Advice about music and entertainment for your affair.

Stan’s Music Notes


Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

STAN WIEST PIANO CONCERT GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK MEDLEYS
STAN WIEST (631) 754-0594 email stan@stanwiest.com and stanwiest@earthlink.net

Performs in concert programs throughout the United States.
His most recent program included two sets of medleys

“ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE” and “A NIGHTINGALE SANG IN BERKELEY SQUARE”



“NIGHT AND DAY” “I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN” “BEGIN THE BEGUINE” “BESAME MUCHO”

Above concert included humorous stories of STAN WIEST performances with and for celebrities such as Victor Borge, Frank Sinatra etc. and ended with a full audience SING ALONG of Great American Songbook Favorites. Free song books given to the guests.

I have led the Winter Holiday Piano Concert and Holiday Sing Along at the Locust Valley Library for the past five and I return again this December. Performances have been in Savannah Georgia, Hampton Bays Library, Long Beach Library, Books And Books in Coral Gables Florida, the Landmark Theater in Port Washington, Glove Performing Arts Center, the Bill Miller Show in Kansas City, on WLW-TV in Cincinnatti- recommended by New York Times, Daily News and New York Newsday.

Programs can close with a sing-a-long for audience participation. Stan Wiest will provide a master song book to be copied. Sing-a-long led by Stan Wiest (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, July 4, December Holiday Celebrations, Valentine’s Day etc). All these programs are family oriented.

PROGRAM 1 to 1 ½ hours Depending on location
STAN WIEST plays piano and plays selections from The Great American Songbook –featuring selections from Stan’s new piano CD “MUSIC TO DRIVE BY” www.music-you-will-love.com. Stan tells humorous anecdotes of his performances with and for celebrities such as Victor Borge, Frank Sinatra etc. and takes questions from the audience. A program of beautiful piano music and laughter. Use your sound system or self contained with sound system

OPTION –Program can be with or without sing along
Program closes with sing along of music from the Great American Songbook throughout the year or Holiday Songbook in December –Stan will provide master song book to be copied and lead the sing along.

STAN WIEST BIO

AS A MUSICIAN STAN WIEST HAS PERFORMED FOR BARBARA WALTERS, SALLY JESSY RAPHAEL, TONY RANDALL, FRANK SINATRA, SAMMY DAVIS JR, VICTOR BORGE, TOURED WITH IRVING CAESAR (GEORGE GERSHWINS’S LYRICIST) PERFORMED WEDDING FOR ROYAL FAMILY OF SRI LANKA, THE DU PONT WEDDING, WEDDING FOR FAMILY MEMBER OF CONDUCTOR ARTURO TOSCANINI, THE TONIGHT SHOW BAND.

AS AN ACTOR STAN WIEST APPEARED ON THE NBC TELEVISION SOAP OPERA “ANOTHER WORLD” BOTH “BAY CITY” AND “SOMERSET”. IN MANHATTAN WORKED ON STAGE WITH ADRIENNE BARBEAU

STAN WIEST
A.WIEST ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC.
271 BREAD AND CHEESE HOLLOW ROAD
FORT SALONGA, N.Y. 11768-2609
(631) 754-0594 FAX (631) 754-4236
Email stan@stanwiest.com and stanwiest@earthlink.net
Internet www.stanwiest.com
Piano CD “Music To Drive By” www.music-you-will-love.com

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Sunday, May 21st, 2017

STAN WIEST performed in piano concert at the Elmont Memorial Library.
The follow are the closing numbers from the concert

“It’s ALLRIGHT WITH ME”

“CUMANA”

“BUMBLE BOOGIE”

STAN WIEST closed the program with a full audience sing along from the Great American Songbook. During the concert Stan Wiest told humorous stories of his performances with and for celebrities. The audience had great piano music and lots of laughter. Stan answered questions from the audience.

CONTACT STAN WIEST (631) 754-0594 email stan@stanwiest.com
STAN WIEST performs throughout the United States. Available for Corporate Events, Provate Celebrations, Weddings, Concerts. Full Audience Sing Alongs of Great American Songbook or Holiday Season.

