Great First Dance Songs

August 7, 2012 in Gemma Doyle - Entertainment Expert, Other by JenniBush

Sometimes brides can struggle to decide on what song they would like as their first dance.
This of course, is a traditional and romantic part of the big day!
If you haven’t yet decided on what will be yours, here are some ideas:

Maybe there’s a song which always makes you think of your fiance when you hear it?
Or maybe there’s a special song which both of you have enjoyed together?

Some popular song choices include:

Amazed- Lonestar
Everything- Michael Buble
At Last- Etta James/ Beyonce
Smash Into You- Beyonce
Greatest Day- Take That
Halo- Beyonce
Run- Leona Lewis
Make You Feel My Love- Adele
(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life- Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Better Together- Jack Johnson
I’m Yours- Jason Mraz
She’s The One- Robbie Williams
Crazy Little Thing Called Love- Micheal Buble
Dancing In The Moonlight- Toploader
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
If I Ain’t Got You- Alicia Keys
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face- Roberta Flack/ Leona Lewis
Your Song- Elton John/ Ellie Goulding
Don’t Want To Miss A Thing- Aerosmith
Truly, Madly, Deeply- Savage Garden
Everything I Do- Bryan Adams
Just the way you are – Bruno Mars
Marry you – Bruno Mars
You’re Still The One- Shania Twain
From This Moment On- Shania Twain
You’ve Got A Way- Shania Twain

It can be more sentimental and memorable to have your first dance performed live by a professional singer. You should ensure to let the singer know which song you have chosen as your first dance song well in advance of the wedding day. This gives him/her plenty of time to either learn the song, or record the original version (if you choose to have recorded music for the first dance).
You should also ask your DJ, and possibly even the venue, to make sure they have the song for you just incase.

Gemma Doyle

Gemma is a professional vocalist, who performs for important events, weddings, functions, corporate events, mayor’s dinners, balls, casinos, theatres, clubs and restaurants to name a few. Gemma will be sharing her expert advice on how to create the perfect atmosphere on your wedding day, keep checking the blog posts.

 

Music throughout your Wedding Day

July 7, 2012 in Gemma Doyle - Entertainment Expert by JenniBush

Sometimes when I have a personal consultation with couples, to discuss all requirements, they are unsure as to which part of the wedding would be best to have live entertainment.
Here are some main points to consider about each main part of the day:

The Ceremony
* In a church, there is most often an organist playing as the Bride enters and at suitable times throughout the ceremony.
At other venues, you may find that another musical source is required.

* Having a song performed live during the ceremony is certainly a memorable part of the day.

* Full attention from the guests is guaranteed during the ceremony.

* Classical music/ a romantic ballad is most suitable at a traditional ceremony.

* Here are the parts of the ceremony during which music is most often played:
• Prelude music (performance before the ceremony)
• Processional music (background voice when the bride walks the aisle)
• Interlude music (These are the musical interludes to enhance the ceremony with symbolic meaning or dramatize important ceremonial moments)
• Recessional music (At the end of the ceremony as the couple leave)
• One or two songs when signing the register
• During the Bouquet Toss

The Wedding Breakfast

* A live performance can keep guests occupied whilst waiting to be served.

* Entertainment at this time is most often background music, rather than a show.

* Most often your guests will pay attention to and enjoy the entertainment at the meal.

* I find that it’s more sentimental when a bride chooses (in advance) some of the songs which she would like to be performed.

* Performances are usually longer at the wedding breakfast than at the ceremony. An example of a sufficient length is 2x 20 minute sets.

* Live entertainment can take place; before your wedding breakfast, whilst guests are waiting to be served, in between courses, or after the meal.

The Evening Reception

* There are usually more guests to enjoy your entertainment at the reception.

* This is the most popular part of the wedding for a singer to be booked.

* Consider what time everything else is happening at the reception, I.e. the disco, the buffet, the first dance etc.

* I have found it most successful to have entertainment start at the earliest time you know all your guests should have arrived by and to generally have more lively songs towards the end of the performance.

* What will be your first dance song? If you would prefer for the song to be performed live, ensure you ask the singer well in advance of your special day!

 

Gemma Doyle

Gemma is a professional vocalist, who performs for important events, weddings, functions, corporate events, mayor’s dinners, balls, casinos, theatres, clubs and restaurants to name a few. Gemma will be sharing her expert advice on how to create the perfect atmosphere on your wedding day, keep checking the blog posts.