How to incorporate live entertainment at your event:
Think about a party without music… Great food, décor and people are not enough to set the right atmosphere. Music plays a very important role in any celebration, and here’s how you can create a successful event for your guests.
First of all, think about the kind of party that you are planning: Will it be a formal cocktail reception or a relaxed pool party? Do you want your guests to relax with background music or dance the night away? Are you inviting young people or older crowds? Or both?
If you are using a CD player or an iPod, make sure that you load your music selection in advance so that you can enjoy the evening with your guests, and create a logical sequence (start with slower tunes for cocktails and move to fast-paced hits for dancing later).
My best recommendation is to hire a professional DJ or a live musician / band. These specialists will be able to read your crowd and get the party going. They are also able to please guests with special requests thanks to an extensive repertoire of different genres (country, rock, jazz, oldies, etc.).
If you hire a band, make sure to provide a stage (it provides a focal point) that is close enough to the people so that they can have a rapport going (the band should be an integral part of your event).
Cocktails – Midtempo tunes and jazz classics for a positive energy
Dinner - Smooth and timeless performers or instrumental music to let guests enjoy the conversation and their courses. If you opt for a buffet-style party where people move around, then you can go with more upbeat music. Having a romantic candlelight dinner for two? Go with passionate guitar virtuosos, sexy Brazilian sounds or intimate vocalists.
Theme parties - They are a lot of fun and the best thing to make them successful is to incorporate music and food specialties from a specific country: these are great conversation pieces and the ideal solution to flavor the atmosphere.
After-party – Top hits and disco classics from the 70’s and 80’s are perfect to get your guests on the dance floor. “The most requested songs at this summer events are California Gurls by Katy Perry and anything by Ke$ha or Lady Gaga,” says Spencer Bezy, owner of Mobile Music Plus*. He also goes on to state that, “Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey is still a great success.”
I asked Bezy what the number one tip for a successful event is, and his recommendation is, “Hire a professional DJ or band you trust. If you don't trust them, you shouldn't hire them, and you are just setting yourself for an unpleasant experience. You will either check on them all night because you're worried about them doing something you don't want them to do, or they actually do something you don't want them to do and ruin your night. The small difference in cost of a great DJ and a not so great DJ will seem like a small price to pay to not have that aspect of the party ruined.”
This is especially true when it comes to an once-in-a-lifetime celebration such as a wedding. There are no repeats and everything will need to run smoothly. Always remember to ask your event or wedding planner for recommendations as my clients do when they hire me for their special celebrations. “Industry professionals work side by side all throughout the year and they may have some great input to help you make the right decision,” says Bezy.
Have fun at your next event and make your guests happy with good music, too!
Mobile Music Plus:
*Everyone wants a DJ they can TRUST. Someone who will play great music while paying attention to the music you want and don't want. Spencer Bezy, professional DJ / MC and owner of Mobile Music Plus, is that DJ and much more. He's one of Southern California's best Emcees, able to gently guide your guests in an elegant, natural way without being intrusive or overbearing. Mobile Music Plus provides traditional DJ services and video DJ entertainment for private parties, weddings, and corporate events. Mobile Music Plus – 858.538.5740 – www.MobileMusicPlus.com.
Sabrina Cadini, of La Dolce Idea at La Jolla, has gracously agreed to provide tips, advice and information about event and wedding planning. Ah-Ha! will post these at 3 p.m. Thursday each week, allowing you to plan and enjoy for the weekend, and beyond.
Sabrina began her career in event and wedding planning in Italy, where she was born.
She had the opportunity to meet amazing designers while modeling and working as a TV announcer. "They could turn a bare studio into an incredible, and colorful, setting for a TV show, or photo shoot, with different materials, lighting, decor, and fabrics," she says.
At that time, Sabrina started helping friends with their parties, then social and corporate clients, creating the perfect setting for their events.
After moving to the United States, Sabrina volunteered on several boards and coordinated some fundraising events. She began managing events on a larger scale for medical conventions across North America as a tour operator and meeting planner.
Weddings and special events were her greatest passion. By fusing creativity, Italian style, and fashion into impeccably planned occasions, La Dolce Idea created singular and personal celebrations for many clients.
Sabrina was designated as a Professional Bridal Consultant by the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC), the oldest, and largest, training organization for wedding professional in the world. She is co-director of ABC, San Diego Region.
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