With a few creative details, you can now add music to the list of things that guests will remember about your weddingBy Andy Kushner Photo by: GreenStudios Photography
Music’s indisputable power of emotion now permeates society more than ever. From television award shows and films to your gym and grocery store, music’s ability to transform is obvious. How often do you hear a particular song that immediately sparks a memory and causes you to re-live a powerful moment from your past or inspires you to take some form of action? Imagine watching your favorite movie without the soundtrack. This power of music can be used purposefully to heighten your wedding experience.
My philosophy, as an entertainment designer—not a booking agent—is to create a unique, personalized, emotionally filled experience; a journey that transforms people. The bride and groom are going through the most significant rite of passage in their lives. They are literally redefining themselves from being single to marrying the love of their life. Their guests, friends and families, should feel the significance of this profound and life-affirming experience.
How can you overcome this challenge? Start with the ceremony. Have your musician(s) perform songs that lyrically tell your story and express your feelings for each other such as Etta James’ “At Last” and Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You.”
Cocktail hours should create a vibe that builds to the dinner and dancing. Consider a lively instrumental trio performing upbeat and positive music. When the doors open for dinner, instruct your band or DJ to set the tone via upbeat dance music, and then bring it down to soft background music so people can hear themselves talk during the meal. Instruct your entertainment to gradually build the music (think song selection, not volume) to get people in the mood for dancing. Your entertainment should consider your personal tastes and create peaks and valleys that constantly build momentum.