Millennial Wedding Music Budgeting And Planning Stan Wiest Music Wedding Planner

MILLENNIAL WEDDING MUSIC BUDGETING AND PLANNING By WEDDING PLANNER STAN WIEST

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STAN WIEST MUSIC is recommended in NEW YORK MAGAZINE –THE ESSENTIAL WEDDING GUIDE SPRING / SUMMER  and FALL /  WINTER  ISSUE for the 9th year in a row

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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In her award-winning book “City Weddings” 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 DJs

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”

Maria Mc Bride-Mellinger Editor at Bride’s Magazine in New York City Recommends STAN WIEST MUSIC for WEDDINGS in her book “The Perfect Wedding Reception”

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MILLENNIAL WEDDING MUSIC BUDGETING

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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STAN WIEST PROVIDED THE MUSIC FOR THE WEDDINGS OF THE EDITORS OF RED BOOK, COSMOPOLITAN AND BRIDAL GUIDE MAGAZINES, THE WEDDING OF THE DAUGHTER OF GREG BUTTLES NEW YORK JETS ALL STAR PLAYER AND WEDDING OF THE LEAD ACTRESS IN THE BROADWAY MUSICAL “JEKYLL AND HYDE”

 

PROVIDED THE 15 PIECE ORCHESTRA FOR THE WORLD PREMIER OF THE MOVIE “MADE OF HONOR” STARRING PATRICK DEMPSEY AT THE ZIEGFIELD THEATER IN MANHATTAN, CBS TV CHANNEL 2 ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT 15 PIECE ORCHESTRA   PERFORMING FOR PATRICK DEMPSEY

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We were lucky enough to book Stan Wiest as the piano player at our intimate COVID-era wedding reception, and his music single-handedly (double?) elevated the ambience to match the sense of celebration of a large, more formal wedding. Stan is a gentleman, a consummate professional, and, most importantly, an extremely talented solo pianist (for those who know the reference, think Carmen Cavallaro in musical style and dexterity). Stan played enjoyable classics and all our songs requests seamlessly from cocktail hour through to cake cutting with just a few short breaks. As a testament to his musical prowess, we requested the showstopper “Bumble Boogie” as the last song, and Stan performed it flawlessly after hours of playing. It was a privilege to have a musician of his caliber at our event, which makes it easy for us to recommend Stan Wiest to anyone looking to make their night “unforgettable.” A class act! You will not find better.

JON F

 

posted by Jim W

Stan arranged the music for my daughter’s wedding and my wife and I could not be happier with all that he provided. He, himself played piano during the cocktail hour and provide a string quartet for the church. The musicians and DJ for the affair were outstanding. Stan is a very professional and all around great person to work with…. No regrets.. The Best.. Great value for the money..

 

 

Reviewed by Donna L

From our first contact to the end of the festivities, we couldn’t have asked for a better addition to our wedding than Stan. He was able to satisfy our desire for traditional music for the ceremony and upbeat dance music afterwards. In addition, he acted as MC and helped the event flow smoothly. Stan is definitely the whole package

 

 

Reviewed by Candice B

Stan was an absolute delight. He took the time to learn 2 songs for our wedding ceremony and really knocked it out of the park. The ceremony wouldn’t have been as beautiful without Stan’s personal touch.

 

 

Reviewed by Karen L

Excellent experience using Stan. Starting with the reasonable price, the flexibility and attention to detail. They deliver what they promise and more… last minute I requested Science themed backgrounds for the green screen… the ones I provided were not compatible so they worked diligently to customize them and somehow made it work and did not charge me for the extra work. A pleasure to work with… accommodating and I highly recommend them.

 

 

Reviewed by Sarah D

we used stan wiest for our ceremony and cocktail hour music for our wedding and were thrilled. we met with stan and he made the process very easy and fun. he was accommodating and made us know that if we had any problems throughout the wedding planning process, we could come to him. ceremony and cocktail hour music was reasonable and knocked it out of the park. we were so happy.

 

 

Reviewed by Samantha P

Working with Stan was the easiest and best decision we made while planning our wedding. Stan is very professional and easy to work with. His knowledge of not only music for ceremony and reception but also of wedding planning in general is unmatched. He has been in this business for a long time and it shows in the connections he has made and the service he is able to provide. For our wedding, Stan provided us with the most beautiful string quartet for our ceremony, the most amazing DJ and percussionist for our reception and he himself played piano at our cocktail hour. Not only was Stan the most professional and accessible out of all our our wedding vendors, he truly tries to connect with his brides on a more personal level and you don’t feel like just another client which is so important. Stan caters to the specifics of what you want for your wedding which was so important to us and he was able to deliver a truly unique musical selection to our preferences. We cannot say enough amazing things about Stan and hands down choosing him as your music vendor will be the best decision you make during the wedding planning process. Thank you Stan, for all you do and for making our wedding unforgettable!

 

 

Reviewed by Ken T

Stan Wiest and his crew were excellent during our wedding. They made the process very laid back and we didn’t have to intervene at all. Also, huge props to Stan for learning a few Final Fantasy songs to play during the pre-ceremony. The songs I selected were also fairly difficult but he was able to handle task with ease. What a great musician! DJ and photo booth that were provided were also top notch! They made sure that everyone was dancing and there was no lull during the event. All things considered, Angela and I are extremely pleased with Stan Wiest Music and recommend him and his team to anyone looking for DJ/Music/Entertainment for the event.

 

Reviewed by Karen C

Stan and DJ Ralph did a magnificent job performing at our wedding this past weekend. We could not have been happier. Stan is an amazing piano/keyboardist and the ceremony and cocktail music was so beautiful and romantic. He played all of our favorite songs. DJ Ralph was so much fun and everyone was tearing it up on the dance floor. All of my guest commented how much fun they had. Stan and Ralph were dressed to the nines. They were professional and receptive to our ideas and requests. We were so happy with our decision to use them at our wedding. Thank you Stan and Ralph xoxox Karen & John McHugh

 

Reviewed by Andrew B

Stan Wiest is awesome. He is such a friendly, down to earth guy. He’s quirky in a good way. He was very professional, accommodating, and most of all, talented. Stan and DJ Mike brought an energy and a sophistication to my wedding that exceeded my expectations. My wife Jillian and I were very happy. Plus, he lived around the corner from us so that was a big help too. DJ Mike played all the songs we requested and even sprinkled in some songs of his own choosing that fit our tastes and mood. DJ Mike knew I was an 80’s rock fan so he brought Jillian and me out to the dance floor and had everyone circle around us. It was really quiet since this was the beginning of the wedding. DJ Mike said we looked like a fun party couple and then he played “Any Way You Want It” by Journey. I started to dance and lip sync and everybody went nuts. It was funny and cool and unexpected. My wife thought I knew about it but I had no idea. Stan Wiest is great. I highly recommend them.

 

 

Reviewed by STEVEN M

Stan did a phenomenal job ensuring the music selection for my wedding was executed as requested from myself and my beautiful wife. Stan played the piano during ceremony, cocktail hour and played all requests made during cocktail hour. The ceremony music was perfect as my wife walked down the isle to “Holy” by Florida Georgia line. Stan acted as the director for the band/DJ combination we had during the reception which was a wonderful balance between the two, honestly we couldn’t tell during some moments what song the band was playing and what song the DJ music was playing, Stan and the band were in fact that good! Lastly Stan’s attitude was wonderful and he was a pleasure to work with even with a change of venue 90 days away from the event and offered insight and solutions to help get us right on track! Stan Wiest Music IS the way to go and we will be going directly to Stan for any future music needs. Stan, thank you one last time from Myself & Carla!

 

 

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