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How to Save on Wedding Music

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How To Save on Wedding Music By:  Sharon Naylor

From first dance to last call — budget-friendly ways to entertain your guests in high style.

Great entertainment can really make your wedding unforgettable. A fabulous DJ or a live band keeps your dance floor packed and the energy up. Those ultra-special moments like your first dances and your cake-cutting become even more special with a stellar introduction. And surprise live performances are sure to wow your crowd.

Entertainment can be one of the most expensive parts of the wedding budget, however, and it’s not always the easiest place to cut corners. But fear not, there’s definitely wiggle room when it comes to number crunching — and we’re here to give you the scoop. Plus, get wedding song recommendations here!

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The Number-One Question: DJ Vs. Band

You’ve always heard that DJs are less expensive than live bands. After all, there’s only one person to hire and feed, so that has to be less, right? Not always. According to the American Disc Jockey Association, rates can soar to $5,000 and beyond for top-tier master-blasters. But yes, in most cases, DJs can be less expensive than bands since there are fewer people to book and feed.

And yet: “Think about the experience you want to have at your wedding,” says planner Courtney Hammons of A Magical Affair in Brentwood, Tennessee. You may be aiming for the energy that fills the room when a live band plays hit songs. Or it may be that you really prefer the original artists’ renditions of songs, as played by a DJ. You may want the festive look of a nine-piece orchestra, versus the tech-heavy presence of a deejay.

And of course, you might be among the many couples that choose both. They’ll have a band play for the dinner hour and the start of the reception, then have a DJ step in and rev up the energy with club music. And—surprise—this can save money. Read on to see how.

Typical Costs

  • DJ: $525 to $1,400
  • Live band: $1,200 to $3,000-plus
  • Specialty musicians, soloists and ensembles: $400 to $1,000-plus

These are national averages. Depending on your reception entertainment choices, such as a 12-piece orchestra, you could be looking at prices double these, if not more.

*Source: industry survey site

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Budget Basics

Professional entertainment will cost less during the off-peak months of October through March, and at non-peak times such as a Sunday wedding, a Saturday afternoon wedding or on a Friday, with prices dipping 20 to 40 percent or more for these less in-demand times.

Avoid booking for too few hours. Andy Kushner of Andy Kushner Entertainment in Rockville, Maryland says, “Four hours is the standard length, and anything else will go too quickly.” Overtime fees can be very expensive, often hundreds of dollars.

Booking a DJ and band to split the time can add up to less. Michael Swerdloff, AKA DJ Mystical Michael of the New York tri-state area says, “I have performed in between the band’s sets and then did the last hours of the reception, which can save 25 to 75 percent over hiring a band for the whole event.”

Ask your wedding planner and additional wedding vendors for recommendations. Katherine Stimson, entertainment specialist with Suman Entertainment Group in Miami says that some vendors offer package deals among “friends” in their vendor circle, saving you 10 to 20 percent.

Ask your entertainer if you can get a discount for paying your entire fee in advance. Some experts will give you 5 to 10 percent off a package price if you pay everything up front.

Ask about specialty discounts. DJ Mystical Michael granted a 50 percent discount to a military couple, and reports that he often gives a discount for last-minute planners just to book the date.

Check entertainers’ social media sites for discounts, says Gregg Hollman of Ambient DJ Service in Princeton, New Jersey. These special online offers will typically save you 10 to 15 percent.

Get more out of your dj by having him take a break during the dinner hour, says Kushner. “Then negotiate for him to play non-stop during the dancing hours.”

Choose a one-man dj operation, rather than paying for a two- or three-member team. This can save you 15 to 25 percent depending on the agency, says Swerdloff.

Look for multi-tasking band members who play more than one instrument to get even more bang for your buck. See if one of your reception band’s musicians will also play at your ceremony, and negotiate a percentage off what it would cost to book a separate musical act.

Don’t be afraid to go big: “It’s always best to negotiate with an established entertainment company rather than go to a lesser-known agency,” Kushner says. Larger agencies often have a greater ability to meet your budget needs.

