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Feb 2017

Wedding Music 101: DJ David Osborne of Sound Insight Productions

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When you first start planning your wedding, the venue, style, and other details (ahem.. the dress) often get top priority. The wedding music easily gets put off, or handed over for someone else to take care of. Regardless of whether you want to party ’til the break of dawn, or just get your favorite songs in, who you choose to deliver on your wedding day can make a pretty big impact on the overall experience. We reached out to the talented Mr. David Osborne, an experienced Wedding DJ based out of Athens, Georgia and Owner of Sound Insight Productions. He’s offered up some great advice to common questions that might pop up when planning your wedding music.

For starters, don’t be afraid to tell them what you want. As David puts it, “I want a couple’s input, style, and their passion for the event! I take it from there, and balance their requests with my ability to read the crowd and bring it all together.”

If you are a huge music buff, you might already have a large number of songs in mind that you want to hear at your reception, or perhaps you can’t think of any. Either one is okay! “I have some couples that request 100, while others request zero,” says David. “I always try my best to incorporate and honor requests and suggestions (I mean, it’s their wedding!) I do, however, give all couples 5 must-play songs, those are for those possibly unusual, but very sentimental, songs that are important to the couple and/or guests.”

David also points out it’s your wedding at the end of the day, and you can have whatever music you’d like, but keep in mind that your particular taste might not always equal crowd-pleasers. He suggests avoiding an abundance of only one style or non-danceable music. If you’re having trouble deciding what songs to go with, try thinking of those that are popular and well-known. “The common thread, across all crowds and styles, is familiarity. People love to dance to music they know and like. With clever and purposeful mixing, remixing, and programming, lesser known songs can definitely be worked in.”

All things to take into consideration when you think about your wedding day music. David’s one last bit of advice: “Don’t limit yourself TOO much. It’s perfectly fine to have restrictions on the music played, but you should allow your DJ some flexibility (if they’re a good DJ, they will respect the flexibility, not abuse it). Also, if you want people to dance, you and your new spouse have to get out there and dance as well!”

Visit Sound Insight Productions for more info on booking David for your wedding or event- We highly recommend him!!

Jun 2016

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

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It’s an age-old tradition; something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. It’s not something to stress over too much, but most brides are a little superstitious and want to take part in the tradition. But how did it come to be? And what could you use to ensure good luck on your wedding day?

The saying comes from an Old English Rhyme: “Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something New, A Sixpence in your Shoe.” Something old represents continuity, something new stands for an optimistic future, something borrowed is supposed to represent borrowed happiness, and finally, something blue exemplifies purity, love, and fidelity.

A lot of brides struggle with what to use to represent each of the four items. Here are some ideas:

Something old: a vintage accessory, such as a shawl or hairpiece, or if you’re having a wedding on a farm or in a barn, you could wear an old pair of cowboy boots

Something new: a new piece of jewelry, such as a necklace or earrings

Something borrowed: your mother’s veil from her wedding

Something blue: embroidering something into the lining of the wedding dress, a blue garter

Hopefully these ideas will ensure good luck on your big day!

Apr 2016

Three Wedding Planning Questions You Have To Ask

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Planning a wedding can be pretty hectic at times.  There are so many things to make and do that the checklist can get incredibly long.  Between the madness of narrowing your guest list, managing your budget, addressing invitations, etc. it is likely that there are a few things that may have slipped your mind when putting the finishing touches on everything.  Here are three wedding planning questions you should definitely be asking yourself, no matter where you are in the planning process.

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NUMBER 1: “Where Do We Park Downtown?”

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Finding a parking space in downtown Athens can be difficult for just one person, so when it comes to finding parking for an entire wedding party, it can quickly become a nightmare. With downtown parking at rates of $0.75 an hour, it can become rather expensive for even half day access.  If your venue cannot provide enough parking to accommodate all of your guests, make sure plan for their parking.  There are a few options when it comes to finding extra space. Start by contacting local businesses with lots near your venue to see if they would be willing to let guests use their space.  This may come at a price though, so make sure you plan for that in your budget.  Another option is to rent spaces through a downtown parking group. See if your community allows parking rentals in decks or lots.  If not, see if the venue has a shuttle for further parking or if renting one is an option.  No matter what, make sure you provide maps to your guests with venues, parking, etc. so they do not get lost and miss being a part of your special day.

 

NUMBER 2: “Do You Have a Wedding Website?”

The answer to this question should be YES!  Having a website for guests to access makes the whole event more accessible to people instantly.  Your website will be extremely important for communicating with guests, especially if they are far away.  It will allow you to update any new plans and reach all of your guests in one posting.  RSVPs can be handled through the site as well, which makes the process of determining the numbers a lot easier than having a paper mess in your living room.  Making a registry part of your online platform will make it simple for guests to purchase all of the items that you need for your new life as a couple.  Also, it helps prevent receiving duplicate gifts (so no more getting two different sets of non-matching plates).  A maps and venue directions should be posted on your website as well.

 

NUMBER 3: “What Happens If It Rains?” 

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Having a rain plan is extremely important for any wedding. You do not want to have your guests sitting in the rain, or damage your/wedding party/guests dress, shoes, etc. because of a poor rain plan.  It goes without saying that outdoor weddings MUST HAVE an alternative plan.  Do not wait until the last minute to try and find tents because that can become a disaster in itself. Make sure you contact local rental companies and find out when the last day to rent a tent would be based on your wedding date.  Make sure that a plan is in place so that nothing can ruin your special day, especially not the rain.

 

It is important to have all of these questions answered before your big day arrives.  Well informed guests are happy guests and that will contribute to a great wedding.   If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I will be glad to answer them!

 

Happy Planning Everyone!

 

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