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* Yes, I can provide music for your Wedding Ceremony as well as your reception.

* Should you wish, an interview may be arranged with the bride & groom usually 4 to 6 weeks prior the wedding day. At that time, plans are made on how you want your introductions and announcements made. Music is chosen for traditional dances. A chronological event sheet can be planned should you so desire.

* I will be most happy to work with your Wedding Planner, photographer, caterer, etc. so all goes smoothly.

* Yes, of course I will handle all of your announcements, and yes, your Wedding planner, or anyone else you choose may do so if desired. 

* My music spans from the early 30's to the hits of tomorrow.

* I do not have a "music list". I feel it is unfair to limit you to a few selections normally found in them. All of my music is digital. My library of selections is kept on a computer database due to its vastness.

* My equipment is strictly professional quality; (Behringer, Peavey, Numark, Sampson, Audio Technica, Yamaha, Mackie, Shure). 

* Please note that to avoid any liability issues, I do not permit any other electronic devices to be connected into my system(s). 

* The traditional toast is usually from the bridal table. (Be sure to inform well before your special day, your Best Man, Maid or Matron of Honor, Mom and Dad, and anyone else you wish to have make a toast or speak, that they will be expected to do so. Don't catch them off guard)! 

* Requests are welcomed from your guests, providing they are in good taste. Any song, which we feel inappropriate for a wedding reception will not be played unless ok'd by you.

*My attire consists of dress shirt and slacks, or coat and tie, casual wear, or whatever the occasion deems appropriate.

* I realize this is YOUR DAY, I am not the center of attention. My main function at your wedding/event is to provide a wide range of music in a professional manner, to ensure your guests are having the time of their life, which I do very well.

* At most all wedding receptions, it must be realized that music is being played for 4 generations. 

About your music request list......

EVERYTHING IS COMING TOGETHER FOR YOU....ALL YOUR PLANS ARE MADE, THE LOCATION IS SECURED, FOOD IS ORDERED, FLOWERS, THE COLORS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN. WHAT ABOUT A MUSIC LIST FOR THE DJ? MOST MUSIC LISTS I HAVE BEEN PROVIDED WITH HAVE GREAT SONGS WITH WORDS THAT MEAN SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL TO THE BRIDE AND GROOM, BRINGING BACK FOND MEMORIES. MUSIC THAT YOU SIT ACROSS THE TABLE FROM WITH YOUR LOVED ONE, CANDLES BURNING, AND A GOOD WINE. IT'S REALLY GREAT. BE SURE THAT THIS IS THE ATMOSPHERE THAT YOU WANT TO SET AT YOUR RECEPTION. DO YOU WANT TO PARTY? DANCE? WILL THE LIST YOU MADE UP MAKE THIS HAPPEN? SPECIALIZED DANCES, SUCH AS YOUR FIRST DANCE AS HUSBAND AND WIFE, THE FATHER - DAUGHTER DANCE, ETC, DESERVE SPECIFIC MUSIC WITH MEANINGFUL WORDS. WHEN IT'S PARTY TIME, THE MUSIC MIX SHOULD REFLECT A WIDER RANGE OF SONGS WITH VARIOUS BEATS PER MINUTE TO ACCOMODATE EVEN THE MOST DISCRIMINATING DANCER. ALL PROFESSIONAL DJ'S KNOW THEIR MUSIC, AND WHAT MAKES PEOPLE RESPOND. REQUESTS SHOULD ALWAYS BE TAKEN FROM YOUR GUESTS. REMEMBER, THE BRIDE AND GROOM AND THEIR WEDDING PARTY ALWAYS SET THE MOOD FOR THEIR RECEPTION.  


Please continue reading to learn some of the Wedding traditions, and how they came to be. Enjoy!

* The first marriages were by capture, i.e., the groom would kidnap the woman, and take her away from her
Tribe with the help of a warrior friend, his best man, who would help him fight off other men who wanted this woman, and also help him prevent her family from finding them.

