Archive for August, 2011

Add to Your Playlist – Florence and the Machine

You’ve Got The Love – Florence and the Machine


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Harp Music

Having a harpist at your wedding can provide a very soft and elegant feel to your special day. It adds a much more personal and inviting atmosphere to your ceremony. You can use the harp during your prelude, honorary seating, the entrance of the bridal party and the recessional.  Here are some song ideas we’ve collected if you decide to go the harp route:

  • Ave Maria – Bach Gounod
  • Canon in the D – Pachelbel
  • Meditation from Thaiis – Massenet
  • All I Ask of You – Phantom of the Opera
  • Something – The Beatles
  • Traditional Wedding March
Most harpists will play any song you request as long as it is doable on a harp. Another similar option, one that we offer, is to have a violinist play at your ceremony. They can play similar songs and take requests. Finally, think about if you want your harpist/violinist to play during cocktail hour, dinner or your reception. We definitely recommend keeping them on for the cocktail hour and dinner. The violin/harp provides a perfect background music for your guests to eat to. 

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Pictures from Traverse City

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Add to Your Playlist – Vampire Weekend

Campus – Vampire Weekend

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Other Forms of Wedding Entertainment

This post is for the brides/grooms out there who prefer something outside the realm of traditional music at their wedding. If you’ve put the nix on a live band (not that we recommend that 🙂 ) and a DJ, what other options do you have? Here are some of the ideas we’ve read about:

  • Comedian: We’ve never been to a wedding with a comedian, but people do have them! If you know your guests and this is something that they’d like, then you should go for it. If you dont’ want a performance going for the whole reception, try having the comedian’s act(s) last a half hour or less with ipod music before and after. This gives guests a show, but also time to mingle and relax.
  • Magician: This is a great source of entertainment at any party. Having the walking magician gives the guests a chance to do what they please and be entertained when they feel like it. 
  • Outdoor Games: If your wedding is outside, consider having some games for guests to play. Organized games are also an option as well, but some guests might feel overwhelmed or childish doing this. Games that are voluntary and just sitting out are a way for guests to mingle and talk while having fun. Again, you know your guests, so choose what feels right. 
  • Tribute Bands: This could be a really fun idea if you and your fiance have a strong love for a certain band and it won’t break the bank. Going with a tribute band can get the audience going and they are a lot cheaper than normal live bands. 
  • Other Entertainers: This category includes things like belly dancers or impersonators. These can be great ideas for theme weddings. Think about what your theme is and if there is some kind of entertainment to fit with your ideas. 
As with selecting a live band or DJ, make sure you go out and see your entertainment BEFORE you book them. Make sure they are going to do exactly what you want at your wedding! Also, you should consider mixing these ideas with music, even if it’s just an ipod. A lot of people like a little background music!

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Add to Your Playlist – Michael Buble

Me and Mrs. You – Michael Buble

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A Weekend in Traverse City

This is what we like to see after a wedding! 🙂

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