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Save By Going Off The Beaten Track

Check with local colleges’ music departments to find student musicians who need the credits and additional live experience, and may not charge anything,” says Hammons. (Do give them a nice gratuity after the show.) Some students do charge, but far less. Mark Kingsdorf, director of The Queen of Hearts Wedding Consultants in Philadelphia agrees, saying that music school student entertainment can cost one-third less than pro musicians.

Hammons also suggests checking with your church’s musical director, who can suggest excellent pianists and other musicians they use during services, who you can hire for 30 to 40 percent less than the prevailing professional rates.

Professional entertainment companies keep a roster of specialty musicians and dancers, who you may be able to add onto your music package for a 10 percent discount.

Look to venues like Irish pubs or Indian restaurants for specialty entertainment options such as fiddlers, step- or belly dancers. Hammons says she has found stellar entertainers through local restaurant owners, saving her clients 40 to 60 percent.

Contact local cultural associations to book singers, musicians and dance troupes for 25 to 50 percent less than the going professional rates. This is a great way to add global flair to your reception. If you hear a great musician at a local club or coffee shop, always ask if he or she does weddings. These artists often charge a low per-hour rate that can save you hundreds of dollars. Bonus: you already know their sound, which may be perfect for your cocktail-hour music, if not your ceremony.

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Hot Tip: Many DJs and bands offer specialty lighting effects as part of their package; often their basic lighting accents are gratis, with customized lighting for an added fee. Ask if you can use non-custom effects such as light projected in a snowflake pattern on your dance floor at no charge—rather than commission lighting effects with your names.

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Wedding Day Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

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Wedding Day Music Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

by Scott Susor, Your DJ, Houston, TX

Getting Married? Planning for Musical Entertainment at the Reception?
The Top Eight Mistakes Wedding Day Mistakes Brides Make in Choosing A Wedding
Disc Jockey Service (And How To Avoid Them)

These days, almost everybody has been to a wedding reception where a mobile DJ was performing. National magazine surveys show that today, over 70% of wedding receptions that include entertainment feature a mobile DJ in the role of providing that musical entertainment. As recently as 10 years ago, bands commanded the lion’s share of the wedding reception entertainment industry. But, for several reasons, the Wedding DJ has replaced the band as the favorite form of musical entertainment at wedding receptions.

The first reason is the decline in both the number and quality of bands that are able to perform for the typical wide range of age groups attending the average wedding. The second reason is that many bands simply priced themselves out of the wedding reception market. The third, and possibly most significant reason is the rise in stature and quality of the mobile DJ. In the past 10 to 20 years, the perception of the mobile DJ has undergone a transformation. No longer thought of as only appropriate for high school sock hops, the mobile DJ has become, not only appropriate, but preferred for wedding receptions.

So why do we often hear of consumer complaints concerning Wedding DJs? Why do we hear so many tales of woe from brides and grooms concerning the Wedding DJ that they had for their wedding? Why do we hear so many negative comments concerning the music from guests at weddings where a mobile DJ performed? Are all Wedding DJs unethical, incompetent, and/or lousy? Why all the Wedding Day Mistakes with Wedding DJs? 

Of course they aren’t. As in any relatively young industry, there are those who know what they’re doing and there are those who don’t. The fact is, there are quite a few fantastic mobile DJs. However, because the best of them operate almost entirely on referrals, and are booked so far in advance, they are frequently unavailable to accept an event booking from a new client who perhaps has waited too long to find that high quality mobile DJ they want and need. In an effort to help you avoid ending up with an unethical, incompetent, and/or lousy mobile DJ, presented below are the top eight mistakes that brides make in choosing a mobile disc jockey service and how to avoid them.

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Top 8 Wedding Day Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

1) Plan ahead, way ahead. Most brides begin planning their wedding nine months to a year in advance. Frequently however, the reception entertainment issue gets shuffled to the bottom of the deck in terms of planning. Of all eight mistakes, this is the biggest one. Why? The best mobile DJs book their dates six months to a year in advance. If you don’t book a great mobile DJ early, and lock in one of the best, what does that leave you with to choose from later on?

