Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley (Arr. Jim Falbo)
Here, There and Everywhere (The Beatles)
Cavatina (written by Stanley Myers)
What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
Baby, I Love Your Way (Peter Frampton, Arr. by Jim Falbo)
La Vie En Rose (written by Edith Piaf)
God Only Knows (Beach Boys, Arr. by Jim Falbo)
Sons de Carrilhoes (Sounds of Bells) Written by João Pernambuco
Canto de Amor Cubano
At Last (Etta James) arr. Jim Falbo
And I Love Her (The Beatles) Arranged by Jim Falbo
Michelle (The Beatles) for two guitars
Linus and Lucy (Peanuts Theme) Written by Vince Guaraldi. Arr. Jim Falbo
The Girl From Ipanema (written by Antonio Carlos Jobim)
She Loves You (The Beatles - arr. by Jim Falbo)
Alma Apaixonada written by: Dilermando Reis
Ave Maria (Franz Schubert)
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (J.S. Bach)
Uma Valsa e Dois Amores (A Waltz and Two Loves) written by Dilermando Reis
Autumn Leaves (Ed Sheeran arr. by Jim Falbo)
Romance de Amor
Lagrima (written by Francisco Tarrega)
Musetta's Waltz (written by Giacomo Puccini)
Valsa da Despedida (Farewell Waltz ) traditional folk song arr. by Dilermando Reis
Deve Ser Amor (It Must Be Love) - Written by Baden Powell.
Gymnopedia No. 1 - Eric Satie
"Joropo" from Suite del Recuerdo (written by Jose Luis Merlin)
Salut d' Amour (Love's Greeting) written by: Edward Elgar
Deve Ser Amor (It Must Be Love) - Written by Baden Powell.
Se Ela Perguntar (If She Asks) Written by: Dilermando Reis
El Negrito (Written by Antonio Lauro)
Un Dia de Noviembre (A Day in November) Written by Leo Brouwer
Afro-Cuban Lullaby (Berceuse) Written by Leo Brouwer
Julia Florida (Written by Agustin Barrios Mangore)
Milonga del Angel (Dance of the Angel) Written by Astor Piazzolla
Maria Luisa (Written by Julio Sagreras)
Tango En Skai (Written by Roland Dyens)
Dedicatoria (written by Enrique Granados)
Capricho Catalan (Isaac Albeniz)
Evocacion (Jose Luis Merlin)
Little Piece (Robert Schumann)
Recuerdos de la Alhambra - Francisco Tarrega
Serenade from "Don Giovanni" (written by W.A. Mozart)
Preludio from Suite No. 2 (Leo Brouwer)
Sonho de Magia (Magic Dreams) written by Joao Pernambuco
Standchen (Serenade) Franz Schubert
Andaluza (Spanish Dance No. 5) written by Enrique Granados
Dr. Sabe Tudo (choro) written by Dilermando Reis
O Sole Mio
Andante (W.A. Mozart)
Granada (Isaac Albeniz)
The soundtrack to your wedding!
Now booking 2018 and 2019 weddings!
From classical/romantic, to pop classics, contemporary, Spanish, Latin, world music, and jazz, I play the widest selection for your wedding.
Here is a small sample from my repertoire:
See weddingwire.com reviews to get an idea of what you can expect on your big day!
Music is one of the most important parts of making your wedding both enjoyable and unforgettable. The beauty and intimacy that is created from solo classical and acoustic guitar is ideal for weddings and enhances the enjoyment of all in attendance. My solo guitar music will add both memories and class to your wedding ceremony or reception dinner. I am a dedicated professional who prides myself on my ability to cater directly to each wedding party, making sure that they are taken care of from start to finish. My repertoire is extensive with over seven hours of memorized music to choose from, with countless tunes to play according to each wedding parties tastes. I have transcribed contemporary works from artists as diverse as the Beach Boys, Elvis, Sting, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and many more. My repertoire includes both well known pieces (including classical/romantic, and contemporary pieces) and "secret gems" that would be favorites if the listener was more familiar with the guitar repertoire. Click on "Repertoire" for a full list of pieces. Interested in booking me? Inquire about availability here: firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me help you create the soundtrack to your wedding!
