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!”
Looking for a unique outdoor location? A well kept Athens secret, The Tree Room is an amazing choice for a small wedding ceremony or event. Located in an old boiler room of a cotton warehouse, the venue is made up of exposed brick walls with a canopy of tree limbs as a ceiling. A modern terraced fountain holds koi fish down below, while higher up a balcony wraps the brick facade, offering a closer view to the stars. Well worth a visit, so check it out!
the tree room athens georgia
Style: Outdoor Industrial
Accommodates: Up to 40-50 Seated, 65-75 Standing
Rain Plan: No
Restrooms: Ladies and Gents
Perks: Trees Canopy, Balcony & Koi Pond
Best for: Small Ceremonies, Reheasal Dinners & Cocktail Receptions
Located at 159 Oneta Street, Building 5, Athens, Georgia
With wedding season upon us, here’s some inspiring images from a recent mock wedding photoshoot at Creature Comforts Brewery. If you don’t already know, it’s a great new craft brewery in Athens, Georgia, with an industrial vibe and an immense open space that can be dressed up or down. This shoot features ivory, gold and lots of green in the form of moss, ferns, and succulents. Throw in some pin-tucked ivory linens and gold for shine, and you’ve got a simple, elegant look that will keep your wedding day pics classic and timeless;) While I managed to pull together the design and decor, this was a collaboration of some very talented folks (aka Athen’s wedding insiders) including: Fabulous photography by Sara + Logan, amazing makeup by Jeni Smith, a swanky up-do by Erin Collins (Stylist @Pageboy Salon), colorful treats by Homemade, specialty rentals (linens, glassware & bingo spinner) from Barron’s Rental Center and special thanks to Shannon Vinson, event coordinator at Creature Comforts, who put up with all of us throughout the shoot!!!! Enjoy!
Moss and succulent name card seating chart
Succulent filled terrarium table numbers
Vintage Wedgwood floral china with mismatched silver
Zoomworks Photography – A Wedding at the Hardeman Sams House
A couple weeks ago I met the wonderful ladies of Zoomworks Photography– Marisu Wehrenberg & Shannah Cahoe Montgomery. I visited with them at their Athens studio; one of the historic Whitehall lofts that sits overlooking the North Oconee River. From the start, they were incredibly friendly and, as we talked over coffee, I found them to be very experienced in the art of wedding photography. Of course, with over 10 years under their belts, why wouldn’t they be:) I enjoyed learning about their detailed process with couples- especially their efforts to create day-of photography timelines for each wedding they work on. No matter how long the planning process takes, the actual day can go by in the blink of an eye. Having a plan that says what shots are most important to you and when they’ll be taken, is HUGE on the day of a wedding! And yes, the planner in me did a little dance learning about this…. you can never be too organized!
I also got to hear about the sultry side of their biz- exclusive boudoir shoots shot in the privacy of their studio. In fact, Shannah and Marisu are incredibly versatile, offering wedding, portrait, boudoir, commercial and fine art photography. I’m looking forward to collaborating with them on a styled shoot, some exotic idea we’ve yet to hatch up, but will no doubt be a fun time working on! You can check out more of their work on their website (link below) or… give them a call to meet up in person and take a peek at their very awesome studio space!