July 2013 Newsletter
Selecting a band or DJ
1. Ask for referrals and follow up to see if other customers were satisfied with their services. Your music will create an ambience for your ceremony and reception. Make sure you have heard your band or DJ’s style in advance. Check their play list and ask for a cassette or CD of their music. DJ’s have different styles, some are able to motivate the crowd while staying behind the scenes, others are highly visible and interact with the crowd, teach line dances, give out party favors, etc…
2. Find creative ways to get around budget restrictions. Look into the various pricing options. If a large band is not within your budget, a smaller sub grouping may give you a similar sound at a more affordable rate.
3. Check their play list and ask for a sample CD so you are familiar with their repertoire so you can hire appropriately. This way there are no surprises or disappointments. Some bands may specialize in a particular genre like Rock & Roll or Big Band music. To create different moods, some weddings incorporate a live trio during the ceremony, one instrumentalist during the cocktail hour and a DJ during the reception.
4. Provide “MUST PLAY” and “PROHIBITED SONGS” list. This can prevent inappropriate or unfavorable songs from being played on your special day. To ensure that your favorite music is played reinforce the notion that their tip is directly linked to fulfilling this expectation.
5. Provide the band with plenty of advance notice to allow time for special requests to be rehearsed. With enough notice, the band may be willing to learn a song (maybe two) by special request. But it would be unrealistic to expect them to change their entire repertoire.
6. Verify that the music played during your dance presentations is the same version as what you have practiced. Be aware that intentional tempo or instrumentation variations in a song are a method band's use to express their unique style. Before signing a contract, ensure that the band agrees to at least play your song at your preferred tempo provided you give them some advanced notice so that they can be prepared. Your dance instructor can figure out how many measures or beats per minute there are in a particular song. A slight modification in tempo is not difficult to adjust to but more than 5 measures per minute can make a dramatic difference in one's ability to dance comfortably. Another simple solution is to email a digital copy or your song to the band or snail mail a CD.
7. Ask your bridal coordinator or Best Man to bring the DJ an extra copy of your wedding song on CD. Make sure you have clearly labeled the song - "FIRST DANCE # x" so that there is no confusion. Providing the DJ with the song is a good idea because the DJ may have a different version of the same song and not realized it.
Emergency Kit for Brides and Grooms
Meredith Sellers, Professional Bridal Consultant for Elegant Engagements suggest Grooms pack the following:
- extra black socks
- white chalk to cover razor nicks
- safety pins, cuff links
- bottle of water
- check out ALL the tuxes AT the tux shop
- Plus a general tip: make sure all vests and jackets match, are the right size and the hems are secure BEFORE leaving the store and scuff up the bottom of your shoes so you don't slip.
Newlywed and TWDS Founder Deborah Joy suggests Brides pack the following:
- nail file
- nail polish (clear for pantyhose runs and the bride's color in case of chips)
- hair pins
- eye drops
- safety pins
- straws (so the bride doesn't mess up her lipstick)
- chalk (to cover up smudges on your white gown)
- make-up for touch ups
- extra pantyhose
- breath mints
Top 40, Hip Hop, Techno, Disco -- Merengue To The Rescue!
Although very impressive to watch, the Merengue is actually the easiest dance to learn of all the dance styles. Often, it is also terrific for the last two hours of the reception when mostly fast dancing to contemporary music is played. The Merengue is a spot dance, meaning it doesn't move around the dance floor so it is ideally suited to small, crowded dance floors. Merengue is a fun dance with simple steps so it is easy to learn quickly and the "1-2" march-like rhythm. It is a favorite throughout the Caribbean, Latin America and South America and therefore, the perfect dance to learn for those having their honeymoon in any of these regions of the world. But it is also perfect for music like top 40, hip hop, world beat, reggae, and techno.
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