Example of a common wedding ceremony:
(Click on the "Repertoire" link to get an idea of some popular pieces to play in specific sections of the wedding)
PRELUDE: 10-30 minutes of playing (depending on wedding needs). Your guests are treated to a "mini-concert" as they arrive to reflect and prepare for your big entrance.
PROCESSIONAL *Entrance of bridal party- usually one song or piece played while the party enters.
*Entrance of bride- special song or piece for the entrance of bride.
Live guitar will make your grand entrance emotional and unforgettable.
INTERLUDE (SONG BETWEEN READINGS)-Song played to create separation from the readings. A great time to reflect on the moment while music serenade's you. A piece of music can be performed for mixing of sand, lighting of unity candle, etc.
RECESSIONAL/POSTLUDE: The couple has exchanged their vows and they exit, followed by the bridal party.
Usually I play 10 minutes after the recessional until the wedding guests have cleared out. I generally play upbeat, fun pieces here to keep up with the
jubilant mood all are feeling.
I'm available for cocktail hour/dinner receptions as well! I play a mix of upbeat South American, contemporary, classical, and pop classics to keep the wedding guests entertained and open to comfortable conversation with others.
I use an a battery powered PA SYSTEM and keep the volume at a comfortable level without being overbearing.
A few wedding testimonials:
We highly recommend Jim. He was so easy to work with and exceptionally professional. He was there early, totally prepared with all the songs we had asked for, and played beautifully. We had several guests comment on the lovely music. The portion of our ceremony with background music went very long. Jim's response was seamless. He kept playing and worked in several more songs that were perfect for the moment. His work is a great value. He is a top-notch professional and charges less than most of his caliber. He even provided a microphone (and a stand at the last minute!) for our officiant, which saved us having to rent one. Thanks Jim! - Erin B. Wedding on 6/10/17
Jim was amazing! We absolutely loved the music - he is so talented! It was so cool that he learned a song just for us and also customized the ceremony and cocktail hour with the music that we love. Thank you so much!
- Kehly S. wedding on 8/20/16 reviewed on weddingwire.com and theknot.com
My husband and I knew right away that we wanted a guitarist to play at our wedding ceremony. As I was searching online, I came across Jim Falbo, and I couldn't have found a more perfect musician for our day. He had such a wide range of songs from his repertoire that I had no problem picking out which ones would be the right fit for our special day! He was great to work with- very professional, fast in responding to questions and very reasonably priced! All of our guests raved about Jim and I am so glad we chose him! -Kelsey N. wedding on 6/11/16 reviewed on weddingwire.com
Jim played for our wedding in June and he was brilliant. He beautifully played the song he learned for our wedding and most helpful, he managed to go with the flow as parts of our ceremony shifted last minute. He went with the changes and played accordingly and beautifully. Many of our guests also commented on his playing and professionalism. We highly recommend him. - Deborah H. wedding on 6/5/16. reviewed on weddingwire.com
Jim was absolutely incredible to work with during the entire process of getting our wedding music prepared. He met with us on a few occasions to make recommendations and he provided us with samples to help us select the best music for our ceremony. We also selected the option to have Jim play one selection not usually in his repertoire. We selected music written by a friend of ours who would not be attending the wedding. Jim did an amazing job with the song. Our guests raved about how great the music was and we would absolutely recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding musician. - Jennifer E. wedding on 5/7/16 reviewed on theknot.com
"Jim did the most amazing job with our ceremony music. I originally was going to go with just playing a CD for our ceremony with a couple songs but we found Jim online, I went and checked out a couple of his YouTube videos and immediately fell in love with his version of "All of Me" by John Legend. I didn't want it to be cheesy having a song probably everyone had chosen but Jim's version is completely unique and BEAUTIFUL. It was one of those things that when you hear something amazing you get chills all over your body and I just said yes, we have to have him. I had been worried that my husband to be wouldn't have the reaction of "WOW!" when I walked down the aisle because we were going to do pictures beforehand and he would already see me but Jim definitely helped change my thoughts and I knew he would be the difference in getting that wow factor and my now husband said he was definitely holding back tears (and he never cries!) so I think that says something about Jim's talent for sure! I would recommend him to anyone, he has an amazing talent and you would be lucky to hire him! Thanks Jim!" - Cydney G. (wedding on 4/30/16) reviewed on weddingwire.com
"Jim is an incredible musician with outstanding people-skills. Everyone came up to me to ask who our guitarist was and told us how much they loved the music he played. Jim is super, super easy to work with and just a joy to be around. He was one of the best choices we made for our special day and if I did it over again right now I'd hire him again." - Lynn M. (wedding on 3/4/2016) reviewed on weddingwire.com
"Jim's arrangements are beautiful and he plays flawlessly. He has great communication and is extremely friendly. Jim's repertoire covers anything you'd want played or he is willing to learn new material. I would highly recommend him! He made our ceremony beautiful, simple, and personal. Loved him!" - Heather A. (wedding on 10/31/15).
