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Great Tips for Choosing Your Reception Songs

Christian King / April 9, 2018

Preparing for your wedding can be incredibly tough, especially if you are hands-on about the whole process. You do not only prepare for the ceremony, but you also have to think of the reception, food, guests, designs, clothing, and all the other preparations for the event. It can be difficult to manage your time, especially if you are juggling work while doing all these preparations.

One of the main overlooked features of the event is the choice of reception songs. Some couples may think of it the last minute and choose to use Spotify for the event. While this seems okay, what happens when you suddenly lose internet connection? What if your phone doesn’t work for that moment, for some reason? These are some of the things that you must think of, so cannot put the choice and quality of songs by the wayside. Also, if you have a lot of guests attending, you must be sure that your sounds are heard all throughout the venue. You don’t want guests at the back to feel out of place, with them struggling to listen to the songs.

Choosing wedding music need not be complicatedThere are many don’ts when choosing your reception songs, and these include the following:

1. Playing songs in the same genre

It will, for sure, bore the crowd if you choose to play songs along the same genre. Imagine listening to four hours of ‘80s music. It can be fun, but it can also feel repetitive. Therefore, you must be wise with picking your songs, and you must choose from a wide variety of genres. If you like ‘60s music, then mix it up. Do not go with ballads only, but also with rock, alternative, blues, and jazz. There are so many options to choose from.

It is even worse if you choose to play songs from just one or two artists. This event is not a live concert, where it is okay to listen to one artist for two hours. This event is your wedding, and music should complement the occasion. Therefore, there is no need for you to stick to a few artists for your reception songs. For sure, you have lots of favorite songs, so do not be afraid to mix them all up.

2. Playing songs that only one of you will like

This event is you and your partner’s wedding, and it is not all about you. Therefore, the choice of music must be made by you and your partner. Both of you must enjoy the songs being played on the event because it sets the mood of the occasion.

If you like, you can divide the event according to program order, and then you can choose which one picks songs for which program. You can also equally divide the number of songs that you choose, so both of you have a hand in the music choice.

If you have been looking for tips for choosing your reception songs, here are some of them:

1. Start slow

One of the best ways to pace the crowd into the event is to start slow. What this means is, you start with slow songs first (for example, with the ceremony and your first dance), and then you start easing through the modern and fast-paced songs. It is because, at the start of the event, you want people to focus on the ceremony and the little highlights of the wedding. Towards the end of the event, you want people to loosen up after they’ve had dinner and a few drinks. You want people to have a good time after all the formalities, so you now go with dance songs.

You cannot have upbeat songs throughout the event, because it will not set the tone for the audience. It will eventually sound monotonous, and you fail to mark “highlights” of your event. For sure, you want transitions in your program, and you want music to help out with that. By starting slow and by increasing the pace throughout the event, you set the mood for your wedding for the audience to enjoy.

Mix of upbeat and slow songs at the reception2. Don’t play too many loud songs

Of course, you want your guests to be still able to talk to each other even with wedding bands in New Jersey in the background. As mentioned in the previous tip, first, go with slow music, then you can end the event with some dance music. During dinner time, it is crucial to play songs that won’t overtake the event. You still want your guests to be able to interact with each other, without them having to struggle with how they hear one another. You want your guests to feel comfortable throughout the event, even with the music turned on.

An excellent way to check on this is to have a professional sound check before the event, so you can ensure that the music and sound levels are just the way you want them to be. You cannot just allow the supplier to do the checking for you, because you may have different choices on the level that’s right for you.

Choosing reception songs may appear challenging, but it should be a fun way to discover more about your partner. You may realize that you have shared songs that you both like, and you may find that your partner is great at singing after all.

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The Best Things to Do in New York During Valentine’s Day

Christian King / January 9, 2018

When you think of things to do for Valentine’s Day, the first thing that comes to mind is travel. You and your partner would want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You want to get away for the weekend, or you may even want to go overseas for a short weekend trip.

On top of the Empire StateNew York is a popular destination for the holiday season as it boasts of lots of activities for young and old visitors to enjoy. Attractions include an open-air skating rink, holiday-themed museum exhibitions, street festivals, and the city’s festive mood itself captured by tourist bus patrons doing hop/on-hop/off in NYC.

If New York is famous for the holidays, Valentine’s Day is no exception. The city has a lot to offer to celebrate February 14, which is the same date for Valentine’s Day all over the world. Not only does the city’s restaurants and hotels offer discounts for this day. They also offer Valentine’s Day-themed meals and room decorations, and love-themed attractions. Everyone’s creative sides are expressed on this day, and it is a fantastic sight to find, especially if you are a first-time visitor to New York.

With so many options to choose from, what are the best things to do in New York for Valentine’s Day? Here are some of our recommendations:

1. Try out food innovations


New York is famous for its unique food concepts, with options that cross-cultural and religious borders. You will be surprised to find Indian, Kazakh, Mongolian, Argentinian, Caribbean, South African, Korean, Filipino, Australian, and Fijian cuisines in this city. These cuisines are just some of them. If we list down all options, we may fill this entire page.

Not only is the city full of food options from around the world, but it also welcomes new food ideas. It is, then, not a surprise to find new restaurants, food carts, and trucks popping up in a city with a long queue in tow. Have you ever tried unicorn pizza, which is made of colorful sweet dough, sprinkles, pop rocks, and cotton candy? Or massive pizza burgers that fill your entire table? The possibilities are endless in this city, so if you want to spend time scouring New York for new food concepts, you may want to do this with your partner on Valentine’s Day.

Central Park boat ride2. Hang out at Central Park

Central Park is one of the most popular attractions in New York, and there is a good reason why. You don’t have to find things to do here or list down options that you want to visit. You can just pick a bench or lay down your picnic mat, and enjoy the views. If you get hungry, you can walk around and find a nice place for a meal or snack. And if you want to do something together, you can rent out a bike, or visit an attraction in the park. There are so many things you can do here, and it is no surprise as to why it is such a popular area for both locals and visitors.

New York offers a lot of options for couples who want to celebrate Valentine’s Day. You don’t have to travel far or to splurge so much on this day. If you live in New York, you can just walk out of your door and explore the city with your partner. Even if you have been living here all your life, some things may even surprise you still!