Listen to STAN WIEST PIANO CD “MUSIC TO DRIVE BY”
http://www.music-you-will-love.com

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Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Stan Wiest leader of The Stan Wiest Orchestra
Of A. Stan Wiest Music
Discusses planning wedding reception music for your band and orchestra
In New York, New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut

Stan Wiest is a member of the New York and National Association of Bridal Consultants

WEDDING RECEPTION MUSIC PLANNING – BAND AND ORCHESTRA MUSIC

WEDDING RECEPTION MUSIC

Taking the time to plan and thoroughly think about your wedding reception music will eliminate a lot of problems down the road.
Some of the most common complaints I hear are:
1) The music is too loud
2) The band is always on a break
3) The band only played one type of music
4) The wedding reception seemed so unorganized
5) The band did not play what I requested
6) There was a problem with the band equipment, sound system etc
7) I was embarrassed by some of the speeches from the guests
8) I missed many important parts of my wedding reception

Let’s take each point and solve these problems in advance.
1)The Music Is Too Loud
In many cases the complaint is from an elderly guest that is seated right next to the band speakers. Always seat the older guests as far from the band as possible-always seat the youngest guests next to the band. There is a certain level of sound that must be maintained in order to create the excitement for dancing. Disco music cannot be played softly-it just does not work. Too many times the attitude of the band is “louder is better” and this ruins a wedding. There should be a definite understanding between the client and the band prior to the reception. The client should always have the final say as to the volume level-the client is paying for the band services.

2) The Band Is Always On A Break
This is another major problem. Bands use the term “continuous flow” and
Tells the client there will always be music playing. This is a big misunderstanding. This really means the band plays 20 minutes then puts on a CD for 20 minutes. The band actually plays 30 minutes or less per hour. Continuous music means the full band performs 55 minutes per hour. Make sure the specific time is written in contract.

3) The Band Only Played One Type Of Music
Many times this is the fault of the client in restricting the repertoire to be played. Remember- a wedding is not only for the bride but also for the guests attending. The music should suit the needs of all attending. The ideal wedding guest should be able to say “the band played my kind of music”
Regardless of the age group. Everyone should have the opportunity to participate in the dancing.

4) The Wedding Seemed So Unorganized
The problem here is that the client did not establish clear lines of
Who will be handling east aspect of the wedding. You always need someone who will coordinate with all the vendors. If you are not having a wedding consultant or a wedding coordinator for the day then make sure your band leader takes the responsibility to coordinate with all vendors involved. The band leader is the one person who can see all that is going on and can also
See possible problems before they become serious and out of control.

5) The Band Did Not Play What I Requested
This is an area you have to be very specific about. Many clients make the mistake of leaving the music selection totally to the band. Always give the band a guideline -again keeping your guests and their age groups in mind.

6) There Was A Problem With The Equipment, Sound System etc
The band should always have back up equipment in case of “Murphy’s Law”
This includes back up amplifiers, speakers, microphones, cables etc.

7) I Was Embarrassed By Some Of The Speeches Of The Guests
Other than toast and blessing no guest should be allowed to use the microphone without your permission. No surprises is the best way to go. After a few drinks a guest may unintentionally say something less than diplomatic.

8) I Missed Several Important Parts Of My Wedding
Make sure you coordinate with your band leader – that he will send a member of the band to find you before any important ceremony, dance etc is done. Also make sure the bandleader finds the photographer so there are not any missed photos. Leave enough time between the ceremony and reception so that you can enjoy the hour prior to the reception with your guests.

By Following the above suggestions and carefully planning in advance you will eliminate much of the stress and problems for your wedding reception.
For more information visit our main website at

Home Page Stan Wiest Music

271 Bread And Cheese Hollow Road

Fort Salonga NY 11728

631-754-0594

STAN WIEST WEDDING MUSIC PLANNING INTERVIEW PART 1

STAN WIEST WEDDING MUSIC PLANNING INTERVIEW PART 2

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Sunday, April 30th, 2017

BUDGETING FOR WEDDING RECEPTION MUSIC-STAN WIEST MEMBER ASSOCIATION OF BRIDAL CONSULTANTS

The first thing I tell brides is there is no substitute for quality. Never go for quantity. It is much better to have a fantastic 5 or 6 piece band than have a poorly rehearsed,put together orchestra of 12 or 18 pieces for the visual impact especially one that reads charts.

