I always wished I had the talent to either sing or play an instrument. I can play the very simple version of ‘Ode Joy’ on the piano from having 2 years of piano lessons. And sadly, everyone in my immediate family are tone-deaf! I get lots of “I’d rather hear them sing” from Matt in the car. Fortunately I come from parents who raised my brother and I on many genres of music. I can’t remember a time when I was very young liking “children” music. The Golden Oldies is all I remember! My parents met in their mid-late 30′s. So they grew up with a different genre than most of my age group’s parents. For example, Elvis (to me, there is only ONE!) was and always will be one of my favorite artists. From ‘Jailhouse Rock’ to my all-time favorite ‘If I Can Dream’ and everything in between! Two of my first concerts were The Beach Boys and Ray Charles. Millie (my mom! How can you not call her that when she has a cute little name like that?!) mostly loves 50′s and early 60′s as well as blue’s. She definitely got me into the latter. Bobby (my daddy. Again, cute name!) also loves the 50′s and 60′s but he also got into the “hippy” music such as Fleetwood Mac, The Doors, and Janis Joplin. You would think being from the South that we would all love country music but in my parent’s house, that is a no-no! The only exception is Garth Brooks. But as of very recently, I’m enjoying my fair share of country! What I’m getting at, music is a very important part of my life and sanity. It’s helped me through deaths, break-up’s, road trips, memories of old friends, etc.
Since music is so important to us, I knew we had to have the best DJ in Charlotte. 3 words…..Split Second Sound! I had always heard great things about them and even attended weddings that they DJ-ed. I had never met the infamous Vinny Esposito until Matt and I drove ALL the way out to Stallings, NC to meet with him. Have I ever said how much I love Italians?! Especially ones from either New York or New England?! Of course I have! I’m marrying one! Anyhoo, I loved Vinny from the very first hug! We talked about our wedding logistics, Vinny and Matt talked about being Italian and Patriots and Giants football, and I talked about how I’m not a fan of the Panthers (Vinny is the DJ for all of the Panthers games!)!! We hired Vinny on the spot! The most funny thing he said before we walked out the door was, “The only way I wouldn’t be able to do your wedding is if the Panthers go to the Superbowl.” Hahaha, good one Vinny! *side note, our wedding is the day before the Superbowl*
We hired them for the entire wedding; ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Nothing about our wedding is going to be traditional. I’m making sure of that! The song that I will be walking down the aisle to is beautiful and perfect. I wouldn’t want it played live. And the same goes for the songs that our mother’s and my bridesmaids will be walking down to. As much as I love a good concert (trust me, I couldn’t tell you how many I’ve been to in my life), I want all genres played so everyone can have a great time. With that said, if I had unlimited funds I would FOR SURE have Justin Timberlake come do a concert at our reception…. But then I might not leave with my new husband!
My last advice: Do your research on DJ’s! Questions to ask; How long have they been in business? Will they play what YOU want played? Do they have great reviews? What type of equipment do they use? How many DJ’s are employed by them? Can you pick your DJ? Do they offer other fun “accessories” such as uplighting, monogrammed lights, etc? Do they provide microphones for the ceremony and reception? Are they wireless? I could go on and on with questions! In case you haven’t noticed, I ask everyone EVERYTHING!!!
If you’re stumped on what music you’d like to play at your wedding, there are so many resources out there on the world wide web for inspiration! Wedding Wire is great, as well as The Knot.
Lastly, my absolute favorite resource has been an app called “FUN WEDDING”. All of the songs are categorized and you’re allowed to make yourself a ‘Favorite’ list to save for that last meeting with your DJ! I’m posting the iTunes link in the app icon below. Enjoy getting your groove on!