"Jim was fantastic to work with. Not only was his musical performance during our ceremony beautiful - many guests mentioned throughout the night they loved the acoustic music - but he was courteous and easy to work with. As milestones arrived for our planning, he would help keep us on track to ensure he had what he needed for a wonderful performance. Thank you, Jim, for helping us have a magical day. Your music helped set the perfect soundtrack for our wedding. Our guests had so much fun identifying the different songs and then sharing memories those stores evoked. Thank you again!" - Jennifer (wedding on 10/3/15). reviewed on weddingwire.com
Jim Falbo was wonderful to work with for our wedding. I loved the music he played at our ceremony. It was perfect. Jim was professional and prompt in answering all emails and calls. He helped me through choosing the music and even sent me a CD of some of his work. This was so helpful especially planning from out of state. Jim also learned a specific song for our ceremony that was very special to us. I would absolutely recommend Jim for your wedding and/or event! Thank you Jim! - Amy N. (wedding on 7/25/15). reviewed on weddingwire.com
Jim was an an amazing musician to work with for our wedding. He was professional and highly musically talented. His performance was truly memorable and one of my favorite parts if the wedding. Thank you Jim! - Natalie E. (wedding on 7/18/15). reviewed on weddingwire.com
Jim was amazing at our wedding! There was a last minute change that he wasn't informed of before the ceremony (sorry!) but he was able to handle it without any hesitation. We were so happy we had him play at our wedding, it really added that special touch we were looking for! I would highly recommend him to play at any event, as he is very professional, fun, and easy to work with. - Jillian B. (wedding on 7/10/15).
"Jim was fantastic. He played guitar for our wedding on 6/14 and provided a beautiful accompaniment to our ceremony. Not only was he a great guitarist, he was super easy to work with. Emails always received a prompt response, he was very helpful in his comments on the ceremony and worked with us to provide what we wanted. As part of his fee, he will arrange a piece of your choosing not normally in his repertoire. I highly suggest taking him up on this. He arranged Raspberry Beret by Prince for us and it was fantastic! We were planning an outside ceremony and didn't know for sure that we could be outside until 45 minutes before the wedding. Jim was flexible and set up quickly as soon as we knew where we would be. He was very reliable and professional. It was great to have amazing music without having to worry about it." - Mike O. (wedding: 6/14/2014)
"Jim is not only a wonderful musician, but he's also great to work with when planning an event. The scheduling process was very easy, and he was always quick to respond to emails. He helped us select the best music for our wedding ceremony and played it absolutely beautifully! Many of our guests even commented on how much they enjoyed the music. We felt very lucky to have him as our musician." - Melissa T. (wedding on 6/27/2014).