2) Shop for quality. Sometimes that’s easier said than done, especially when the typical bride might not fully understand what quality in a mobile DJ service truly represents. Some of the other top eight mistakes deal with detail issues of quality and how to identify it. Here, the idea is to generally see and evaluate mobile DJs in exactly the same light as you see and evaluate things like hotels, automobiles, home re-modelers, and doctors. Do not assume that all mobile DJ companies are alike. Do assume that high quality will cost more than low quality.

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3) Realize the importance of the DJ to your wedding reception’s success. National magazine surveys report that happy brides consistently say that the DJ was most responsible for their wedding reception’s success. The average percentage of importance they’ve assigned to the DJ is 70%. Some people will remember your gorgeous wedding dress. Some people will remember the great food. Some people will remember the beautiful cake. Everybody will remember whether they had a good time or not.

4) Get to know your DJ personally before the wedding. Always request a personal meeting with the mobile DJ company owner AND with the specific DJ who’ll be performing at your wedding reception. In many cases, the owner is the DJ himself/herself; this is known as a “single-op” mobile DJ service. Mobile DJ services where the owner has employees and/or subcontractors who do the actual gigs are called “multi-ops”. Beware of mobile DJ company owners who resist or discourage in-person meetings with you. Beware of multi-op owners who will not guarantee in writing the specific DJ who will perform at your wedding reception. In any case, get to know your DJ to ensure a good working relationship.

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5) Insist on use of a pre-planned, written agenda. Most mobile DJs simply want to show up and play music. That may be fine for high school sock hops but not for wedding receptions. A truly professional mobile DJ company understands this, and will require advance planning with the bride, resulting in an approved written agenda for the event. Nobody is in a better position to assist in planning the agenda, and to coordinate everything at the wedding reception, than the mobile DJ service. Make sure they do not refuse to accept this important responsibility.

6) Get and check references. Talking to those who have worked with a company before is the best way to verify that the company does what it promises and does it well. If you’re dealing with a “multi-op” make sure the references are for the specific DJ who will be performing at your event, and not for other DJs working for that company nor “generic” references. You decide how many references to check, but the minimum should be five, and all should be from weddings within the past year.

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7) Verify the “basics” of mobile DJ quality. The “basics” include a variety of items and issues that you might not immediately think of, but which are very important. First, does the company provide backup equipment on site? Second, is the company insured for property loss and liability? Third, does the company have an adequate and appropriate music library? Fourth, will the DJ(s) be attired appropriately? Fifth, will the DJ(s) be interactive, semi-interactive, or non-interactive according to your wishes? Sixth, will the DJ(s) manage the music effectively, reading the crowd, taking requests, and avoiding songs with potentially offensive lyrics? Seventh, does the company offer additional options/services such as secondary sound systems, wedding music and coordination, and nightclub-style lighting?

8) Ensure that your vision of your wedding day becomes reality. If those happy brides are even close to right that the entertainment was 70% responsible for their wedding reception’s success, then it appears that the DJ’s responsibility goes quite a bit further than ‘just playing music’. And without question, it does. The best ones understand this, and they have taken mobile DJ entertainment from a job to an art. That’s why they’re constantly referred, and are booked six months to a year in advance. Don’t try to use only your leftover time, and try to spend only your leftover money, or you’ll probably end up with a leftover DJ.


Scott Susor is the co-owner of “Your DJ” Professional Entertainment Services in Houston, Texas. Scott and his wife Doreen are a husband and wife DJ entertainment team, specializing in wedding receptions. For a free information packet, phone 713-467-7392 or find them on the web at

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“Here Comes the Bride” alternatives for ALL kinds of processionals

I saw this post, “Here Comes the Bride” alternatives for ALL kinds of processionals, earlier today and wanted to share it with you. If you have not visited  Offbeat Bride yet, I invite you to do so. They are by far my favorite Bridal or Wedding Site on the Internet.  I encourage you to use them as a resource for unique and alternative Wedding ideas and forums. They are smart and lots of fun, while making sure you get all kinds of neat Wedding advice and recommendations!

