"Southern Strings – Weddings and Functions Wollongong"

Music for Your Wedding, Ceremony, Reception or Special Occasion

Wedding Songs For Your Ceremony – First Processional

By James Loram

Choosing the right wedding songs for your processional should be an easy task. The problem is most people don’t have any idea what songs fit in this particular ceremony event. I will include a list of traditional (and non-traditional) First Processionals at the end of this article. But first, I’ll go over what the processional is and how to plan it then go over music ideas for you.

Here’s a brief description of the processional. This is where the parents and any other special people (aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, etc.) are honored by having them walk down the isle. They can be walked down by an usher or groomsman or they can walk down as a couple. The parents of the groom, for instance, could walk down as a couple if still married. Don’t go too crazy and include everybody in the processional (like your fifth cousin, once removed). It should be saved for the most important people in your life. I’ll go over the entrance order in reverse. The last person down the isle would be the bride’s mom. Before her, would be the groom’s mom. And before her would be the grandparents of the bride, then the grandparents of the groom. Any other special people would come before the grandparents. Notice how the most important, the more special the person is, the later they walk down the isle? I know, it seems backward, but it’s like a Hollywood film. The most important events happen at the end! Start with your close special people, then the grandparents of the groom, then the bride’s grandparents, then the parents of the groom, then, finally, the bride’s mom finishes the first processional. She won’t be escorted by the father of the bride, as he will be walking the bride down the isle. The bride’s mom can be escorted by her son (I know, you can let out a cute "awwww!) or any other person she’d prefer. This is the First Processional, or the Processional for the Parents. What follows is the Second Processional, or the Processional for the Bridesmaids. Finally, the Third Processional, or the Bride’s Processional follows next. We’ll go over those processionals next time.

The wedding song you choose for your parent’s processional can range from classical to contemporary and should reflect your style and/or your parent’s tastes. Some traditional songs are Air On A G String by Bach, Greensleeves, and of course, the very popular, much overused Canon in D Major by Pachalbel. Now, if you’ve always pictured your family walking down to a played out wedding song, that’s fine. There are so many different versions of these songs available, you can always find one that has a new, unique feel to it. I currently have 16 different versions of Canon in D Major in my music library! Another route is using contemporary songs, such as Con Ti Partiro by Andrea Bocelli (or by any other artist, for that matter) or even a Josh Groban song. If you’d prefer vocal-free, many times you can find instrumental versions of these songs that will work well. I’ve even had some clients have tons of fun with this, the very start of their wedding day, by playing a fun, over-the-top song like Chapel of Love by the Dixie Cups.

Whatever wedding song you choose for your First Processional, make sure the bride and the bride’s mom love it. The groom and everyone else can simply "like" it-I think you’ll be able to get away with that! Now, as promised here’s a list of wedding songs and music ideas for your First Processional!

    * Adagio – Mozart
    * Air – Handel
    * Air on a G String – Bach
    * Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach
    * Prelude No. 1 In C Major – Bach
    * Sheep May Safely Graze – Bach
    * Siciliano – Bach
    * My Heart Will Go On (Piano) – Christopher Peacock
    * Ode To Joy – Beethoven
    * The Wedding Song – Petula Clark
    * Ave Maria – Pavarotti
    * Canon In D Major – Pachelbel
    * Con Ti Partiro (the Bellagio song) – Bocelli
    * Flower Duet – Traditional
    * Greensleeves – Traditional
    * Minuet – Mozart

Also, search for these wedding song titles by title only (leave the artist blank) and you’ll find a wide selection of different versions. Oh, and don’t forget another great source–movie soundtracks! Good luck choosing your wedding songs!

James is a southern California DJ/MC/Host and Wedding Planner and loves helping his clients with their wedding planning and wedding music. He can be found at Wedding Songs and Music Ideas, or at Last Dance entertainment. http://lastdance.net

Points to Consider For a Superb Wedding Photography

By Amanda Jane

Your wedding photographs are the perfect reminders of your wedding. They are the permanent hard copy records that an event ever took place. They are the memories that you will share with people who were unable to attend so they can know what took place during the day. To get the best pictures for your event requires that you follow a series of steps. Whether you hire a professional photographer or not, you will need to abide by the same basic principles to be able to obtain the best images or your event. We take a look at how to go about your wedding photography for perfect pictures.