"Jim was wonderful. I got many complements from my guests on what a great guitarist he was. He was on time, responded to my emails quickly and was very professional. I can't say enough good things about him. Most importantly his music was beautiful and his talent and passion for the guitar shines through his playing. I would highly recommend Jim to anyone looking for a guitarist for their special event." (Kim P.) (Wedding: 06/08/2013)
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These pieces fit throughout many sections of the wedding. Here are a few common tunes played in specific parts of the ceremony. You can pick exactly what you want from my repertoire; feel free to mix and match them in any section, as most fit anywhere in the ceremony.
For full list of pieces I play click here: Repertoire (wedding repertoire can also be found there!).
You can pick every piece out of my repertoire for each section of the wedding, or leave sections of the wedding (ie prelude, recessional) for me to decide.
Popular Prelude pieces:
For the prelude section, 15-30 minutes worth of pieces or songs work best while the guests are being seated.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Harberg and Arlen (classical, folk, contemporary)
Bach Preludes- BWV 846, BWV 1006, BWV 1007, BWV 999 (Baroque, Classical)
Preludio from Suite No. 2 - Leo Brouwer (Romantic)
Fields of Gold - Sting (contemporary)
I'll Be There - Jackson Five (contemporary)
Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder (contemporary)
You've Got A Friend - Carole King (contemporary)
Salut d' Amour - Edgar Elgar (Romantic)
Heart of Life - John Mayer (contemporary)
And I Love Her - The Beatles (contemporary)
I Will - The Beatles
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley (contemporary)
And I Love Her -The Beatles (contemporary)
Here, There, and Everywhere - The Beatles (contemporary)
My Sweet Lord - George Harrison (contemporary)
Recuerdos de la Alhambra - Francisco Tarrega (Classical, Romantic)
Adelita - Francisco Tarrega (Classical, Romantic)
Serenata Espanola - Joaquin Malats (Romantic/Spanish)
Sea of Love - Cat Power (Contemporary)
Evocacion - Jose Merlin (Romantic)
It's Never Too Late -Tommy Emmanuel (contemporary fingerstyle)
Romanza - Anonymous (Classical/Romantic)
Andante from piano sonata No. 10 - W.A. Mozart (Classical)
Serenade from "Don Giovanni" - W.A. Mozart (Classical)
Yesterday - The Beatles (contemporary)
My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder (Contemporary)
Blue Moon- Lorenz Hart and Richard Rogers (Contemporary)
Moon River - Henry Mancini (Contemporary)
Landslide - Fleetwood Mac (Contemporary)
All I Have to Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers (Contemporary)
Ave Maria - Franz Schubert (classical/romantic)
Blackbird - The Beatles
Popular Processional pieces: (Most of the prelude pieces could fit throughout the ceremony here as well)
There are usually two pieces selected for the processional. One for the entrance of the bridal party, and one for the entrance of the bride.
Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley (contemporary)
Canon in D - Pachelbel (Classical)
Sleepers Awake - J.S. Bach (Classical)
She Loves You - The Beatles (contemporary)
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri (contemporary)
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong (contemporary)
All of Me - John Legend (contemporary)
Bridal Chorus - Richard Wagner (classical/romantic)
La Vie en Rose - Edith Piaf (contemporary)
Cavatina - Stanley Myers (Classical/Romantic)
Autumn Leaves - Ed Sheeran (contemporary)
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton (contemporary
Alma Apaixonada - Dilermando Reis (Romantic)
All You Need is Love - The Beatles (contemporary)
I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz- (contemporary)
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys (contemporary)
Musetta's Waltz - Giacomo Puccini (Romantic)
Better Together - Jack Johnson (contemporary)
Uma Valsa e Dois Amores (A Waltz and Two Loves) - Dilermando Reis (Brazilian, romantic, contemporary)
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Popular interlude pieces:
The interlude helps create separation between readings, and brings a time to reflect on your special day. Music played in this section tends to be slower, and reflective, thus helping you take in the moment. Some wedding parties choose to do a "mixing of the sand," or put a letter in a lock box to be opened many years later. Some wedding parties choose to go hug their parents, and others choose to stand back and enjoy the music. Some choose not to have an interlude, it's all dependent on what you are looking for!
