Live Music / DJ

Wedding Planners Goa Tips

  1. Arranging your wedding music should be high priority once you have your date and venues confirmed. Popular musicians, bands and DJs can be booked up to a year or more ahead.

  2. Try to hear your musicians or DJ before you book. Many bands and DJs will have a demo tape that they can send you. Alternatively, ask them for details of when they will be performing next so you can arrange to see and hear them in action.

  3. Always get the approval for your choice of music for your ceremony from your church minister.

  4. Let your reception venue know what type of entertainment you will be having, since some venues only allow live music.

  5. If you are having both a live band and a DJ, make sure there is sufficient room at your venue for both to set up and perform. Also find out what sort of lighting and effect, if any, will be supplied by your band and DJ in case you need to make additional arrangements for space and power supplies.

  6. Let your band know well in advance of your first dance and of any special requests you have in case they need to practice. For DJs, let them know both the title and artist's name so they bring the right version with them.

  7. Talk to your musicians and/or DJ well beforehand and let them know what you have in mind for your wedding and what you expect from them. After all, it's your party!

  8. Make sure you get in writing the duration your musicians or band will play for, the number and duration of any breaks and the cost of over-running.

  9. Always confirm your booking in writing and get a receipt for your deposit.

  10. Give your musicians or DJ directions and a map showing your venue. You don't want them arriving late or at the wrong place!

Wedding Music

There is nothing better than music to add dignity and to create the right atmosphere at your wedding. Music sets the mood during your ceremony and sets the pace throughout your evening celebrations. Deciding which music should be played at you wedding and whether it should be played by musicians or by a DJ is one of the more important decisions you need to make when planning your big day. Hit the right notes and your wedding day will be enjoyed and remembered by all.

Music for your church ceremony

There are four sections of your church ceremony that we consider music for. They are: The Prelude, The Processional, The Signing of the Register and The Recessional.

Music for your reception

Whether you have a live band or a DJ, there are many types of music to choose from. However, it is important to consider the likely tastes and age range of your guests when deciding what type of music to have played at your evening reception. You will want a party atmosphere with as many of your guests dancing as possible. With a DJ this will be no problem at all since their repertoire is immense. If you are having a live band, your chosen musicians will need to have a good repertoire of middle-of-the-road dance music if you want to get all your guests swinging! Again, this is not a problem with Wedding planners choosing the right musician or band that is experienced in performing at weddings.

At your evening reception, the bride and groom traditionally dance first on their own to a waltz. However, as ballroom dancing is not so popular these days, the newlyweds usually dance to a favorite romantic song. During the playing of this song, it is traditional for the groom to dance with his new mother-in-law and then with his mother, while the bride dances with her new father-in-law and then with her father. The best man also joins in dancing with the chief bridesmaid and the ushers with the other bridesmaids when the bride and groom first change. After the first dance, all the guests are invited to join the newlyweds on the dance floor.

Live music in Goa

Many couples choose live music for their wedding day celebrations since many people believe that there is nothing quite as exciting as the sound of music from real instruments played by professional musicians. Live music comes in many forms. For example, you can have anything from a full orchestra, to an ensemble of musicians, to a soloist.

If you decide to have live musicians, you have a number of options as to the size of the group according to the type of music you wish played and the overall effect you wish to achieve. For example, is the purpose of the music for your church ceremony or for dancing at your evening celebration? Your budget may also have a major bearing on the number of musicians you have since each additional musician and/or vocalist will cost an additional sum. However, there are many very good reasonably priced bands that specialize in weddings that can provide you with a whole day or evening's entertainment without a record or CD in sight!

Depending upon your budget, you don't have to have just one type of performer since a mix of performers will make your day even more special. For example, during your church ceremony, you may choose to have the church organist play during the processional and recessional but have a soloist or string quartet play during the prelude and during the signing of the register. At your evening reception, you could have a live band alternating every 45 minutes with a disc jockey. In this case you could have a specialist live band that reflects your own musical interests playing, for example, Jazz, Soul, Rock and Roll, Latin or Country and Western, while the DJ plays a good mix of dance music. Alternatively, you could have musicians or a soloist play background music during your reception up to the point where a live band or DJ takes over for the dancing.

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