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DJ or Band: Which is the Best Choice for Your Wedding?


11 June 2014

The musical performers you choose to entertain guests at your wedding can either keep the dance floor packed and happy, or leave people glued to their seats while cringing.

Researching the top DJs or wedding bands can help you weed out the duds, but how do you choose between a talented live band or an upbeat DJ to play your favorite tunes on your big day? You need to consider the available space at your venue, your entertainment budget, the type of vibe you desire, and your own personal taste to make the best decision.  

Venue  

Marrying your sweetheart in a small, intimate location may leave you with very little space for an entire band. Before you set your heart on twirling around the dance floor to your favorite “Rat Pack” cover band, you should visit the venue and determine how much room is available for the band to set-up. You will also need to consider the availability of electrical outlets and any possible noise limitations set up by the venue or the city where you are having the wedding. Both live bands and DJs have the ability to control their volume, and nearly all bands and DJs will require electricity to run their equipment. An outdoor venue with no electrical outlets may require you to look into hiring an acoustic band.  

Budget  

Generally speaking, bands cost more than DJs. That being said, there are always exceptions to this rule. Celebrity DJs can cost quite a bit more than a 3-4 person band, but a 12-person band can easily cost more than a local DJ. You can always stretch your budget a little bit more by holding your wedding on a weekday because most entertainers implement a higher charge on weekends.  

Ambiance  

The music at your wedding can really set the mood for the entire event. If you want something upbeat and funky, you need to select a band whose sound reflects that. Looking for a swinging Big Band style sound? Opt for a live band specializing in that genre. If your wedding is going to be more trendy, and you want to play the latest hits in a recognizable manner, consider hiring a DJ who is familiar with the Top 40 hits. Bands can put their own spin on songs--for better or worse--which can make guests get up and dance or cringe in their seats. DJs have a ton of songs at their fingertips, making it easy for them to change up the tempo to get more bodies on the dance floor.  

Personal Taste  

Ultimately, you need to choose an entertainer who meets your needs. Always look for a DJ or band willing to adhere to your playlist (and your “do not play” list). You should meet with your entertainer at least once prior to your wedding day to discuss song choices for the important dances as well as the overall theme you want to maintain throughout the wedding. Have an adverse reaction to the “Macarena” or the “Chicken Dance?” Make sure your band or DJ knows not to play those.  

DJ Pros

1. Can download and play almost any song imaginable.
2. Have the ability to change up the music style and tempo depending on the crowd’s reaction--even in the middle of a song.
3. Usually less expensive than a band.  

DJ Cons  

1. Can’t play their own rendition of a song.
2. A long-winded DJ or one with a crummy attitude can ruin the atmosphere.
3. Not as intimate as a band.  

Band Pros  

1. Can create their own covers of classic songs to put a new spin on an old favorite, making it fit with your theme.
2. Make a more personal and interactive connection by personalizing songs and engaging with guests.
3. Offer an eye-catching, live show for those who might not prefer to dance.

Band Cons  

1. More expensive than a DJ.
2. Usually unlikely to take requests outwith their repertoire.
3. Less likely to perform hours of current chart hits, and more likely to play songs spanning the decades
 
Planning a wedding is a daunting task, but there’s no doubt your choice of entertainment can make or break your big day. A personalized twist on every element of the wedding--from the favors to the entertainment to the centerpieces--will ensure your special day is a one-of-a-kind, memorable experience for you and your guests. For an extra special touch, personalize your wedding rings with help from the talented jewelers in the customization department at Brilliance.com for an eye-catching flash as you twirl across the dance floor.

The article above was written by Shai Barel of Brilliance.com


Creating the right atmosphere at your evening wedding reception


10 June 2014

An evening wedding reception, whether your main reception or as an extra to a more formal daytime reception is a fantastic excuse to party! It will (hopefully) be the only wedding evening party you have so you will want to make the most of it. Your wedding, and subsequent reception and party are all about you. They should reflect your personality, and make it a night to remember for yourself, and for your guests.

Creating the right atmosphere is a mix of different things but the first thing you need to do is have a good look at the venue, both during the day and at the time of night you’ll be throwing your wedding party. If you’re allowed, pay a quick visit to someone else’s evening reception, not only to see the venue in action, but also to steal some good ideas.

