Great Colorado wedding planning advice from Terri Fisher with
5 Star Talent and Entertainment, Inc.
Weddings are like puzzles with many pieces. Assembled, the whole picture is indelibly memorable and so completely reflects the personalities of the wedding couple that the guests remark to one another: “It was just like them!” and even more important, “That was a great celebration!” Music is the element that brings all the pieces together from the rehearsal dinner, to the walk down the aisle, to the reception and party.
In the 15 years that I’ve been in the entertainment business, I’ve seen the desire for all kinds of music at weddings grow tremendously. Both live musicians as well as DJs are in demand, and for good reason. As Stevie Wonder sang, “Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand.”
Music makes magic. It creates atmosphere. For example, at the rehearsal dinner the right mood is warm but not intrusive – appropriate for conversation. Before the ceremony the mood should be quiet and romantic and for the walk down the aisle the music should direct the gathering’s attention. Reception music should set a convivial mood to enhance the welcoming nature of the event. And when it’s time to get down to dancing the bride and groom’s personal tastes really shine – from ballroom to salsa to techno-rock.
Every wedding is unique and every couple has a seemingly infinite number of choices for music. Beyond personal taste, the most fundamental choice is whether to have live music, a DJ or recorded music (such as from an iPod). Beyond that there are considerations based on finances, type of guests (including their ages), and the size and location and kind of venue.
Live music creates a sense of sophistication. It encourages community and excitement because it’s not just about the music, it’s also a performance, and performance commands a certain level of attention.
A DJ with recorded music, on the other hand, will have access to a greater repertoire and will be able to tailor the sound and volume from background music to room-filling rock.
At most weddings, bandleaders and DJs also act as emcees for the reception, able to direct the crowd by making introductions, directing attention to the first dance, the toasts and keep the crowd dancing all night if that’s in the plan.
More and more, I see couples choosing to have live music for their wedding. For instance, a walk down the aisle can be very romantic to music from a string quartet to a- cappella singers performing classical, pop & jazz songs, or a vocalist singing a favorite song during the ceremony can be emotional and inspirational. Then, when the reception is ready to take off, hand the entertainment over to a DJ or bandleader to direct the action. A new trend we’re seeing is more couples hiring both a band and a DJ. The band can play for dancing with the DJ providing music during their breaks – it’s non-stop entertainment for the guests.
Here are some tips for selecting the perfect entertainment or combination:
o Make sure you’re working with a reputable company that can provide information and current references.
o Plan as far in advance as possible to have as many options as possible.
o Check the venue to make sure what’s permitted (be sure to check noise ordinances and rules), and how much space is available.
o Decide on the entertainment budget.
o Ask for entertainers’ websites, videos, YouTube videos and any other relevant information. When it’s possible, see them in action.
o Discuss your likes and dislikes.
o Review the planned playlist in advance and make any special requests – either “must play” or “must not play.”
o Get everything specified in writing.
Music plays a major part in making a wedding the once-in-a-lifetime celebration the couple intends it to be and a magical beginning to their life together.
Name: Angie Johnston
Where are you from: Aurora, CO
How many years have you been in the industry: 10 years
Favorite Part of the Planning Process: Helping a couple create their wedding vision, whether they have been imagining it for years or have never opened a wedding magazine in their lives. I love taking their personalities and tastes to create a unique wedding that fits them.
Favorite Event Day Element: The father/daughter dance is my favorite part of the wedding day. Not only seeing the connection between the bride and her dad, but watching the love in her mom's eyes as she watches them dance.
Starbucks Order: Non-fat Hazelnut Latte
Happy Hour Order: Jack and Ginger or a good Pinot
What do you do when you’re not working: Enjoy my family time with my husband and two sons, reading, attending Broncos games and hanging out with my friends.
Ever wonder what you could have for guests to fill a little time while you are off taking post ceremony pictures?
Here's something that will not only entertain your guests, but you can get a good laugh reading them in the days that follow! Wedding MadLibs! A childhood favorite with a wedding twist to have on your special day. You can even customize them so that they can be added to your guest book.
"Something blue" may be one of the easiest of the four "somethings" to incorporate into your Colorado wedding. With endless options to the color blue - use your imagination!
Name: Jaime Brown
Where are you from: Littleton, CO
How many years have you been in the industry: 4 years
Favorite Part of the Planning Process: Tying the details and personality of the couple together
Favorite Event Day Element: Seeing the look on the groom's face when the bride walks down the aisle
Starbucks Order: Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte
Happy Hour Order: Amaretto sour or a glass of wine
What do you do when you’re not working: Enjoy my family time, crafts or working out
On the more unique side for bridesmaids gifts is a personalized wine glass charm. This can be given to your girls the morning of the wedding to attach to their glass of wine as your getting ready for and enjoying your big day.
You could even get one for you and your soon to be husband to be waiting for you at the table after you say your "I dos".
Embellished with a bead, you could have it either match your wedding colors and be the favorite of each bridesmaid.
Selecting your "something borrowed" for your Colorado wedding is your chance to had something very personal from someone special in your life. What are you using for your walk down the aisle?
Name: Nicole Bennington
Where are you from: New Jersey originally, but moved to CO when I was 8. Almost a native!
How many years have you been in the industry: 5 seasons
Favorite Part of the Planning Process: Watching the pieces all come together
Favorite Event Day Element: Sending the bride down the aisle to her groom
Starbucks Order: Grande, extra hot, nonfat white chocolate mocha light whip
Happy Hour Order: A tall, Blue Moon on tap
What do you do when you’re not working: Chasing after my 3 kiddos and dabbling in photography
Sapphire Celebrations combines the energy, perspective and creativity of two generations when planning weddings and events throughout Colorado. Founded by a mother and daughter team, Sapphire Celebrations reflects their Colorado heritage with family roots dating back to 1907. Owners Pamela Drennan and Angela Johnston are proud of the high level of service for which Sapphire Celebrations has become known. Two full service coordinators, three associate coordinators and ten assistants take pride in exceeding the expectations of clients who entrust them with their event.