There’s not another day more emotional for a father than his daughter’s Wedding day. Dancing with his ‘little girl’ really is the icing on the cake and one both of you can cherish for years to come. But choosing the right song can be the hard part. We hope these songs help you choose the right song and either way, it’s a moment you both won’t forget and you’ll always be his ‘little girl’.
Entertainment can make or break a wedding reception. Whether you opt for a DJ, band, ensemble group, or solo artist, there will be advantages and disadvantages to each choice. To help you make up your mind, we’ve compiled a few reasons why your preference might swing in favour of hiring a professional DJ.
1/ THEY’LL PROLONG THE PARTY
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They say that when it comes to weddings, what guests remember most is the food and entertainment. The former is essential so that your guests have the energy to enjoy the latter, which is really the substance of the post-ceremony celebrations. Hiring a DJ who can adeptly amplify the mood of your guests will ensure the longevity of the merrymaking so that your night is truly one to remember.
2/ THEY CAN READ THE ROOM (& ADAPT)
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One of the biggest perks of having a DJ at your wedding reception is that you have a constantly adapting setlist. Your DJ can read the room and make live changes based on the needs of the crowd. Not only is it generally great to have dynamic entertainment so that your guests’ excitement is intensified, but it can also be helpful in smoothing out any mishaps that may occur so that your event doesn’t come to a standstill as people deal with a fainting guest, drunken relative etc.
3/ THEY SET THE TONE FOR YOUR RECEPTION
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One of the benefits of hiring a DJ for your wedding is that it helps set the tone for the rest of your evening. With an experienced DJ at the helm, you can rest assured that the provision of entertainment is in the hands of a professional. What’s more, since DJs often have the microphone for large portions of the evening, they can also act as a master of ceremonies should you require someone other than your wildcard relative to make announcements to keep things running smoothly.
4/ THEY CAN WEAVE REQUESTS INTO THE EVENING
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There’s nothing quite so fun as dancing wildly to a song you love with your closest friends and family. The problem is, you might not have the forethought to include all your favourites in the list of special requests that you give to the person(s) providing your entertainment. It’s also possible that if you’ve opted for a band or solo artist, that they may not have the flexibility to accommodate the spontaneous musical whims that emerge on the dance floor. But a professional DJ is likely to have a database of tens of thousands – if not hundreds of thousands – of songs, enabling them to weave requests of different genres into the setlist for the night in a seemingly effortless way.
5/ SOUND SYSTEM INCLUDED
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Hiring a DJ for your wedding means you’re also hiring a professional-grade sound system. This is particularly important if you have a larger number of guests or if your reception will be held outdoors, as guests will actually be able to hear and enjoy the music. Experienced DJs will also have backup systems in case technical problems arise – which could very well happen despite impeccable planning. This means that no matter what, you’ll have a professional quality sound system at your reception to play a never-ending stream of great music. The last thing you want is to have to end the night prematurely due to the gear malfunctioning.
6/ YOU’LL GET A PERFECTLY VARIED SETLIST
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It’s important that the songs holding special meaning for you as a couple get played on the night. However, when it comes to the overall setlist, its design should really be catered to the crowd of guests attending rather than to your individual tastes (particularly if you have niche music tastes). That way, you can ensure that everybody has a great time as a collective, rather than having a crowd of wallflowers who aren’t able to get into the dancing mood. With their years of experience working different crowds, DJs will have the perfect variety of songs to keep your particular group moving through the night.
7/ YOU’RE HIRING PEACE OF MIND
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Of course, the many other perks of having a DJ aside, the advantage that affects you the most is that you can have some peace of mind. Knowing that the entertainment is sorted will allow you to let your hair down and fully enjoy the festivities. You don’t have to stress about the solo artist having a sore throat, or how to fill the longer transitions between songs when you’ve got a five-piece band. You can be truly present and experience all the best moments of this first night of your married life.
Music can make or break your Wedding day. It’s often one of the things guests talk about afterwards, whether good or bad! Much thought should go into the planning of the Wedding entertainment for your special day. Here are our top 10 tips we have picked up along the way to help you out.