The Music makes or breaks the function.

If a bride and groom are mainly interested in background music with little dancing a great trio can make the difference between a so,so affair and something really special. Consider a jazz trio for great background music.

Something we see a lot of is problems with performing student groups (from a music college for instance either they cancel at the last minute adding undue stress to the final moments before the actual wedding or ceremony or they (the students) substitute other players for those who cannot make your date. It is much more efficient and pleasurable to spend on a single violinist or harpist who does this professionally than to worry about a four piece student string group who may or may not be there.

Again quality is the issue.Avoid going to Floating Showcases.These are where a company advertises a showcase at a different location each night of the week. The bride will be paying an inflated band fee. The bands usually have to pay a fee of $500 to $1000 per night to perform at these locations. The cost is passed along to the bride in inflated fees. The entertainment company books the wedding at these floating showcases and then relinquishes all responsibility for the band or the performance of the band. There is no guarantee the band will perform what the client wants or even that the members of the band will be the same at the wedding. The entertainment company moves on to the next floating showcase expecting never to hear from the bride again – it is no longer their responsibility. When the band breaks up – the bride is stuck with the cost of finding another band. Another area for a bride on a budget is ceremony and cocktail hour.

An excellent string trio can basically perform the same literature as a string quartet. Slightly less sound but still excellent quality and no limitations on the literature performed.

It is exotic to have a steel drum band for a cocktail hour but also costly.

For the bride on a budget a good keyboardist on synthesizer can produce the sound of steel drums,strings and a wide array of instruments. You will hear the instruments but not see them – all at a fraction of the cost. Remember a cocktail hour should be soft,background music to set the mood for the wedding reception.

Never hire a vocalist for a cocktail hour – it is a waste of money. No one will listen and guests will shy away since the vocalist will disturb their conversation. Strictly instrumental music for a cocktail hour.

If it is a choice between adding a 4th. 5th or 6th piece to the band for the reception – or having music for the cocktail hour – go for adding the addition piece for the reception.

Brides are constantly pushed to hire 9,10 or more pieces Many times

the ratio of musicians is too high for the number of guests attending or too large for the band area. With the technology of today’s synthesizers a good 5 or 6 piece band can sound like 10 or 11 pieces without the cost.

Versatility is extremely important. A good 5 or 6 piece band that is extremely flexible in repertoire is much more effective than a 10 or 12 piece band limited to reading music charts.

Many bands add additional vocalists that specialize in a certain style but they only sing one or two songs each hour. For a bride on a budget this makes no sense.

Bands (and DJ’s) who want to add an MC – an extra person just to handle the announcements and run the affair are not for the bride on a budget. Many times guests are intimidated by a MC on the dance floor. This is just as easily done by a member of the band-preferable the band leader. An extra person (MC) on the dance floor takes away from the elegance of a wedding. The MC is the featured attraction rather than the bride and groom who should be.

If a bride is on a budget rather than bringing in outside music for a church ceremony use the church organist and spend the additional money on the music for the reception. However if the reception is at a public catering hall – have one of the band members perform the music for the ceremony.

Every bride and groom should realize that at some point there has to be a cut off in the number of guests – select this number and stick to it. Keep in mind what you want musically and the costs as well as photography etc. Work out a budget in advance and set your priorities and stay within the budget.

Do not start going over the set number of guests. For those you cannot afford to invite send out wedding announcements. Each catering location has a minimum number of guests required for each room. Never book a room larger than your needs.

If a bride considers overtime for the music – remember it is not just the music. There will be a fee for the catering location,staff etc. If money is a factor continue the party after the set reception at the home of the bride or groom.

