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Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

After watching the following short videos I guarantee all your stress will be eliminated

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Last week I was on a piano concert tour and spent an afternoon on Lake George -total elimination of all stress. Highly recommend for anyone visiting the Adirondacks in New York.

I felt like a different person after 2 1/2 hours on Lake George

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Sunday, September 4th, 2016

Great Wedding at the Smithtown Landing Country Club
Watch the three special first dances.
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Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Big Weekend
Friday wedding Bourne Mansion Oakdale
Saturday Coindre Hall Huntington – my string trio for the ceremony, I played the grand piano for the cocktail hour and my DJ for the reception (Video below)
Sunday wedding Smithtown Landing Country Club

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

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Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

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Monday, August 15th, 2016

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Monday, August 15th, 2016

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Friday, August 5th, 2016

Make Your Wedding A Change Of Pace for Weddings in New York, New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut Using Bands, Orchestras and DJs and Specialty Party Entertainment

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Music can set the mood for romance, conversation or dancing, wonderful components of a wedding reception. Music is the very first thing that greets your guests and the last thing they’ll hear when they leave the reception.

Your music literally makes or breaks the function depending on the selection of musical entertainment ranging from Bouzouki to Bluegrass to a full Orchestra. If you can do something different with your music to catch the attention of the guests, you will win them over.

A recent client wanted a cocktail hour that was serene but which will have “wowed” the guests. I brought in traditional Indian musicians to play a sitar and tabla on a platform decorated with Indian rugs. It was such a spectacular cocktail hour that people are still talking about it. The music did not disturb the conversation but was itself a conversation piece.

When planning a musical arrangement that is out of the ordinary, think about the tastes of your guests as well. If the bride does it for herself without taking into consideration her guests- it will not work.

One bride I worked with loved “Gone With The Wind” and arranged to have music inspired by the film played during the cocktail hour and at the start of the reception. Guests were thrilled. If the music in the style of “Gone With The Wind” was played for the entire reception there would have been a negative responsive. A taste of the style at the beginning sets the mood.

If you are both avid fans of Rhythm and Blues, a blues singer might be right up your alley. If you have German roots why not hire an Octoberfest Band in full liederhosen attire. If the two of you met on an island vacation or are planning a tropical honeymoon, a Caribbean Steel Drum Band in Calypso attire is a great way to start off your wedding at the cocktail hour. Greek Bouzouki performing the songs of the specific sections of Greece the families are from or Irish music from County Claire (or any other county in Ireland).

This can be mixed with American Dance Music. Your personality is the cue and the music should be customized to your wishes.

If this is too specific for your taste then decide on the style or mood you want for your reception and plan from there. Do you want to create an elegant, romantic affair or a more casual gathering. The music makes all the difference in the direction your reception will take. You can spend a tremendous amount of money, but if the music does not fit the ambiance, it is not going to work. More is not necessarily better. Having the right thing makes all the difference. You do not have to spend more to have something different that reflects your personality.

My next article will cover a few of the common types of receptions and some uncommon musical suggestions to bring those settings to life.
STAN WIEST
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NEW YORK MAGAZINE “This agency provides an array of bands and DJs- think mariachis, steel-drum ensembles, strolling violinists, and musicians well versed in Persian and Greek music. It’s a favorite among Dixieland fans, sitar aficionados and bagpipe enthusiasts. The band and DJ combo packages are especially popular for weddings.”

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Friday, August 5th, 2016

COMMON TYPES OF WEDDING RECEPTIONS – UNCOMMON MUSICAL SUGGESTIONS

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LARGE FORMAL WEDDING RECEPTION

Most traditional wedding receptions require a large venue and the music should match this magnitude. Certain instruments such as acoustic guitar, harp or solo violin get lost in a huge banquet hall. Make sure the instrumentation for a ceremony or cocktail hour matches your venue.

You want something that will totally knock out your guests. A full string orchestra can be available – up to 15 pieces. It may sound extravagant but it can definitely be affordable and it makes an incredible impression and presentation for a cocktail hour. The biggest and longest lasting impression is the first thing your guests see or hear at your wedding.

One of my clients had 300 guests traveling to their wedding from all over the world. They wanted entertainment that would transcend the cultural differences and provide something everyone would enjoy. After a 10 course dinner and an hour of dance music I provided a square dance/line dance caller to take over. For two hours everyone got involved. It did not matter if they had two left feet. Anyone can do square dance and line dance with the help of a caller.

If you have a large indoor-outdoor reception space, why not create different mingling areas, each with a specific mood? A tented lounge with sofas, personalized martinis and a solo singer, a piano bar area , a string quartet playing chamber music in a grassy nook or a Latin band heating up the dance floor.

ELEGANT ENTERTAINMENT

One trend catching on is having Ballroom Dancers perform during dinner. This does not disturb the dinner conversation. It provides that something special that you guests will always remember. Two 15 minute performances with costume changes will enhance any dinner serving time.

CASUAL COUNTRY

An outdoor, laid back atmosphere can go from a Dixieland Banjo Band with or without sing alongs around a campfire to the wishes one of my clients had of a Jazz Band performing for a wedding in a barn on a farm in a country setting.