1) Don’t snub the idea of a band or DJ before doing some research
This is usually the first place to start and generally it’s whether you want live music with a band or with a DJ or…is it something you are going to try and do yourself. Your Wedding entertainment budget can be a deciding factor but do some research and be sure to ask around for recommendations from friends or your venue. Remember, the cheapest is not always the best option.
2) Have some Pre-Ceremony music as guests arrive
It’s a good idea to have some background music playing as people arrive and start to mingle. Aim for around 20-30 minutes otherwise, without music it can seem like quite a long wait. If you’re doing it yourself think of easy listening music with a little bit of tempo. Not sure what to put on your playlist? A DJ can often provide this music for you (as well as the Ceremony and the Reception music), which could save you organising playlists and a sound system. This should be something you need to consider as you start to decide what your Wedding entertainment will consist of.
3) Consider a sound check
It’s good to check with the venue if they have any limitations with Wedding entertainment and entertainers…whether that is noise, power, space etc. Ask the venue manager what they feel usually works well at their venue or within the space you’re occupying. Also ask if there are any requirements for the entertainer you may have booked. If your entertainer hasn’t been to the venue before it’s a good idea to suggest they do a walk-through before the day.
4) Meet your musician/entertainer in person before the date
It’s not always easy to watch a Wedding entertainer before your big day as they’re usually performing at a Wedding! It’s highly unlikely the couple will want random people turning up at their big day to scope out the entertainment. Enquire if they are playing anywhere public which might be an easier option. Otherwise, arrange a pre-Wedding catch up to discuss the day in person (or via Skype if in person isn’t possible). That way you get to see them, discuss elements of the day like music, timing, special requests etc.
5) Make a note of the must-play songs
Give your DJ or band a list of your favourite songs when discussing your Wedding entertainment. This includes a list of ‘must-plays’, which may include your favourites as well as songs you know your guests will love, or your parents would really appreciate hearing. If it’s a band, talk to them first before you book as you’ll want to know if they can play the songs or if it’s the style of music they play. If it’s a DJ, be sure they are open to your suggestions. A good DJ should be open to your requests; it’s not a chance for them to play what they want. Some may specialise in a certain style of music so it’s a good thing to ask when doing part of your research. If there’s something they don’t have and struggle to get, they may ask you to supply it and if you have a version of it that’s great!
6) Keep an eye on the volume
You don’t want to make it hard for your guests to talk to each other. It’s a good idea to specify times you want softer music and times when you want it to be louder for the dancing and partying. Some entertainers can get carried away with the moment so if it gets too loud don’t be afraid to go over and mention it to them…for the greater enjoyment of the rest of the evening.
7) Don’t choose a really long first-dance song
A song that goes on can be a bit of a drain for both the guests and yourself. Do you really want to be swaying in front of everyone for longer than you have to?
Do a few run-throughs if planning to do some choreography to the track you’ve chosen and think of things like when you want the bridal party to join you and when you want to invite up the rest of the guests too. If it’s a really long track, work with your DJ who may be able to edit it to make it shorter.
8) Thinking about a ‘do-not-play’ list is a really good idea
You and your soon-to-be-spouse should sit down together to decide the list of songs you want your entertainer to perform or play on the day. It’s important you both have a say. Just like picking your ‘must-play’ songs, a ‘do-not-play’ list is also a good idea. Avoid having songs you really dislike for whatever reason played and ruining your day.
9) Get guests to RSVP any requests they may have
To really get an idea of what your guests may like when it comes to the music for your Wedding day then consider asking them to suggest one song when they RSVP. It gives them the chance to hear one of their favourites and, if they have some input then they’ll be more keen to get on the dance floor when their song comes up.
