Choosing Unique Ceremony Music for Your Hudson Valley Wedding

Today, many couples are looking beyond “traditional” music selections for their ceremony processionals and recessionals.  As the owner of DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style, I don’t play the standard string quartet versions of “Canon in D” or “Here Comes the Bride” (Wagner’s Wedding March) quite as often anymore, but they still do get requests.
Hudson Valley Wedding Ceremony at Candlewood Inn Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Surprise Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding Ceremony at Candlewood Inn Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Surprise Photography

More and more, it’s about customizing your ceremony processional to fit your unique style as a couple.  John Legend’s “All of Me” and Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” (either Part 1 or Part 2) have been very popular processionals recently, either with the vocals or as an instrumental.  Classics by Etta James (“At Last”), the Beach Boys (“God Only Knows”), and more, are popular as well.  Movie music is always a fun choice too–think Princess Bride, Father of the Bride, and Love, Actually.The same can be said for the ceremony recessional.  A string quartet version of Mendelsohn’s “Wedding March” still gets requests, but a lot of couples pick a song where they think that the lyrics or the music will set a tone on the way to their reception.  I recently played “This Will Be Our Year” by the 60’s group The Zombies for a couple and it was perfect fit.  Same with a recessional to Pit Bull’s “Give Me Everything.”  However, I do not think those two songs would have worked at the other couples’ weddings if I had swapped them!  The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” is always a fun choice as well.In both cases, many couples have also looked to instrumental artists such as Vitamin String Quartet, O’Neill Brothers, Brian Crane, and Guitar Tribute Players for non-traditional ceremony processionals and recessionals.

Several popular wedding planning websites offer some great ideas for ceremony music choices:

The Knot gives you the most traditional choices.

Pop Sugar has a few really unique choices.

Weddingideasmag shows you a little bit of both.

In the end, it’s all about sharing your unique style with your friends and family on your wedding day.

Congratulations,

Bri

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your DJ for Your Unique Style
in the Hudson Valley of New York

Email:   briswatek@gmail.com
Phone:   845.235.0080
Online:   www.djbriswatek.com

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Finding the Right Words for Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding

Your wedding is a celebration of who you are as a couple.  However, sometimes it’s tough to find the right words for your ceremony vows, readings, or to help round out a great toast.

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Toast Dutchess Manor Allan E Levine Photography

Hudson Valley Wedding DJ Bri Swatek Toast Dutchess Manor Allan E Levine Photography

Here are a few resources to help make your wedding speeches truly unique–feel free to share with friends and family that you’ve asked to provide a reading or give a toast as well!

Lighthearted wedding readings that’ll make you laugh AND cry from the Offbeat Bride

Wedding Poems from the Poetry Foundation

Wedding Poems from the Academy of American Poets

Wedding Poems from Hitched

Real Wedding Vows You’ll Love from The Knot

Steal these vows from the Offbeat Bride

Wedding Toast Tips: Leave Wedding Guests Speechless from The Knot

How To Give A Great Wedding Toast from Jezebel

Wedding Speeches from Hitched

Wedding Speeches from the Huffington Post Weddings

6 Rules for Giving a Wedding Toast from Martha Stewart Weddings

Congratulations,

Bri

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your DJ for Your Unique Style
in the Hudson Valley of New York

Email:   briswatek@gmail.com
Phone:   845.235.0080
Online:   www.djbriswatek.com

From “I Do” to “Thank You”: How to Use a Microphone Properly at Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding

Many people rank “Public Speaking” as one of their greatest fears.  Giving a toast or presenting a reading at a wedding–not to mention the couple themselves saying their vows or giving a thank you speech–becomes even more challenging when they’re unfamiliar with how to use a wireless microphone.

Here are a few tips from public speaking coaches and experts to help make your wedding moments involving a microphone go smoothly–feel free to share with friends and family that you’ve asked to provide a ceremony reading or give a reception toast as well!

How to Speak into a Microphone by TJ Walker

Giving Speeches and Toasts On A Microphone by Brian S. Redd

How to Hold a Microphone by Impromptu Guru

Proper Microphone Use by Richard Male

Using a Microphone for Public Speaking by The Public Speaker

Public Speakers:  Five Tips for Using a Microphone from the Washington Times

Congratulations,

Bri

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your DJ for Your Unique Style
in the Hudson Valley of New York

Email:   briswatek@gmail.com
Phone:   845.235.0080
Online:   www.djbriswatek.com