Many of the songs they have listed for “Here Comes the Bride” alternatives for ALL kinds of processionals, I have had requested by my Brides as well, and they have been perfect for them. I think that is the key to finding the right Wedding Processional Songs, or any songs for that matter for your Wedding; they have to be the prefect songs for you.

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“My fiancee and I are going to be walking into the ceremony together and then meeting in the middle, so the traditional “Here Comes the Bride” wouldn’t really fit us too well.

That being said, does anyone know of any alternatives to that song?”


Here we go! We’ve already rounded up AWESOME first dance songs and non-sappy father/daughter dance songs, now it’s time to put our Offbeat Bride spin on the processional. Here are our favorite Here Comes the Bride alternatives, ranging from the classic, the modern, and the totally nerdy (of course).

Classical Alternatives

Satie’s “Gymnopédie No. 1”

Gustav Holst’s “Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jollity”

“Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Symphony 9

Vivaldi’s “Spring Allegro”

Handel’s Air From “Water Music”

Mussorgsky’s “Pictures At An Exhibition: Promenade”

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Variations on a Theme of Traditional

Queen’s wedding march — I had to!

Canon In D Remix by Ronald Jenkees

Etta James’ At Last

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Subtly (and sometimes nerdy) Alternatives

“Concerning Hobbits”

The Princess Bride’s “Storybook Love”

The Turret Opera from Portal 2

“The Shape of Things to Come” from Battlestar Galactica

Sigur Rós’ “Hoppípolla”

“Romantic Flight” from the movie How to Train Your Dragon

“Neville’s Waltz” from Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

The Skyrim theme

The theme from Braveheart

Triumphal March from Aida

Game of Thrones theme

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Goth and Metal

Amhran by Leaves’ Eyes — an operatic metal band from Norway

Apocalyptica’s version of “Nothing Else Matters”

Suite Gothique by Leon Boellmann

Anything from Gothic Wedding Collection by Vitamin String Quartet

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The theme from James Bond

The theme from the Pink Panther

The theme from Mission impossible

“A Cadence to Arms” by Dropkick Murphy

The Jurassic Park theme

The Throne Room/End Title song from Star Wars

The Muppets’ Somebody’s Getting Married/He’ll Make Me Happy

Europe’s “The Final Countdown”

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Pop and Rock

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Colbie Caillat’s “I Do”

Adele’s “One and only”

The Beatles’ “In My Life”

Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe”

Cat Power’s version of “Sea of Love”

Tesla’s Love Song

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Thirteen by Elliot Smith

Phone Call by Jon Brion from Eternal Sunshine

Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah

We Are Gonna Be Friends by the White Stripes

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Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher for the Offbeat Empire. When she’s not slaving away for the Empire, she’s sharing her dork side on her own blog and on Twitter @meganfinley.

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Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” is one of my favorite songs of all music and a great alternative for those who find equal enjoyment inits words, melody and beauty.

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I created this Infographic  on today and wanted to share it with you. Let me know what you think. It is my first attempt at an Infographic; not my best work but not awful either. This continues the conversation from yesterday visually about common Bride mistakes when hiring your Wedding DJ. I invite you to avoid all these Wedding DJ mistakes, so you have the Wedding you imagine in your head, or even better!


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Top Ten Wedding DJ Mistakes Brides and Grooms Make

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The Top Ten Mistakes Brides & Grooms Make When Choosing a Wedding DJ

I read this excellent blog post by a group of Connecticut DJs and wanted to share it with you. The author makes several excellent points and clearly has the same concept of what makes an exceptional Wedding DJ as I share. It is always a treat when I see other Wedding DJs that carry strong professional values and integrity in their work. The real wedding DJ images are mine and wanted to identify to clear any copyright concerns.I look forward to reading your comments and ideas!

Top Ten Wedding DJ Mistakes

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Searching for the perfect DJ for your wedding can be a daunting process. We’re providing you with a list of common mistakes made by Brides & Grooms when choosing wedding entertainment:

10) Not Taking First Impressions into consideration.

The first interaction with your potential DJ is usually made over the phone when arranging a consultation. How well do they speak? How is their enunciation? Do they have a pleasing voice? This person will be the MC of your reception, announcing your introductions and entertaining your guests for the entire evening, so ensure they come across professionally.

