Posts tagged Wedding Music
Posts tagged Wedding Music
Learn the ins and outs of hiring your wedding band or DJ, and the truth about some of the most common stereotypes.
You’ve probably heard about (or been to) weddings where a DJ, in a misguided attempt to emcee, talked more than he spun, with cringe-worthy results. But an experienced wedding DJ will only speak when it’s appropriate. Every time a DJ speaks, he should have something important to say, which you and he planned in advance. To ensure that your DJ doesn’t abuse his proximity to the mic, be specific about when you want him to talk and when you don’t. If you’re nervous that yours is a chatterbox, consider sending an example of what you find inappropriate. You can find a litany of bad DJ videos on YouTube. But handle with care so as to not offend.
One common concern about hiring a band is that each 40-45 minute set they play will be followed by a 15-20 minute break filled with music from a compilation CD — and that bored guests will vacate the dance floor. But you can manage your band’s need for downtime so that it doesn’t disrupt the party too much. Ask the band members to stagger their breaks so there’s live music throughout the night (it may cost an extra fee); guests will stay entertained and the dance floor will stay full.
Worried that your DJ has his mind set on “Y.M.C.A.” and the Electric Slide, when you’re thinking more along the lines of “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Unforgettable”? It doesn’t have to be that way — your DJ wants to play what you want to hear, but you have to communicate your tastes clearly. Don’t rely on words alone, since terms like “dance music,” “rock,” and “slow songs” are vague and can easily be misinterpreted. To make sure you are on the same music style page, give him a playlist and a do-not-play list. Brides and grooms should be able to customize the playlist. People today have grown up with choice and personalization, and good DJs understand that.
One caveat to the last idea: You can give your DJ a mile-long playlist, but you shouldn’t try to micromanage the music. To some extent, your lists should be guidelines for the mix master, not hard-and-fast rules. Your DJ should know the genre you’re interested in, but let him choose the best way to mix the music — after all, it’s his job to keep people on the dance floor. Give your band some flexibility to react to the crowd and adjust the tempo accordingly. When you hire somebody to bake a cake, you can tell them what flavors to use, but you don’t try to tell them how much flour or what kind of sugar to put in. It’s the same with DJs — you need to trust that they know what to do.
The days when it was de rigueur for a wedding band to encourage a conga line are over. But if you’re worried about that kind of thing, be sure to see the band in action before you sign on. Ask for a DVD of a previous performance to get a sense of how they interact with the crowd. You should also try to see them live. But you can’t crash somebody else’s wedding — find out if you can drop by to watch them play at another type of event. Just keep in mind that you can’t alter a band’s style as easily as you can tweak a DJ’s. If their live act is rambunctious and interactive (complete with line dances), then asking them to change might hamper their performance, and you’re probably better off going with a different group.
You’d be surprised by the musical depth a quality wedding band can offer. One indication that a band has versatility is if they have more than one singer — if they have both male and female vocalists, for example, chances are they’re open to a wider range of songs. Though a band may specialize in a style (like big band or soul), they’re professional musicians and should be able to stray at least a little from their niche. And if a few of the songs you have your heart set on aren’t in the band’s repertoire, simply ask them to learn the songs before your wedding — most bands will learn between three and five songs if you give them enough notice.
Although a DJ almost always costs less than a band, that doesn’t mean you should cheap out on this vendor. If you’re willing to pay for a top-notch DJ, you can get way more than somebody to play songs. A great DJ will talk to your photographer and tell him which songs are coming next. Photographers capture the Kodak moments; it is the DJ’s job to create the opportunity for them to occur. I know a DJ who got a tape of the groom singing “You are My Sunshine” to his mom as a little boy and created a custom mix, bringing tears to everyone in the room during the mother-son dance. On the other hand: I heard a story about an inexperienced DJ announcing a father-daughter dance, unaware that the bride’s father had passed away. Although the old adage “you get what you pay for” isn’t always true, when it comes to your music it’s certainly advice to consider.
Unless they also have a lot of experience with weddings, using a band or DJ that’s oriented primarily with nightclubs is risky, since they won’t be adept at pleasing a diverse crowd. It’s much smarter to find somebody who has experience in wedding entertainment. If you’re inviting coworkers, grandparents, and children, the entertainment should offer something for everyone.
If you can afford it, you can have the best of both forms of entertainment. Either hire a DJ to spin while the band is on break (and to be your emcee), or divide the evening into two portions. Another option is to hire a band for your reception and a DJ to spin at the after-party. Or, if you can’t spring for a whole band, see about combining just a few live musicians with a DJ. Some companies create packages where, for example, the musicians will play for the ceremony and during cocktail hour, then complement the DJ during the dancing, by adding percussion to a hot Latin set.
Some couples request that their entertainers play ’50s rock or big band-style songs early on to please their older guests, and then switch over to more lively beats so the younger crowd can dominate the floor until last call. But it can be more fun for you and your guests if you have your band or DJ mix it up throughout the night. Alternating between speeds, styles, and eras of music will keep wedding guests of all ages more engaged and encourage them to broaden the range of music they’ll boogie to, with truly memorable results.
Today I would like to introduce you to Ben Rogers and Ed Hartridge the founders of one of Britain’s hottest new Entertainment Companies called earcandy.
