LONG ISLAND EXPERTS:
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
INTERVIEW WITH STAN WIEST ON WEDDING/PARTY/EVENT PLANNING
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
271 Bread And Cheese Hollow Road
Fort Salonga NY 11728
Office Hours by Appointment 11 AM to 11 PM Daily Closed Sundays
STAN WIEST is recommended for Wedding Music in the new book
“The Perfect Wedding Reception”
JOAN HAMBURG -WOR AM RADIO
PERSONALITY IN NEW YORK RECOMMENDS STAN WIEST MUSIC
In Her New Book "City Weddings Second Edition" Published 2003 Joan Hamburg says:
"With over 17 bands and orchestras working for him, Stan Wiest can get you the perfect music for your wedding, and, because he's a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants, Wiest really understands the intricacies of wedding performances. The list of musicians he can get for you is enormous, since he handles everything from ballroom dance bands to steel drums, mariachi groups, bagpipers, bluegrass bands, classical groups, Greek bouzouki music, sitars, German Octoberfest, and even DJ's. Go to his website and take a look at the 112 music pages he has set up. He's great to work with and an amazing wedding resource."
Recommended by New York Magazine
Featured interviews in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Long Island Newsday, CBS News Radio, Channel 12 News Television, Bridal Guide Magazine, Wedding Bells Magazine
Let Stan Wiest help you make your wedding in New York, New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut a magical, problem and stress free event. This is the most important day in the life of a bride – your wedding should be exactly what you want. Your personality is the cue - customized your wishes
THE STAN WIEST BAND / ORCHESTRA www.stanwiest.com/stan_wiest_orchestra3.htm
|LISTEN TO THE STAN WIEST ORCHESTRA|
|Track 1 - Deja Vu|
|Track 2 - Crazy In Love|
|Track 3 - Fighter|
|Track 4 - Toxic|
|Track 5 - Hurt|
|Track 6 - Rock Your Body|
|Track 7 - Hips Don't Lie|
|Track 8 - SOS Rescue Me|
|Track 9 - Beautiful|
|Track 10 - Ain't No Other Man|
|Track 11 - Sexy Back|
|Track 12 - Yeah|
|Track 13 - Everytime We Touch|
|Track 14 - Crazy|
|Track 15 - Pick Up the Pieces|
|Track 16 - Dancing Queen|
|Track 17 - Brown-Eyed Girl|
|Track 18 - In The Mood|
|Track 19 - Soul Man|
|Track 20 - Respect|
|Track 21 - I Will Survive|
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