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9) Hiring A DJ That Gives The Same Performance At Every Party.

Does your DJ give the same performance at every function for every couple that hires him or does he reflect each couples’ personality and desires? Be sure your DJ can play to your unique set of guests.

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8) Basing Your Decision On Equipment.

Anyone can go out and purchase top of the line equipment. It is very important that your DJ does carry the best of equipment but if that is the focal point of their marketing, find out why it isn’t their reputation or skill set.

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7) Not Going Over Their Back-up Plan

Is his back-up plan organized and does it supply an equally qualified professional? What about his equipment? A catastrophic equipment failure the day of your wedding will not only affect the DJ but your entire reception as well.

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6) Not Guaranteeing Who Your Actual DJ Will Be

Ensure the DJ you want to work with and are meeting is the actual one that shows up to do your wedding.  Some companies book your business then send a “fill in” DJ to perform at your wedding that may or may not be qualified to do so.

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5) Choosing A DJ With A Lack Of Versatility

Does your DJ only do weddings?  Ask if they have performed at corporate events, school functions, or other cultural parties such as Quinceaneras and Bar Mitzvahs.  Versatility is only acquired through experience and this will reflect the depth of your DJ.

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4) Hiring A DJ That Doesn’t Interact With Your Guests

Does your DJ have the experience and ability to interact with your guests and ensure they keep the energy going throughout the entire reception. Your DJ should have an arsenal of tricks up his sleeve to keep the party going even when there is a lull in the party.

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3) Waiting Too Long To Hire The Professional Entertainer You Want

It’s difficult enough finding a DJ you like.  Don’t go through all the trouble of finding the right person and procrastinate on booking them for your wedding.  Most good DJs with a great reputation are booked at least a year in advance.  As soon as you make that connection act on it and secure your date.

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2) Not Checking Your DJ’s References

Are they recommended by facilities in your surrounding area?  If not, ask why.

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1) Hiring An Amateur Or Part Time DJ

Don’t put the most important day of your life in the hands of an amateur offering “amazing deals”, or worse, your “friend that has been DJing as a hobby for 10 years”.  Don’t have your reception ruined by someone that is not qualified or equipped to entertain your guests or provide a variety of great music.  Leave this to a reputable professional that can back up their work with solid recommendations.

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Wedding DJs: How To Book The Right One For You

I was updating my listing on Gigmasters tonight, and noticed this helpful piece of information on hiring your Wedding DJ:

Booking Wedding DJs

“Booking the right wedding DJ can make a huge difference in your wedding reception. The right wedding DJ service can make the difference between a boring wedding reception and one that your wedding guests talk about for years.

Not all wedding DJs are created equal. Just because a DJ has a great collection of wedding DJ music does not mean the he or she is the perfect fit for your wedding entertainment. Talk to potential wedding DJs about what you need and want for your wedding reception and make sure to find a wedding DJ with a style you enjoy.

Your wedding DJ is a big part of the mood and feel of your wedding reception. You’ll want to make sure you research your options and find a wedding DJ that will work well with you and your party.”Gigmasters

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Your Wedding DJ is a Big part of the Mood and Feel of Your Wedding Reception

This is the essential fact I wanted to draw attention to. Your Wedding DJ is who sets the mood and ‘vibe’ of your Wedding. It appears from the outside that the Wedding DJ that scratched and make cool sounds is the one that will give you the best value and entertainment for your Wedding. This is not always so, in fact, I would say that a Wedding DJ that focuses on ‘WOWing’ you and your guests has forgotten that you are the spotlight and should be, not the Wedding DJ

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What Makes An Exceptional Wedding DJ?

An exceptional Wedding DJ has mastered the art of providing the music and entertainer but still not take the shine from The Bride or Groom. It is your Wedding and you are the what and why everybody is gathered. An exceptional Wedding DJ knows how to stay out of the way while keeping the pulse on what music, genre and vibe is next for the unique and fun Wedding you are expecting. A good Wedding DJs are not cheap like we were years ago. Many top notch Rhode Island Wedding DJs, and even more so for New York Wedding DJs, cost anywhere  from $850-$2700 today. Even more if you are into all the bells and whistles that can at times take the focus off you and your Wedding.

