And Now, the Music

The music presentation ultimately sets the tone for a wedding celebration. Certainly, music comes in all styles. It can be casual or sophisticated; classical or rock; reggae or jazz; polka or pop; country or R&B, and everything in between. It can be loud or soft; fast or slow. Music appeals to young and old alike. It can make you feel lively or lethargic, calm or excited, or change the mood and morale instantly.

Music subtly augments a cocktail party and enhances dinner guests’ conversations, creating the mood for a celebration, and adding more joy to the experience. Then, if well read, planned and properly programmed by an experienced wedding DJ, it energizes a dance floor continuously for hours before dancing even begins.

Music is a common element for our everyday lives, but with your wedding celebration, the music should be, well… nothing less than extraordinary. That’s exactly what an experienced wedding DJ must be able to consistently do from the first song to the very last dance.

An experienced wedding DJ should play a wide variety of music styles as part of their music programming, to embellish the dancing portion of your special day and help make it a huge success. It is possible to seamlessly combine ethnic tunes, oldies, and today’s hottest hits masterfully and strategically into a cohesive presentation to allow your guests the opportunity to participate in your celebration and enjoy themselves on the dance floor.

How does this all work?

Music releases a chemical in the brain that has a key role in setting an environmental mood – dopamine. It produces a feel-good state in response to other certain positive tangible stimuli like food, lighting and more. A professional wedding DJ clearly understands that guests often express their identity through different types of music. It triggers certain emotions shared by guests, enabling them to connect with and convey their inner feelings, without needing to define them. The ideal soundtrack for a wedding affects emotions and behaviors and helps create a sense of belonging.

Something as simple as tempo has a big impact. The tempo (or the speed and pace) of specific music selections affect a guest’s perception of time. A slow tempo creates a sense of well being and makes guests want to stay longer, while a fast tempo increases emotional feedback and makes customers perceive waiting times to be shorter.

An experienced wedding DJ should understand this and know precisely which music selections will enhance the environmental flow to create the atmosphere and enrich something as simple as the cocktail and dining experience. It goes far beyond just playing Kenny G or Yanni for these two hours like many amateur DJs do. Proper music selections in the hands of a professional are just as important as using the right colors, lighting and temperature to create a festive atmosphere.

How to Handle Music Requests at your Wedding Reception

Wedding Reception Dancing - Doing the DipDo you want the DJ to take music requests from the guests at your wedding reception – or not? Some couples do, others prefer not to. There is no right or wrong answer; but please remember, when a guest requests a song, that it’s not possible for a DJ to have every possible song that might be requested – no matter how big a DJ brags his music repertoire is.

Challenges

There are other challenges that requests can present. Sometimes, guests may request songs that simply do not “fit-in” with the music programming, or a requested song may completely alter the mood or environment contrary to what you want. Playing heavy metal or gangsta’ rap, for example, will likely upset or displease some of your guests, especially the older ones. Certainly, songs containing objectionable, foul or sexually graphic language should not be played.

Wedding Reception - Danced So Much My Feet HurtIt’s just tacky to play any song with the “f-bomb” being dropped every fourth word at a wedding. Even though you may like a particular song, you’ll survive if you don’t hear it. Obviously, you don’t want to cause anyone to feel uncomfortable. Your wedding celebration won’t be hampered by a song that isn’t played, but could be significantly and instantly damaged by a song that is played.

An experienced wedding DJ will use their personal experience and professional judgment to know when it is acceptable to honor requests, while amateur DJs may be inclined to play any song that is requested.  (Remember, if inappropriate requests are played, these songs will make you look bad.)

Your Special Songs

You may have specific songs that you want to hear during your reception, dinner or dancing. That’s great, but there’s certainly no need to pick them all. That’s why you are hiring a truly polished professional wedding DJ. That person should know how to properly read a crowd, play the right tune at the right time, maintain music volume and seamlessly enhance the atmosphere.

In fact, outside of your special wedding dances (1st dance, father/bride dance, etc.), all you probably need to do is select a handful of songs you especially like to provide a flavor of what you wish to hear. Maybe it’s the first song you kissed to, or the very first song you danced to. If you would like supply an additional list or specific artists or songs beyond just a few, it’s often best to permit the experienced wedding DJ read the crowd and mix them in where and when appropriate.

Five Emerging Luxury Wedding Trends for Colorado Destination Weddings

The wedding celebration is a chance to express yourself! Brides and Grooms are now using their wedding day to make a statement, present a focus or create a sense of elegance that is important to them. The festivities may even involve be a cause they support, like a recent wedding I did at a country club. The couple wanted to fund the drilling of drinking water wells in South Africa. Instead of gifts from guests, they simply asked guests to anonymously donate to this cause. It was tasteful, and well done.

Each and every wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event! It’s not a simple “party” where you call a few friends over, have a drink and watch the “big game.” This IS an event! Something that takes meticulous planning and preparation to ensure that all the pieces come together perfectly, by design. Each key element is then delivered flawlessly at the right time and tempo, in a manner that reflects you and your personalities. Couples are now using their luxury Colorado wedding to make their signature event (yes, event) a cornerstone of their family legacy more than ever.

When you consider that there are 85,000 weddings a year in the U.S., Colorado luxury destination weddings seem to be blazing the trail for others to follow. What are the emerging luxury wedding trends being seen at Colorado destination weddings?

