In the last issue we talked about finding the perfect cake for your special day! In this issue we are going to talk about choosing the right music for your reception, no matter what your budget. Traditionally the wedding reception is a party to celebrate the union of two special people. These special celebrations include music for you and your guests to enjoy and dance to. When it comes to choosing the music for your reception you have a few options depending on what your budget will allow. Most people like to have a disc jockey at their reception. This way they can have a large selection of music available guests of all ages. When it comes to costs a disc jockey is probably less expensive than a band, but they can be a bit pricey too. Keep in mind that a good DJ will also act as an MC and will help keep the guests entertained and move the reception along. When looking for a DJ make sure you shop around extensively and as we have discussed before, be sure to ask your friends, check with local colleges and even your local radio station to see who they would recommend for the job. When picking out music, make sure you take the guests into consideration. It you have people for all different age groups coming you should try to include a little something for everyone. For instance Great Grandpa George may not enjoy an all rap repertoire, while young Sandy and little Harry won't be dancing to the big band music either. So, make sure there’s a mix of both to please both young, old and in between. Here is a quick tip that will help encourage your guests to dance. Assign each table a song, when that song plays that table should get up to dance. You can even offer a prize to the liveliest table at the end of the night. This will make them really want to kick up their heels and have fun on the floor! If your heart is set on live music, look for bands that have day jobs and "jam" for fun. Don't rule out high school bands. Consider the time of your reception. For instance if your reception begins at 1:00pm and are serving food and having cake chances are you won't need the band to start playing until 2:00 or 3:00. You can play nice mood music in the background on the CD player until the start. Be sure to interview several bands and find out where they are playing so that you can see them perform live before you make your final decision. If you are on a very tight budget there is no reason why you can't make your own mix CD’s and if you know of someone who has an awesome stereo system, see if they would be willing to loan it to you for the day and have people volunteer to man it to make sure you don’t have any silent times. The good part about is that if you take some time, you can put it together so that it plays straight through and no one will have to switch discs. You can mix it up with an equal balance of fast and slow songs and add in all your favorites as well. Another fun option for music is to have a karaoke set up. You can maximize on the talents of some of your guests and laugh with the not so talented others. Some people really come to life with karaoke, so why not take advantage of that! If you don’t own a karaoke machine or know someone who does, look into renting one. You can download karaoke songs (music without the lyrics) online to make your own karaoke CD’s then go to lyrics.com to get the words and arrange the songs lyric's in a simple 3 ring binder for your guests to refer to. Remember your choice of music can help set the tone for your reception and can make your day one to remember. No matter which option you go with make sure that you take enough time to choose songs that are memorable, touch the hearts of your guests and make them want to dance the night away. Make sure you look for your next issue soon. We will be talking about some fun twists on the traditional guest book. Cindy Lieber Accredited Event Designer OC Brides Event Coordination www.weddingplanneroc.com Cindy@ocbrides.com (714) 970-6380 P.S. I'm always looking for new ideas for music. Are you doing something unique that I haven't listed here? I would love to hear it.