Abbey Roy
is a journalist from Newark, Ohio. She is a general assignment reporter for the Newark Advocate and married fellow reporter and Kent State graduate Seth Roy on Oct. 25, 2008.
She wrote these columns exclusively for LV Sound while planning her own wedding. We hope you enjoy her insights.

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Why the LV Sound Wedding DJ Zone?

Over the past 20 years we at LV Sound have learned a few things about weddings that may help you with your big day. We have compiled these Ideas, Tips, and Tricks into this Wedding DJ Zone. We hope you will enjoy them and No matter who you choose to DJ your big day, we at LV Sound wish you all the best.


Just know that by selecting LV Sound, you can be assured that you, your family, and guests will be treated in a professional, courteous manner at all times. And just remember to have a great time!

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Wedding DJ Zone Archive

Miss an article?
Check it out in the series of all Abbey's articles:

Volume I

Volume II

Volume III

Volume IV

Volume V

Volume VI

Volume VII

Volume VIII

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LV SOUND ENTERTAINMENT 

Wedding DJ Zone

Vol. VIII

Fan Mail
by Abbey Roy

You’ve poured blood, sweat and tears into your beloved invitations, expended precious saliva to seal each envelope, made painstaking effort to ensure each ‘y’ has a perfect loop of a tail.

Now your invitations are out of your hands, on their way to your friends and family across the nation…maybe further. So now what?

You have a bit of time to wait, but before too long, your mailbox will be inundated each day with matching little envelopes that may look familiar (and might even bear your handwriting) — the RSVPs!

One of my favorite parts of getting back RSVPs was that it meant I was getting mail, something I was not very accustomed to, especially given that I’d recently located to a new address.

There were few words to describe my elation at being able to pop open my little green mailbox each afternoon and find sometimes one, sometimes two, sometimes four or five square envelopes, all addressed to myself in my own handwriting!

Nonetheless, as fun as it is to be the recipient of fan mail, RSVPs also come with a bit of responsibility. Namely, organization.

As your responses are ultimately going to be linked to your final guest head count and, if you’re doing assigned seating, your seating chart, it is of utmost importance that you keep track of who is a ‘yes,’ who is a ‘no,’ and how many family members, etc. will be arriving in each party.

I’ve never been much of a Microsoft Excel person, but if you are, now is your time to shine. As soon as you receive an RSVP in the mail, plug the name into your database; if you’re like me and prefer Microsoft Word, or even a handwritten checklist, do it that way. Just make sure you do this as soon as possible, avoiding the temptation to do it later and then forgetting someone (not good).

Also, it’s not a bad idea to save the RSVPs that are sent in as a final reference. Start a “yes” stack and a “no” stack and check them from time to time to make sure you haven’t gotten any mixed up or missed anyone. As long as you keep them in the same place and develop the routine of 1) entering responses into your database as soon as you receive them, and 2) putting each response into its proper stack, you should be good to go.

There are probably other sites that do this, too, but theknot.com has a Guest List Manager which you can also use to input information about each guest, including whether he/she is from the bride or groom’s side, how many children are in the party, if the person is in the bridal party, etc. A very handy tool.

The bottom line is to make sure you stay organized with your RSVPs, because it will save you much time and hassle later when you are trying to get a final head count to your caterer and making out a seating chart. The more advanced work you can do, the better. If you’re writing out placecards, why not start penning names as soon as you’ve logged the ‘yes’ responses into your system? Trust me, that’s one thing you do not want to be putting off until the last minute.

Finally, when your RSVP deadline comes, make sure you contact the folks you haven’t heard from to get an answer one way or the other. That will save you some stress and won’t have you guessing late in the game.

And one more thing: Take the time to enjoy the flood of mail coming in. Before too long, it’ll be thank-you note time: More writing, licking, sealing and, of course, fun.

-- Abbey

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More Wedding DJ Zone Advice & Tips

CREATIVE IDEAS

Instead of numbering tables, name your tables. You can name your tables after favorite places. We saw one couple that was from the Columbus area and attended Ohio State University that named their tables after favorite area landmarks, buildings on campus, and other places that they enjoyed going to. At each table the couple put a card naming the table and explaining why that place was special to them. While your guests are going around looking for their table, they will learn a little more about the two of you.

Publish your own wedding newsletter to be passed out as a keepsake.

