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Fine Tune Your Day – Top Song Selections to Set Your Scene

Choosing the music for your special day can have a great impact on the memories you have and on the overall atmosphere of your wedding. From the First Dance, to the group dance and all the way to the last note, the songs you choose will set the stage. Based on numerous weddings that we have provided entertainment for, we have compiled a list of some recommendations when it comes to First Dance songs and some crowd movers that tend to get guests dancing away.

These lists are not in any particular order, however if you would like to see more and even have them ranked, look for the Fall edition of the Perfect Wedding Guide magazine that will feature our input and rankings.

 

First Dance Songs:

–          Train – Marry Me

–          Corey Smith – First Dance

–          Adele – Make You Feel My Love

–          John Legend – All of Me

–          Lonestar – Amazed

–          Rascal Flatts – Bless The Broken Road

–          Etta James – At Last

–          Blake Shelton – God Gave Me You

–          Edwin McCain – I Could Not Ask For More

–          Big & Rich – Lost In This Moment

–          Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up On Us

–          David Gray – This Year’s Love

–          Ray La Montagne – You Are The Best Thing

–          Christina Perri – A Thousand Years

–          Luther Vandross – Here and Now

Crowd Movers

–          Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling

–          B52’s – Love Shack

–          Young MC – Bust A Move

–          Isley Brothers – Shout

–          Marcia Griffith – Electric  Slide

–          Cupid – Cupid Shuffle

–          V.I.C. – Wobble

–          The Commodores – Brick House

–          Michael Jackson – Billie Jean

–          Journey – Don’t Stop Believing

–          Usher – Yeah

–          Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl

–          The Beatles – Twist & Shout

–          Sister Sledge – We Are Family

–          Taylor Swift – Shake It Off

–          Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull – I Like It

 

Designing Your {Wedding} Entertainment

Most surveys of brides taken after their wedding cite that the right entertainment during their reception made the evening memorable, either in a good or bad way. Deciding what you want to take place during your reception when it comes to the entertainment is crucial.

Here are a few things to consider when deciding on songs that you want played during your evening:

~ What age groups will be present at your reception?

  • Chances are you will have guests there from a wide variety of generations, from their 20’s or younger to their 60’s or older. You want to make sure that all of your guests will have some music to dance to. If you only want current music played because that if what you are used to, some of your older guests will feel left out and may leave early and not enjoy the whole evening.

~ Is the music that you have requested dance music?

  • There are millions of songs out there today, from many decades and many countries. Just because something sounds great when you are listening to it in the car while driving down the road, it does not mean that it will be a song that you and your guests will be able to dance to. It is always helpful to ask your DJ’s or your band’s input when it comes to songs on whether they believe the songs you have selected are more appropriate for the dancing portion of the evening, during dinner, or at another time during your reception.

~ Band or DJ for your special night?

  • Both bands and DJs have their pluses and drawbacks. A band generally can keep the evening lively, more interaction with your guests, and live music just has a different atmosphere than a DJ. However a band can be quite expensive based on how big the band is, and generally they are limited when it comes to the repertoire of music, mostly within one genre or one decade. A DJ on the other hand can have a wide variety of music available and be able to cater to what you want to hear during your evening. They are also lower priced and as long as you pick the right DJ personality for you and your guests.

~ What kind of playlist to provide to your band or DJ?

  • When putting together a playlist for your DJ or band, keep in mind the amount of time that they will be playing. A typical DJ can play between 15-20 songs per hour. That does not mean that you should give your band or DJ a 70-80 song playlist with what to play all night. If that is what you are looking for during your night, you may be better off renting some audio equipment and plugging it in to an iPod or other media player and letting it play. Part of what you get with a DJ or band is the interaction with the guests, the ability to read the guests and cater the music accordingly. Generally a 15-20 song playlist is appropriate to give the DJ or band an idea of what you like to hear, that way they can cater the music to your taste and still be able to keep your guests entertained for the whole time.

~ Do Not Play list

  • Make sure to let your DJ or band know if there is something that you specifically do not want to hear. The last thing you want is a song to begin to play that you hate or that brings back bad memories and cause a disruption in your happy celebration. Whether it be a specific artist or a song that you do not want to hear, let the DJ or band know so that everything flows completely the way you want it to flow.

{Wedding} Vendor Tipping… Who and How Much?

You have hired your list of wedding vendors to help make your day perfect, your wedding day is around the corner and you are trying to figure the last bit of details to make it all complete. Everything is set, everyone is paid, and everything seems done. Did you remember the gratuities for your vendors? If you are unsure on who to tip and how much to tip, here are some general wedding tipping etiquette articles that we have compiled for you from some of the industry’s renowned websites.