Consider the natural, calming sounds of a harp and flute duo for an afternoon picnic reception or “unplugged sessions” where a band performs acoustic versions of classic rock or folk music. This adds a nostalgic sensibility to the modern day receptions.

INTIMATE SOIREE

One or two strolling violins to take requests. It is a nice touch you can add and it does not disturb the ambience of a cocktail hour or reception. A three to eight piece Mariachi Band can perform during the cocktail hour or during dinner.

FUNKY LOUNGE

For a relaxed piano bar effect-whether there’s a built in piano or a keyboard has to be brought in-consider building a sitting area around the keyboard – the performer can take requests from the guests as well as interact with them.

A bossa nova or samba trio (traditional or new wave) is a cool option, not only for those with Brazilian roots, but for any couple who enjoys sultry rhythms.

An authentic jazz band may not sound unusual but if you find a truly great one, you and your guests will
“feel it”. There is an authenticity that can only happen when musicians play the type of music that is their passion and specialty.

TROPICAL PARTY

There is nothing better than steel drums. Make sure these are the authentic performers from Trinidad and Jamaica dressed in Caribbean attire.

For fun and a theatrical welcome to guests consider a fanfare or trumpeters or lute players in medieval outfits.

For that extremely unique effect bring in a Sitar and Tabla performers (music from India). Seat them on a raised area covered with Indian rugs. The effect is mesmerizing.

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

WHOSE WEDDING IS IT ANYWAY? BRIDE AND GROOM WEDDING PLANNING
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That wonderful, exciting flush of being engaged-every time you use your left hand you can’t help but watch how the light sparkles off your ring. People you hardly know are always congratulating you. What a state of euphoria.

But—Oops! Reality starts to set in. There’s so much to do – so many appointments to make – so many choices to choose from. So many people telling you what to do.

Everyone you’ve known has advice to give usually in the form of “You ARE going to __________, really it’s a must!” Or “Oh, don’t do that – my cousin did that and she said it was the worst mistake she ever made.

”Then there are the well meaning strangers who would never tell you the soup you should try but they know the BEST FLORIST or the GREATEST CATERER etc.etc.etc.

Reality becomes a mounting migraine at night when you are trying to relax or sleep-Forget it! These are the most important steps you should take to regain your equilibrium and save your sanity.

Talk to your fiancé, at length!!!
1. 1) Who does he or she want at your wedding?

A. Close family and a few friends (50-75 people)

B. A large gathering (150-200 people)

c The Royal Wedding (300-500 and up)

2) Where would you like your ceremony to be?

3. a. Religious Location (church, synagogue, temple etc)

b Outdoor location (remember the vagaries of weather)

Reception Location 3) Where would you like your reception to take place?

1. Country Club

2. Restaurant

3. Catering Establishment

4. Public Hall for hire (Elks, K of C )

5. Tent in backyard (remember weather)

STOP

Take a deep, deep breath – slowly inhale and smile. You just established the major playing field and established the rules of the game. You and your fiancé own the team – what you want, what you say – what you work out is “The Wedding”.

Ask each other – what do you see when you close your eyes

(At my reception I see ________________________________)

Many brides and grooms fall into the trap of creating too narrow a margin of musical types because this is their personal preference.

You may hate big band but there are at least 50 of your 150 guests that love it, or rock isn’t your thing but there are one hundred guests between the ages of 75 and 18 who want to rock the night away.

What is the answer – work out with your entertainment

1. A good mix so everyone will dance.

2. On your reception card let your guests know you are featuring a jazz wedding – or a night of nostalgia with big band sounds or any specialty of your liking.

If you inform your guests of the music program for the night you will save yourself explaining all through the reception why the Band or DJ hasn’t played salsa or polka or waltz.

AFTER ALL YOU WANT YOUR GUESTS TO TELL YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE WHAT A GREAT TIME THEY HAD AND WHAT A GREAT, GEORGEOUS WEDDING THEY ATTENDED.

YOU REALLY DO WANT EVERYONE INCLUDING YOU TO HAVE A SPECTACULAR TIME.

Choosing the right music also includes the ambience you want to establish at your ceremony and cocktail hour.

A harp or string duo, trio, quartet is most fitting for any ceremony at any location. You can add an opera singer to the ceremony for that extra zing.

Next on to your cocktail hour – this may be the perfect time to indulge yourself “The Jazz Aficionado” rather than at the reception. You can add jazz while the main course is served and enjoyed. Then after the main course “Let The Dancing Begin.”

Also during cocktails you may be thinking of an Island Theme with a Steel Drum Band and during dinner have the Island Sounds played to carry on the theme of tropical paradise.

Your wedding is a team effort, you and your fiancé are owner and manager – Speak to each other – first establish What You Both Want!

Then incorporate all the team players. Let them know the rules of the game and when there are those little glitches that life throws our way and they will be thrown let the right man or woman for the job take care of them for you.
1) Employ the Experts – they do know what they are doing.

2) Don’t exhaust yourself with seeing “everything” out there.

3) Ask for recommendations from your caterer, music company etc.

4) Don’t listen to all the helpful strangers

(that’s why we call them strangers)