* The groom would put himself and his bride into hiding, the honeymoon, and by the time the bride's family found them, the bride would already be pregnant.

* When the groom fought off other warriors who also wanted his bride, he would hold onto her with his left hand, while fighting them off with his sword in his right hand, which is why the bride stands on the left, and the groom on the right.

* Although the above was common, marriage by purchase was preferred. Usually the bride would be bartered for land, social status, or political alliances, but sometimes she was exchanged for cash.

* The Anglo-Saxon word "wedd" meant that the groom would vow to marry the woman, but it also meant the money or barter that the groom paid the bride's father. A wedding, then, literally meant the purchase of a bride for breeding purposes. The word wedding comes from a root word meaning to gamble or wager.

* There were also arranged marriages, where the groom's family told him who he was to marry, and they very rarely let him see the bride because if he didn't like her looks, he may refuse to marry her. Therefore, the father of the bride gave the bride away to the groom, who lifted the veil to see her for the first time.

* The expression "tie the knot" comes from Roman times when the bride wore a girdle that was tied in knots which the groom had the fun of untying.

* Diamond engagement rings were given by medieval Italians, because of their belief that the diamond was created from the flames of love.

* Ancient Spartan soldiers were the first to hold stag parties. The groom would feast with his male friends on the night before the wedding. There he would say goodbye to the carefree days of bachelorhood and swear continued allegiance to his comrades.

* Bridal showers were also meant to strengthen the friendships between the bride and her friends, give her moral support, and help her prepare for her marriage. The idea to give gifts is fairly new, dating from the 1890's. At one shower, the bride's friend placed small gifts inside a Japanese parasol, and then opened it over the bride's head so all of the presents would "shower" over her. When word of this hit the fashion pages, people were so charmed, they decided to do the same at their showers.

* The bridal party has many origins, one of which comes from the Anglo Saxon days. When the groom was about to capture his bride, he needed the help of his friends, the "bridesmen" or "brideknights". They would make sure the bride got to the church and to the groom's house afterwards.

* The bride also had women to help her, the "bridesmaids" or "brideswomen".

* Anne of Brittany made the white wedding dress popular in 1499. Before that, a woman just wore her best dress. In biblical days, blue (not white) represented purity, and the bride and groom would wear a blue band around the bottom of their wedding attire, hence something blue.

* In the 14th century, is was customary for the bride to toss her garter to the men, but sometimes the men got too drunk, and would become impatient and try to take the garter off her ahead of time. It got to be less trouble for her just to toss the bridal bouquet.

* It is unknown when wedding rings were first worn. The ancient Romans believed that the vein in the third finger ran directly to the heart, so wearing the ring on that finger joined the couples hearts and destiny.

* Wedding just wouldn't be complete without fertility symbols, like the wedding cake. Ancient Romans would bake a cake made of wheat or barley and break it over the bride's head as a symbol of her fertility. It became tradition to pile up several small cakes, one on top of the other, as high as they could, and the bride and groom would kiss over the tower and try not to knock it down. If they were successful, it meant a lifetime of prosperity. During the reign of King Charles II of England, it became customary to turn this cake into an enjoyably edible palace, iced with white sugar.

* Tying shoes to the bumper of the car represents the symbolism and power of shoes in ancient times. Egyptians would exchange sandals when they exchanged goods, so when the father of the bride gave his daughter to the groom, he would also give the brides sandals to show that she now belonged to the groom. In Anglo Saxon times, the groom would tap the heel of the bride's shoe to show his authority over her. In later times, people would throw shoes at the couple, and now we just tie shoes to their car.

* Once married, remembering Valentines Day is a requirement. But who was St. Valentine? One story is that during the days of Emperor Claudius, war was raging, and Claudius thought that bachelor soldiers would fight harder so he outlawed marriage, so St. Valentinus, a priest, would marry people secretly.

Thanks again..........Ed.

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