Viviana and Dante’s Wedding – 5-Stars!!

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Sarasota’s new Carlisle Inn, located in the heart of the Pinecraft Amish and Mennonite district, provided the backdrop for an intimate and unique September Sarasota wedding for David Turner Music.

Interestingly, my cellphone’s 305 area code (Miami) almost got me overlooked for this wedding, as the bride thought I would be coming from South Florida, and couldn’t imagine how I could stay within her budget. Once I assured her that I’ve been a Sarasota resident for seven years, everything was good. In fact, I was really pleased to find out that the venue would be the newly constructed Carlisle Inn, as it is right around the corner from me.  For this wedding I would be behind the DJ booth…no saxophone.

David Turner Music Sarasota,FL DJ Service

David Turner Music of Sarasota, FL DJ Service

I took a few minutes to check out the new hotel and it’s built-in PA system the night before the wedding, since I would be DJ-ing using the house sound system. Of course, as musicians and DJs know, sometimes it’s pretty hit or miss when you’re using the hotel’s sound. Luckily, I was greeted by a nice pair of QSC speakers suspended from the ceiling, and a wall mounted LCD QSC mixer.  So, I knew that I wouldn’t have any problems with sound quality at this wedding venue, once I made the connections and got the levels correct.

Wedding décor for Viviana and Dante’s wedding included white hydrangea and beautiful vintage-looking cream and pink roses.  The Carlisle provided a buffet style dinner with traditional fare, including salad, chicken, baked potatoes, and more.  Dessert was a terrific looking wedding cake.

As guests arrived to the reception from a local church, I played a nice mix of newer popular music that wouldn’t be too distracting.  A family’s arrival at a wedding usually kicks off a lot of conversation, so it’s important to keep the music light, initially.  For the first dance, Ed Sheeran’s Perfect was quickly recognized by the guests in attendance.  When it was time to kick things up a little after dinner, some top 40 from the last decade or so, with some pre-requested Argentinian music got things moving (The late Rodrigo was featured, among others).  Some of the hits I played from my personal music collection included songs by Pit Bull, Calvin Harris, FloRida, Ne-Yo, Justin Timberlake, Dua Lipa, Alessia Cara, Chainsmokers and more.  I tossed in a couple older songs but, for the most part, Vivana wanted to stick with songs from the last 10-15 years.  Later in the evening, I was even able to throw in one of my nice recent remixes, Attention by Charlie Puth.

Since this was a second wedding, the bride and groom were very chill.  It created a perfect, fun atmosphere for everybody at the party, and I’m happy to report that Viviana just left a nice 5-star review for me on Bark.com.

 

Bride and Groom:  Vivian and Dante

Wedding Venue – Carlisle Inn Sarasota, FL  http://www.dhgroup.com/inns/carlisle-inn-sarasota

Disc Jockey Service – David Turner Music Sarasota, FL  https://www.davidturnermusic.com

Flowers – Hydrangeas and Vintage cream and pink roses

Guests – about 75

Video – family videographer

photo  – family photographer

Arrival and dinner music – Mostly current Pop

Dance music – Argentinian pop/rock and 2007+ Pop/Top40

First Dance – Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect”

Sarasota Best DJ Tips – Wedding Music Selection

David Turner Music Blog - Music tips, info, ideas and news, Sarasota Wedding and Event DJ Service

 

An image of a live sound mixer in the foreground, with a DJ rig and Sarasota's David Turner Music logo in the background

David Turner Music and your wedding…just the right mix!

On occasion, here at David Turner Music, we will be blogging about DJ-ing weddings and events (among many other topics), in an effort to provide clients with some insight on the approach we take at wedding receptions, private parties, corporate and themed events, etc. While the overall approach to DJ-ing is similar for all of these parties, we want to share some things that we feel make a successful event. In this installment of the blog, I want to talk about disc jockey music selection for the different types of events, starting with weddings.

Wedding receptions can typically be broken down into a few parts, as far as music is concerned: Special Music Segments(Wedding party intros, first and special dances, etc.), light dance sets, dance sets, and the dinner set. When choosing a great DJ in Sarasota, Tampa, Orlando, Naples or Fort Myers, Florida, you will clearly want him or her to have a variety of great music in their collection and, possibly more important, know the appropriate time to play that music.  After all, you’ll see a lot of DJs brag about having tens of thousands of songs on tap. But, of course, that’s just part of the equation.

As an example, every bride and groom will have their favorite artists and songs on a playlist that they will supply to a DJ prior to the event, but it’s important to understand that their favorite music might not speak to all of the guests at the wedding. That said…make no mistake…YOU DEFINITELY PLAY THE SONGS THAT THEY REQUEST FOR THEIR WEDDING! However, maybe you can fit the slightly less popular or more obscure stuff in during dinner, for example. When you want a packed dance floor at a wedding, you really have to be playing the biggest hits…hits that everybody knows…not just the bride and groom.

As far as wedding party intros and special dances, they will, of course,  involve playing exact requests.  So, nothing to worry about there.

Dinner is the perfect time to focus on the bride’s and groom’s music requests…especially lesser known stuff and slower songs. Most wedding guests are engaged in conversation at this point, and also more receptive to music that they may not be as familiar with, anyway. So, go ahead and get those more obscure/mellow/chill requests in before the party kicks into gear!

Light dance sets at weddings might consist of a pre-dinner dance set, or an instance where some guests are finished eating, while others are not quite done. You’re not ready to blow the place up with the latest Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran or Coldplay song, but you want to “fill the void” so to speak, with some decent and danceable stuff. Go ahead and DJ some second tier hits while you’re prepping for the big set that will follow.

The big dance sets at a wedding reception in Sarasota, or any other place for that matter, will be huge hits from different decades and styles, and maybe a few regional-type favorites…just do a great job mixing and transitioning and all will be well.

So, that’s about it for the first rendition of the “Sarasota Best DJ Tips” blog. Stay tuned for additional posts in the near future, and thanks again for considering David Turner Music of Sarasota, FL for your disc jockey and live music needs on the west coast of Florida! – DT