10) Think of your guests, not just yourselves
You may have some quite eccentric or particular music tastes but remember you’ve invited a number of people to enjoy the day with you so accommodating their music tastes is vitally important to them sharing the day with you and enjoying it. You may love 90’s grunge but your guests may like a range of other genres to get them up dancing and celebrating your big day while your older guests may like to hear some 80’s and 90’s. Perhaps leave some of your more obscure favourites towards the end of the night or just select a couple of ‘must-plays’ that will keep you happy and give you a chance to rock out.
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Ed Sheeran’s done it again. He’s released another song “How Would You Feel?” which could become (and we’re putting bets on it!) the biggest and most requested Wedding song of 2017.
You are the one girl And you know that it’s true I’m feeling younger Every time that I’m alone with you
We were sitting in a parked car Stealing kisses in the front yard We got questions we should not ask but
How would you feel, if I told you I loved you? It’s just something that I want to do I’ll be taking my time, spending my life Falling deeper in love with you So tell me that you love me too
In the summer, as the lilacs bloom Love flows deeper than the river Every moment that I spend with you We were sat upon our best friend’s roof I had both of my arms round you Watching the sunrise replace the moon
How would you feel, if I told you I loved you? It’s just something that I want to do I’ll be taking my time, spending my life Falling deeper in love with you So tell me that you love me too
We were sitting in a parked car Stealing kisses in the front yard We got questions we shouldn not ask
How would you feel, if I told you I loved you? It’s just something that I want to do I’ll be taking my time, spending my life Falling deeper in love with you So tell me that you love me too Tell me that you love me too Tell me that you love me too
When planning your Wedding, consider a Winter Wedding. There’s some great reasons to plan your Wedding in Winter and here’s six of them!
1. The price is right Wedding venues quickly become booked solid through summer months, which means your dream venue may be unavailable for a year or more. By planning a winter wedding, you’re far more likely to secure the venue you want, when you want, without peak season prices.
2. Colour comes to life Winter’s bare boughs and frosty carpets provide an ideal canvas for splashes of colour. Bold accent hues pop while soft pastels such as aquamarine look ethereal when juxtaposed against a snowy landscape. Incorporate nature’s best in your theme. Consider a chocolate brown pinecone motif, or weave winter wonderland symbolism throughout the event.
3. Embrace layers of love Gorgeous fabrics deemed too weighty for summer – such as sophisticated silk satins and heavy lace – become luxurious possibilities in winter. Look beautiful, but stay warm by wearing a dress with sleeves, or a donning a decorative coat or jacket. ‘A winter wedding is a fabulous opportunity to not only wear a stunning dress but to consider layering,’ says designer Anna Schimmel. ‘Adding a bridal jacket to your ensemble essentially gives you two looks [wear your jacket outdoors and remove it for your reception]. I also advise winter brides to have fun with a cover-up. They can pair a simple gown with a shrug embellished with ruffles or strong detailing.’
4. Picture this The New Zealand winter sets the stage for stunning wedding photos. From Mount Ruapheu to Mount Cook many of our mountain ranges are snow-covered, and the South Island’s magnificent glaciers also make particularly breathtaking backdrops. Winter’s overcast weather creates flattering, ambient lighting. Plus, you don’t have to worry about squinting into the sun during the portrait session. The North Island experiences more rainfall in winter than any other season so if you’re planning outdoor photos, have an indoor back-up plan.
5. They’re all yours There are fewer public holidays during the cold months – which is ideal if you’re planning a multi-day event, as your guests’ accommodation options are likely to be plentiful and more budget-friendly. Furthermore, your wedding is unlikely to clash with your guests’ own holiday-weekend plans. Even boutique luxury accommodation, such as Auckland’s Mollies and the South Island’s Blanket Bay have reduced room rates, so you can get luxe for less. However, if you’re planning a ski resort destination wedding, you’ll be competing for space with thousands of snow-goers, so you’ll need to book accommodation well in advance.
