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”

DJ Versus Live Music for my Wedding

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

Now that we’ve added a DJ option for weddings and events in the Sarasota, FL area, I wanted to take a few minutes and hit on some key points to consider when looking for wedding entertainment. Specifically, I want to get into the wedding disc jockey versus wedding band argument. Of course, for many, it’s not really an argument at all…it’s simply a matter of the entertainment budget. We know that weddings aren’t cheap…with the average cost typically coming in at over $30,000 in the year 2014, according to a survey by The Knot, and touched upon by this article in the Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/13/average-cost-of-wedding-2014_n_6864860.html

As a musician, I hesitate to push people toward a DJ option without first considering a live band for the reception. But, if you’re spending a reasonable amount on the wedding venue, food, flowers and other stuff, and still coming up short on funds, a DJ might end up being your best, and only, realistic entertainment option for the reception.  That said, there’s no reason to be disappointed by this choice…just read on to find out why!

While there are great wedding bands in Sarasota, Tampa, Naples, Orlando and Ft. Myers, FL, a lot of the newer pop music that is preferred for wedding receptions can be difficult to replicate live. Even some of the best local wedding and event bands will, unfortunately, be using tracks to produce this music, which is somewhat disappointing. In a sense, this new generation of popular music is like processed food. It sounds great, but requires an extensive ingredient list concocted in a studio…and may be bad for your health as well…LOL.  Seriously, though….if you’re paying thousands of dollars for one of the best wedding bands in central Florida, you don’t really want mediocre tracks running behind them…it’s kinda like really expensive karaoke with a few good wedding singers (if you’re lucky).  And if the band doesn’t play with tracks, it better be at least 10 musicians strong, with multiple synthesizers and racks of effects, or it won’t sound anything like that new Calvin Harris, Chainsmokers, Jason Derulo, or Bruno Mars track you’ve been listening to non-stop!  Having a (good) DJ at your wedding means that you will have the original songs playing…songs that cost tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars or more  to produce, in the best studios in the world, playing for your listening pleasure.

Another consideration is the fact that disc jockeys can play many, many more songs for your wedding reception.  It’s not uncommon for the typical DJ to have thousands of the best wedding reception and party songs in their collection, with thousands more available via streaming if they have Wi-Fi at the wedding venue. No local band can compete with that.  In fact, you probably won’t find a wedding band anywhere in Florida or beyond able to offer this type of capability for fulfilling special music requests.

Now, before I go too much further, and get my fellow musicians mad at me (especially those that play wedding ceremonies, cocktails and receptions), it’s important to state that there’s something special about having a live band play for your wedding, too. This is especially true if you’ve hired great and talented musicians here in Florida. It’s visually dramatic, interactive, and adds a special touch to the reception. This is part of the reason we offer a “live music” DJ option here at David Turner Music.  Booking this package for your wedding event ensures that your guests will still get a unique Florida wedding experience, at a fraction of the cost of completely live entertainment. Click here for more info on David Turner Music’s “live music” DJ option.

With overall wedding budget being a huge factor in the band versus DJ argument, it’s important that we briefly touch upon this more obvious consideration.  While a DJ will certainly reduce your wedding entertainment costs, I definitely don’t recommend you look for the cheapest disc jockey you can find.  Believe it or not, a good DJ is a very talented guy or gal. At minimum, if they aren’t formally trained in music, they will have spent a lot of time learning to mix songs in a manner that will sound smooth and appropriate.  They’re tech-savvy, using expensive equipment, and tend to have good rhythm, and know a lot of songs that will keep people dancing. Expect to pay as much as you would for a one or two piece wedding band, at least in the central Florida area. And, don’t forget, disc jockeys have a lot of money wrapped up in the PA system. So no…your iPod running Pandora through cousin Mike’s Bluetooth beach speaker will not sounds the same…at all! Spend a few extra bucks and enjoy your wedding reception!!

Well, that’s about it for now.  Please stay tuned for more upcoming blog posts from David Turner Music that will give you great wedding planning ideas and advice! We want your Sarasota, FL area wedding to be the best it can be, with the best wedding entertainment available at your budget level! If you’re interested in our services, please head to our Wedding Musicians and DJs page today for more info!  Or, take a moment and contact us for pricing information.