One important thing to consider about your wedding photography is not to limit the amount of pictures. You should have a contract with your photographer to shoot as many pictures as possible. The more pictures you have, the more coverage of the wedding you will have. Again, more pictures means you have adequate covered every aspect of the event. The photographer must also be able to capture the emotions of the people. – the laughter, the shock, the happiness, the smile and the cries. He must be ale to let the camera record the feeling of the guests. Lastly, you must take pictures only when the background is ideal. The background must be very exciting and elegant in all cases.

Beautiful and well taken pictures are a joy. They make you go over your wedding again and laugh about the funny part. Good pictures make excellent memories. You will love to keep them in your album and show it off to your friends on visit. The pictures you take must have the look of a professional printer. The design, effects and sizes should be standard and elegant so you can comfortably distribute to your family and friends for their memories. The photos must employ artistic effects that will remove all forms of imperfections and then render them glamorous. Lastly, the paper must be of high quality so that they can be placed in different locations without warping.

Get more information about mother of groom dresses and ideas for wedding etiquette at http://www.weddingtimes.com

Want a Cheap Wedding in Style?

Most of us long for the perfect fairytale wedding ceremony that everybody will remember. Practically, however, this is not always feasible because of accelerating costs. More and more people are thus looking towards a wedding ceremony without ostentations, desirably one that is lighter on the pocket. Sounds amazing, but this is actually possible if you plan out the wedding ceremony meticulously, and creatively, so that you can avoid unnecessary expenses. This can bring down your wedding cost to as low as â,¤2000, yet making it as beautiful as the one you always wished for.

The following pointers would make your job easier:

• Guest List- you might want to invite everybody you’ve known all your life to your wedding, but expense-wise, this might not be a wise idea. Instead, opt for a close family affair, so that that list of invitees is limited only to your family and close friends. A close-knit affair is also much more special than a grand, expensive wedding. In doing this, you’ll also have to keep in mind to send out notes of apology to those you’ve not invited, promising them a treat later! Having a shorter guest list also helps in deciding on a smaller, and, needless to say, a less expensive location for your wedding.

• Ceremony- the costs involved in the actual wedding ceremony depends on the kind of wedding ceremony you’re having. It’s best to go for a civil ceremony, which is very economical. It’s also advised that you hold the ceremony at the registrar’s office rather than at the location you’ve booked for the dinner afterwards, for which the charges of the registrar are bound to be higher. Most offices are spacious, and aesthetically decorated, making it apt for a quiet wedding gathering comprising of close family members.

• Reception Venue- if you’ve already slashed out names from your guest list, hunting down a cozy local hotel with an open lawn will not be too difficult. Additionally, the advantage of choosing a cheaper venue is that you can afford to splurge on the decor and the food. To bring down costs further, arrange for only one complimentary drink for all your guests, making the rest payable ones.

• Food- the lavish spread for guests at a wedding usually constitutes the biggest of all wedding expenses. However, you’ll have to find ways of cutting costs in this area as well. The best way to do this is to set out a buffet lunch/dinner, ensuring minimal wastage. At an intimate wedding dinner, you could also plan a home-cooked meal, which will be both sumptuous and special. You can also try other innovative ideas for wedding parties, such as a pizza dinner, or a barbeque: both of these are cheap, yet delicious. To the liberally topped pizzas, add two salads and wine and you’ll have a perfect pizza dinner. To bring your family closer during your wedding, try a potluck dinner, so that all the family delicacies can be served together.

The thumb rule of planning a cheap wedding is to keep in mind that you want to begin a new phase of life, and not show off to the world. This rule will automatically set other things right for you, as you’ll want a quiet family dinner rather than a grand reception. Money will then no longer be a problem.

Simon Johnnson is the director of content for Executive Gift Shoppe. They specialize in groomsmen gifts such as pocket watches and cufflinks. See: http://www.executivegiftshoppe.com

..

