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    Band, DJ, or Playlist?

    Technology has made wedding entertainment a more complicated question. Once upon a time, couples just had to think about what type of musical group they would hire. Did they want a chamber group or a band? Then DJs brought more variety to the stage. Now, you can forgo live entertainment in favor of a carefully planned playlist. Before making up your mind, consider what you’ll get from each option. It’s Tough to Beat a Good Band I’ve been to plenty of weddings where the dance floor sits unused for most of the night. A good band can solve this problem. But you have to find a group with an enthusiastic…

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    Wedding Planning Playlist

    Some people do wedding planning for a living. So how do people who have regular jobs and a social life get their planning done? While wedding planning can be a chore, an awesome playlist can help a ton. Whether you plug in your headphones and start browsing or blast it from your speakers, music can make you feel more upbeat and efficient. Don’t believe me? Medical experts have reported that “feel good” music can increase levels of dopamine in the brain, which puts you in a better mood. It can also stimulate your brain, which helps you focus on lengthy tasks. Music has also been found to reduce anxiety as…

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    How to Interview a DJ

    Music is an integral part of any wedding. There is the universally known “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn as well as the reception favorite “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston. Since music is such a huge part of a wedding, it is essential that you don’t pick your wedding DJ on a whim. Experience Just because your favorite cousin DJs at the senior citizen home every Friday night, does make him a perfect choice for your wedding. Instead select a DJ with experience working several weddings because chances are that DJ already has a mental rolodex of appropriate wedding songs to play. An experienced DJ knows that Whitney Houston’s…

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    DJ, Turn It On!

    “I don’t need no love, all I need is the DJ!” – Unknown I grew up in a very musical household – I learned piano from the age of 5, my sister took violin and could really carry a tune; my dad rocked out on the drums, and my mom was quite the champ on the triangle. Naturally, I was also an active member in my high school band and post high school, I actually became resident DJ for one of the clubs in downtown L.A, circa 2003-2005. Those were some good years. It came as no surprise then, that the music part of my wedding was going to be…

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    The Post-Wedding Reception

    Last week, we got a private message from one of our brides with a question. She was getting married at an intimate destination wedding with her closest friends and family, but still wanted to have a celebration with her friends. Did we have any ideas and suggestions? Well, as usual, Jacqueline had a story: “I got married!!” yelled my friend down the phone late one Sunday afternoon. Frankly, I didn’t even know she was engaged…As it turns out, she wasn’t, and it was a Vegas wedding, to her long time now-husband of 6 years, Tommy. “Wait….but….where was my invite?” I was a little offended at first. After, we’re talking about…

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    Five Genres Your DJ Must Play

    5 Approachable Music Genres By Anna K. December 22, 2011 Everyone knows that nothing can clear a dance floor as fast as a bad song. After reading several worst wedding song lists, I’ve decided that with the exception of songs about infidelity and heartbreak, someone’s gag-worthy song is someone else’s all time favorite. Therefore, I’ve compiled a list of genres that are for easy dancing. But have your DJ assemble a song list that has at least a few songs from the last five decades so you have a range from the classics: 1. Classic and 80s Pop I’m talking about the Bee Gees, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Abba, and…

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    What is a Good MC and How to Get One?

    By Natalie T. December 8, 2011 Imagine if you will the maid of honor wobbles in her stiletto shoes to the mike and after a brief struggle she manages to remove it from the stand. We can already tell she’s had a few too many. She rocks slightly on her shoes as she waits for the MC to announce her and then she launches into an alcohol fueled and alcohol filled story about how the bride met her husband at a frat party. The audience is split between staring at the MOH and the bride and groom who have grins frozen on their faces. Things go from bad to worse…

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    Ask An Expert

    6593192 Music at your wedding By Natalie Tsang November 22, 2011 Did you know that you don’t have to get “professional” musicians to perform at your wedding? Many members of local community orchestras occasionally play at weddings, and college students in university orchestras are always in need of extra cash. I asked one such college student for her opinion on string quartets in weddings. Tawny has been playing cello for about ten years and attended a performing arts high school. She has played in over half a dozen weddings in high school and college, and is currently a research fellow at Emory College. If you are looking for a mind…

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    DJ vs. Ipod Reception

    6306862 The pros and cons of your wedding entertainment By Sara Doerrier August 16, 2011 After you have decided on a venue, then comes everything that needs to be smoothed out. And your entertainment is an important aspect to your wedding. So, when it comes time to choose between hiring a DJ or setting up your Ipod, you might be at a standstill for a decision. There are many pros and cons of both so let’s dive right into them. DJ: Why You Want To Have One – He can play to the crowd. Nothing clears a dance floor faster than the ‘chicken dance’ or a song that your guests…

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    Tune In

    5998792 Choosing the right music for your reception By Kai Ma July 16, 2011 As much as personalization is encouraged for weddings these days, music is one area where you have to think more about what your guests want, rather than what you want. Examples: Are you a heavy metal fan? Well, unless all your guests are into hardcore extended guitar solos, the Metallica playlist isn’t going to work. Are you into jazz? Consider that bebop isn’t the easiest music to dance to. Don’t fret. You can still personalize the soundtrack of your reception—and you definitely should. If using a DJ, provide a list of your favorite songs and bands.…