One of the more unique venues the Square One Band has performed at has been the Rustix Manor in Woodstock, GA. It’s layout and location is perfect for a large outdoor wedding, and even though it is located in a Woodstock, it has a much more rural feel because of the amount of acreage that belongs to the venue’s owner. In a word (or three), a very cool place! For more information, click here.
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One of the more memorable events that occur during the reception, especially for brides, is the Father-Daughter dance. Over the course of the last several years, Sweetwater Junction has been asked for advice on what to pick for this (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.
Here are a couple of things to consider when picking that special song:
1) Tempo: How fast is the song? Unless you want to be doing a jitterbug, you may want to make sure the song is on the slower side. Trust me, I have seen many occassions where the song choice was far to fast, especially if the father of the bride is older.
2) Length: More often than note, dancing for more than four minutes or so may become a little awkward; remember, you will be the focal point for your guests. If you are naturally uncomfortable in the spotlight, you may want to pick a song that is shorter in length.
3) Lyrical Content: Obviously, you want to pick something that is appropriate and defines the kind of relationship you have with your father. With that, I have included a few links that include many choices for a Father-Daughter dance. Good luck in your decision making!
I am often asked where some of my favorite wedding reception locations have been, and without a doubt, Asheville is certainly in the top tier; the band has played there several times, and between the views, the weather, and the choice of venues to hold a wedding reception, it is hard to beat. For brides and grooms looking for the perfect spot, I have included several links which give details about several of the reception venues available in or near Asheville, NC. Enjoy!
For those interested in having their special day outdoors in Georgia, here is a great article which looks at some of the more well known and highly rated venues in Georgia. Enjoy!
Having played at many wedding venues over the last several years, I have learned a lot about what works from the client’s side of things, especially when it comes to their music choices. One of the things that I have come across recently is the issue that comes with venues not being truthful to potential clients when selling them on their capabilities to have music (especially live music played by a band) as a part of their wedding. In a nutshell, it is VERY IMPORTANT when discussing the option of live music with the venue owner/manager/coordinator what decibel levels are acceptable. Again, this is crucial! We have played several venues that told the wedding party that live music was possible, but when we arrived were told that the music needed to be less than 90 dB in volume at all times. To give you a comparison, 90 dB is equivalent to truck traffic at street level, according to OSHA. I can tell you that at their peak, most bands will hit closer to 100 dB on a regular basis during a live show. If you want a to protect yourself from issues, choose a venue that either a) does not have a sound level ordinance in/near it’s location or b) the dB reading can be at least 100 dB at the properties edge. Remember, I am talking about bands that play music most typical at weddings, ie rock, dance, music, etc. There is nothing worse than finding out on your big day that although you and your guests planned on partying and dancing the night away to the music of the live band you hired, the band will have to play so quiet and subdued it will be impossible to get the energy and atmosphere required to make the night happen the way you pictured it in your mind.
In conclusion, when choosing where you want to get married, if you are going to have a band, ASK ABOUT SPECIFIC (the maximum dB) VOLUME LEVELS).
Thanks for stopping by, and good luck as you plan your big day.
The band recently played at the Old Medical College in Augusta, GA for a very enthusiastic crowd. The photographer at the event, Melissa Garlington of garlingtonphotos.com was right in the thick of it, getting some great shots. Her and her assistant were very attentive and aware of the evening’s flow, and seemed to always be right in the correct space to get some great shots; not an easy thing to do! If you are in need of a photographer for your wedding or any other special event, I would certainly recommend Melissa and her company to capture your special day.
Having sat through many, many , many (do you get the picture) speeches by the best man at a wedding, some good and some bad, I thought it would be of use to round up some helpful links to articles that tackle this potentially very stressful experience. I hope they will be useful to you or anyone you know that needs to give a speech as the best man…good luck!!
Having played many weddings over the last several years, I have come to appreciate these special events and the work that goes into them. Because weddings are generally
once-in-a- lifetime events for a large majority of individuals, it is understandable that they would often need some guidance when planning their big day. I have recently found some great articles that address the all important “Do’s and Don’ts” to be considered for the big event. I hope they are helpful. Enjoy!
With so many choices to make when planning a wedding, I believe the biggest one, which needs to be decided first, is where you would like to get married. This might seem like a no-brainer, but in actuality, there is much to be thought about when deciding the specific venue for the big event. Questions such as the amount of guests you will be inviting, the travel that family members (some perhaps elderly) will have to endure, the hours and availability of the venue, need to be answered. Having played at hundreds of weddings over the last few years, I can tell you that the venue and its staff can make or break the ceremony/reception experience. So before you sign on the dotted line, make sure to have all your questions answered and all potential conflicts worked out.
Here are some great articles that address this very issue, as well as a website which lists several hundred wedding venues in Georgia.