MUSIC IDEAS

Wedding Ceremony Selections:

Processionals

Canon In D - Pachelbel
Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke
Bridal March - Wagner

Recessionals

Wedding March - Mendelssohn
Trumpet Tune - Purcel

Wedding Reception Selections:

Father/Bride Dance

Daddy's Little Girl - Al Martino
Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlisle
I Loved Her First - Heartland
Unforgettable - Natalie / Nat King Cole
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Hero - Mariah Carey

Mother/Groom Dance

A Song For My Son - Mickey Viereck
Mama - Boyz II Men
Unforgettable - Natalie / Nat King Cole
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Hero - Mariah Carey

Bridal Party Dance

Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
Unforgettable - Natalie / Nat King Cole
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton

Bouquet Toss

Chapel Of Love - Dixie Cups
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Oh Yeah! - Yello

Garter Removal, Garter Toss, and Garter Remount (this part is optional)

The Stripper - David Rose
Legs - ZZ Top
You Can Leave Your Hat On - Joe Cocker
Oh Yeah! - Yello

Anniversary Dance

For The Good Times - Ray Price
Grow Old With Me - Mary Chapin Carpenter

Last Dance

The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra or Steve Tyrell
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
That's What Friends Are For - Dionne Warwick and Friends
I've Had The Time Of My Life - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Goodnight Sweetheart - The Spaniels
Last Dance - Donna Summer

Need more ideas? Here's the Top 200 requested wedding songs of all time!

List of the Top 200 Most Request Wedding Songs

 

MONEY SAVING IDEAS

Tuxedos...

Many of the larger tuxedo chains will have a special outlet store within their chain where used tuxedos are often available for purchase at prices often lower than what it would cost to rent a tuxedo. Think about it... even if the tuxedo is never worn again and thrown away, you will save money. Also, the tuxedo can be dry cleaned and saved for use on a cruise or a future formal function.

The one down side is that there may be less of a variety of accessories such as vests and ties available for purchase in the colors you desire. However, if you have a smaller wedding party, no wedding party (just the groom in a tux), or can live with black or white as your vest and tie colors (these colors go well with almost anything), purchasing a used tuxedo versus renting might be a great idea for you.

Disposable cameras...

As cell phone cameras have become so commonplace, fewer and fewer guests that want to take a picture will bother to do so with the disposable cameras that are placed on tables at receptions. In our many years of providing entertainment at weddings, we often see these cameras not even used at the end of the night.

If you do have your heart set on these cameras, save money by purchasing them at a wholesale club in large quantity and check the "must use by" date. These cameras get the best results with fresh film, so do not buy these cameras a year before your wedding. Also, don't bother with the specially decorated wedding models. These cameras often have a lesser quality film inside and cost many times what a name brand camera will cost at a wholesale club.

Do you have a money saving tip you would like to share? Email us.

FORGOTTEN THINGS AT WEDDING RECEPTIONS

Caterer or bartender does not have the champaign or preferred beverage ready on the table for the toast. Also, having the appropriate glassware for the toast on the head table is overlooked.

Bride misplaces the "toss" bouquet.

Bride forgets the garter.

Cutlery to be used for the cutting of the wedding cake is forgotten or not placed by the cake when needed. Also, couples need to review with their caterer whose responsibility it will be to cut and serve the wedding cake as all caterers do not provide this as a service.

Parents of the bride or groom cannot be found when it is their time to dance with their son or daughter.

Members of the bridal party cannot be found when it is their time to be introduced or dance together.

Person giving a toast makes their speech but forgets to raise their glass to conclude the toast.

There is no special basket or wishing well to use for the money dance.

Vendors that arrive ahead of time before the wedding, such as a florist or cake decorator, do not know where to drop off or set up their goods.

The bride and groom or a guest provides the DJ with a burned cd having a special song that the DJ may not have. They failed to test the cd ahead of time in a car stereo or boombox to make sure that it burned correctly. Even though the cd works on the computer, it may not have burned properly to play in a regular cd player. Always check!

RUDE GUEST BEHAVIOR

Guests do not turn off their cell phones or pagers even when asked to do so before a wedding ceremony. I have seen them go off during many a wedding ceremony. I even saw one guest take the call and tell the caller that they would call them back in a few minutes.

Guests do a variety of rude cell phone behaviors at the wedding reception such as taking calls at their table, surfing the internet and texting.

Guests that fail to honor the tradition that the bride and groom should have the first dance of the evening by going out onto the dance floor and dancing during or after the dinner.

Fighting. Yes, many couples fight at weddings.

 

 




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Reminders of
THINGS NOT TO DO
  • Do not make your own wedding soundtrack cd; especially one with your name and wedding date on it. It is against the copyright law to burn multiple copies of a cd and distribute it as souvenirs at your wedding. All it takes is one copy to eventually make it into the wrong hands and you could be sued by one of the many organizations that represent songwriters and composers.
  • Do not leave a picture frame border for people to autograph unattended. We have seen many a picture frame border ruined by young children or teenagers that got bored at a reception.
 

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