  1. Black tie is back – formal, with the desire for everyone to be dressed up; more of a “vintage” feel that focuses on lavishness and luxury.
  2. A White Tie Affair – White palettes reign, into ivory, with a luxurious, rich feel that whispers class and elegance. Yes, it’s now proper to have a wedding party dressed in all white, and trend that began with Chelsea Clinton and the royal wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton. White flowers are in, but formal events can still have personality with a splash of color. Brides are also choosing a theme to express themselves too!
  3. Elegance AND Fun – Couples want elegance, but then want it to end, moving on to absolute exuberance (fun). The night does not end with the reception. The ceremony is on site; followed by a formal cocktail hour; then dinner; dancing (for the older guests) and it ends.  Sort of.  Then, you guessed it – the younger folks continue at an “after party” off-site; and yes, they often take Matt from Amoré DJ Entertainment to the “after party” as their DJ to continue the celebration off-site.
  4. Surprise!!! – It’s all about the moment of surprise! Luxury brides want a tasteful surprise. Tasteful and modest, yet lavish. Grooms are now jumping on board and welcome the idea of a surprise, too. Most of all, newlyweds want to really “WOW!” their guests. They don’t want this to be just another wedding. The “WOW!” goes far beyond cheesy DJ LED uplighting done in pink, turquoise or purple; and certainly not another choreographed dance, but I mean really “WOW!” guests with something new, fresh, creative and reflective of them! (Things like fireworks; dancers; special audio or video tributes; celebrity guest appearances and more.)
  5. The “A” list – with many Colorado destination weddings, luxury brides are narrowing their guest list to an “A” list of “must have” attendees, a “B” list of semi-close friends and family, and a “C” list that includes everyone under the sun. The smaller, more intimate “A” list is definitely in for the luxury bride wanting a Colorado destination wedding. She’s going to take excellent care of her guests with a multi-course gourmet meal and pamper them in utter opulence! Some brides even splurge, putting up their “A” guests in a swank cabin, cottage or lodge for the night at a place like the Aspen Lodge, or the Della Terra Chateau in Estes Park. As guests retire for the evening, muffins or breakfast foods are set out for them to take back to their rooms for the next morning. Nice touch!

Certainly, brides wanting a luxury Colorado destination wedding can have the best of both worlds. Colorado is the place for destination weddings, offering brides options like no other place on the planet, including gorgeous venues (from cozy, to rustic, elegant or natural); great service; unique, secluded scenic spots for pictures; a fantastic seasonal climate for weddings with an ambiance for creating those family fun “vacations” that happen before (or after) for guests; lots of mountains; more than 300 days of sunshine; and, without a doubt, the best pool of wedding professionals anywhere, all working together to create a fun, unique and worry-free wedding! The possibilities are endless!

Wedding Reception Entertainment: Band or Disc Jockey?

Steven Weinmeister Firefall BandBeing a guest at wedding receptions over the years that featured both bands and a disc jockey leaves a lot to ponder. Some receptions had very good bands, some were mediocre, and many that were just plain terrible.

Certainly, modern brides seem to like the appeal of live entertainment at their special celebration because of the energy and excitement a band can bring. Some can play well and, from my experience, can be great at creating an atmosphere that ignites a crowd. They can also keep a dance floor going by extending a jam session.

But for brides seriously debating between the two, here are 15 critical questions to ask a band, from the book “The Best Wedding Reception…Ever!” by Peter Merry:

  1. How will you perform my special songs?
  2. How many songs and genres can you currently perform?
  3. How do you deal with special requests or dedications made at the reception?
  4. Who will be making the announcements at our reception?
  5. Can we see uncut video footage of wedding announcements you have made at weddings in the past?
  6. What training have you taken to develop your skills as a Master of Ceremonies to maintain the flow of the reception?
  7. What is your policy on taking breaks at our reception?
  8. Do you have extra band members available so that breaks can be rotated?
  9. What is your policy on meals? Do I have to feed everyone?
  10. Do you have a DJ on staff to play a mix of requested recorded music during breaks?
  11. How will you prevent “dead air” from occurring at my reception?
  12. What responsibility do you take for directing the pacing and flow of my reception’s agenda?
  13. How will you communicate with the other vendors about my agenda while you are performing?
  14. How do you measure the volume at the reception and can your volume levels be adjusted and turned down if requested?
  15. What can you tell me about your service and performance that sets you apart from all the rest?

On the DJ side, one thing to consider is that an experienced, professional wedding MC/DJ will often do much more than simply play music. Often, the wedding DJ becomes the one assumed to serve as the wedding Master of Ceremonies.

This is the person solely responsible for building and facilitating all the highlights at your reception in a seamless, smooth flow – while simultaneously keeping guests involved and entertained (all without a break.)

DJs play a much wider variety of music than a band, often encompassing the 1920s to the current era, with every imaginable genre. A DJ’s music will sound exactly how it was played and recorded by the original artist instead of the band’s rendition of a particular song. A trained, experienced wedding MC/DJ that has played in a variety of venues should measure the dance volume multiple times, and adjust and control it as necessary.

A DJ often takes far less space (and electric power) to perform – which can be a critical consideration, depending on the venue and guest count. Finally, in addition to the bottom-line cost, let’s face it: if you choose to feed the entertainer(s), with a band, that might require five meals (or more) versus just one for the DJ.

In the end, the decision is up to the bride and groom and the atmosphere they desire; but if a bride wants a band, the best advice might be to hire a professional wedding MC/DJ to work with and do everything the band cannot do (fill in during breaks with a wide variety of music; build and maintain the seamless flow as the MC; properly make announcements; coordinate with other wedding professionals, etc.) We’re being asked to do this more and more, and have enjoyed working with some fantastic bands and singers, like Steven Weinmeister and Steve Manshel from the legendary band, Firefall.

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