What is your vision for your wedding reception? Fun? Memorable? Entertaining?
When planning a wedding, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed or stressed. We here at Art Of Sound understand that your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. While most DJ’s may think all weddings are the same. We believe that every wedding should reflect the unique personality
and style of the bride and groom.
Your wedding day should be a celebration as great as the love you have for each other. Why not allow us to set the mood and produce the magic that will surround you and your guests on your one special day. We can provide you with elegant and unique entertainment that you and your guests will treasure.
You will have the opportunity to pre-select thee special music you want to hear for the various activities
in your wedding reception along with any other selections that are important to you. Rest assured, we’ll work with you to plan the perfect reception, using your ideas and our professionalism as the foundation.
Finding a wedding DJ that will go the extra mile to ensure the personalization of an event such as a wedding reception is rare. We will help make your wedding day a romantic experience that your family and friends will never forget!
Professional JBL sound system equipped with wireless microphone.
Master of Ceremonies services for all your announcements and introductions.
Coordination and planning of your wedding reception events and activities.
Constant availability via phone or e-mail regarding music selection, event planning, or any questions in general.
The investment you make with us reflects the expertise and quality provided to you from our first meeting to your last dance. Our care and level of concern for your special event is second only to your own.
SAMPLE WEDDING RECEPTION TIMELINE - THE ORDER OF EVENTS:
A well planned wedding reception time line also known as an itinerary serves as a checklist and helps the bride and groom form a mental image of the wedding reception order of events.
(Please see sample reception itinerary to the top right or view by clicking here now)
Here's a sample wedding reception program. You can create customized wedding reception program samples to suit your own wedding. The following information below is merely a guide to help get you organized. Just accommodate the order of events to suit your own customs and specifications.
(01:) Your guests arrive at the wedding reception, they are greeted by a wedding reception usher and or the reception manager. At least one wedding usher should be at the wedding reception before the wedding guests arrive.
A wedding reception usher can be male or female, usually a trusted friend or relative. Their job is to greet your wedding guests and collect wedding gifts, on arrival. The reception manager works with the wedding usher/s directing the guests to their seats and crossing off their names as they arrive.
(02:) On arrival, the drinks waiter(s) offer your wedding guests a choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The food waiter(s) walk around offering appetizers to the wedding guests while they mingle. Your guests are either given their table numbers or escorted to their tables. In some cases the guest can look up their own table number and seat themselves.
(03:) The Master of Ceremonies (MC) or DJ announces that dinner will be served soon and asks your guests to make their way to their seats.
(04:) The bridal party is announced: The Master of Ceremonies (MC) or DJ introduces the bridal party. Firstly the bride's parents, groom's parents, the bridesmaids and groomsmen, the maid of honour and best man, then the ring bearer and flower girl and last of all the newly weds.
(05:) The bride's father makes a short speech and welcomes everyone to the wedding reception and thanks them all for coming. (Optional)
(06:) The first course of dinner is served.
(07:) The Best man makes a toast to the newly married couple.
(08:) More wedding speeches and stories can be told during and after dinner, to entertain the guests. (Optional)
(09:) The Master of Ceremonies (MC) or DJ announces the First Dance for the newly weds
(10:) The Master of Ceremonies (MC) or DJ announces the Father and Daughter dance.
(11:) The Master of Ceremonies (MC) or DJ announces the Mother and Groom's dance.
Like many people, you might have some songs that are near and dear to your heart. You can ask the entertainment to play them immediately after the formal dances. (Optional)
(12:) After the formal dances are over the rest of the bridal party is asked to join the dance floor.
(13:) The Master of Ceremonies (MC) or DJ announces that everyone else can join the dance floor.
At this point the DJ will play some up-tempo music to dance to. This will give your guests the opportunity to stand up and get involved after being seated for long periods of time.
(14:) The Master of Ceremonies (MC) or DJ announces the Money Dance.