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Arlen and Harburg (contemporary)
Time In A Bottle - Jim Croce
Blackbird - The Beatles
Cavatina - Theme from "The Deer Hunter" - Stanley Myers (classical)
All of Me - John Legend (contemporary)
God Only Knows - Beach Boys (contemporary)
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong (contemporary)
Amazing Grace - John Newton (standard hymn)
Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring - J.S. Bach (classical)
I Will - The Beatles (contemporary)
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton (contemporary)
In My Life - The Beatles (contemporary)
Popular Recessional pieces:
The most joyous music is played in the Recessional, when the Bride and Groom leave together – followed by the wedding party. There can be special songs at different points in the ceremony, such as after exchanging the rings and vows, or lighting the Unity Candle. Usually the only music is when something is happening – for a Unity Candle or Mixing of Sand
Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles (contemporary)
Take On Me - A- Ha
Sweet Child O' Mine - Taken By Trees (cover of Guns' N Roses) contemporary
Jorop0 - Jose Merlin (classical/romantic)
Sounds of Bells - Joao Pernambuco (Brazilian/romantic/classical)
Bridal March - Felix Mendelssohn (classical)
Bridal Chorus - Richard Wagner (classical)
Gavotte Bwv 1009 - J.S. Bach (classical)
I Choose You - Sara Bareilles (contemporary)
The Longest Time - Billy Joel (contemporary)
Peanuts Theme - Vince Guaraldi (American Jazz, Americana)
Serenade from "Don Giovanni" - W.A. Mozart (classical)
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
Because - Dave Clark Five (Contemporary)
Raspberry Beret - Prince and the Revolution (Contemporary)
Walk Don't Run - The Ventures (contemporary)
Popular Postlude pieces: (Postlude lasts 5-15 minutes after recessional piece has been played while guests are clearing out)
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder (contemporary)
Baby Love - The Supremes (pop classic)
Stand By Me - Ben E. King (contemporary/pop classic)
Upside Down - Jack Johnson
All My Loving - The Beatles
Julia Florida - Agustin Barrios (Romantic)
Girl From Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim (Latin/Jazz Samba)
La Bamba - Richie Valens (Mexican/contemporary/oldie)
Valsa da Despedida (Farewell Waltz)- Dilermando Reis (romantic/Brazilian)
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - J.S. Bach (classical)
Gymnopedie No. 1 - Eric Satie (Classical)
Afro-Cuban Lullaby - Leo Brouwer (Latin American, romantic)
Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley (contemporary)
Little Martha - Duane Allman (Leo Kottke Arrangement)
Because - Dave Clark Five (Contemporary)
All I Have To Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers (Contemporary)
Rebolico - Joao Pernambuco - (Brazilian)
Michelle - The Beatles (contemporary)
Signe - Eric Clapton (contemporary)
Heart of Life - John Mayer (contemporary) (played acoustically at weddings)
Contact me for prices and availability
*A 50% deposit (preferably check) is required to reserve the wedding date (no refunds for the deposit if there is a cancellation of the wedding). The remaining balance is due two (2) weeks prior to wedding and paid in full.
Event planning/consultation by phone/email
Ceremony prelude music (15-25 minutes)
Ceremony processional/s as needed
One solo/feature during ceremony interlude
Ceremony recessional as needed
Ceremony postlude (5-15 minutes as guests clear out)
-My most popular recorded classical/romantic wedding pieces can be found at www.jimfalboguitar.com/media and my YouTube channel also has more contemporary pieces. View my full repertoire on the bottom of this page for pieces that are not yet recorded. I have over 7 hours of pieces to choose from and have not even come close to recording them all!
