Wedding Tips – Ceremony and Reception? – or Reception only? – Why is this important to know?

Most of the weddings that I am involved with I play music for the ceremony, and we also play music for the reception as well. It is important to know because if I am doing both, then sometimes I have to bring two sound systems. Also, this gives me an idea of about how long you will need our services. Many times the bride and groom are not really sure. I can provide you with sample timelines that will give you a great idea of how things will flow at your wedding.

This information also helps me to be able to give the bride or groom more information about how your wedding will flow.

 

 

 

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Wedding Tips – The absolute best California venues!

There are so many wonderful wedding venues in California. My favorite venues and their locations will be discussed here. Here they are:

  • Monterey Area
  1. The Monterey Plaza hotel
  2. Blackhorse Bayonet Golf Course
  3. Monterey Hyatt
  4. Corral de Tierra
  5. Monterey Doubletree
  1. San Francisco Ritz Carlton
  2. San Francisco Marriott
  3. San Francisco Fairtmont
  4. San Francisco Hilton
  • San Jose Area
  1. San Jose Hilton
  2. Paul Masson Winery
  3. San Jose Fairmont Hotel
  4. San Jose Marriott
  • San Luis Obispo Area
  1. The Cliffs
  2. Madonna Inn
  3. Shorecliffs
  4. Embassy Suites
  5. Edna Valley Winery
  • Fresno Area
  1. Crystal Ballroom is a gorgeous venue with real crystal chandeliers. The food is amazing and the staff are friendly.
  2. Wolf Lakes is a beautiful outdoor venue with great food, and their staff is very helpful and friendly.
  3. Copper River County Club is one of the most beautiful golf courses in Fresno, CA. It is a PGA style course and is extremely well maintained.
  4. Belmont Country Club is probably the best kept secret in Fresno. Wonderful grounds, great food, great staff, and a lovely setting.
  5. Wonder Valley in Sanger is another great outdoor venue where you can have your ceremony and reception.

Make your wedding great! Pick out the right music for your reception!

Brides and grooms always have questions about which songs are the right ones to pick out for their wedding. You should pick out songs that you really want to have at your reception. Songs that you cannot live without. You also need to plan for your entrance, cake cutting, first dance, father/daughter dance, mother/son dance, bouquet toss, and garter toss. Beyond that you should pick out types of mus that you want to have played at your reception and communicate this to your dj. We have forms that will help your do this, we provide consultation to you, and we also have lists of the top songs for weddings on our facebook page!

This is how you make your wedding reception successful and great!

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Wedding Tips – The big three to look for when hiring a wedding dj!

The most important factor when hiring a wedding dj is to look for someone that has experience. Now we are not talking about any type of dj experience; we are talking about specific wedding experience with satisfied brides. This is extremely important! How do you know if they have satisfied bride? Take a look at their website for positive testimonials. Also, you can always ask for some references from past brides and grooms. We have served well over a thousand satisfied brides over the years.

The second most important factor is the ability of the dj to act as a master of ceremonies. This includes much more than just making announcements. The wedding dj also has to be able to keep all the event of the wedding on track, and work with other vendors such as the photographer and the caterer so that everything is right on cue.

The third item in the big three is the ability of the dj to get your guests on the dance floor. This is accomplished by picking out the right music at the right time, and also by encouraging your guests to dance utilizing the microphone. This needs to be done in a classy fashion.

This information will surely help you pick the right wedding dj! Happy wedding planning!

Robert - Music Express

Your wedding dj

 

 

Make your reception perfect – dinner muisc – wedding tips!

How do your make your reception perfect? You have to hire a dj that pays attention to the details, and you must give him/her the essential details that they need to make your day great. One of the most overlooked aspects of the wedding reception is the dinner music. While the bride and groom are having their pictures taken after the ceremony, the guests are gathering inside the reception venue to mingle and listen to dinner music.

The bride and groom arrive, they are announced in a grand fashion, and the dinner music continues. This music should not be too loud, but should add to the atmosphere of the day. Some of the popular choices for dinner music include in order:

  1. Classical Music
  2. Love songs
  3. Jazz music
  4. Big Band
  5. Custom choices

So, make sure you pay attention to all the details of your wedding. The entertainer, dj you hire should be very interested in what you want!

Should we have a money dance? – Wedding Tips

This is a question that many couples will ask me. My answer is always the same. This depends on how you and your future spouse feels about having one.

The money dance is derived out of a tradition whereby guests at a wedding would give the bride and groom money for their honeymoon. In this manner, couples were able to afford going on a nicer honeymoon than they might have originally planned.

So, the money dance is an opportunity for your guests to send you off on your honeymoon. This is also know coincidentally as the “honeymoon dance”.

English: Greek Wedding Photography Money Dance

English: Greek Wedding Photography Money Dance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first dance – after bridal party introductions or after cutting of the cake?

Should we have the first dance after the bridal party introductions or after the cutting of the cake? This is one of those questions that brides ask while they are planning their wedding.

While it is entirely proper to do it either way, there are pros and cons to having your first dance after the bridal party introductions. The pros being that your guests are already focused on you after the bridal party introduction, and this is a dramatic time to have your first dance while all your guests are still present. The cons being that this is one of the highlights of the reception, and then you are going to stop all the excitement to sit down and  have dinner. Many guests will think that they have already seen you dance so they may leave at the end of dinner.

When you save the first dance until after dinner, this is the time to engage your guests in your reception celebration. The first dance will be followed usually by the father/daughter dance, the mother/dance, and then an all dance number which kicks off the dancing for the evening!

Remember it is your choice and the bride should always have things in the manner she would like them on her wedding day!

First Dance