Buffet’s are always less expensive than sit down dinners. This enables you to save in one area and use the money towards another. You can also have a cocktail reception without a main course but always let your guests know in advance.

For the couple who are very restricted in the amount of money they can spend there is also the option of a disc jockey. There is no substitute for a great band it speaks of tastefulness,panache and party ambiance but a DJ who really knows how to get a crown going is a good way to save money.

But never get your DJ through a Pennysayver or card from a local bulletin board. So many times brides call us a week before their wedding date saying the DJ backed out for a better paying job or they are “sick” and cannot perform. When you deal with a reputable company – if there is a real illness or tragedy they will always be able to fill your affair with a DJ who is a professional.

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Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

THE RETURN TO TRADITIONAL WEDDINGS-STAN WIEST-MEMBER ASSOCIATION OF BRIDAL CONSULTANTS

The latest trend of BAND DJ ORCHESTRA combinations had taken a new direction. Brides are creating weddings with a more traditional approach. This can be seen in the music brides are choosing for their ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.

The wedding ceremony has reverted to traditional favorites such as “Canon in D” by Pachelbel for bridal party and the “Bridal March” by Wagner for the bride’s entrance. Recessionals have the “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn as the favorite.

There is a huge recurrence of Jazz for the cocktail hour selection. Most brides are requesting piano or piano and saxophone or piano and bass music featuring the standards and favorites of their parents and guests. The music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Rogers and Hart evoke immediate wonderful memories when heard by the older guests. Many will hear their own wedding songs performed.
What a great way to start a wedding – instantly winning your guests even before the reception starts.

Steel Drums have become the second favorite and Strolling Mariachi performers are in third place for cocktail hours.

The big change is the selection of first dance music. Brides are choosing songs that have been classic standards through the years – again songs that their parents and friends grew up with. Songs like “The Way You Look Tonight”, “It Had To Be You” in the style of Sinatra are in the majority.

The Bride and Father song “Daddy’s Little Girl” is the overwhelming emotional favorite. Groom and Mother songs now most popular are “The Times Of Your Life” and “Through The Years”

The reception music for bands, orchestras and dj combinations have taken a more elegant and traditional approach. Swing, Society Swing and Big Band music have become in demand with a mixture of contemporary music later in the reception.
With a Band DJ ORCHESTRA combination there is non stop music for the guests throughout the entire reception. The benefit of the BAND DJ ORCHESTRA combination is that it does not take up any additional room. Both bands and dj’s
use speakers, amplifiers, equalizers, mixing boards etc. By combining systems a wedding can have the elegance and excitement of a live band as well as hear songs performed by the original artists- in essence the best of all musical possibilities.

There are additional benefits. Catering establishments love the idea- it does not take up twice the space. Clients love the idea- there is no additional cost. This is a great budget helper.

The most successful wedding has the most diversity and flexibility with the music. If a bride has a packed dance floor, everyone says “that was my kind of music” regardless of the age group, there are no complaints of volume problems and the bride only has to worry about enjoying herself (the elimination of all stress) – What More Can You Ask For?

For additional ideas please visit
www.stanwiest.com

www.stanwiest.com/the_wedding_dress_you_always_dreamed_about.htm

www.stanwiest.com/bride_and_groom_planning_whose_wedding_is_it_anyway.htm

www.stanwiest.com/wedding_cocktail_hour.htm

www.stanwiest.com/wedding_receptions_uncommon_musical_suggestions.htm

www.stanwiest.com/creative_trends.htm

www.stanwiest.com/return_to_traditional_weddings.htm

www.stanwiest.com/change_of_pace_weddings3.htm

www.stanwiest.com/wedding_reception_music_bands3.htm

www.stanwiest.com/wedding_music_budgeting2.htm

www.stanwiest.com/wedding_reception_music_trends2.htm

www.stanwiest.com/band_dj_orchestra_combination_2008.htm

www.stanwiest.com/new_york_wedding_orchestra_dj_band_trends.htm

www.stanwiest.com/long_island_bride_and_groom_wedding_planning.htm

www.stanwiest.com/stan_wiest_bands_orchestras_djs.htm

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Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

BAND DJ ORCHESTRA COMBINATIONS LONG ISLAND NEW YORK
STAN WIEST -MEMBER ASSOCIATION OF BRIDAL CONSULTANTS
PRESIDENT STAN WIEST MUSIC

With the growing diversity required by brides and grooms a new trend is developing in wedding reception music. The emergence of the BAND DJ ORCHESTRA COMBINATION on Long Island and in the New York area.

