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Long Island Expert
Wedding Band Orchestra
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creative weddings are getting away from the traditional weddings that have
guests constantly being asked to be seated for the next food course.
I am known for helping give brides the opportunity to be different - to take
a side path away from the traditional and to create a unique ambiance. I
enable a bride to make her dreams come true - the bride's personality is the
cue for my concept of Sophistication With Pizazz.
Wedding Ceremonies for the independent minded bride can be glorious. One of
my brides wanted to return to the age of romance in the Medieval times. She
was attired in a medieval dress. The groom was in a full tunic-and was
barefoot. I provided musicians attired in medieval outfits performing
medieval instruments for the outdoor ceremony.
Another bride and groom loved the old movies and decided to be dressed in the
clothing from the movie "Gone With The Wind". The invitation read
for all the guests to be attired in the style of the movie as well. I
provided music from that period in time for both the ceremony and the
reception. Everyone is still talking about that wedding.
Instead of the traditional wedding march and wedding ceremony music -
contemporary brides want to place their individual mark on the ceremony music
as well. For one particular bride I am providing the music of Enya played by a string quartet for a Mass in a church.
This took quite a bit of convincing of church officials who never heard of Enya.
Creative Brides are looking for a more even flow- getting away from the
regimentation of a wedding reception to more of an atmosphere of a
celebration with family and friends. Many of the traditional formalities are
One cutting edge aspect is for a cocktail hour with exotic music or having
the traditional instruments take a completely different approach. I have
introduced the music of India to
cocktail hours. A Sitar and a Tabla performer (2
performers) seated on a raised area covered with rugs from India and the
performers are dressed in East Indian attire. The music is fascinating,
exotic, extremely relaxing and guaranteed to evoke conversation. This is
totally different than one finds at a cocktail hour.
Traditional strolling violins can be used in a very creative direction. One
of my brides decided to have the violins only play the Songs from the Walt
Disney movies. She was a Disney fan and the guests absolutely loved it.
Flamenco guitar for the cocktail hour is a popular cutting edge aspect in
great demand once a bride is introduced to the music. I provide tapes of
unique music ideas for a bride to consider. I ask her to keep an open mind
and experience something different.
Another bride was a lover of string instruments and wanted that to somehow be
a part of her wedding. I created a fifteen piece string orchestra that
performed for two hours at the cocktail hour -playing everything from
classical music of Mozart to Scott Joplin, Broadway Show Tunes to Cole Porter
and George Gershwin melodies. As the guests entered the cocktail hour they
were astounded with the presentation and the variety of the musical
selections. This has never been done before - the bride wanted something very
different that would be personal and meaningful to her. I was able to make
her dreams come true.
Cutting Edge weddings are looking to get away from the separation of cocktail
hour aspect which stops to become the reception aspect. The trend is for a
non-disruptive transition between the two. I am presenting overlapping
sections of music to smooth over the difference. A Steel Drum band plays from
to outside. The Wedding Band starts
playing inside at . There is
no announcement of ending of cocktail hour or beginning of reception. The
guests can flow from one to the other. By the time the steel drums finish the
dancing has been well under way and the transition complete. From to both
musical groups are performing in separate location to complete the overlap.
Brides and Grooms are looking to display their personalities by presenting
the first dance in a choreographed setting. They have taken dance lessons to
enable them to dance the entire song in the spotlight alone - with swirls,
dips and exotic dance step patterns.
For another couple the first dance was the theme from Robin Hood-
"Everything I Do- I Do It For You" the Brian Adams song- I created
the arrangement to be played in the style and sounds of Renaissance
Instruments. They wanted to be introduced to Renaissance Trumpet Fanfares and
continue the first dance in the same tradition.
During dinner is another time the bride and groom can create a special touch.
For one couple who loved the opera I brought in operatic singers to perform
selections from their favorite operas during dinner. For another couple I
brought in two ballroom dancers to perform elegant dance routines while the
The European Wedding Approach as well as the Mansion Wedding Approach has
made great inroads and has freed couples from the traditional wedding
requirements and demands.
The Mansion wedding has each part of the celebration in a different part of
the mansion with the food and music changing at each location.
The European Wedding allows the guests to eat and converse undisturbed and
the dancing begins after dinner is over.
Just as the trend is to make the cocktail hour flow into the reception- the
same is now happening at the end of the wedding. The overlap into another
ambiance. At one upcoming wedding I have the dance band playing to in the main reception room. In
another room I have a Blue Grass Band starting at
-another overlap from to going from a more structured to a less structured
party after the party.
I am taking part in a new program to help brides- seminars for brides-helping
them look at their wedding music plans from a different approach. My concept
of Sophistication With Pizazz works with he bride
to be creative, enables the bride to make her dreams and wishes come true and
gives the bride the freedom take a different path.
Recommended by Bridal Guide Magazine
Featured in New York Magazine
Recommended by Joan Hamburg (WOR RADIO)
in "City Weddings"
Recommended in "The Perfect Wedding Reception" by Maria McBride-Mellinger
Editor at Bride's Magazine
the Expert: Stan Wiest,Member
Association of Bridal Consultants is featured in BRIDAL GUIDE MAGAZINE 2007
November-December issue, WEDDINGS MAGAZINE,NEW YORK MAGAZINE, Wedding Issues
interviewed on "Trouble Shooting The Most Common Issues In Planning
Wedding Music"Stan Wiest
is President of A.Stan Wiest Music and leads The Stan
Wiest Band/Orchestra. A member of the National Association of Bridal
Consultants. Stan Wiest gives seminars on how to customize music for weddings,
how to look for and solve problems,how to make
weddings stress free and magical for a bride and groom. His policy is to
eliminate all the stress and worry and to help, guide and plan with brides and
grooms to enable them to fulfill their dreams of a care free magical wedding
with a packed dance floor. Stan Wiest has performed weddings for the editors of
Bridal Guide, Red Book and Cosmopolitan Magazines, the Du
Pont wedding, receptions for Barbara Walters and Sally Jessy
Raphael. Recommended in the book "The Perfect Wedding Reception" by
Maria McBride-Mellinger editor at Bride's Magazine.Featured in PREMIER BRIDE magazine.Featured
interviews every year in Bridal Guide Magazine and recommended by Joan Hamburg
WOR AM RADIO Personality in her book "City Weddings" Recommended by
New York Magazine and featured in Featured in Wedding Bells Magazine .Featured
interviews in The New York Times, Sunday Daily News and Newsday newspapers.Featured interviews on WCBS NEWS RADIO and
Channel 12 News Television. Call Stan Wiest at (631)754-0594 Office Hours 11 AM
to 10 PM Daily by appointment.Closed Sundays.