Monday, March 2, 2009

our planning :: 19 :: music

After all, it IS a party! Music is one of the most obvious elements in any event, besides the décor and food. It's a facet of the planning that should not be skipped, and I highly recommend working with the church coordinator, banquet manager, band, and dj to determine what's going to be heard during the different parts of the wedding: the ceremony, cocktail hour (if applicable), grand entrance, and reception. Couples ought to spend some time "choreographing" their event by choosing songs that reflect not only their personal taste, but ones that will "set the mood." A wedding is a full production, and selecting music involves strategizing. It's the one thing that will connect the guests, and should definitely tie into the tone of the wedding. To think of it, the reception is a celebration -- so play that music and get your party on!

Backdrop of Monte Carlo Band was a rolling montage of our engagement photos complete with Super 8 film coverage, by Nicole Caldwell.

Abram and I are big on music and wanted to portray this at our wedding, so we budgeted for live entertainment. We reserved the fabulous Monte Carlo Band from Los Angeles, to perform at our wedding. MCB's band leader, Lilly Aycud, is a Filipino-American, who plays the trumpet -- such rare talent to come by! Before the wedding, we met with Lilly to coordinate the music. She explained how transitions would work throughout the night (as they emceed the entire reception!), mentioned newly added songs to their playlist, and even helped us choose the songs we wanted to hear. I can't believe how extensive their playlist is -- they are truly the non-conforming band who brings wedding receptions to a different level. MCB is also capable of learning songs; Abram and I chose for MCB to learn and perform specific songs -- the intro of our grand entrance song, "Spottieottiedopaliscious" by Outkast, "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys for our ceremony aisle song, "These Arms of Mine" by Otis Redding for our First Dance, and "Night Nurse" by the suave, Gregory Isaacs. During the ceremony, guests were surprised when they heard the live piano intro and amazing vocals from the bamboo terrace above the ceremony, which commenced my entrance down the aisle.

Though the band played most of the night, our good friend, Ardy aka DJ R Type from San Diego, graciously brought his equipment all the way up to Laguna Beach and managed to shine, taking the tables, and putting on some of that much needed line dancing music. His set was only 15 minutes, but really, he came as a guest and enjoyed endless drinks and a fab dinner along with our other friends. In the end, we heard lots of Motown, Funk, R&B, oldies, and even Reggae! … and danced and danced, seriously, till the lights turned on. Oh, and if you're wondering about the photo below, yes, Abram took the mic during "Night Nurse" and sang his heart out. hahahah -- ;0) It was like a concert!

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