According to theknot.com almost all of your vendors should receive some form of gratuity, from the hair and make up people, to the DJ and caterer. Proper etiquette shows that you appreciate their hard work and not just their services. Wedding professionals generally are under higher stress for weddings than any other event, simply because at a wedding there is no room for error and you want everything to be perfect, from the dress, to the make up, to the flowers, food and, of course, music. If you wedding vendor helps make your day even more special than you even wanted, it is only proper for them to receive a “thank you” gratuity. Theknot.com even goes into details on how much you should tip your vendors, as a guideline.

Weddingwire.com takes a simpler approach to tipping in emphasizing that tipping depends on whether you believe that particular vendor went above their “paid for” duties to make your day one-of-a-kind. There is no need for over the top amounts like hundreds of dollars or extravagant gifts, but a simple thank you card with a gratuity ranging between $50 and $100 will be acceptable for most of your vendors.

AtlantaBridal.com also has a simple guide on amounts and general guidelines for your vendors, although they do leave out several vendors that we believe are deserving of a gratuity.

The main thing to keep in mind is that most vendors out there make a set amount no matter what the event is, how long it is, or where it is, so certain vendors, like servers, bartenders, photographers, videographers, DJ’s, etc only make a fraction of what you actually paid for the services. Therefore a gratuity for them adds to their direct compensation for your wedding, as a thank you for their effort. If you plan it ahead of time, you can have each vendor’s gratuity in sealed envelopes, clearly marked, and have either one of your parents, or someone from your wedding party, like your best man or maid of honor, hand them out at the end of the reception. If it is easier to pay by card, you can always add it to your total when you pay the balance off. It may give that vendor an even greater incentive to go that extra mile for you.

Guests and Song Requests

We receive this question quite frequently and always ask the bride and groom as well if they are comfortable with having guests request songs at their wedding. Some couples automatically answer that question by placing a space in their invitations for guests to request songs before they even have a chance to arrive at the wedding. This option is fine, especially if you are easy going and trust your DJ to make the choice of what songs to play at what time and what is wedding appropriate to play at your reception.

However, not everyone is comfortable with letting their guests guide the music atmosphere of their wedding. A strict “No Requests” policy can also be in place, although not highly recommended. You want your guests to be a part of your wedding and enjoy it with you, not just spectators.

The best choice generally is a median between the two extremes. You want your guests to hear songs that they enjoy and want to dance to, and also be able to go up to the DJ and requests something that has a special meaning to them. You also want to make sure that you have a competent and courteous enough DJ to be able to screen the songs as they are being requested and make judgement on what should be played at what time. Usually a good “Do Not Play” list can be very helpful to a DJ so that he or she knows what songs to stay away from, even if they get requested.

Our general guidelines include communicating with the bride and groom before hand to know what songs to stay away from and also with the guests if they request a song that does not fit the format being played. Keeping the flow of music going is very important to an event. If a DJ is playing a top 40 format and the dancefloor is full, and someone requests “My Girl”, although it is a great song, it would not fit with the flow of the music at that moment. We would make a note of the song and advise the guest that it would be played at a later time.

The main thing to keep in mind when making the decision on whether you want to allow your guests to request songs or not is to have clear communication with your DJ. Communication is key, so let your DJ know what you do and don’t want to take place during your wedding. In the end, your DJ should be professional enough to make the decisions on the songs as they are being requested, without having to constantly bug you on specific requests.

Planning for Weather

When planning a wedding, most couples try to make sure everything is just the way they want. The decor, the venue, the flowers, the food, entertainment, etc. However, the one thing that is truly unpredictable is Mother Nature and the weather, especially if your wedding is in Georgia. Just because your wedding will be under a pavilion does not make you immune to the weather.

Wet & Rainy Night

The weather  in Georgia this past week was a constant drizzle and occasional downpour here and there. The venue has a covered pavilion for the dancefloor area that overlooks the North Georgia mountains with a beautiful view, which is attached to the main building so guests can go in and out as they please. The ceremony was moved indoors and the rest was to be continued as planned.

Needless to say, the covered outdoor dancefloor was useless so we had to improvise and move everything indoors. We cleared a couple of the tables, moved some of the sound equipment indoors and continued the evening indoors. Even though the venue was full, the willingness of the couple, the staff, and guests to be flexible and content to make sure the night didn’t get ruined, helped make this night a successful one.

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It is important to choose your vendors accordingly. Sometimes you have to go with the flow and be flexible because things may not go exactly the way you planned. A good venue with great staff and cooperative vendors will ensure that. After all, Mother Nature is quite unpredictable.

