Initially Ryan and I had asked my brother Jon to fill in as the DJ, since he and his father-in-law used to DJ on the side, and have the full suite of necessary equipment. My brother did me an enormous favor by filling in as DJ for my best friend’s wedding last summer, and everyone loved him. However, he and his wife will be attending our wedding with a 2-year-old and a 3-month-old in tow, so we realized that Jon will have his hands full enough without playing the role of wedding DJ.
Ryan and I found Crow Entertainment at a vendor event held by our wedding venue. I don’t know how most people pick their DJ, but Ryan and I had a brief conversation with them, and then chose them based on gut instinct. Somewhere in our conversation, I started to ramble – big surprise – and mentioned my focus on choosing small, locally-owned businesses as suppliers for our wedding. It turns out that Brian (the owner) is also passionate about small business, serving on the board of the Bay Business Group, an alliance of small businesses in the Chesapeake Beach & North Beach communities.
Our initial planning meeting at Crow Entertainment was pretty straightforward. We spoke with James about our general timeline for the day, and filled out a tentative timeline that noted the key events during the reception. We discussed things like music preferences, colored lighting, ceremony music, etc. I was amazed at how many aspects of the music / announcing we hadn’t thought of, and wouldn’t have thought of if it weren’t for James and his planning sheets.
I was pleased that they are able to provide the music for the walk down the aisle, and they know the venue well enough to set up out of view of the ceremony. Because I’ve performed at one too many wedding ceremonies in my former life as a classical musician, I’m not interested in having a live string quartet playing as we walk down the aisle. I’m hoping to find some appropriate, yet different, music that can be played for all of the key parts.
As far as the reception goes, our general plan is to have some tropical / calypso / reggae music during the cocktail hour, to stick with our tropical theme. Then, during the dinner, we’ll have mostly oldies and some of my favorite country (bring on the Brad Paisley!, and the oldies will continue into the beginning of the dancing portion of the evening, so that the older crowd can enjoy dancing.
After our meeting, Ryan and I felt totally confident that James will provide just what we’re looking for, including the smooth but gradual transition from the good old dance music (Frank Sinatra, etc) into more modern, upbeat music as the night progresses. Also, we were glad to hear that he generally veers away from the usual cheesy stuff like the Macarena.
Ryan and I left the meeting knowing we’d made the right choice. Not only will it make things easier on my brother and his family, I think it will make things easier for everyone if we have a outside professional running the event.