Many brides and grooms and their families seek the elegance and excitement of a live band. The wide appeal of the current club music also bring in the desire to hear the original artists. Rather than settling for one aspect (Band or DJ) brides and grooms are now looking at the BAND DJ Orchestra Combination.

Prior problems with having a Band and a separate DJ is that twice as much space is required. Also two completely different sound systems. The new BAND DJ ORCHESTRA combination has the DJ set up within the band – at NO EXTRA COST to the client.
A bride and groom can have the very latest music on the radio for their wedding (music that was just released that week) and still have the elegance and excitement of a live band performing for their wedding. This is also becoming a tremendous factor in mediating the differences in opinions between brides and grooms as well as between the future couples and their in-laws.

This now allows a bride and groom to stay within their music budget by contracting a 5, 6 or 7 piece band with the DJ set up included. The bride and groom can make up a list of every song to be played with the DJ set up.

Parents who want a band are now more willing to help out with the costs of the music. This now enables everyone attending the wedding to say “My kind of music was performed” regardless of the age group. No age group is excluded and it guaranteed a packed dance floor.

Catering establishments love the idea since it is not taking up any extra space designated to the performing area. Wedding planners and consultants love the idea because it gives them a tremendous flexibility in their proposals to clients. Everyone comes out a winner with this new trend.

One extremely importation additional benefit is that there is non stop music for the entire reception. No breaks. Guests can always be dancing when ever they want.
This is a superb idea for buffet receptions, tent weddings as well as traditional sit down wedding receptions.

Clients love the idea because it eliminates the complaint of “the music is taking a break”
STAN WIEST

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Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

COMMON TYPES OF WEDDING RECEPTIONS AND UNCOMMON MUSICAL SUGGESTIONS
STAN WIEST -Member Association Bridal Consultants

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.

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Friday, April 21st, 2017

THE WEDDING DRESS YOU HAVE ALWAYS DREAMED ABOUT

By DIANE -WEDDING PLANNER-COORDINATOR AT STAN WIEST MUSIC
(631) 754-4979

STAN WIEST MUSIC IS A MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATION OF BRIDAL CONSULTANTS

Imagine yourself in a wedding dress that no one ever saw before. A dress that is just “You”.

You’re probably thinking “Sure, but I can’t afford that!” Well you can and several brides we have helped have done just that and for $600 -$900.

It isn’t the usual saving money by looking for a bargain at a discount bridal factory, making the dress yourself or having some friend’s aunt who used to work for Bloomingdale’s in alterations do your dress.

But it does take some time, a little perseverance and schlepping (but no more than going from Bridal salon to Bridal salon). It is not for everyone but it is fun and very unique and can save you oodles of money.

You start with finding at an antique clothing store, a second hand store or a hospital or charity Thrift shop an old wedding dress made of real satin, silk, peau de soie etc. Never mind it has a rip, stain or isn’t even close to the real size you need. The style doesn’t matter either! What does matter is the quality of the fabric.

We did a wedding dress quite recently. The original dress was real silk satin made around 1885 – it still had the hem made for a hoop. The hand beading down the long sleeves, bodice and down the center front of the dress was exquisite. There were a few small light stains and the size was all wrong. However there was so much material in the original dress that is was easy to let out, take in, add a train (that after the church was buttoned to the back of the dress in four elegant folds so that the skirt became a beautiful ball gown with lovely motion). The wedding was a late winter wedding so the material was great. It had turned ivory over the years, so we found ivory tulle to create a veil and we hand-beaded it to match the dress beading.

