Food, Food, Food!!!

The Square One Band, like every other band I know of and have played with, really appreciates a great meal before their performance. We are always very appreciative when our clients allow us to eat whatever the guests at their event are served, and given that has happened many times, we have had the pleasure of eating at some great (and not so great) catered weddings.  Of course, there are many things to keep in mind when choosing the right caterer for your big day. Here is an article that looks at some things to consider when making that all-important decision.


Ceremony Music

Many brides (and I say brides because let’s face it guys, the bride’s usually have the final say when it comes to making wedding decisions) opt to have live musicians play during the ceremony. While this is a great added touch, it can often add a significant expense to your overall music budget. If you have your heart set on having live music played during your ceremony,  here are some ways to save money and still be happy with the outcome.

1) Instead of using a string section, find out if the band has a keyboardist that can play string patches on his keyboard. While it may not be as visually pleasing, many of todays string samples sound incredibly realistic.

2) See if the band’s guitarist will play acoustic guitar and have the band’s vocalist accompany him.

3) Find out if anyone in the band plays another instrument, such as violin or cello. This will remove the need to bring an outside musician just for the ceremony.

Until next time, happy wedding planning!

The First Dances…Oh Me Oh My!

First dances (Bride/Groom, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son) really are an important part of the wedding experience because a) They are going to remembered by those involved for a long time and b) they are generally the official kick off to the party! That being said, here is a great forum which discusses first song options. Hope it is helpful!

Spotlight on the Planter’s Inn, located in Savannah, GA

The Square One Band has played in several venues throughout the Southeast, including Savannah’s Planter’s Inn, located in the heart of the Savannah Historic district. If you are planning on having a small to mid-size wedding with Southern charm, the Planter’s Inn may be the place for you. For more information, click here.

Looking for a Father-Daughter dance? Here are some lists that may help.

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!