(15:) The Master of Ceremonies (MC) or DJ announces the cutting of the wedding cake.
(16:) The Groom removes and throws the wedding garter.
(17:) The Bride throws a bouquet, usually a bridesmaids bouquet.
(18:) The wedding cake is served along with coffee, tea or beverage of choice.
(19:) Time to have fun and dance the night away.
"Why not a band at my wedding?"
Bands are always much more expensive.
They are limited to songs they know or a certain style they specialize in, they have to take breaks throughout the night, they need more space and have much more gear that could potentially fail.
"A wedding DJ just plays the music at my wedding."
This statement / thought couldn't be more wrong!!
The disc jockey sets the tone of the evening from the first introduction on the mic or the first song played at your wedding. The DJ keeps a rhythm to the evening that allows for all of those special reception events to take place within the time allotted.
Though it may not seem like a lot, a good disc jockey is alway coordinating behind the scenes, all-the-while the music never stops: is the venue lighting too bright or too dim, are the caterers ready to bring out the food, is the champagne ready to go for the toasts, where did the bride's dad go for the father daughter dance, is the bouquet available for the toss and the list goes on and on.
Wedding information form.
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our wedding information form in advance.
Sample wedding reception itinerary.
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COMMONLY ASKED WEDDING QUESTIONS:
What is a wedding processional?
A Wedding Processional announces the bride's entry and is the music that accompanies the bride (and often her father) down the aisle on her wedding day. The Processional is usually a grand piece of music, and lasts the duration of the bride's walk down the aisle, ending at the altar / front where her future husband awaits.
Popular (and Grand) Processionals include:
Jeremiah Clarke's Trumpet Voluntary
Henry Purcell's Trumpet Tune
Richard Wagner's Bridal Chorus
(from his opera, Lohengrin)
more popularly known as
"Here Comes the Bride"
YOUTUBE is a great place to find samples (or full tracks) of these pieces.
Wedding processionals needn't be Grand or Majestic. They can be subdued in mood as well. For example, a popular wedding processional chosen by brides and grooms is the famous Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel.
What is a wedding recessional?
A Wedding Recessional is the music that accompanies both bride and groom as they exit (almost always QUICKLY) the church. The Recessional is usually upbeat in tempo (pace) and is certainly in a happier mood.
Popular Wedding Recessionals include:
Mendelssohn's Bridal March from Midsummer Night's Dream
Henry Purcell's Trumpet Tune
Beethoven's Ode to Joy from his Ninth Symphony
YouTube is a great place to get sample video clips of both Wedding Processionals and Recessionals.
QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK BEFORE HIRING A DJ:
(1.) Will you be willing to play requests and discuss music ahead of time?
A versatile Disc Jockey is willing to listen to your suggestions, give you feedback and play from your desired song list.
Professional Disc Jockeys will accept the fact that you may not want certain songs played. A professional Disc Jockey may not know everything about your musical preferences and entertainment needs but can learn to better understand them through communication.
(2.) Do you use professional equipment?
Ask weather your prospective disc jockey works with professional equipment. If you are not sure, ask for their equipment list and check with a local music dealer to verify they are using professional-grade sound gear.
(3.) Do you provide backup equipment for my event?
Although equipment failure is rare, do you really want your special occasion ruined because your disc jockey did not come prepared?
(4.) How much time do you allow for set-up?
Punctuality is a necessity. Most Disc Jockeys arrive at least one hour prior to the start time you've given them. Your entertainer should ideally be set-up and in-place before your first guest walks through the door.
(5.) Do you provide a written contract?
It is extremely important to have your booking confirmed in writing. Ask for a written agreement, especially if you are paying an initial retainer. The standard initial payment for entertainment services is 50%.
(6.) Will you be suitably dressed for our occasion?
Specify the type of apparel that your Disc Jockey is expected to wear for your occasion. Formal attire or coat & tie are the most popular forms of attire. If you are having a "theme" event, make sure your entertainer is informed.
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