The band played in a town we don’t get too very often, Mobile, Alabama. Although it was a bit of a haul, the crowd’s enthusiasm during our set made it well worth the effort! The weather held out during most of the trip down, although it rained a bit during our load out, which is never fun. Regardless, it was a successful trip for the Square One Band, and we look forward to going back to Mobile next Summer when another show is planned there. Until next time!
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!
The band was on the coast this weekend, and it was a stormy one! Fortunately, the tent did its job and kept the gear and the guests (mostly) dry. Because of the constant change of plans due to the weather, I wasn’t able to focus on getting good pics with my camera, but I took a few with my phone. If it’s true about it being good luck for a couple for it to rain on their wedding day, then this bride and groom should be together for a long time!
The band recently had the pleasure of playing in one of our favorite cities, Charleston, South Carolina. Although it was a typical Summer night in Charleston (hot, humid with the threat of rain), the band as well as those attended had a great time! If you are thinking about getting married in the South, Charleston would be a great place to consider; here is a great listing of Charleston venues to check out.
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 performed at a beautiful wedding in Savannah: although the forecast called for rain, the sksy miraculously cleared right before the reception, and the crowd was able to enjoy the beautiful evening. I wasn’t able to get many pics, but took a few before the performance…
I recently found a great article with several features that discuss planning a great wedding reception. I hope you find it helpful. Enjoy!