Wedding Songs For Your Ceremony – First Processional

By James Loram

Choosing the right wedding songs for your processional should be an easy task. The problem is most people don’t have any idea what songs fit in this particular ceremony event. I will include a list of traditional (and non-traditional) First Processionals at the end of this article. But first, I’ll go over what the processional is and how to plan it then go over music ideas for you.

Here’s a brief description of the processional. This is where the parents and any other special people (aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, etc.) are honored by having them walk down the isle. They can be walked down by an usher or groomsman or they can walk down as a couple. The parents of the groom, for instance, could walk down as a couple if still married. Don’t go too crazy and include everybody in the processional (like your fifth cousin, once removed). It should be saved for the most important people in your life. I’ll go over the entrance order in reverse. The last person down the isle would be the bride’s mom. Before her, would be the groom’s mom. And before her would be the grandparents of the bride, then the grandparents of the groom. Any other special people would come before the grandparents. Notice how the most important, the more special the person is, the later they walk down the isle? I know, it seems backward, but it’s like a Hollywood film. The most important events happen at the end! Start with your close special people, then the grandparents of the groom, then the bride’s grandparents, then the parents of the groom, then, finally, the bride’s mom finishes the first processional. She won’t be escorted by the father of the bride, as he will be walking the bride down the isle. The bride’s mom can be escorted by her son (I know, you can let out a cute "awwww!) or any other person she’d prefer. This is the First Processional, or the Processional for the Parents. What follows is the Second Processional, or the Processional for the Bridesmaids. Finally, the Third Processional, or the Bride’s Processional follows next. We’ll go over those processionals next time.

The wedding song you choose for your parent’s processional can range from classical to contemporary and should reflect your style and/or your parent’s tastes. Some traditional songs are Air On A G String by Bach, Greensleeves, and of course, the very popular, much overused Canon in D Major by Pachalbel. Now, if you’ve always pictured your family walking down to a played out wedding song, that’s fine. There are so many different versions of these songs available, you can always find one that has a new, unique feel to it. I currently have 16 different versions of Canon in D Major in my music library! Another route is using contemporary songs, such as Con Ti Partiro by Andrea Bocelli (or by any other artist, for that matter) or even a Josh Groban song. If you’d prefer vocal-free, many times you can find instrumental versions of these songs that will work well. I’ve even had some clients have tons of fun with this, the very start of their wedding day, by playing a fun, over-the-top song like Chapel of Love by the Dixie Cups.

Whatever wedding song you choose for your First Processional, make sure the bride and the bride’s mom love it. The groom and everyone else can simply "like" it-I think you’ll be able to get away with that! Now, as promised here’s a list of wedding songs and music ideas for your First Processional!

    * Adagio – Mozart
    * Air – Handel
    * Air on a G String – Bach
    * Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach
    * Prelude No. 1 In C Major – Bach
    * Sheep May Safely Graze – Bach
    * Siciliano – Bach
    * My Heart Will Go On (Piano) – Christopher Peacock
    * Ode To Joy – Beethoven
    * The Wedding Song – Petula Clark
    * Ave Maria – Pavarotti
    * Canon In D Major – Pachelbel
    * Con Ti Partiro (the Bellagio song) – Bocelli
    * Flower Duet – Traditional
    * Greensleeves – Traditional
    * Minuet – Mozart

Also, search for these wedding song titles by title only (leave the artist blank) and you’ll find a wide selection of different versions. Oh, and don’t forget another great source–movie soundtracks! Good luck choosing your wedding songs!

James is a southern California DJ/MC/Host and Wedding Planner and loves helping his clients with their wedding planning and wedding music. He can be found at Wedding Songs and Music Ideas, or at Last Dance entertainment. http://lastdance.net

Points to Consider For a Superb Wedding Photography

By Amanda Jane

Your wedding photographs are the perfect reminders of your wedding. They are the permanent hard copy records that an event ever took place. They are the memories that you will share with people who were unable to attend so they can know what took place during the day. To get the best pictures for your event requires that you follow a series of steps. Whether you hire a professional photographer or not, you will need to abide by the same basic principles to be able to obtain the best images or your event. We take a look at how to go about your wedding photography for perfect pictures.