6. Pamper party If hitting the bars in town seems a little ‘been there, done that’ for your hen party, suggest to your bridesmaids that they make the most of winter by embracing the season. Why not pack up and head off to the mountains for a ski/snowboard weekend? By organising a group lesson for newbies even the most timid snow bunnies can enjoy hitting the slopes. If pampering is more your thing, what better place to kick back in winter than the hot pools? Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa has been voted one of the top 10 day spa resorts in the world. In addition to featuring a variety of massage therapies on the menu, it offers private thermal pools, perfect for a girls’ gathering. On the shores of the South Island’s Lake Tekapo, Alpine Springs Spa & Winter Park is all about celebrating the winter season. As well as hot pools and a spa, they have an ice hockey rink and state-of-the-art snow slope, dedicated entirely to snow tubing.
It’s that time of year again where we look through the requests of songs from Weddings in 2015 to find the top 20 Wedding First Dance Songs 2015. The First Dance is often a dreaded moment of the Wedding for some (especially those with two left feet!) but it’s also an exciting one for others as they share the first moment together in front of loved ones with a dance. The chance to put any moves they’ve been rehearsing into practice and then once it’s done, you can give a great big sigh of relief as the final formal moment of the night is completed and you can now get on with the party!
There’s a few new ones in the list this year and definitely a few that seem to feature on the list every year including Michael Bublé, Eric Clapton, Etta James, Jason Mraz, Lonestar and Jack Johnson. The list this year is also more heavily modern than usual with far more songs from the last couple of years featuring in the list for 2015. The hard part now is choosing which of this great list is a song you would choose to have as your First Dance song if currently planning your Wedding! Check out the top 20 Wedding First Dance Songs 2015 list below.
Top 20 Wedding First Dance Songs 2015
#1 – Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
#2 – Meghan Trainor & John Legend – Like I’m Gonna Lose You
#3 – Michael Bublé – Everything
#4 – John Legend – All Of Me
#5 – The Lumineers – Ho Hey!
#6 – Etta James – At Last
#7 – Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up
#8 – Bruno Mars – Marry You
#9 – Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
#10 – Ellie Goulding – Your Song
#11 – Sam Smith – Lay Me Down
#12 – Lonestar – Amazed
#13 – Beyonce – XO
#14 – Ed Sheeran – Kiss Me
#15 – Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
#16 – Adele – Make You Feel My Love
#17 – Jack Johnson – Better Together
#18 – Boyce Avenue – We Found Love (Calvin Harris & Rihanna cover)
A Wedding is a very special event but can often come with high costs. Trimming these costs is quite high on the priority list of many couples and often, the one thing that suffers the most is the entertainment. Entertainment plays a huge part in your day and if done correctly, can ensure you and your guests have a night to remember. So, iPod or Spotify For Wedding or Live DJ to get the job done?
You might think that because I’m a DJ myself I’m biased… and I am, but for a number of good reasons.
iPod or Spotify For Wedding or Live DJ
iPod or Spotify
An iPod or Spotify is basically the 21st Century version of a jukebox; however, with the former, you need to spend time picking all of the music you want to listen to whereas a Jukebox usually comes with it’s own playlist.
Chances are you won’t have a selection of songs on your iPod to easily fill the whole night, so you’ll need to spend plenty of time before the wedding purchasing songs from iTunes and then organising them into an appropriate playlist. If you’re considering Spotify, you’ll need to purchase Spotify Premium to avoid obnoxious ads playing after every couple of songs (and you’ll need to spend time creating a playlist as well).
If you decide on an iPod, I would suggest keeping it hidden away from guests. As the night goes by, guests decide what music they want to hear and continually skip songs (sometimes half way through!) until their jam comes on. It also results in songs being repeated, sometimes numerous times, because people may have missed their favourite song earlier but are now ready to dance. If you do decide to go for an iPod, you will need to hire a decent sound system to play your music which will set you back a couple of hundred dollars, especially if the venue doesn’t already have one installed.
One of the benefits of hiring a professional DJ is that they will turn up with all the music ready to go, plus you can suggest any particular songs you want played prior to your event so you can still listen and dance to your favourites. No need to download songs or spend hours putting together playlists! The DJ will provide background music during dinner right through to the first dance and onwards, making one less thing for you to worry about. The DJ should come with all their own sound equipment and if you want some elegant or ‘party’ lighting, then this can easily be provided too. They will have experience at gauging what music works for you and your guests on the night. Atmosphere, mood and the age group of those on the dance floor will all depend on what songs are played and when.
