This past Saturday, I served as a bridesmaid in Violet Blossom’s wedding. It was an absolutely beautiful wedding, and I was proud to be a part of it. Violet Blossom and I have been friends since kindergarten, in case the Garden didn’t know!
I’ve been a bridesmaid in multiple weddings before Violet’s, but this is the first since getting engaged. I know that Violet Blossom is excited for me to be engaged, but I also knew that I should keep discussion focused on her wedding from her bridal shower to her reception. We did talk here and there about my pending nuptials, but I was careful to stay focused on her big day.
I will say that being a bridesmaid in the midst of planning your own wedding offers a unique opportunity to learn and observe. I hadn’t been a bridesmaid since fall of 2009, so this past Saturday served as a reminder of how things go. I also took notes on things to look for in decor, ceremony details, and some vendors. Violet Blossom’s DJ, Jason from Cipriano Productions, was a blast, so I might end up hiring him for my own big day!
So I feel that, although it was a new experience, being a bridesmaid while engaged was also a great experience full of laughter and learning opportunities. I feel that I kept a good balance between my own excitement and the joy I felt for my friend!
I don’t know about you, but when it came time to decide which music we would walk into the reception to, we figured it would be a piece of four-tiered cake. Boy, we were wrong.
We ended up meeting with our DJ the week prior to the wedding with a gigantic list of songs, mostly “maybes” nothing set in stone. Now, at our previous meeting with the DJ, we got into a huge conversation about our hobbies, and wrestling happens to be one of those hobbies. Well, when we arrived he had a pre-set list for us with a bunch of wrestling theme songs! I figured this would suit us as a couple perfectly, and it is something I would have never thought of myself. I’ll give you a little list of some of the select songs and some photos of the entrances to go with them! Enjoy!
All American – Hulk Hogan
Turn it up – Scotty 2 Hotty
Sexy Boy – Shawn Michaels (HBK)
Photos (from top to bottom): Cathy Stancil Photography and CINEMATICbyDavidM
Whether you’re planning a wedding on a budget or not, you still want your guests to be entertained and kept on the dance floor all night long. Here’s some tips to help you decide between a DJ or band:
1. Ask for recommendations.
2. See them perform live before you hire them.
3. Consider the size of your venue.
4. Think about playing music for all age groups.
Last weekend Lilac Dude and I took a drive out to Ravenna, Ohio to visit with Steve Cipriano of Cipriano Productions to see if we wanted to take advantage of his company’s services for our wedding reception.
Since we have a significant number of college friends on our guest list, we wanted to trust our music, and in effect, our whole reception to a professional who would not only play great music but would lead our guests through the awesome evening that we have planned for them, an iPod just can’t do that. But our budget for a DJ isn’t able to cover the average DJ cost in our area. Then we encountered Cipriano Productions and thought we would check them out.
We walked into our meeting with a lot of questions, most of which were listed in this article. One of our main concerns was being able to veto music requests (we will not be doing the chicken dance). We also wanted an upfront, all included price instead of running into additional fees.
Music is very important to Plumeria Dude and I. We were both college radio DJs back in the day and have an appreciation for all kinds of music. I used to sing in various groups in high school and even played the violin for a few years. I think that’s why I didn’t want traditional wedding songs like Canon in D– I’ve played them a million times!
We decided to look for live musicians for the ceremony and cocktail hour, and go for a DJ for the dinner and reception music. Personally, I’ve cut it up on the dance floor at weddings with everything from an iPod to a full wedding band, but there’s something special about live musicians playing as you’re walking down the aisle.