One important thing to consider about your wedding photography is not to limit the amount of pictures. You should have a contract with your photographer to shoot as many pictures as possible. The more pictures you have, the more coverage of the wedding you will have. Again, more pictures means you have adequate covered every aspect of the event. The photographer must also be able to capture the emotions of the people. – the laughter, the shock, the happiness, the smile and the cries. He must be ale to let the camera record the feeling of the guests. Lastly, you must take pictures only when the background is ideal. The background must be very exciting and elegant in all cases.

Beautiful and well taken pictures are a joy. They make you go over your wedding again and laugh about the funny part. Good pictures make excellent memories. You will love to keep them in your album and show it off to your friends on visit. The pictures you take must have the look of a professional printer. The design, effects and sizes should be standard and elegant so you can comfortably distribute to your family and friends for their memories. The photos must employ artistic effects that will remove all forms of imperfections and then render them glamorous. Lastly, the paper must be of high quality so that they can be placed in different locations without warping.

Get more information about mother of groom dresses and ideas for wedding etiquette at http://www.weddingtimes.com

Want a Cheap Wedding in Style?

Most of us long for the perfect fairytale wedding ceremony that everybody will remember. Practically, however, this is not always feasible because of accelerating costs. More and more people are thus looking towards a wedding ceremony without ostentations, desirably one that is lighter on the pocket. Sounds amazing, but this is actually possible if you plan out the wedding ceremony meticulously, and creatively, so that you can avoid unnecessary expenses. This can bring down your wedding cost to as low as â,¤2000, yet making it as beautiful as the one you always wished for.

The following pointers would make your job easier:

• Guest List- you might want to invite everybody you’ve known all your life to your wedding, but expense-wise, this might not be a wise idea. Instead, opt for a close family affair, so that that list of invitees is limited only to your family and close friends. A close-knit affair is also much more special than a grand, expensive wedding. In doing this, you’ll also have to keep in mind to send out notes of apology to those you’ve not invited, promising them a treat later! Having a shorter guest list also helps in deciding on a smaller, and, needless to say, a less expensive location for your wedding.

• Ceremony- the costs involved in the actual wedding ceremony depends on the kind of wedding ceremony you’re having. It’s best to go for a civil ceremony, which is very economical. It’s also advised that you hold the ceremony at the registrar’s office rather than at the location you’ve booked for the dinner afterwards, for which the charges of the registrar are bound to be higher. Most offices are spacious, and aesthetically decorated, making it apt for a quiet wedding gathering comprising of close family members.

• Reception Venue- if you’ve already slashed out names from your guest list, hunting down a cozy local hotel with an open lawn will not be too difficult. Additionally, the advantage of choosing a cheaper venue is that you can afford to splurge on the decor and the food. To bring down costs further, arrange for only one complimentary drink for all your guests, making the rest payable ones.

• Food- the lavish spread for guests at a wedding usually constitutes the biggest of all wedding expenses. However, you’ll have to find ways of cutting costs in this area as well. The best way to do this is to set out a buffet lunch/dinner, ensuring minimal wastage. At an intimate wedding dinner, you could also plan a home-cooked meal, which will be both sumptuous and special. You can also try other innovative ideas for wedding parties, such as a pizza dinner, or a barbeque: both of these are cheap, yet delicious. To the liberally topped pizzas, add two salads and wine and you’ll have a perfect pizza dinner. To bring your family closer during your wedding, try a potluck dinner, so that all the family delicacies can be served together.

The thumb rule of planning a cheap wedding is to keep in mind that you want to begin a new phase of life, and not show off to the world. This rule will automatically set other things right for you, as you’ll want a quiet family dinner rather than a grand reception. Money will then no longer be a problem.

Simon Johnnson is the director of content for Executive Gift Shoppe. They specialize in groomsmen gifts such as pocket watches and cufflinks. See: http://www.executivegiftshoppe.com

..

