Chicago Wedding Times – August, 2022

Test Your Music Knowledge

Just fill in the blanks in these titles of popular songs:

  • Eye of the ____ — Survivor
  • ____ Street — Gerry Rafferty
  • ____ Queen — Queen
  • Gin  & ____ — Snoop Dogg
  • Drops of ____ — Train
  • Ain’t No ____ — Bill Withers
  • Down ____ — Men at Work
  • ____ Yourself — Madonna
  • Family ____ — Hank Williams Jr.
  • Get the Party ____ — Pink

We’ll have the answers at the end of the newsletter.

How Your Chicago Wedding DJ Can Help You Personalize Your Wedding

There’s a lot more to a wedding ceremony than the same old “Canon in D” for the bridesmaids, the “Bridal Chorus” for the bride and the “Wedding March” recessional. While the classic favorites are a nice nod to tradition, perhaps you’d like to be a little more adventurous.
Here’s a perfect way to put your personal mark on your ceremony:  have your DJ research some of the great love songs from the years you were born, and play them as your guests are being seated. Who knows? Those very songs may have inspired your parents to… well, you know.
Then, put a notice in your wedding programs that your prelude music was chosen from your birth years. You don’t have to give the actual years.
Another option is to pick love songs from the year you started dating.
Your processional and recessional music, and any sand or candle or wine ceremony music, may also reflect your unique tastes. Your songs can be classical, jazz, modern pop… anything you like. There are no hard and fast rules anymore. Again, feel free to use your wedding programs to explain the special meaning behind the songs you chose.
You can do the same thing with your cocktail music and dinner music (though it’s usually best to limit your dinner music to instrumentals; vocals may interfere with your guests’ table conversations). Music is a window to the soul, and your musical selections will give your honored guests a fuller understanding and appreciation for the two of you as a couple. Happy planning!

Real Chicago Wedding – July 9, 2022

Maggie and Andres Branas met in Spain, but were married on a beautiful summer day at Chicago’s own City Winery. Then came a festive reception with lots of great Reggaeton, pop, classic 0ldies and hip-hop music. The Chicago DJ pros of Fourth Estate Audio provided the entire evening’s high-energy soundscape.

How to Keep the Intimacy in Your Wedding

A wedding doesn’t need to be a grand affair with a cast of thousands. In fact, the best weddings are often small and intimate, and not just because they’re cheaper. This article shows you how to keep the intimacy in your wedding, while making your guests feel truly special to be a part of it.
1. Keep your guest list small. There’s no need to invite everyone you’ve ever met, unless you’re trying to impress the whole world with how much money to have (or had, before your wedding). Close family and friends are essential; the rest of your list depends upon your budget and your willingness to give each guest less of your time.

2. Let your guests help you plan. If each guest has a small task to perform at your wedding, he or she will feel very  special about being invited to contribute to the success of your special day — whether it’s arranging transport, or addressing invitations, or creating DIY décor or favors… anything!
3. Choose an intimate venue. Museums often have wonderfully intimate party rooms. Barns can be very intimate. Many restaurants have small party rooms. An outdoor pavilion at a park is a nice place for a small wedding. You don’t have to book a giant banquet hall.
4. No seats at your ceremony. A brief ceremony with everyone standing will encourage your guests to get nice and close, so they can hear your officiant without a microphone. Of course, the key is “brief.” No one wants to stand for 20 minutes or more. 

5. Find a caterer who can create some truly unique entrees and desserts. Your wedding is special, and you can afford to think beyond the standard breaded chicken, mashed potatoes, mostaccioli and green beans.
6. Use long banquet tables. Seat your guests family-style, to allow for more intimate conversation with more people, instead of forcing everyone to shout across a 7-foot circular table.
7. Have an open mike. Let your guests share their memories of you during dinner. 

8. Display photos — even childhood photos — of you with your various wedding guests, to show them how much they’ve always meant to you. 
9. Have a videographer record a personal greeting by each guest. Whether the guest has a personal story, or a piece of marital wisdom, you’ll treasure their comments. Then, have them compiled in a special DVD memento that you can give to everyone.
10. Have your venue or caterer create a selection of signature cocktails instead of the usual beer, wine and liquor.
11. Keep your reception short. If it’s truly intimate, you probably won’t have a lot of dancing, so there’s no need to spend a lot of money on live music. Just let your guests meet-and-greet one another without a competing source of sound, and let the party wind down when everyone is ready. You may choose to have someone bring along a “boom box” and play some quiet background music; but skip the 8-piece band. You don’t need it.
These tips will ensure that your intimate wedding will leave your honored guests with a lifetime of memories of spending some great quality time with the two of you.

Okay, here are the answers to our music quiz:

  • Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  • Baker Street — Gerry Rafferty
  • Killer Queen — Queen
  • Gin  & Juice — Snoop Dogg
  • Drops of Jupiter — Train
  • Ain’t No Sunshine — Bill Withers
  • Down Under — Men at Work
  • Express Yourself — Madonna
  • Family Tradition — Hank Williams Jr.
  • Get the Party Started — Pink

How did you do?

To learn more about professional Chicago DJ entertainment and lighting by Fourth Estate Audio:

Jay Congdon