Grand Times

Ceremony Musicians | Birmingham, AL

$$$ - Sensible to Splurge

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The best of "Grand Times," just what you'd expect for your ceremony musicians! Excellence, diversity, partnerships, magic in the moment. As musicians, we deliver the ambience and aura of special memories. Pianist & violinist, composer LaDonna Smith teams up with vocalist Tena Wilson for delivering inspirational and emotionally charged love songs.

Our specialty is ceremonial music, performing beautiful classical works, by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Schubert, and others. Contemporary songs such as "The Prayer," "You Raise Me Up," or "I Will Always Love You" are also within the scope of our repertoire. With ample notice, we can work up anything you can request, and LaDonna will even compose for you your own personal love song, that is uniquely yours.

A seasoned professional violinist, LaDonna also performs many weddings and ceremonies on solo violin alone. The classical wedding standards, swing jazz, fiddle & atmospheric improvisations, creative expression, rising from the strings in the moment. This can be an economical option, especially effective at simple outdoor weddings.

As "Grand Times" we offer a complete Violin, Vocalist & Pianist package, with the option of violin duets and trios, making an indoor wedding complete with a variety of musical offerings. Willing to work with your tastes, we can organize a wide range of musical options to help you create the most awesome musical experience for your occasion. Comfortably priced, seasoned professionals, we are your choice for making beautiful music within easy reach for either a traditional, or custom contemporary ceremony.

Starting Price $350


Grand Times is the collaboration of pianist LaDonna Smith's exquisite solo playing on the grand piano, and as accompanist for the stunningly beautiful voice of classically trained Tena Wilson, a beautiful person inside and out, whose repertoire includes popular works from the Baroque, Classical, and Contemporary wedding repertoire.

Tena is also a gifted singer of many voices, which she showcases modern works such as "The Prayer," "You Raise me Up," "I Will always Love You" among other popular favorites, a professional who can easily learn and perform you own personal favorite song!

Ceremony Prices

  • $300- solo violin or piano (LaDonna Smith)
  • $450- Tena Wilson(vocalist) with LaDonna Smith
  • $650- Ceremony Trio: Vocalist, Violinist, and Pianist Travel is included within 35 miles Long distance travel is negotiable. ($50-$100 for long distance travel over 35 miles).

In our sister collaboration, "The Tena Wilson Experience," we morph into reception music, from the sweet subtlety of a jazz trio to a full blown dance and party band, complete with guitars, drums, keyboards, bass, violins, flute and saxophones! You name the music, we have it. From country pop, swing jazz, rock, 30's & 40's, Gershwin to the Beatles, even Soul and MoTown, The Tena Wilson Experience will render a variety of standard party favorites sure to please your guests over the many generations represented by your family and friends. This is happy music!

So in truth, we are excellent Ceremony Musicians, who can give you an elegant indoor or outdoor ceremony, (and then if you want a DJ you can hire one), but why not enjoy the kinetic excitement of a real live band! With our "We do it all" combined ceremony/reception package, we will deliver inspiring and sacred ceremony music, and then "let it all hang out," giving you reception party music onsite, saving you time and money, so your guests can enjoy our exciting full party band all in one contract. It's your choice. Tena's versatile vocal style changes with genres, and we have the musicians to back her up. Think about it!
This is especially practical and attractive if you are centering your wedding in one church location, or in a more remote rural indoor/outdoor wedding facility. You can have it all.


  • $675 Reception Trio: (vocalist, keyboard & jazz drummer)
  • $950 Party Band, 5 piece: Vocalist, keyboard, violin, guitar or woodwinds, drums
  • $1250 Full Party Band, 6 piece: Vocalists, keyboard+bass, trap drummer, guitarist, violinist, and flute/saxophones.

Travel is included within 35 miles Long distance travel is negotiable. ($50-$100 for long distance travel over 35 miles).

With our Wedding and Party, "We do it All" Package, you can have the very best we have to offer in one convenient, practical, and money saving booking:

  • $1200 Ceremony Trio & "Jazz/Variety" Trio Package
  • $1500 Ceremony Trio & 5 piece party band
  • $1750 Ceremony Trio & diverse 6 piece party band.

Local travel within 35 miles is included in pricing. Long distance travel is negotiable. ($50-$125 for long distance travel over 35 miles).


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