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Find a Wedding DJ that is excited about working with you to co-create an exceptional Wedding together. If you are looking for a simple and elegant Wedding that expresses you and your fiancé, talk with your Wedding DJ and make sure they are right for you. I invite you to follow your gut and not let price differences one way or the other of 10-15% distort your decision. You will know when you have the right Wedding DJ for you. Trust yourself.

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Wedding Grooms Matter Too!

With all the attention and focus on Brides, many Grooms these days feel left out and a desire to be more involved in the wedding process. Several Grooms have expressed their interest in participating further in their wedding than they are given credit for. It us iot that they wantto take any of the attention fromthe Brides, they just feel left out sometimes in their own wedding and would like to contribute.

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Grooms have alway had the unique experience of being one half of the wedding equation but typically end-up just showing-up at their wedding without really knowing what or how it all was put together. This was partially based on the fact that Bride’s mothers were the primary wedding planners until recent years. Now that Brides have taken control of their wedding planing and coordination, Grooms also want to experience the whole event from, beginning to end. Other factors int he shift of whom is planning weddings has been the increase in weddings happening at a later age and Brides and Grooms paying for their wedding themselves. Women’s rights also plays a part int he shift as well. Women today are not as willing to just be ‘the good little daughter’ and let their mothers plan the whole process. Today,women want a voice in the wedding process and often plan the whole event from their computers at work! As a professional Wedding DJ, I am aware that most of my contact through email and even phone with Brides is experienced while they are at work. As we move even further forward in our technological advances, this trend can only increase. Many Grooms want this too!


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It is fairly common for the Groom to be the one who is responsible for finding, hiring and working with the Wedding DJ. I find they are very willing and excited to co-create the music and entertainment for their wedding. Of course, many Brides and grooms have very contrasting tastes in music. This may even be more on display when Brides and Grooms share their individual vision of what the post-diner partying and dancing music will sound like and what songs they want for the First Dance, Father-Daughter Dance, Mother-Son Dance, Cake-Cutting, Bouquet Toss and Garter Toss. We are always able to find a nice mix of both their tastes and styles to create a fun and unique wedding experience for them and their friends and family together. This is one of m favorite aspects of being a professional Wedding DJ, the planning and coordination along with the Bride and Groom.

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Grooms, I encourage you to let your Bride know that you want to contribute more in your wedding.


Brides, I invite you to let them and take some of the responsibility off your shoulders. Remember, it is their wedding too.

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Vitamin String Quartet

I was first turned-on to Vitamin String Quartet when the older sister of a Bride was helping me prepare for her sister’s wedding and requested that four of the Vitamin String Quartet’s songs were to be played during the ceremony, “God Only Knows”, “Don’t Stop Believin'”, Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Clocks”.

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I did some research on Vitamin String Quartet and began to explore Vitamin String Quartet library. It turns out they have over fifty albums with the majority of them as tributes to an artist or band exclusively. Vitamin String Quartet music has been featured on Dancing With The Stars several times and an episode of The Vampire Diaries included three of their tunes.

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Vitamin String Quartet is a group of musicians in the Los Angeles area that record string arranged covers of Rock and Pop music to offer listeners, “Vitamin String Quartet is about applying rock n’ roll attitude to classical technique,” says Tom Tally, a violist and arranger who has performed on and produced over fifty Vitamin String Quartet albums.  They do use non-string instruments occasionally.

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I find Vitamin String Quartet covers often very original and unique with passion and clarity. I enjoy Vitamin String Quartet Music while driving on road trips as well as dancing. As a professional DJ, Vitamin String Quartet are an excellent resource for music for ceremonies, cocktails hours and special circumstances that a Rock audience will appreciate in a setting that harder music is not properly suited.