If your budget can’t quite stretch to hiring a DJ for the whole day, consider creating a playlist of music for the reception dinner (just don’t forget the iPod on the day), then arrange for a DJ to come in for the first dance and the partying.
A few things to remember about your wedding entertainment… • Although it may appear that you are only paying for the “4 hours” you see of a professional wedding entertainment company at your wedding, normally they will invest between 12 and 30 hours of time to your special event. • Shop around to get quotes but remember, the cheapest price is not always the best. Take into consideration the experience, professionalism, and equipment provided. • During wedding planning, brides say their highest priority is their wedding dress, followed by the reception site and caterer. Often, reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities! Within one week after their reception however, a large proportion of brides say they should have made the entertainment a higher priority! • Finally, the majority of wedding guests say one of the things they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment (Band/DJ). Good wedding entertainment = a great time. It’s worth getting right!
It’s an interesting experience now being on the other side of Weddings. I recently proposed to my girlfriend of almost 8 years (yeah I know, about time) when we were over in Rarotonga at Labour Weekend. That in itself was interesting. Not only did she almost bust me in the jewellery shop at the Auckland Airport before we even left but halfway in to the holiday she also found the receipt that I (stupidly) took out of my bag while sorting it out and put it on the TV cabinet in the hotel room. Anyway, the surprise of it happening was lost except for the possibility of me asking her on the trip or not. About 24 hours later I did. On the beach on a beautiful sunny afternoon. Phew! First task done right?!
The thing is, and the point I’m making, is now rather than being on the side of helping others with their Wedding entertainment, I’m now in the position of organising my own Wedding and there’s a bunch of stuff I need to sort before I think about the entertainment. Things like the date, the venue, the budget, who to invite and the list goes on!
I think the first task is coming up with an estimated budget. I say estimated because you don’t really have any idea how much it’s going cost so the first thing we started doing is researching venues. This is the most expensive part of a Wedding if you include the venue hire plus the food and a drinks package (both typically a based on a ‘per person’ rate). You would think after over 16 years of DJaying all over Auckland and beyond I would know the perfect venue…I don’t. Typically, I paid no attention. I mean I know have contacts I’ve developed at many venues but that kind of all goes out the window until we have worked out what we want.
I think you need to do some investigation in to venues first and foremost and have discussions with your partner around what you both want, what style of Wedding, an approx. number of guests…and from there, you may then have a very slight idea to be able to work out the budget, the date etc. After all, the date may depend on what venues are available and these are often booked out well in advance, especially if you found a venue you really love.
So what do you book and when? I’m writing this because entertainment is something people leave till last when Wedding planning, when in theory this should also be booked around the same time as your other suppliers. To get a quality DJ or band, getting in contact early is important as they are typically booked out well in advance. If you are getting married in the peak Wedding season (January-April) or on a Saturday this is more of more importance. If you’re planning a Wedding around the lead up to Christmas remember you’ll also be competing with Work Christmas Parties.
At the time you are starting to lock in your venue, photographer, videographer, florists, caterers and celebrant, also start investigating your entertainment. This will help to avoid disappointment down the track. This is typically done 12-18 months in advance.
All the best with your Wedding planning. I know I’ll need it!
Wow what a year it has been! Where has the year gone?! We’ve been honoured to provide the entertainment at some gorgeous Weddings in 2014 and seems some great ideas, inspiration and memories created.
Each Wedding has its own style and taste but quite often the songs that get played can become quite popular and played at many different Weddings and the First Dance is one of those where the song is vitally important…whether it’s a popular song, fun song, lyrics that mean something special to the couple or one that really just sounds quite nice.
Here’s our round up of the top 10 Wedding First Dance songs 2014 that we’ve played throughout the year!
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