Wedding Songs For Your Ceremony – First Processional

By James Loram

Choosing the right wedding songs for your processional should be an easy task. The problem is most people don’t have any idea what songs fit in this particular ceremony event. I will include a list of traditional (and non-traditional) First Processionals at the end of this article. But first, I’ll go over what the processional is and how to plan it then go over music ideas for you.

Here’s a brief description of the processional. This is where the parents and any other special people (aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, etc.) are honored by having them walk down the isle. They can be walked down by an usher or groomsman or they can walk down as a couple. The parents of the groom, for instance, could walk down as a couple if still married. Don’t go too crazy and include everybody in the processional (like your fifth cousin, once removed). It should be saved for the most important people in your life. I’ll go over the entrance order in reverse. The last person down the isle would be the bride’s mom. Before her, would be the groom’s mom. And before her would be the grandparents of the bride, then the grandparents of the groom. Any other special people would come before the grandparents. Notice how the most important, the more special the person is, the later they walk down the isle? I know, it seems backward, but it’s like a Hollywood film. The most important events happen at the end! Start with your close special people, then the grandparents of the groom, then the bride’s grandparents, then the parents of the groom, then, finally, the bride’s mom finishes the first processional. She won’t be escorted by the father of the bride, as he will be walking the bride down the isle. The bride’s mom can be escorted by her son (I know, you can let out a cute "awwww!) or any other person she’d prefer. This is the First Processional, or the Processional for the Parents. What follows is the Second Processional, or the Processional for the Bridesmaids. Finally, the Third Processional, or the Bride’s Processional follows next. We’ll go over those processionals next time.

The wedding song you choose for your parent’s processional can range from classical to contemporary and should reflect your style and/or your parent’s tastes. Some traditional songs are Air On A G String by Bach, Greensleeves, and of course, the very popular, much overused Canon in D Major by Pachalbel. Now, if you’ve always pictured your family walking down to a played out wedding song, that’s fine. There are so many different versions of these songs available, you can always find one that has a new, unique feel to it. I currently have 16 different versions of Canon in D Major in my music library! Another route is using contemporary songs, such as Con Ti Partiro by Andrea Bocelli (or by any other artist, for that matter) or even a Josh Groban song. If you’d prefer vocal-free, many times you can find instrumental versions of these songs that will work well. I’ve even had some clients have tons of fun with this, the very start of their wedding day, by playing a fun, over-the-top song like Chapel of Love by the Dixie Cups.

Whatever wedding song you choose for your First Processional, make sure the bride and the bride’s mom love it. The groom and everyone else can simply "like" it-I think you’ll be able to get away with that! Now, as promised here’s a list of wedding songs and music ideas for your First Processional!

    * Adagio – Mozart
    * Air – Handel
    * Air on a G String – Bach
    * Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach
    * Prelude No. 1 In C Major – Bach
    * Sheep May Safely Graze – Bach
    * Siciliano – Bach
    * My Heart Will Go On (Piano) – Christopher Peacock
    * Ode To Joy – Beethoven
    * The Wedding Song – Petula Clark
    * Ave Maria – Pavarotti
    * Canon In D Major – Pachelbel
    * Con Ti Partiro (the Bellagio song) – Bocelli
    * Flower Duet – Traditional
    * Greensleeves – Traditional
    * Minuet – Mozart

Also, search for these wedding song titles by title only (leave the artist blank) and you’ll find a wide selection of different versions. Oh, and don’t forget another great source–movie soundtracks! Good luck choosing your wedding songs!

James is a southern California DJ/MC/Host and Wedding Planner and loves helping his clients with their wedding planning and wedding music. He can be found at Wedding Songs and Music Ideas, or at Last Dance entertainment. http://lastdance.net

Points to Consider For a Superb Wedding Photography

By Amanda Jane

Your wedding photographs are the perfect reminders of your wedding. They are the permanent hard copy records that an event ever took place. They are the memories that you will share with people who were unable to attend so they can know what took place during the day. To get the best pictures for your event requires that you follow a series of steps. Whether you hire a professional photographer or not, you will need to abide by the same basic principles to be able to obtain the best images or your event. We take a look at how to go about your wedding photography for perfect pictures.