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“Remember the scene in This Is Spinal Tap where singer David St. Hubbins mulls his prospects after the breakup of his heavy metal band? ”I’ve always wanted to do a collection of my acoustic numbers with the London Philharmonic,” he sighs. For nearly six years, Vitamin Records has tapped that same symphonic spine with its String Quartet Tribute series, which takes rock music and puts it through an orchestral filter. Aimed at collectors, completists, and fans open to reworkings of their favorite songs, the Vitamin catalog includes 140 classically gassed homages to every three-chord wonder from Metallica to the Darkness. ”I like the tribute to us,” says Nickelback guitarist Chad Kroeger. ”When your music is taken to a different place, it’s an honor.”

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Great Wedding Processional Songs – Tired Old Souls

The Bride for the Wedding this Saturday at The Old Mill Inn in Basking Ridge, New Jersey asked me if I had Tired Old Souls by Marc Carroll.  She wanted it to be her Wedding Processional Song. I thought it would be a great song and fit her perfectly. Not all Brides are the same and I appreciate when a Bride choses a Processional  Song that expresses who she is and what it means to her.

Great Wedding Processional Song – Tired Old Souls by Marc Carroll

If it seems familiar to you, it was the Processional Song used in Ross and Emily’s Wedding on Friends. It was played live by the band that Marc Carroll was in The Hormones.

It got me reflecting on what makes a good Processional Song. I figured I would take a look at what I could find on The Knot for possible alternatives. The list of Processional Songs does not stray too far from the traditional but still may be helpful to you.

Wedding Ceremony Music: 35 Processional Songs

Great Wedding Processional Songs – Traditional/Classic

1. “Air” (from Water Music Suite), (George F. Handel)
2. “Bridal Chorus” (from Lohengrin), (Richard Wagner)
3. “Canon in D” (Johann Pachelbel)
4. “Procession of Joy” (Hal Hopson)
5. “Rigaudon” (Andre Campra)
6. “Spring” (from The Four Seasons), (Antonio Vivaldi)
7. “Te Deum” (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)
8. “The Prince of Denmark’s March” (Jeremiah Clarke)
9. “Trumpet Tune” (Henry Purcell)
10. “Trumpet Voluntary” (Jeremiah Clarke)
11. “Trumpet Voluntary” (John Stanley)
12. “Wedding March” (from The Marriage of Figaro), (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)


Great Wedding Processional Songs – Traditional Alternatives

13. “Canzon V” (Giovanni Gabrieli)
14. “Coronation March for Czar Alexander III” (Peter I. Tchaikovsky)
15. “Overture” (from Royal Fireworks Music), (George Frederic Handel)
16. “Promenade” (from Pictures at an Exhibition), (Modest Mussorgsky)
17. “Romeo and Juliet Love Theme” (Tchaikovsky)
18. “Sinfonia” (from Cantata No. 156), (Johann S. Bach)
19. “Toccata” (from L’Orfeo), (Claudio Monteverdi)
20. “Trumpet Tune in A-Major” (David N. Johnson)
21. “Sonatas for Organ, Op. 65, No. 3 (con moto maestoso),” (Felix Mendelssohn)
22. “Winter,” Largo, (from The Four Seasons), (Antonio Vivaldi)

Great Wedding Processional Songs – Contemporary

23. “Appalachia Waltz” (Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O’Connor)
24. “Sunrise, Sunset” (from Fiddler on the Roof), (Sheldon Harnick & Jerry Bock)
25. “The Look of Love” (Dionne Warwick/Burt Bacharach)
26. “The Vow” (Jeremy Lubbock)
27. “To A Wild Rose” (Edward MacDowell)
28. “Flatbush Waltz” (Andy Statman)
29. “Wedding Processional” (from The Sound of Music), (Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein)

Great Wedding Processional Songs – Religious/Sacred

30. “All People That On Earth Do Dwell” (“Old 100th” hymn)
31. “Dona Nobis Pacem” (16th century hymn)
32. “Hanava Babanot” (A Love Song), (Neeman)
33. “St. Anthony’s Chorale” (Franz Joseph Haydn)
34. “Hymn Fanfare from The Triumphant” (Francois Couperin)
35. “Scalero de Oro” (traditional Sephardic)

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