Sarah and Akin knew they had a problem.
With their beautiful wedding just a month away,
preparations were nearly complete.
Lovely garden facility? Check.
Fantastic Caterer? Check.
Sensational Florist? Check.
Amazing Photographer? Check.
My band will be entertaining their guests,
and they've selected their first dance song.
One of our favorite tunes. Check.
Their dance lessons are creating a beautiful
routine to "Fly Me to the Moon". Practicing
to Frank Sinatra's 1964 recording with the
Count Basie band. Check.
So what's the problem?
Their first dance routine is timed to Sinatra's
2½ minute recording, so we need to
The solution was simple.
We were entertaining at a wedding show
just a few weeks before their wedding.
Sarah and Akin caught up with us there,
asked us to play "Fly Me to the Moon" for
exactly 2½ minutes, and recorded us
on their iPhone.
Back home, they continued to rehearse their
routine, and now they danced to our recording.
Finally, when we played at their reception,
their first dance was PERFECT. A huge success!
This story is typical. It reminds me, that
in my experience, planning wedding music
or party music often follows this same pattern:
an obstacle creates a small problem, usually
with an easy solution.
Planning is solving a series of easy puzzles.
Sometimes the answer is right before our eyes.
not so obvious.
And sometimes it's
followed by a
deeper question with another
And now that we're talking about
planning wedding & party music...
New Year's Eve is just
a few weeks away,
and you might be involved
in planning an
exciting holiday party
And if you or a friend are engaged
married, you might also be involved with
planning the wedding.
Either way, every celebration you plan begins
with a dream. Imagine what you want.
Here are 4 planning guidelines,
starting with the Tip I promised:
Tip: First, ask yourself about the
atmosphere you want to create.
Imagine you're a guest. What mood would you like?
Formal, elegant, and sophisticated? Or casual and
mellow? Or upbeat and rousing? Or a soft background
Consider everyone's five senses. What do you want
celebration to LOOK like? And SOUND like?
TASTES and AROMAS will everyone enjoy?
What will being there FEEL like? Warm? Cool?
Hard? Soft? Rough? Smooth? Something else?
And three more guides to
plan the music.
1. Pause often to remember
Where are you aiming? How are you adding music?
2. Be systematic and keep it simple.
Focus on music for your highlights, especially the beginning
and the ending, the schedule, food, decor, and landmarks
(a ceremony, toasts, announcements, dances, photography,
and special presentations).
3. Let all the ingredients work together.
Have all the musical elements
enhance each other and
sense logically, emotionally, and aesthetically.
Listen for these guidelines whenever
to hear us in action.