Church Music Rules for Weddings

Brides planning a Catholic Wedding Mass ceremony (and some others denominations- Episcopalian, Jewish, Lutheran) need to consult with the musical director of their location before selecting "outside" musicians. The location may require you to use their in-house musicians for the liturgical music in the ceremony and some approved music selections, but will also let a professional vocalist sing the wedding solos for the vocal Prelude, Gathering Hymn, Unity candle, Communion, and Blessing song. Diane offers her accompanist at a discount rate for these solos.

It is common practice for the church to require that you utilize their "in-house" musicians, and some may not allow you to bring in "outside" vendors. If the church or synagogue has a regular organist, you will probably pay for them whether you use them or not and this has to do with the union rules of the American Guild of organists agreement. A Church may require their organist and Cantor to perform the liturgy music in the ceremony (Responsorial Hymn, Gospel Acclamation, Eucharist liturgy songs), but will usually welcome an outside professional singer to perform approved wedding ceremony solos with prior approval.

Diane has performed beautiful wedding solos for hundreds of ceremonies, and has many styles of approved songs to offer that you can select at her free consultation. The church will often have an "approved" list of musical song selections, so it's advised to ask about this approved music in advance, it will be a helpful guide at the consultation. Diane is happy to coordinate the music between the couple, musicians, and the officiant.

Wedding Music Questions

Diane Martinson Wedding Vocalist with Instrumentalists:

Why is vocal wedding music such a significant part of a wedding ceremony?

Music is said to be the universal language of love, it heightens the emotions and adds romance to your wedding ceremony. Vocal music is the difference between a nice wedding, and an exceptional wedding. An outstanding vocalist always heightens the romantic ambience in the ceremony, music evokes deep emotions, and the treasured experience is a wonderful gift to share with your guests.

"Where words leave off, falling short of the true height and depth of your emotion, the melody and lyric of beautiful vocal music completes the message." –Diane Martinson

What's the best way to determine what music to have at your ceremony?

First, obtain a ceremony outline from your place of worship or wedding officiant for the order and placement of music, ask if there are any music restrictions you should know about. Talking with the church music director will also let you know if an organist has automatically been reserved with your church rental. Listen to my song samples online for ideas, and I can help you select music that fits both your unique style, and the ceremony guidelines when we meet for your music consultation.

People will always love the classics (i.e. Ave Maria) as a part of their ceremony vocal music because they are timeless and elegant songs. Many couples also want modern songs because they hold special meaning, and would enhance the ceremony experience for them. I am happy to provide both options. My goal is to provide sensational music that reflects a couple's unique style, loving commitment and evokes a deep emotional connection for the bride, groom and their guests.

I have an organist / pianist already, should I also hire your piano accompanist for your ceremony vocal solos?

Couples have always been very pleased with my performances with their home church organist, however I am my own hardest critic, and I can guarantee my optimum performance when singing my song arrangements with my piano accompanist from Diane Martinson Music, Inc.

There is an exception - the location's organist works out great when it comes to accompanying me on traditional church hymns, and classical solos such as Ave Maria (Schubert), The Lord's Prayer (Malotte), On Eagle's Wings (Joncas) etc. The organist and I would be used to performing those selections in the standard keys, with many different church musicians. If you have a question regarding who should accompany a certain song, feel free to ask me for advice. I am happy to work with other musicians and if I can provide music to them from my existing repertoire I certainly will. I will contact them about the vocal selections before the ceremony. If you have picked out new music for me to sing with the organist, please send a copy to me 3 months before the wedding.

When determining if the home organist / pianist is the right musician to play for the vocal music you want, there are few things to consider. Some churches are not open to include outside musicians, but in most cases you will be permitted to hire a professional wedding vocalist and piano accompanist for special music in your ceremony. It's best to check with the wedding coordinator or music director for any restrictions. The Music director or officiant will most likely want to see the music selections we choose together for their final approval. Working with the home organist, and obtaining permission for my vocal solo music and / or accompanist insures that there won't be any sudden changes to the ceremony music close to the wedding. You'll be confident that you and your guests will enjoy the best possible music performance.


Diane's Music Options for Wedding Ceremonies

Music Packages for Ceremony and Reception

Easily add more live music on to your wedding ceremony with continued reception music. Diane Martinson offers her pianist / vocal duo at a discount rate, and coordinates her other wedding musicians for added cocktail hour / dinner music, and her bands for the wedding dance.

Live music adds warmth and carries the romance of the ceremony on to the reception. The ceremony musicians can extend their playing time to include the reception at a discount rate. J.J. can add solo piano music to the receiving line / cocktail hour time, and Diane and JJ often transition to the cocktail hour and dinner providing background jazz music with their duo. You might also consider a smaller group trio or quartet for your cocktail hour and dinner.

For the dance, a live band will entertain listening guests as well as dancing guests. Diane's bands primarily play wedding receptions and have a great variety of music to appeal to all ages. Check the rates online or contact Diane for a price quote.

Diane Martinson Music, Inc. Wedding Musicians serve these Minnesota city areas: Minneapolis, St Paul, (Saint Paul), Afton, Apple Valley, Andover, Anoka, Arden Hills, Blaine, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Buffalo, Buffalo Lake, Burnsville, Cannon Falls, Cambridge, Carver, Castle Rock, Cedar, Center City, Centerville, Champlin, Chanhassen, Chaska, Chisago City, Circle Pines, Clear Lake, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Cottage Grove, Crystal, Deep Haven, Eagan, East Bethel, Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hastings, Hopkins, Howard Lake, Inver Grove Heights, Lake Elmo, Lakeville, Lino Lakes, Long Lake, Loretto, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Mankato, Mendota Heights, Medina, Milaca, Minnetonka, Monticello, Moundsview, New Hope, North Oaks, Norwood, Oakdale, Osseo, Otsego, Plymouth, Prior Lake, Red Wing, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Rochester, Rosemount, Roseville, Savage, Shakopee, St. Louis Park, St. Paul, Stacy, Stillwater, Vadnais Heights, Wayzata, White Bear Lake, Woodbury, and Young America. Diane Martinson Wedding Musicians serves these Minnesota zip codes: 55111, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55405, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55414, 55415, 55416, 55417, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55423, 55425, 55435, 55440, 55450, 55454, 55455, 55458, 55459, 55460, 55468, 55470, 55472, 55479, 55480, 55483, 55484, 55485, 55486, 55487, 55488, 55014, 55016, 55024, 55025, 55031, 55033, 55047, 55055, 55056, 55066, 55068, 55070, 55071, 55073, 55075, 55076, 55077, 55082, 55101, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55109, 55110, 55112, 55113, 55114, 55115, 55116, 55117, 55119, 55120, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55125, 55127, 55128, 55129, 55144, 55150, 55155, 55161, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55168, 55169, 55170, 55171, 55172, 55175, 55177, 55182, 55187, 55188, 55189, 55190, 55191, 55303, 55170, 55171, 55172, 55175, 55177, 55182, 55187, 55188, 55189, 55190, 55191, 55303 Among other Minnesota counties Diane Martinson Music, Inc. provides live wedding music for Hennepin County, Dakota county, Ramsey County, Anoka County, Carver County, Sherburne County, Washington County, Wright County, Chisago County, Scott County, Goodhue County, Mcleod County, Isanti County, Rice county, Meeker County, Minnesota, and in Wisconsin St. Croix County, Pierce County Diane Martinson Wedding Musicians serves the following Wisconsin areas: Dresser, Hudson, Osceola, Prescott, River Falls, and Somerset.