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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Wedding DJ Zone

Vol. VII

Priorities, priorities
by Abbey Roy

If you have been blessed with the financial capacity to throw a no-expense-spared wedding, let me be the first to offer you my sincerest congratulations. That’s really awesome, and I’m sure you will put together a marvelous celebration.

If you haven’t been quite so fortunate, don’t fret. Weddings are all about being creative, as you will have noted from my previous columns. For you, planning might be a little more stressful and have you thinking a bit harder, but no matter what your budget, you can plan an unforgettable day.

If you’re in the position of having to be a bit more discerning in terms of budgetary decisions, allow me to offer you some guidance from my own experience. It involves categorizing your expenses into what I will term “scrimp-worthy” and “non-scrimp-worthy.”

Allow me to explain.

There are ways to cut corners with certain aspects of a wedding, like printing your own invitations instead of hiring someone else to do it, or cutting out one entrée on your menu — even hosting a lunch or dessert reception instead of a dinner. The list could go on.

But there are certain areas in which cost-cutting can make a noticeable difference in the final outcome of your day, or afterwards.

These particular areas, which I consider “non-scrimp-worthy,” will remain with you and/or your guests after your big day is over. Want them to remember a special wedding and a great party? Consider sliding these two up on your budget priority list:

1. Photographer. Yes, wedding photography can be expensive, expensive, expensive these days. I encourage you to shop around (we found a fabulous photographer online in no short amount of time) and definitely stay within your budget, but keep in mind that the images from this day will be what you have to remember it by long after — and I mean LONG after — your wedding day.

While there are options for cost-cutting (checking out who’s available in the photo program at an area university, for example), make sure before you sign the dotted line that you know what you’re getting. Look at the photographer’s work (Is it a style you like? Most do photojournalistic, formal or a mix) and see if the style fits your qualifications. Ask about experience and see what kinds of packages are available.

As part of our package, our photographer offered us a DVD with every image that she’d taken. (Yes, a lot of photos) — no prints. The benefit of this was that we could print how many photos we wanted, in what sizes we wanted and when we wanted to.

Our wedding album has earned the accolades of many, and we have an amazing variety of shots to reflect on for years to come.

2. Entertainment. I’m not writing this because I’m writing for a DJ’s Web site, though I’d be amiss for not saying we were extremely pleased with our reception entertainment. I have not been recruited to write this — I’m writing sincerely, as an “experienced” wedding-goer.

Please, please, please make sure you invest in your entertainment, because that’s likely how your guests will remember the vibe of your reception. This doesn’t necessarily mean springing for a six-piece brass ensemble or having a special guest star; it does mean carefully considering the makeup of your audience and what it will take for them to have an enjoyable time. If you can find a DJ (or band) who is good at gauging that, you’ve done a good job.

I won’t get into the specifics of music choices, because you can find that information elsewhere on this site. But one thing you don’t want is a bland reception, and if you take risks with your entertainment, you risk losing your guests’ attention.

Sure, they’ve come first and foremost to support the two of you — but (here’s a little secret) they also want to have a good time. So do your research and give them what they’ve come for.

-- 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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