We also bought 2 yards of finest gauge ivory wool and created a ruana for the 20 degree temperature.

The dress alterations were handled by a professional tailor/seamstress (cost about $350) plus the dress was purchased originally for $275 from an antique store.

The theme of the wedding was a Victorian wedding – The groom wore a vested tuxedo, derby, carried a pearl handled cane. It was just slightly hinted at rather than a costume look. The flowers and attendants all were suitably attired with just a hint of elegant Victoriana.

The dress could just as easily have been totally modern made into a halter dress or even strapless ensemble – with a bolero jacket.

One can start with an elegant silk slip dress or even nightgown and by adding, gathering, etc. make a wedding dress that everyone remembers, and most importantly you will love because you dictated every nuance.

Again this is not for every bride. Bridal salons are wonderful places to get a beautiful dress, the staff is friendly and helpful.

This is a different approach, the fittings are at your leisure and if you need five of six visits or more the seamstress is available and only a phone call away. Remember you are not ordering a dress – you are bringing the dress and simply changing this or that, adding, subtracting, gathering, folding etc.

You need a professional tailor/seamstress who makes clothing and does quality alterations – someone who is full time and has been established for years in the same location.

The dress we had discussed earlier began alterations in the week after Thanksgiving and was ready the second week of February (three (3) ) months from start to finish). The wedding for which we helped plan all the details was for two hundred guests, a five hour reception ,church ceremony, eight piece orchestra, harp at the church and strolling violins for the cocktail hour. It was completely organized from Thanksgiving week to the third week in December. Invitations were sent out Christmas week. January and February all the bride and groom did was relax, set up their new home, with the last fittings of the wedding dress in January and February. No Stress, Gorgeous Dress! A Fantastic Affair.

For More Information Contact

DIANE

(631) 754-4979

FOR ADDITIONAL IDEAS AND SUGGESTIONS PLEASE VISIT

www.stanwiest.com

www.stanwiest.com/the_wedding_dress_you_always_dreamed_about.htm

www.stanwiest.com/bride_and_groom_planning_whose_wedding_is_it_anyway.htm

www.stanwiest.com/wedding_cocktail_hour.htm

www.stanwiest.com/wedding_receptions_uncommon_musical_suggestions.htm

www.stanwiest.com/creative_trends.htm

www.stanwiest.com/return_to_traditional_weddings.htm

www.stanwiest.com/change_of_pace_weddings3.htm

www.stanwiest.com/wedding_reception_music_bands3.htm

www.stanwiest.com/wedding_music_budgeting2.htm

www.stanwiest.com/wedding_reception_music_trends2.htm

www.stanwiest.com/band_dj_orchestra_combination_2008.htm

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Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

By STAN WIEST

Member Association of Bridal Consultants
(631) 754-0594
email stan@stanwiest.com
www.stanwiest.com

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?

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

2. A large gathering (150-200 people)

c The Royal Wedding (300-500 and up)

2. 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)

c. Reception location

4. 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. 1) Employ the Experts – they do know what they are doing.

2.

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

4.

5. 3) Ask for recommendations from your caterer,

6. music company etc.

7.

8. 4) Don’t listen to all the helpful strangers

9. (that’s why we call them strangers)

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Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Stan Wiest Piano Concert and Sing Along May 20 Elmont Public Library 2 PM Free
Stan Wiest will perform music of the Great American Songbook ,tell humorous stories of his performances with and for celebrities and close with a full audience sing along of Great American Favorites. Free Admission Free Songbooks
Elmont Public Library
700 Hempstead Turnpike
Elmont NY 11003
(516) 354-5280

Watch STAN WIEST perform on Eddy Duchin’s Piano in the video below

STAN WIEST BIO

AS A MUSICIAN STAN WIEST HAS PERFORMED FOR BARBARA WALTERS, SALLY JESSY RAPHAEL, TONY RANDALL, FRANK SINATRA, SAMMY DAVIS JR, VICTOR BORGE, TOURED WITH IRVING CAESAR (GEORGE GERSHWINS’S LYRICIST) PERFORMED WEDDING FOR ROYAL FAMILY OF SRI LANKA, THE DU PONT WEDDING, WEDDING FOR FAMILY MEMBER OF CONDUCTOR ARTURO TOSCANINI, THE TONIGHT SHOW BAND.

