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A Guide to Creating the Right Vibe for Your Event (Part 1 – Weddings)

So you have finished tying up all loose ends with your wedding planning, all except for one, the music. In previous blog posts I have stated the importance of music to an event. What kind of music you pick affects the overall vibe and flow of the function. Bearing all of that in mind, you also have to remember that the music you pick is a statement of who you are.

Here’s some guidelines to give you a hand!

 

WEDDINGS:

Weddings have three distinct parts to them:

  1. The ceremony
  2. The cocktail hour
  3. The reception

The ceremony is the most personal section of your event. When it comes to music, you want to reflect your personality. Professional musicians who get married often choose the genre they are used to, a good example is violinists tend to choose classical music over everything else. If you are not a professional musician, you should like about what kind of music you like to listen to. The music should tell a story, each set leading into another.

i. The prelude is usually the part of the ceremony where people are just walking in, sitting down, greeting each other and waiting for the ceremony to begin. Here the music tends to be classical music about 80% of the time, low profile, calming and serene. However we’ve also seen a mix of classical and modern or completely contemporary music. The mix of music is important here because it will either calm the guests or amp them up for your special day.

ii. The bridal party processional is the part of the ceremony right before the bride begins to walk. In this section we find that most people are split 50/50 between classical and contemporary music. This music in this section needs to be different from what was done in the prelude to signal that the ceremony is beginning and gives a cue to guests to quiet down and wait. Classics like Cannon in D, Jesu Joy of man’s desiring or beautiful ballads from Kenny G like Forever in Love and Can’t help falling in love my Elvis work well here.

iii. Here it is! The Bride arrives and everyone stands to marvel at her beauty. The song chosen here should be something special to both the bride and groom. A sentimental song that you both will remember for the rest of your lives.

iv. The recessional is the part of the wedding that comes after those magical words “We now pronounce you..” This is the part where you celebrate your union! You can go with high energetic songs to get people dancing and excited for the next step, such as the reception or something slow and serene leading into the cocktail hour before. Classical music such as Spring by Vivaldi, The Hallelujah Chorus by Handel, Ode to Joy by Beethoven offer the high energy and elegance you need.

The Cocktail Hour –

Depending on the format of how you would like your day, some people have the cocktail hour before or after the actual ceremony. In either case, the music should be in the background wafting over your guests as they drink and speak to one another. Arrangements of your favorite songs such as Bad Romance by Lady Gaga, Wake Me up When September Ends by Linkin Park, All You Need is Love by the Beetles; a group of great musicians can arrange all of these for you and they will sound amazing whether it is instrumental or not. Light Jazz is also a great choice here!

 

The Reception –

The reception is designed to be the place that celebrates your wonderful union, and who better to help you with that than a great DJ! DJs have an impressive collection of music that cater to everyone’s taste. It is important to research your DJs because some do have sub-specialties that they do very well. A well rounded DJ will do the research to make your wedding just the way you want it and take requests. They usually come with an MC for the night to help keep your party moving. Most people will opt for the top 100s with some of their favorite dance songs thrown into the mix.

 

No matter what you choose, the team of professionals will make sure they work together to pull off your perfect day.

 

Happy Planning!

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HOW TO CREATE THE PERFECT MOOD FOR YOUR CEREMONY

So you have finished tying up all loose ends with your wedding planning, all except for one, the music. In previous blog posts I have stated the importance of music to an event. What kind of music you pick affects the overall vibe and flow of the function. Bearing all of that in mind, you also have to remember that the music you pick is a statement of who you are.

Here’s some guidelines to give you a hand!

 

WEDDINGS:

Weddings have three distinct parts to them:

  1. The ceremony
  2. The cocktail hour
  3. The reception

The ceremony is the most personal part of the wedding and it too tends to follow a specific format.

The prelude is when your guests are entering the venue. They are sitting and talking to one another. Calm background music is needed to help set the mood but not to overpower your guest’s chatter. Classical music such as string quartets or pianos are great here. They are loud enough to fill the space with music but soft enough not to interrupt.

Now comes the fun part, the processional. The bridal party will come down first, your bridesmaids, groomsmen, ring bearers and flower girls. You want a song that will build up to your arrival. This would be a good place for you to pick something that is personal, ballads work well here or classical pieces like Cannon in D by Pachebell or Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach also work wonders.

After everyone has processed, the music should change again for your entrance. Something personal to you and your groom is beautiful here. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley, Cannon in D by Pachebell, A Thousand Years by Christina Perri, or even traditional selections such as Here Comes the Bride (Bridal Chorus) by Wagner and The Wedding March from Mendelssohn work here as well.

Depending on the format of your wedding, couples will opt to have a special ceremony such as a sand ceremony or a candle ceremony. Both emphasize the unity of the couple, two becoming one. Here’s soft background music can be used. Our personal favorite is Gymnopedie No.1 by Erik Satie.

After  your vows and the magical words you’ve been waiting to hear (“I now pronounce you man and wife”) comes the recessional. Here’s the part of the ceremony that is joyous and exuberant and the music should reflect that!

Our choices for this are Spring from Vivaldi, Just the Way You Are from Bruno Marz, Bittersweet Symphony from the Verve, Ode to Joy by Beethoven and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel.

Whether you decide to do a mix of classical, pop, country, broadway, ect…live musicians will bring that energy and elegance to your day that your guests will not stop talking about. Ready to start planning? Take a look at our website theazuresound.com and let our professionals help you plan your day.

 

 

FINDING THE RIGHT GROUP FOR YOUR BIG EVENT

When planning a big event such as a wedding or a corporate function, every detail, from catering to music, invitations and more, every detail must interact seamlessly to reflect you or the brand’s image.

The most overlooked part of event planning is the music. Studies show that your choices of music have a direct correlation on how people view you. So the big question is…Merissa, should I use a DJ or live entertainment?

Well, I might be a bit biased but live music of course! Seeing live musicians rocking the house or playing some elegant Mozart will add an excitement and energy to the room that a DJ can only hope to reproduce.

So let’s dive right in to what should you consider when planning an event.

Weddings are the most amazing day of your life, you only get to do it once (hopefully!). At wedding ceremonies, live musicians are the standard. They add elegance and class to your event that gets very one psyched about the main event (You!). You can choose how many musicians you would like to have.

For the budget wise bride solo musicians are the way to go. Popular choices include piano, guitar, violin or cello. For the most bang for your buck chose an instrument that can create its own harmony.

Two musicians are able to create subtle moods with complex harmonic counterpoints. It’s good to get two instruments that complement each other. Classic combinations include violin and cello, violin/cello and piano, piano and vocalists, guitar and violin, flute and violin/cello/viola.

Some of the song selections for the solo musicians and the duets are limited however. Music has many different parts to it and sometimes if certain parts are missing, the song or piece will not sound right, even with a great arrangement. The background parts are what contribute to the overall feel of the music.

Trios are a perfect medium, the perfect balance of budget and class. There are a multitude of possibilities that exist here. Woodwind trios like flute, clarinet and oboe sound beautiful together. String trios usually consist of violin, viola and cello but can sometimes have two violinists and a cellist. This is the category where most songs will lend themselves to arrangements that will sound great to you and your guests.

Quartets are the ultimate statement. You want a show stopping wedding? How about an event that people can’t stop talking about? This is where you go. From string quartets to wind ensembles, your entrance will be elegant and electrifying. Virtually any song you can think of will lend itself well to these kinds of groups. The music and excitement will keep you and your guests entertained during corporate events,cocktail hours or set just the right tone for your ceremony.

Which ever you choose, live musicians will set and enhance the atmosphere.