One important thing to consider about your wedding photography is not to limit the amount of pictures. You should have a contract with your photographer to shoot as many pictures as possible. The more pictures you have, the more coverage of the wedding you will have. Again, more pictures means you have adequate covered every aspect of the event. The photographer must also be able to capture the emotions of the people. – the laughter, the shock, the happiness, the smile and the cries. He must be ale to let the camera record the feeling of the guests. Lastly, you must take pictures only when the background is ideal. The background must be very exciting and elegant in all cases.

Beautiful and well taken pictures are a joy. They make you go over your wedding again and laugh about the funny part. Good pictures make excellent memories. You will love to keep them in your album and show it off to your friends on visit. The pictures you take must have the look of a professional printer. The design, effects and sizes should be standard and elegant so you can comfortably distribute to your family and friends for their memories. The photos must employ artistic effects that will remove all forms of imperfections and then render them glamorous. Lastly, the paper must be of high quality so that they can be placed in different locations without warping.

Get more information about mother of groom dresses and ideas for wedding etiquette at http://www.weddingtimes.com

Want a Cheap Wedding in Style?

Most of us long for the perfect fairytale wedding ceremony that everybody will remember. Practically, however, this is not always feasible because of accelerating costs. More and more people are thus looking towards a wedding ceremony without ostentations, desirably one that is lighter on the pocket. Sounds amazing, but this is actually possible if you plan out the wedding ceremony meticulously, and creatively, so that you can avoid unnecessary expenses. This can bring down your wedding cost to as low as â,¤2000, yet making it as beautiful as the one you always wished for.

The following pointers would make your job easier:

• Guest List- you might want to invite everybody you’ve known all your life to your wedding, but expense-wise, this might not be a wise idea. Instead, opt for a close family affair, so that that list of invitees is limited only to your family and close friends. A close-knit affair is also much more special than a grand, expensive wedding. In doing this, you’ll also have to keep in mind to send out notes of apology to those you’ve not invited, promising them a treat later! Having a shorter guest list also helps in deciding on a smaller, and, needless to say, a less expensive location for your wedding.

• Ceremony- the costs involved in the actual wedding ceremony depends on the kind of wedding ceremony you’re having. It’s best to go for a civil ceremony, which is very economical. It’s also advised that you hold the ceremony at the registrar’s office rather than at the location you’ve booked for the dinner afterwards, for which the charges of the registrar are bound to be higher. Most offices are spacious, and aesthetically decorated, making it apt for a quiet wedding gathering comprising of close family members.

• Reception Venue- if you’ve already slashed out names from your guest list, hunting down a cozy local hotel with an open lawn will not be too difficult. Additionally, the advantage of choosing a cheaper venue is that you can afford to splurge on the decor and the food. To bring down costs further, arrange for only one complimentary drink for all your guests, making the rest payable ones.

• Food- the lavish spread for guests at a wedding usually constitutes the biggest of all wedding expenses. However, you’ll have to find ways of cutting costs in this area as well. The best way to do this is to set out a buffet lunch/dinner, ensuring minimal wastage. At an intimate wedding dinner, you could also plan a home-cooked meal, which will be both sumptuous and special. You can also try other innovative ideas for wedding parties, such as a pizza dinner, or a barbeque: both of these are cheap, yet delicious. To the liberally topped pizzas, add two salads and wine and you’ll have a perfect pizza dinner. To bring your family closer during your wedding, try a potluck dinner, so that all the family delicacies can be served together.

The thumb rule of planning a cheap wedding is to keep in mind that you want to begin a new phase of life, and not show off to the world. This rule will automatically set other things right for you, as you’ll want a quiet family dinner rather than a grand reception. Money will then no longer be a problem.

Simon Johnnson is the director of content for Executive Gift Shoppe. They specialize in groomsmen gifts such as pocket watches and cufflinks. See: http://www.executivegiftshoppe.com

..

services