AS AN ACTOR STAN WIEST APPEARED ON THE NBC TELEVISION SOAP OPERA “ANOTHER WORLD” BOTH “BAY CITY” AND “SOMERSET”. IN MANHATTAN WORKED ON STAGE WITH ADRIENNE BARBEAU

STAN WIEST PIANO CONCERT AT THE GLOVE THEATRE, GLOVERSVILLE NEW YORK
PERFORMING SELECTIONS FROM “MUSIC TO DRIVE BY” AND THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

“YOU WOWED THE AUDIENCE. LOVE TO HAVE YOU BACK SOON”
RICHARD SAMROV
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
GLOVE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

REVIEWS FOR “MUSIC TO DRIVE BY”
STAN WIEST PIANO CD http://www.music-you-will-love.com

A Top seller on Amazon.com

This CD is a standout for its beautiful arrangements of beautiful music. For anyone who likes American “standards,” this is a great pick.
AMAZON.COM 5 STARS REVUE

“Not only is he a terrific pianist, but his choice of material is absolutely first rate- some truly great songs, very well played” PETER DUCHIN

“You’re clearly a talented guy”
JOE FAY – WNEW Metromedia Radio

“Completing the recordings in eight hours was “a feat,” says Euphoria owner David Sokol, who was impressed by Wiest’s performance. “The man knows every tune, he knows music history,” Sokol says. “He’s a serious musician and ‘serious musician’ is the highest compliment I can pay . . . I’ve heard the greatest musicians in the world, and Stan is excellent.”
DAVID SOKOL – OWNER EUPHORIA STUDIOS
“PIANIST STAN WIEST ADDS ‘RECORDING ARTIST’ TO HIS LONG MUSICAL RESUME”
LONG ISLAND NEWSDAY

Dick Robinson, host of WHLI/1100 AM’s “American Standards by the Sea,” is also impressed by Wiest’s piano stylings. “His album is a nice reflection of the American Songbook,” he says. “I love that a song like ‘Night and Day’ is just piano. No trio, no big band, no singer. Stan does a wonderful job.” DICK ROBINSON WHLI
“AMERICAN STANDARDS BY THE SEA”

“It is as beautiful of piano playing as one would ever want to hear. It’s absolutely delicious. It’s gorgeous. Wonderful renditions of these songs. Each and every one a classic song. And you do a beautiful job, a masterful job on them. I want to compliment you on absolutely marvelous piano playing. A great great keepsake album. It simply could not have been better. It really is a group of brilliantly played selections. It’s as good as it gets. And you have every right to be proud of it.”

PAUL RICHARDS
PROGRAM DIRECTOR WHLI

THE TIMES UNION
Piano virtuoso Stan Wiest offers “Music You Will Love –Volume One: Music To Drive By” – draws from the Great American Songbook and beyond; Wiest’s wonderful technique and flair for interpretation are front-and-center. A generous 17 tracks of solo piano and it lives up to its title.”

“Stan Wiest has the perfect touch for the American Songbook. You can recognize the melody because he cares about the composers. A delightful CD, one you’ll listen to many times.
You’re a delightful guest. You have something to say and you say it in a most interesting way.”

John Bohannon
WRHU

“Move over Clayderman…there’s a new kid at the 88’s who not only tickles the ivories, but gives us 17 tracks of pure AMERICAN SONGBOOK pleasure. That “new kid” is Stan Wiest, a piano wizard. Stan’s “MUSIC TO DRIVE BY” is “pure piano”. My radio show audience love’s Stan!
I can’t wait for Volume 2″

Bill Miller. Host of the syndicated Bill Miller Show, and Charter member of the Kansas Broadcaster’s “Hall Of Fame”


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