Ben and Ed’s love for music started at a very young age. After graduation they both went to work in the music industry. However, after a while they were discouraged and felt the entertainment companies they worked for lacked a soul and had no respect for musicians.
After many sleepless nights, and endless discussions over cups of tea, Ben and Ed thought that they could do better and earcandy was born in 2010. They wanted shake up the events industry and show the large agencies how it should be done.
They have accomplished their goal and have been featured in national wedding magazines, such as, Brides and London Weddings Magazine.
Q. Why would a person hire your company?
A. Whether you are booking for a wedding, party or a corporate event, we believe that your earcandy booking should be unique and special. Our attention to detail and our personal approach is designed to give you more than traditional agencies.
Whatever your budget we offer outstanding wedding bands, function bands,corporate bands and DJ’s. with all the trimmings.
Q. What types of music do you offer?
We offer a wide variety of music for every tastes such as; pop, soul, motown, groove, and disco. Here are a few examples:
Q. What sets you apart from other agencies?
A. Unlike most agencies our bands are all exclusive to us. This means we have personal contact with every single musician, we invest in them and we make sure they give you their best every time.
We work hard to ensure the service you receive from us is consistent, right from quote, to your special night. We set standards for our bands not only for musical performance, but also appearance, stage presence, behaviour and general etiquette at your event.
You get an entertainment co-ordinator, running up to the event to answer any of your questions, and to ensure all logistics are in hand to help your event run smoothly.
Our musicians are industry specialists. We pick only the top talent and have audition processes to ensure you get the very best bands.
We will listen to what you want, and do our very best to make sure you get it.
Q. How can someone Book a band?
A. First, select the entertainment you’re interested in from our website: http://earcandylive.co.uk/corporate-entertainment/ and either submit an online enquiry
or give us a call at 0330 100 2820.
We’ll discuss your requirements and refine the act accordingly, to give you an accurate quote based on your bespoke entertainment. We will take into consideration all aspects of getting the band there, equipment, and insurance so that your quote is comprehensive with no hidden extras. We’ll then email you the quote along with our terms and conditions.
The cake-cutting is one of the most romantic times during the wedding. The very first undertaking the couple will handle as husband and wife will be to cut the cake! Most brides and grooms wish to have special songs played during the cake-cutting ceremony. The music sets the tone for the scene and will create a lasting memory in the hearts of the couple and their guests. Here are some of the most popular cake cutting songs of all time.
‘Sweet’ and Sentimental
Some brides and grooms choose to play sweet and touching music during the cake cutting ceremony. There are many different songs which would be fitting for this moment, but these are without a doubt the most popular.
Funny and Humorous
It’s very important that the wedding music (including the cake-cutting music) fits the personality of the bride and groom. If you and your soon-to-be spouse are a pair of jokesters and enjoy a good laugh, perhaps these funny cake-cutting songs will appeal to you.
If you’re looking for some upbeat songs that are known by most people, there are some fun options available. Take a look at the songs below to find some inspiration:
Whether you want a funny song which will have your guests rolling in laughter or a sentimental song that will bring a tear to their eyes - there are definitely plenty of songs for every personality. Choose something that is special to you and your fiancé and that you will remember for years to come.
I’m not saying that these are terrible songs (okay…I’m not a fan of the “Chicken Dance”), but you might want to put these 10 songs on your do-not-play list.
1. "Celebration," Kool & The Gang
Why to Skip It: Unless you want your wedding to have something in common with every eighth grade graduation that’s ever taken place in a dingy school gym, tell your DJ to skip this one.
2. "Cha Cha Slide," DJ Casper
Why to Skip It: I’m guessing you and your guests have the ability to come up with your own dance moves, so let’s nix this step-by-step group dance lesson.
3. "We Are Family," Sister Sledge
Why to Skip It: It’s your wedding…we know your family is there. Plus, it’ll be stuck in your head for weeks and weeks after the wedding (and not in a good way).
4. "Hot in Herre," Nelly
Why to Skip It: This is a stand-in for all the overplayed, inappropriate club songs that have a tendency to creep into weddings. As a general rule, avoid songs with references to “juice” and stripping (unless you have the world’s most open-minded grandparents and ultra-mature flower girls).
5. "I Gotta Feeling," The Black Eyed Peas
Why to Skip It: After two years of being played at every Sweet 16, bar mitzvah, and prom, I’m betting even Fergie would agree that it’s time to put this one to bed.
6. "YMCA," Village People
Why to Skip It: The fact that everyone knows the words, everyone knows the dance, and that this song fits lots of occasions — between innings at a baseball game, for instance — does not automatically qualify it as a must at your wedding.
Why to Skip It: At a wedding, everyone’s dressed to the nines and feeling festive. Is this really the best time to flap your arms like a chicken in front of that cute bridesmaid/groomsman/new spouse? Don’t think so.
8. "Macarena," Los Del Rio
Why to Skip It: You may know how to do the dance — but do you really want to? Besides, everyone has a few certain relatives they’d rather not see get down with that hip-swivel move.
9. "Stayin’ Alive," Bee Gees
Why to Skip It: There aren’t too many people who know more than one line and one dance move to this song — leave “Stayin’ Alive” to the Saturday Night Fever reruns.
10. ”Love Shack,” the B-52s
Why to Skip It: If the super-repetitive chorus of this song isn’t enough of a reason to put this song squarely on your blacklist, its “overplayed to death” status definitely will.