‘Tis the Season: The Original Wedding Expo

It’s venue-searching time and if you haven’t booked for 2015 already, you better act fast!  Venues are booking up quickly so if you want to have your wedding next year, you might consider booking a Friday or a Sunday.   After the venue is secured, there is a whole checklist of vendors you’ll have to start researching.  Some venues have their own in-house catering, but check with your venue as you may have to start researching outside caterers.

Your photographer could be next.  What style of photos do you want for them to capture? Remember you’ll have them for a lifetime, so checking out photographers ahead of time will allow you to really get a feel for their work.

Florists are something else you’ll want to look into early as they all book up really fast.  Start thinking about your colors, look on Pinterest for inspiration and check out who your venue and other vendors recommend.  Some might even have their own resource list on their websites to help you start your search.

Come on down to the Original Wedding Expo this Sunday, September 21 in Sturbridge, MA at the Sturbridge Host Hotel.  I’ll be exhibiting along with many other talented, experienced vendors.  Look for me in the morning from 10 – 11am while you wait for the doors to open as I’ll be serenading the masses to give you a sample of my work.  From 11a – 3:30pm I’ll be at Booth #10 near the runway!  (Look for the “A Song Makes a Wedding sign” – I’ll be the one with a big bowl of candy!)

I can’t wait to meet you and talk with you about your vision for your ceremony music.

See you there!

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A Song in Kennebunk

20140628_133937I had the amazing opportunity to work in Kennebunkport this past weekend and sing at the ceremony of a great couple at the most beautiful location! (all of it was reeeeeeally that amazing🙂 )

My Hunnie “El” loves it up here as much as I do so we decided to make a weekend of it.  I happened to stay at a hotel near the beach where an old colleague of mine works – always nice to bump into old friends!

After years of performing, I have my “warm-up” routine down pat: I like to vocalize alone, usually in the car for about a half hour and then sing the performance songs a couple times each in the days leading up to a gig.  With El by my side and in his new car, I didn’t have too much alone time.

We ended up walking along the beach late in the afternoon when hardly anyone was there. With the waves slurping the shoreline and the wind whipping by, I sang and let the breeze take my sound where it wanted. 20140627_200957

The next morning we did the same to warm up and got up to Kennebunkport near the church pretty early to beat any traffic.  The organist was delightful as well as the violinist I had the pleasure of playing with.

The church was over 150 years old.  There are certain spaces that when I walk into them, I can feel a certain vibration and am immediatley inspired to sing.  I sang up on the balcony with the other musicians and had to walk up this tiny little winding staircase to get there.  The organist was in his 70s and had been using them to travel up and down for over 20 years.

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In such a place, no microphone was needed.  The bride and groom chose “The Prayer” and “How Great Thou Art” – two of my favorites.  The organist and violinist were perfect accompanists.

I hope the rest of the evening and weekend was as perfect for the bride and groom as mine was.

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Choosing a processional song

What do you want your processional song to represent? Do you want it to be a classical song, soft and well-known so that the focus is on you and your gorgeous dress?  Are you the fun, quirky type who wants your guests to remember the fun-loving side of you and your ceremony? Maybe you want your song to be a tear-jerker, sung by a sultry voice before you stare into your partner’s eyes at the end of the aisle.   Or maybe it’s not up to you and you leave it up to your friends to decide by polling your guest list.

Your processional song can represent anything you want and can be an intimate moment between you and your partner or can involve your entire circle of friends.  For the next two, to three, to six months or (if you’re a last-minute gal or guy like me!) in the next few weeks, write down some notes and key words that represent what you want this moment to mean to you and do some research.  You can include it on your program or, if you’re not printing programs, make it a surprise – sometimes it can be that much more meaningful if your guests don’t know what’s coming!

Of course there are always plenty of sites to get your ideas flowing like The Knot  and Wedding Wire.

If you’re stuck, don’t hesitate to shoot me a note by visiting the contact page.

Happy planning!

 

Ave Maria

A timeless song, I have sung Ave Maria at countless weddings. It’s one of those tunes that can be sung as the mother of the bride walks down the isle, as the bride walks down the aisle, or as the couple lights their candles, and can bring about an intense emotion for anyone listening. The picture below is a shot of me, just about to sing the classic song with a smiling bride in the background.

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