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.

Mary’s Lake Lodge & Resort, Estes Park, CO

Last week, we had the pleasure of visiting some of the fine destination wedding venues in Estes Park, Colorado,  including the historic Mary’s Lake Lodge and Resort. Mary’s Lake lodge is one of the oldest lodges in the area, originally founded in 1913.

They had a tragic fire in the 1970’s which caused it to close for about 20 years while they rebuilt the lodge and built new accommodations, including luxury condominiums. Mary’s Lake Lodge and Resort has been hosting weddings since reopening 1999.

Mary's Lake Lodge Restaurant


Business Name:  Mary’s Lake Lodge & Resort

Primary Contact: Ashley Reynolds-Raines

Title: Director of Sales & Marketing

Address: 2625 Marys Lake Road, Estes Park, CO 80517

Phone Number: 970-586-5958

Contact Email: [email protected]


Q: How many guests can you accommodate?
A:  We can accommodate up to 150 people for ceremonies and receptions

Q: How long has your venue been in business?
A:  Since 1913.  We are a historic lodge.

Q: How long has your venue been hosting weddings?
A:  Since 1999.

Q: How many weddings do you host a year on average?
A: Between 150 and 175 per year

Q: What is the cost (or range) for your venue?
A: Average weddings cost between $5,000 and $15,000.

Mary's Lake Condo available for Lodging

Q: Do you host Ceremonies, Receptions, and/or Honeymoons?
A: Yes, we have outdoor and indoor ceremony sites, two indoor reception venues, and luxurious hotel suites and condominiums for honeymoons.

Q: Do you have different options or packages available for weddings?

A: Yes, we have plated and buffet-style dinner packages, and hors d’oeuvre reception packages.  Our prices vary and we can accommodate any budget.

Q: What special amenities do you have to accommodate weddings?
A: We have enough lodging on property to accommodate all wedding guests, we have a lovely bridal suite for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready the day of, and we provide a complimentary honeymoon suite for the bride and groom.  Our packages are inclusive so we handle the catering, bar set-up, room set-up and clean-up.

Q: Do you offer any wedding services?
A: Our services include the food, set-up, staff, alcohol, and event coordination for the wedding.  All other services can be provided by outside vendors.

Q: Do you have an on-site coordinator for the day of the wedding?
A: Yes, I am the day of event coordinator for the weddings.

Q: What services do you provide?
A: I make sure that everything is on schedule for the ceremony and reception and contact any outside vendors to organize set up times.

Guest Rooms feature Oversized Jacuzzi Bathtubs

Q: Do you have any restrictions on outside wedding vendors?
A: No restrictions

Q: What are the benefits of booking their wedding here?
A:  The food is outstanding; the service is always wonderful, and I am there every step of the way to make sure the special day is perfect.  The atmosphere is ideal for a mountain wedding with impeccable views all over the property.  The lodge is historic and has a rustic feel coupled with modern amenities.  It is truly a unique and memorable venue.

Amazing Moutain Views from Mary's Lake Lodge

Q: What do brides tell you is the reason that they choose your venue?
A: The most common reason is because of the great views from both the ceremony site and the reception room.  Any bride who is looking for a Colorado wedding in the mountains, we provide an ideal atmosphere for it.  Two other reasons are that we have so much lodging on property that their guests can all stay together, and that we have amazing food, so they know their guests will have a great dining experience.

Q: What makes your venue unique?
A: We are a perfect combination of rustic and elegant.  The historic lodge provides the Colorado casual, getaway in the mountains atmosphere while the condominiums and the reception venues are luxurious, beautiful, and modern.

Q: What kinds of things can a Bride expect when she contacts you, and throughout the process?
A:  Attention to detail, follow-through, great ideas to help make her special day even more special, and a stress-free planning experience.

Q: What advice do you have for a Bride thinking about booking her wedding here?
A: I can guarantee that your wedding will be beautiful, unforgettable, and your guests will have an amazing time celebrating with you and will commend you for choosing a unique venue.  You’ll never need to stress about anything; whatever needs to be done to make your day more enjoyable, I will take care of it.

Q: Do you have any other general suggestions for the wedding couple?
A:  Do not stress about the little things; that is my job J.  This is going to be the most memorable and wonderful day that you two have ever had together, and I assure you I will make it the best it can possibly be.  Make sure you relax and enjoy every moment.

Gallery Images provided by Mary’s Lake Lodge