Your wedding music can be simple if you’re considering only the wedding march song. Of course, the traditional classical wedding march music is good for that. A special song for the bride and groom can also be a good one to play while the bride is walking down the aisle. But the wedding march is just a party of your wedding music line up. Here are some tips if you plan on hiring a band or a DJ to help with incorporating music into your wedding ceremony and wedding reception.
Sit down with the band to talk about the music line up. It can be easy to just leave the music line up to the band. After all, when they’ve practiced with direct sound headphones and they have been doing this for years, it seems like they know more about music than you. But as a wedding planner, or a bride planning her own wedding, you should be hands on in picking the songs for the line up as well as selecting the ones that will be played during intervals in the ceremony.
Music for dining. Dining music can be something light and breezy like bossa nova, jazz or a mellow RnB song. You want people to feel relaxed and at ease while trooping to the buffet tables to get their food. You also want music soft enough for anyone to have a decent conversation without shouting.
Select appropriate music for the intervals in-between speeches. Many speeches end awkwardly, and the audience don’t know how to react, whether to clap or not. What you can do is play music that is lively or romantic to keep the mood of the celebration.
Select music that the couple likes. Songs that function as nostalgic reminders of the couple’s journey to the altar can be good choices for your line up.
Children are pretty easy to buy for. It seems that advertisers begin bombarding children with ads for the latest and greatest toys earlier each year. Because of the ads during their favorite TV shows, they’ve probably been telling you since school was let out for summer break the different things they’d like to get.
Don’t let advertisers make you feel inadequate if you don’t buy your children everything they want for Christmas. Pick one or two toys your child has repeatedly said they want, and then get them other things to finish out the gifts they receive from you and your spouse.
Books, CDs, and DVDs are all good gift-giving ideas. You may also choose to give them clothing they’ve been asking for. If you really don’t know what to buy them, there’s nothing wrong with giving them a gift certificate, gift card, or cash so they can buy what they like. Unless they drive, however, they may need you to take them to the store to get what they want.
Giving a gift card may be a wise choice for a couple of reasons. You know they’ll get what they want and they don’t take up a lot of space in the shopping cart. They can be purchased in any amount, and they can get to open something on Christmas day. The best thing about gift cards is that if they may be able to get more for the same money since they can hit the after-Christmas sales and save quite a bit on some of the items on their list.
Pre-Teens and Teens – Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to buy a pre-teen or teenager. Whether they’re yours or the children of friends, teens aren’t always easy to buy for. You may also want to look at some of the stuff from Reeds. Times and teenagers have changed so much since you were one that things you may have appreciated would probably be looked on in disdain.
Once you get the menu planned for your holiday celebration, you most likely will start thinking about decorating. But when you think of the price of decorations, you panic. How will you be able to create a festive atmosphere on a tight budget? It’s not difficult if you keep in mind that sometimes simple is best. Let’s take a look at how you can create decorations you love while staying within your budget.
Stay True to Your Style
It’s a fact that when decorating for a holiday, the fewer pieces you buy the better. Not only will your budget thank you, but it’s often true that less-is-more. But, along with keeping your decorations simple and focused, your decorations should also reflect your style. Not only will this make your guests more comfortable in your home, the decorations will also fit in your home for many years and seasons to come.
Choosing the ‘Now’ or ‘It’ styles touted by stylists doesn’t typically work for most people, especially people on a budget. If you can’t afford to swap out your decorations every year, then you shouldn’t go with the latest fads. Do you really want to be stuck with mauve color silk floral wreaths, lights, and ribbons all over the house if your style is more on the natural, earthy, rustic side? It costs a lot of money to replace boxes and boxes of previous years’ decorations simply because you just can’t stand putting them out again. Look around your house now. What style are you? Now look for inspiration and choose the décor that fits your style and will make you happy for years to come.
Now you need inspiration, but don’t go to the mall yet! This is a common mistake. Don’t get stuck in the décor aisle in the big department store without knowing what you’re looking for. You are bound to start grabbing things that are pretty, and then paying a pretty price for way too much stuff. Instead, know what you’re looking for before you shop, or create. Take the time to look through the glossy design magazines and pull a few ideas that you like. Your public library will have these magazines to borrow, so you don’t even need to spend any money, except a few cents to run the photocopier perhaps. Tune into the home and garden television shows, too. Again, find one or two themes that fit your style and make notes so you can build your holiday décor around them.
A newer place to find inspiration to get your creativity flowing is the online site called Pinterest. Pinterest is an online bulletin board that allows people to share pictures with anyone who chooses to log on. There are virtually millions of images to scroll through and be inspired by. It’s easy to start finding inspiration on Pinterest. Just set up a free account and begin your search with something easy like ‘holiday decorations.’ Once you start finding your way around, you’ll have enough inspiration to start designing your own festive holiday decorations as easily and as frugally as you want. And, as opposed to getting caught up in impulse buying at the store, this inspiration doesn’t cost you a dime.
It’s not surprising for kids nowadays to consider a career in the entertainment industry. Right now, everyone can be an entertainer with the many gadgets around aimed at those that want to showcase their talents over the internet. Every new phone has a music and video capability, and some have applications that can do more, like piano keyboard controllers at Musicians friend.
For moms that want their kids to develop a musical inclination, and/or to develop what’s already there, here are some of the things you can do together with your kid to gently push him in the right direction.
Have a singing fest every day. A karaoke machine is expensive, but there are versions now for home use, and you ought to get one for your home if your child has the talent for singing. Choose the repertoire of songs yourself and get a list with kid-friendly music so that your child can sing along.
Play familiar tunes on the keyboards or guitar. Find the best guitar deals and buy a set for you and your child. You can have your child listen to music then you can learn the piece yourself. Download musical scores for advanced users. You can also try plays and musicals if you’re done with the usual ones.
Watch musicals together. It’s fun to listen to music, but when your child sees the music come to life on stage in a good play, then you can really inspire him to go for his dream. Good plays with light storylines for all audiences include Annie, The Sound of Music and Sleeping Beauty.