Sarah and Akin knew they might have 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.
They DREAMED of an upbeat mood to get
everyone into the swing of things. Check.
My band will be entertaining their guests,
and they've selected one of their favorite
tunes for their first dance.
Their dance lessons created a beautiful
routine to "Fly Me to the Moon", and they
practiced to Frank Sinatra's 1964 recording
with the Count Basie band. Check.
Sounds perfect! So what was the problem?
For months, we've been speaking about their
wedding music. Finally one day they told me
their first dance had to be exactly 2½ minutes.
Their first dance routine was timed to Sinatra's
2½ minute recording, so we needed to make our
version exactly 2½ minutes, too.
No problem. 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 practice, now
dancing to our recording instead of Sinatra's.
Finally, when we played at their reception,
their first dance was a huge success!
This story reminds me that every celebration
begins with a DREAM. Imagine what you want,
and gather the important DETAILS.
So here's the Tip I promised:
First, DREAM about the Mood you want to create.
Then pursue the DETAILS. Make the DREAM come true!
So try this when you begin:
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 for conversations?
Think of everyone's five senses. What do you want
your celebration to LOOK like? And SOUND like?
What TASTES and AROMAS will everyone enjoy?
What will being there FEEL like?
Warm? Cool? Hard? Soft? Rough? Smooth?
Keep all this in mind when you build the mood
your wedding and party music will create.