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Here our top tips for ways to create the right atmosphere at your evening wedding reception

1 – Theme the venue. Check out the furniture and décor provided by the venue. Chances are you’ll be provided with basic tables and dining chairs and not much else. You may want to consider replacing, or at least supplementing the furniture provision with more club-style sofas and low tables, or brightly coloured bar stools, or even creating a chill-out area with cushions and armchairs. If the venue doesn’t have what you need and you can’t borrow it, you should look into furniture hire.

2 – Music. Music and entertainment has the potential to make or break your party atmosphere and time and effort needs to be spent to make sure you get the right music provision for you. Whether you want a clubland DJ, a string quartet, or a ceilidh band, you should ask around for recommendations and go to see them at a similar event to confirm that they are the music professionals for you. There’s nothing like a cheesy DJ to spoil the night for you and your guests.

3 – Lighting. The benefit of having an evening party is you’re not battling natural light so much and can create any sort of atmosphere you want. Popular choices for evening wedding receptions are light-up freestanding letters, fake fire lights, and strings of fairy lights. Lighting can be toned down or up to suit as the night progresses, and is brilliant for banishing the gloomy corners that some event venues seem to have. Again, if the venue doesn’t have what you need, then hire it!

4 – Inject some fun. Parties are meant to be fun so add some with entertaining items. Photo booths with props such as brightly coloured wigs and inflatable musical instruments are extremely popular right now. Just set it up and watch your guests create entertaining photos for themselves and for your wedding album. Fairground rides and carnival-style sideshows are brilliant for evening garden parties, and don’t be afraid to set up traditional party games. Pin the Tail on the Donkey, with a bit of an imaginative twist, is fun for all ages.

Creating the right atmosphere is about making the party suit you and your personality. Your friends and family have come to join in your special day, so whatever you’re happy with will create a party that is all about you. Let your personality shine through and you’ll have the evening reception that you and your guests will remember for a long time.




5 Wedding Songs to Geek Out Over


27 May 2014

A geeky couple looking for some unique songs to play at their wedding should definitely put these five songs on their playlist.


The Imperial March - Star Wars
Everyone knows Star Wars, even non-geeks. But to a couple who met in line at the movie theater, or spent hours debating about the remakes, this song is perfect. It's bold, dramatic, and perfect for a bride who wants to make an impression while walking down the aisle. It would undoubtedly bring a smile to all the geeky guest's faces, and it would surely be a hit to the younger guests as well. And if any more conservative relatives object, well, it may be appropriate to find their lack of faith disturbing.

Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Time Warp is the most popular song from the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's a high-energy song that will hook everyone with its catchiness. Forget songs like YMCA or the Cha-Cha Slide, this song will get everybody at the reception up and dancing. Like the aforementioned two, this song has an associated dance, the steps to which are right in the lyrics. Unless the couple themselves are Rocky performers, this song works better as a general reception song than a first dance. When you play it, everyone will be asking you do do the Time Warp again!

Geeks in Love - Neil Cicierega
Neil Cicierega might be an indie artist, but no one can deny his viral music video was incredibly catchy. The song is a fun and upbeat tale of two geeky people who found each other and fell in love. Whether the happy couple met at a Star Trek convention or on the forums of a gaming website, this song emphasizes the shared passion that brought them together. This is a good song for the reception in general, but if a couple prefers to be more funky than just swaying along, this can be a good first dance as well.

To Zanarkand - Final Fantasy X
The Final Fantasy series is one of the most popular video games out there, and it has a correspondingly popular soundtrack. To Zanarkand is an instrumental song, but even so, it manages to give off a feeling of hope and looking to the future. It's a great song for those with more traditional families, since it won't be obvious it's from a video game. As it's a slower song, it would be perfect for the couple's first dance, but could be equally as great played during the reception. However, the most wonderful thing recommending this song is the variety of covers it has. Not only is there the lovely original version, featuring the piano, but also guitar, vocal, and even fully orchestrated versions.

Mario 64 Overworld Theme - The Big Band of Rogues
For a couple that wants to add a bit of pizzazz to their wedding, The Big Band of Rogues did a bombastic version of the classic Super Mario 64's Overworld Theme. This is another instrumental song, but with its upbeat rhythm and complex melodies, it doesn't need any lyrics; the guests will be clapping along regardless. This song will be an instant hit with anyone who's played the game, as well as with the older set, who will just hear a lovely big band song. It's a great song for the reception, or even the couple's first dance.

Author Bio:
Dani B. was born of two geeky parents with a SNES controller in her hands. She's continued her love of video games and all things Sci-Fi even today, and also writes for Wildstarengineer.com.