~ Andi

Head DJ/Co-Owner

EuroAndy Events

Wedding Showcase: Aly & Brandon at the Chattahoochee Nature Center

Brandon & Aly

Brandon & Aly

When looking for a DJ or any vendor for your wedding, you don’t want to just hear about it, you want to look for yourself at the type of work they have done, or in a DJ’s case, even listen to some of their work. We want to take this opportunity to showcase our most recent wedding that we had the pleasure of being a part of.

Aly & Brandon, married on April 27, 2013 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, Georgia. We provided music entertainment for their wedding reception as well as lighting for their reception. With the venue being an outdoor pavilion, it was important to add the right touch to the atmosphere. They wanted a fun, bright, and clean decor to add to their night. We chose some white uplights for the pavilion as well as some navy blue uplights to illuminate the top of the tent to create the impression of a sky right after sunset with strings of lights as stars as well as a rotating white light projection on to the ceiling of the tent. Their addition of glow sticks, bracelets, necklaces, and light up glasses added even more to the fun.

For the music, to accommodate the diverse guest list that was present, Aly and Brandon wanted a wide mix of motown, top 40, and even some dubstep for the groom and his friends. Per Aly’s request, we were able to put together a 7 minute mix of 4 dubstep songs catered specifically towards Brandon, as a dedication to him from her.

Once the formal portions of the evening, the formal dances and cake cutting took place, the party kicked off at full steam. Aly got comfortable out of her wedding dress and into a more relaxed fit, and the dancing followed. The entire night went on without a hitch, and even the rain held off long enough for the whole evening to take place perfectly.

Take a look at some of the photos that we took from that evening. We want to extend our warmest wishes of congratulations to Aly & Brandon and are truly glad that we were a part of their wedding day.

This is what we can do for any event out there, create a truly “Special Event with A Personal Touch”.

Guestbook

Guestbook

Mother of the Groom Dancing

Mother of the Bride Dancing

Packed Dancefloor

Packed Dancefloor

The Venue - All Set Up

The Venue – All Set Up

Packed Dancefloor

Packed Dancefloor

Brandon & Aly

Brandon & Aly

Packed Dancefloor

Packed Dancefloor

Brandon & Aly

Brandon & Aly

The Venue - All Set Up

The Venue – All Set Up

Glowsticks & Tunes

Glowsticks & Tunes

Wedding Week Checklist

  • Gather all the items that need to go to the ceremony location and designate someone to put them in their proper place (i.e. ceremony programs, unity candle, pew bows, etc.)
  • Gather all items that need to go to the reception location and designate someone to put them in their proper place (i.e. favors, guest book & pen, toasting flutes)
  • Designate someone to be in charge of the gift table and be sure to give them some scotch tape. By the time the gifts are transported to and from the reception, the cards can get misplaced.
  • Give final head count to the caterer and be sure to count meals for your DJ, band or entertainer, photographer and wedding coordinator.
  • Give the counts for adults, children under 12, and your wedding vendors separately because your caterer may charge less for children and meals for the wedding vendors.
  • Put together an emergency kit. You never know what items you or your bridesmaids may need; extra nylons, breath mints, or clear nail polish.
  • Finish the wedding favors and the wedding program if you haven’t already!
  • Clean engagement ring.
  • Make sure you have your wedding rings and they fit properly.
  • Pick up wedding attire and make sure everything fits properly and you have everything you need.
  • Break in wedding shoes.
  • Contact wedding guests that have not responded.
  • Finalize seating chart.
  • Alphabetize seating place cards.
  • Buy Champagne, or other beverages, for the limo if not provided.
  • Decide who will be bringing home the gifts and gift envelopes after the wedding.
  • If you are having a receiving line, review the guest list with your finance to help you both remember the names of all those relatives you haven’t seen in awhile.
  • Pick up marriage license. Designate someone to take license to the ceremony to give to Officiant.
  • Confirm details for the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
  • Have rehearsal with attendants and make sure everyone knows their “duties” for the wedding day; who is going to hold the rings, where do they stand, who lines up first, second, third to walk down aisle, etc.
  • Create a Wedding Day Itinerary for yourself and your attendants, it will help everyone know where to be and when!
  • Pack for the honeymoon!
  • Confirm EVERY DETAIL with EVERY VENDOR for the wedding day
  • Transportation Company: Confirm pick up time, location & directions.
  • Florist: Confirm flower order, drop off time and discuss any last minute details.
  • Caterer: Confirm head counts and any last minute details.
  • Entertainer: Confirm, time, location and special song selections for special dances.
  • Baker: Confirm cake order, drop-off time & location.
  • Photographer: Confirm start time and location.
  • Videographer: Confirm start time and location.
  • Officiant: Confirm rehearsal time and marriage license.
  • Organist or Ceremony Musicians: Confirm music selections.
  • Honeymoon: Confirm reservations with travel agent.