Microphone and mic stand (if needed). Please let me know in advance if your officiant needs one. Shure SM57, (the most popular vocal microphone) for officiant and bridal party to use. The mic connects to my P.A system and can be used in conjunction with my guitar, saving you money on outside PA rental. The mic has a cord, if you wish to have a cordless mic, the wedding party will be responsible for PA rental. There is no additional charge for using my P.A. system :)
Guitar amplification - I have a Denon Envoi Go battery powered (up to 5 hours) 200 watt P.A. system that's perfect for any occasion, and kept at a level allowing for comfortable conversation during cocktail hour and/or dinner reception. I use an acoustic/electric classical guitar and an acoustic/electric steel string guitar, according to the wedding parties needs.
Additional services not included in the ceremony basic package:
Day before wedding rehearsals- Your officiant is the one in charge of the order of the wedding. I follow what you have instructed the officiant, and I arrive early (30-45 minutes) after set-up to go over the details with the officiant. Almost all clients use the consultation on the phone or with e-mail and choose not to hire for this portion of the wedding. Quite frankly things change frequently throughout the course of your actual wedding day. That's why you need an experienced, and flexible musician like myself to help you through the day! I have played rehearsal dinners, and had the directions for the wedding party change completely the next day. As long as the pieces and/or songs each party wants are picked out in the correct order, a simple PDF file sent via e-mail will take care of the need for me to be in attendance. Pieces can be shortened or lengthened depending on the length of time it takes for each part of the ceremony i.e. bridal entrance, bridal party entrance, piece between readings, etc. This is where I use my discretion, according to how many people are in the bridal party, and how long it takes the bridal party, and bride/groom to enter.
- Travel/accomodation costs for weddings outside the Twin Cities area (TBD).
- Custom arrangements: Price TBD
Outdoor Weddings and Weather
I love playing at outdoor weddings! However, my guitar and equipment will not tolerate any moisture. This means that even if it is only misting or drizzling, I will need to play under some sort of shelter, or the ceremony will need to be moved to its alternate indoor location. It's also best to keep me in the shade if possible, as the heat or direct exposure to sunlight can cause damage to my equipment including cracks and breaks, glue coming undone, etc. Guitars are very sensitive to direct sunlight and adverse effects to the instrument can occur. A half- hour long ceremony is usually not a problem, but for prolonged exposure, please designate a spot near the shade.
** If I am ever sick (has never happened for a wedding) a full refund will be given (inluding deposit) and I will do everything I can to find a replacement guitarist. Rates will differ for each replacement guitarist.
Want a custom recording made of a piece of music that was played in your wedding? Visit the music for occasions link.
Upbeat, contemporary wedding favorite:
Stevie Wonder ladies and gentlemen!
A beautiful piece of music written by the Beatles
Huge hit song from the Everly Brothers:
The touching song "And I Love Her" by The Beatles
Popular contemporary wedding piece:
A lively, rockin' tune from South American composer Jose Merlin. Brings the house down every time!
A touching piece by Eric Clapton I've arranged for classical guitar:
Popular wedding piece:
A piece everyone and their great Aunt Betty loves!
A beautiful love waltz from Brazil:
Another beautiful piece of music from Brazil:
An arrangement I made of Cat Powers' "Sea Of Love." Originally written by Phil Phillips
My past performance locations and clients include: Minnesota Landscape Arboratem, Black Bear Crossings (Lake Como), Pinstripes (Edina), The Science Museum of Minnesota, Lake Harriet Bandshell, Camrose Hill Flower Farm, Stillwater Public Library, Schaar's Bluff Gathering Center, Bigelow Chapel, Lowell Inn, Germanic-American Institute, The Woman's Club (Minneapolis), The Summit Manor House, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Porter Creek Restaurant, Bohemian Flats on Boom Island, Legends Golf Course, Woodbury Central Park, Boom Island Park, W.A. Frost, Aster Cafe, St. Paul College Club, Regency Plaza (St. Cloud), Kellerman's Event Center, Aria, The Walker, The Red Carpet, Lafayette Club, Legends Golf Course, Olympic Hills Golf Course, Elm Creek Park Reserve, Noerenberg Memorial Gardens (Orono), St. Paul's Chapel (little Chapel), State Fairgrounds, St. Paul Hotel, Minikahda Golf Course, Harriet Island, and many more.