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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Your Wedding Ceremony Music

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

While the wedding reception is a celebration and you expect a certain kind of music that your guests will enjoy dancing to, choosing your wedding ceremony music can be considered a very important but difficult decision for the bride and groom.

Times have changed and fewer weddings are taking place in traditional church venues, meaning that organ music isn’t a realistic option for most couples anymore. Some venues may have grand pianos, but most will expect you to make your own wedding ceremony music arrangements. They may provide a list of recommended vendors, or your wedding planner will give you several options.

For the most part, you’ll need to choose between one of the following three options:

DJ
Using a DJ isn’t just for wedding receptions anymore. Gone is the image of the chatting, goofball DJ spinning tunes while he talks your guests through the “Electric Slide.” Now music professionals with highly technical sound systems are the ones playing disc jockey at wedding ceremonies and receptions. If your wedding ceremony and reception are at the same location, using the same DJ will probably save you money because you’re not paying two completely different kinds of music by different people. And, if you’re married (pun intended) to having a complicated traditional song, usually performed by an large instrumental group or an organ, in some more remote locations, the DJ may be your only options for hearing recognizable versions of your wedding songs.

Instrumental Soloists
A single violin, harp, piano, guitar, or ukulele is more than enough music for a romantic wedding ceremony. As long as the venue isn’t too large, you can probably have acoustic music without any electronic enhancement. If the wedding hall is enormous or outdoors someplace that can be windy, you may want to make arrangements for additional audio support so that the music can be heard by all of the wedding guests. A trumpet solo of a well-known wedding entrance march performed by a very skilled musician is simple and classic and truly attention grabbing.

See More: Listen to Our Playlist of Anything-But-Boring Classical Wedding Songs

Music ensembles
They come in many varieties, from a string quartet to duets between a piano and flute, or any other number of instrumental combinations. It’s not a good idea to ask two professionals who don’t usually perform together to collaborate unless you want to pay for a lot of rehearsal time — you’re much better off finding an established group with good references from other brides and grooms.

Occasionally, brides and grooms have very talented friends who will offer to sing a special song at the wedding ceremony. Unless they also play their own musical instrument, make sure that you arrange for a practice session with the musicians you’ve hired ahead of the actual ceremony. It’s important to make sure that everyone is in the same key, and following the same cues.

Top Wedding Trends for 2016

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

1) More and more monograms!
This could just be my preppy heart hoping and wishing here but I’ve noticed an uptick in the popularity of customized and monogrammed gifts this past year so I’m predicting that trend will ripple into the wedding world. Here’s a few pretty ideas I’m hoping to see lots of in 2016: Monogrammed … bridal sashes, bouquet ribbons, bridesmaids dresses, favors (cookies are always fun to monogram!), bridal shoes, and wedding cakes!

2) Groom’s detailing
I predict it’s going to be the year of the groom! While the focus will never really leave the bride, I’m feeling that more thought is going to be put into the groom’s appearance in 2016 – from custom tailored suits to imaginative bouttonnieres, the groom is taking center stage! Look for textured fabrics like velvet and seersucker to step up and for playful colors and patterns to be popping up in ties, bowties, ascots and pocket squares.

3) Hello, Cascading Orchids
I’m expecting a surge in popularity of the beautiful cascading orchid bouquet. This look was popular in the 1920s and 1930s and I think it’s about time for it to come back full circle, don’t you? It’s beyond luxe and romantic!

4) Buttoned backs
Buttoned backs will always be a classic and favored look but I’m predicting they’ll be especially popular in 2016!

5) Streamlined bouquets
Even though I’m predicting a surge for the organic-styled cascading orchid bouquet, I think there will also be a tendency toward more streamlined bouquets.

6) Farm-to-table Menus
Farm-to-table is nothing new but I expect to see an uptick of the concept in the wedding world this year. Whether the couple’s wedding is at a sustainable farm/garden or in the heart of a city, I think couples will be placing a higher priority on the quality (and creativity!) of the food they are serving guests.

7) Death of the Flower Crown
Does anyone else feel this trend has run its course? I’m hoping for a simpler look for 2016 – maybe a single flower behind the ear?

8) Intimate Gatherings
I’m predicting a rise in intimately-sized weddings for 2016. Large weddings can be amazing but more and more brides and grooms seem to be wanting an intimate setting in which they can focus on each and every guest.

9) 2-Piece Gowns
Whether for engagements or weddings, I’m expecting the crop top trend to continue into 2016.

10) Simpler Color Palettes
Ombré was fun but I’m looking to 2016 for more back-to-basic wedding color palettes. I’m expecting a return of 1-3 colors with an emphasis on blue-white, yellow-white and the always classic all-white palette.

SNOOP DOGG CRASHES CHICAGO WEDDING!

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Snoop Dogg crashed the Hindu wedding of Joseph Scheller and Neesha Ghadiali at the Hard Rock Hotel in Downtown Chicago on Sunday, and took photos with the couple. The rapper was staying at the Hard Rock Hotel while in town to perform at the North Coast Music Festival.

Allusion Photography, hired to photograph the wedding, said that Snoop Dogg stopped by the celebration to congratulate the couple and temporarily join in on the festivities, taking pictures with the couple he later tweeted and posted to Instagram.

Allusion Photography said the couple was glad for the unexpected guest, as the groom and his mother are both avid fans of Snoop Dogg.

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