Music To Your Ears: Picking the Perfect Ceremony Song(s)
Mar 20, 2019 12:31 PM Back
Sure you may be a hard rocker, metal head or country bumpkin but is your favorite genre of music the best type of tunes you should be considering for your wedding ceremony. That all depends and its all dependent on a variety of factors including the season, the venue and your style. Remember Long Island is known for being the party central of New York…so here are a few tips for making sure your playlist is one to be proud of.
Event Venue: Think about not only where you are hosting your main event but how big (or small) your venue is. Why? Well because a Big Band, may in fact be too big for an intimate affair, while a string quartet may too subtle for outdoor entertainment . You may also want to consider acoustics and venue restrictions and narrow or expand your selection from there.
Pomp… Circumstance and Playlist: Consider the formality of your event. If you plan on hosting a Cinderella-inspired soiree at Oheka Castle perhaps a bluegrass or heavy metal band may not be the proper fit. On the other hand a adding Big Band sounds to a barnyard bash may also be out of place.
Time Constraints and Attention To Details: Keep in mind that musicians often want to be booked for a certain amount of time, so make sure you can comfortably book them for that amount of time or pay them if your ceremony or event runs short. You will also want to book different types of entertainment for the various components of your celebration. For instance you may opt for a harpist and a vocalist for your ceremony, a pianist, a violist, or a string quartet for your cocktail hour and live music along with a DJ for your reception.
Stylize and Customize: Religious ceremonies don’t have to be boring or bland. Consider more modern versions of some timeless and traditional hymns and favorites. You may also want to consider incorporating a gospel choir. You’ll also want to choose appropriate music to usher in your bridesmaids and groomsmen and, of course, an extra special selection for the bride’s entrance. There should also be background music the entire time from when guests arrive to the time they say their goodbyes. Make sure your music caters to your tastes but to the tastes of guests of all ages….and even if you're a rap enthusiast, its best for seniors and kids (should they be on the guest list) to avoid songs with lyrics that are questionable in content or laced with profanity. Consider Big Band music for nostalgic style celebrations, modern music for trendier parties and live entertainment for any type of event.
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