The Importance of Live Music

The Importance of Live Music

How do you determine the importance of music? How does a person correctly determine its value when music has become such a steadfast and common part of our lives? Imagine for a moment that you’re at a wedding ceremony. The bride appears, looking more beautiful than she’s ever looked in her entire life. She’s dressed in her wedding gown with her gorgeous hair cascading down her back and her make-up just right. She’s got her bouquet of flowers in her hands and she’s ready to take the first step down the aisle, a step that will mark the journey toward her future. At this point, the music starts. The beautiful sounds of string instruments like violin, viola, and cello float through the air. You see the bride’s parents tear up as they experience this special day, a day for which they’ve waited so long. And you? Well, you can’t help but smile and feel immense happiness as you watch that beautiful bride walk down the aisle toward the love of her life.

How about a graduation? Imagine your child or your closest family member on their graduation day. Maybe it’s taken them a little longer to graduate than usual. Maybe they’ve needed to juggle a job, their family, or other parts of their life that have made it nearly impossible to finally earn that degree. That’s all in the past now. Today, all of their hard work is recognized and they’ll get the long-awaited opportunity to walk across that stage and feel that all of their hard work has paid off. You hear their name called as the band begins to play “Pomp and Circumstance” and you cry as they hold up their diploma to the crowd, beaming with pride and feeling more accomplished than ever.

These two life-changing events have something in common. Music. In fact, it’s one of the biggest components of both. Now imagine the same scenarios, but this time both events have no music. The bride walks down the aisle in silence and the graduate receives their diploma without the recognizable “Pomp and Circumstance” playing over the loudspeaker. It’s an odd thought, huh? Even stranger, imagine the wedding reception or cocktail hour without music. Imagine a fashion show without music. Models would walk the runway in dead silence and the whole world would just be a different place.

This is a good way to begin to recognize the importance of music. However, noticing how different and strange the world would be without music is only the first step in recognizing its value. Music is one of the best and most effective ways of evoking emotion. So, it’s no wonder that millions of people seek to find the right musician(s) for their big life events! Next time you’re hosting an important event, don’t forget to consider the importance of music’s role and reach out to a professional like Bright Set Entertainment if you need any help with selecting the right musician(s).

10 Ways to Get (and Keep) Your Guests on the Dance Floor

10 Ways to Get (and Keep) Your Guests on the Dance Floor

Picture this…it’s finally your wedding day, a day that you’ve been planning and organizing for almost a year. You’re filled with emotion – happiness, joy, nerves, but most importantly, excitement! You’re ready to marry the love of your life and party like you’ve never partied before! So, how will you create and maintain that epic party atmosphere and leave your guests with memories that will last a lifetime? The answer is to keep your dance floor packed!

Keeping your guests on the dance floor doesn’t have to be challenging. Here are 10 tips and tricks that are sure to keep almost anyone dancing the night away!

Make Sure Your Band or DJ Knows How to Read a Crowd 

Any seasoned wedding professional not only knows how to read a crowd but also knows when to start. Contrary to popular belief, crowd-reading doesn’t begin when your guests hit the dance floor. It starts as early as cocktail hour or dinner. This is where your DJ or band gets an opportunity to test certain songs or genres, which allows them to gauge what makes your guests tap their feet or nod their heads. This is information that can then be translated onto the dance floor later in the evening.

Ask Your Guests What They’d Like to Hear 

It’s no secret that your guests will want to dance to songs they love! Don’t be afraid to ask around as you’re planning your wedding and relay the most requested songs, artists, and genres of music to your band or DJ. This way, they can incorporate the music that you know your guests will want to hear.

Dim the Lights 

Not everyone is confident in their dancing skills, so it’s never a bad idea to bring the lights down a bit. Not only will this help encourage those guests who aren’t as confident as others, but it will also set the tone for dancing and allow your band or DJ to better incorporate stage and/or dance floor lighting into their performance.

Finish Your Formalities First 

The best way to keep your guests on the dance floor? Don’t ask them to leave! Once the dance floor opens, it’s best not to interrupt the party with formalities, such as speeches, toasts, cutting the cake, or parent dances. This interruption can be too abrupt and harsh, which can leave your guests feeling ready to move off of the dance floor.

Start with the Right Song 

The song that opens the dance floor can be make or break! Keep in mind that it doesn’t need to be your favorite dance tune! Rather, it should be a very popular and recognizable song for the biggest portion of your guest demographic. The more recognizable the song, the more likely your guests are to dance.

Encourage Your Guests 

Remember, your guests are there to celebrate YOU! That means that you may have more influence than you’d imagine. Don’t be afraid to let them know that you’d love to dance with them, even beckon them onto the dance floor. Once they start dancing, they’ll be much more likely to continue.

Share Your Music Preferences, but Allow for Some Wiggle Room 

Many couples make the mistake of thinking that their wedding means their music. Of course, you’ll want to incorporate your own favorite songs and genres into your big day, but don’t forget that you’re trying to keep your guests on the dance floor, too! Remember to cater to some of their favorite artists and genres, and you’ll be much more likely to keep them all dancing.

Limit the Slow Songs 

Slow songs definitely have their place, but if you’re looking to keep a party atmosphere, they should be used sparingly or with purpose. For instance, if certain guests are more comfortable with slow dances, slower songs can be used to bring your guests to the dance floor. Once the slow song ends, a seasoned wedding entertainer will know how to keep those guests from heading back to their seats.

Get Yourself on the Dance Floor! 

Oftentimes, your guests will look to you for guidance during your wedding or event. After all, you are the reason they came! If you’re on the dance floor, your guests may naturally gravitate toward doing the same in an effort to spend time with you and make you feel celebrated.

Schedule Band or DJ Breaks Appropriately 

If your band or DJ is experienced, they will know how to appropriately schedule their break(s) to fall during slower periods of the evening, such as during dinner. This will ensure that there are no breaks during high-energy moments, like dance sets, which will allow them to keep their focus on packing your dance floor.