#TBT Real Wedding Style

Here at Silverfox, we love seeing the finished products of our brides and grooms having a blast! In the spirit of Throwback Thursday-or #tbt as it's formally known ;) enjoy some of our select real Silverfox Wedding moments. 

Robert & Christina - The Inn at New Hyde Park

Gorgeous hues of soft pink and purple uplighting and Silverfox DJs spinning a mix of Top 40 set the tone for celebration! Robert and Christina's darling personalities really shine through in every captured moment of this party-rocking event, while delicate cherry blossom branches loan a breathtaking finish to this springtime modern Long Island Wedding. 

Candice & Brodie - Oheka Castle

Crisp whites, hardwood floors, and the incandescent flicker of candles made this classic Long Island wedding a living fairytale. Silverfox DJs curated a fabulous mix of classic standards and tasteful modern dance grooves that delighted and excited Candice and Brodie's guests, who happened to travel all the way from down under. That's right, Oheka Castle was a destination wedding for these two Australian love birds. Silverfox Photography captured some beautiful  joy-filled moments! 

Stephanie & Chris - Woodbury Country Club

This Wedding Reception was bursting with fun, playful energy! Woodbury Country Club boasts a gorgeous natural wood dance floor, offsetting the delicately dressed windows, and dazzling wall treatments of this room. You can truly see the love radiating from this bride and groom, surrounded by the warmth of their beautiful  family and friends!

Janis & Charles - Westbury Manor

What a crowd! The Wedding Reception of Janis and Charles had incredible photo-ops. We love Westbury Manor's intimate and elegant setting, and with our loungey purple uplighting, it was a pumping  party to remember. These folks got down until the very last dance, had incredible, emotionally charged speeches, and exploded with excitement on the dance floor.

 

 

Do's and Don'ts of Best Man & MOH speeches

The honor of being chosen for best man or maid-of-honor at a wedding comes with a HUGE amount of responsibility. If you've ever been one, you definitely know what we mean. Whether the title is familiar to you or not, these tips about the infamous speech you'll have to give at the reception are sure to come in handy. 

 

DO: Introduce yourself

And we don't mean say "I'm the maid-of-honor." Most of the time, there will be guests at the wedding who have absolutely no clue who you are, regardless of how close you are to the bride and/or groom. Take a moment to say how you know the couple. This will give a nice perspective for the listeners!

DO: Congratulate the couple

Right off the bat, if you congratulate the couple, you'll get a nice round of applause from the room which will definitely calm your nerves and set a really positive tone for the speech. 

DO: Use an anecdote

Quick stories about the bride, groom, or couple together are excellent for the body of your speech. Keep it to one or two short stories. When you first saw the couple together, the way the couple met, and maybe a light hearted embarrassing story or fun fact about the couple are classics. If you can pinpoint the moment you knew the couple was meant to be, that's the best kind of story. Pro tip: If the moral of your anecdote can relate to the moral of your speech, you're golden. 

DON'T: Use inside jokes

We can all agree that's it's no fun when people tell inside jokes in front of us. Don't do that to a ballroom packed full of people. 

DON'T: Forget to compliment the couple

Tell the bride she's beautiful. Tell the groom he's a lucky man. Tell them they are a perfect match. If there's one time you should go off-the-cuff, it's when you give compliments. Rehearsed compliments feel disingenuous. Let your compliments speak to the reality of the moment. 

DON'T: Be afraid of humor

This is a heartfelt speech, but it doesn't mean you can't throw in a little bit of sarcastic joking or embarrassing facts about the bride or groom. 

DO: Hold a microphone

The DJ should provide you with one. Hold it and remember to speak into it. The room will want to hear you and the bride and groom will want your audio to pick up on the wedding video! 

DON'T: Be selfish

This isn't a speech about you. It's easy to start every sentence with I, but try your best not to do that. 

DO: Limit your alcohol intake before the speech

Sorry. A couple drinks throughout the day is okay, Save the tequila shots for after the toast. Slurred speeches are hysterical but also really bad at the same time. 

DON'T: Go off-the-cuff

Write a speech. You will feel more confident than if you don't. Writing down a speech (or at least an outline) will help you steer clear of rambling and saying the things that the signature cocktails told you to say. 

DO: Rehearse

The best speakers always rehearse their speeches. Avoid the dreaded "um" and "uh" by reciting it a few times in front of a mirror. Rehearsing will also help you feel comfortable with the speech so you know when to stay strong during the emotional parts. 

DO: Have a positive outlook

You got this and you're going to have so much fun! Just remember that this is one of the happiest days of the couple's new life together and that they love you no matter what.


Ceremony Sound Tips

A couple weeks ago we gave you a lesson on selecting songs for each section of a ceremony. Today, we want to add to the knowledge with some tips to use when choosing songs for you own wedding ceremony!

Brides have been walking down the aisle to Richard Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” for almost 200 years in the Western world. It's a true classic, but what began as a church standard two centuries ago is being phased out with more contemporary music being phased in. While we respect and honor the tradition of "Here Comes the Bride," we also understand and appreciate when couples want to choose songs that reflect their personalities a little better. 

With so many options, it can be a challenge to pick the perfect song for each point in your ceremony. Having played just about everything imaginable, here are a few useful tips for selecting ceremony music:

  1. Like what you pick – It's your day, so let the music reflect that! A song that speaks to your hearts as a couple will set the tone for the ceremony and dictate the emotions you and your guests feel. Any genre is welcomed as long as it has a positive vibe.
  2. Consider a cover – Maybe an original track you love is waaay over played. Search if any other artists have recorded a cover version. Chances are that it has been done! For example, "Make You Feel My Love" is covered by Adele, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, and ortoPilot. Groups like Vitamin String Quartet and The Piano Guys offer classic instrumental renditions of modern music, too. 
  3. Edit till it's yours – It's possible to customize songs that you choose with editing tools. Intros can be trimmed and songs can be mixed or looped to suit the length of your processional. 
  4. Don’t sweat the timing – It's nearly impossible to match the length of your processional or recessional to the music. Let the DJ start and fade out the music at the appropriate time. Just make sure that the melody is suitable for a natural walking pace and enjoy the moment worry free! 
  5. Make the recessional fun – This is really a grand entrance and exit all rolled into one. You've just kissed for the first time as husband and wife, and now the party can begin! The more upbeat the song, the better.

    Make your musical choices a representation of your love and this special celebration. Now is the time to be original and create a personalized experience that's 100% you. 

Check out our hand-picked playlists for some 'wedspiration' on SPOTIFY!

"You're Everything"

Michael Bublé has the smooth voice and lyrical ingenuity to reduce us to a puddle. Although "Everything" was released back in 2007, the sweet words and sway-worthy melody is definitely worth a revival. Highlighted below is the chorus and if your click through, you'll be able to watch the full music video and listen to each precious and relatable lyric. We suggest you do and consider "Everything" as a pick for your first dance as husband and wife! 

Katie + Gordon

Time to celebrate the "Real Wedding" of SilverFoxy DJ couple, Katie and Gordon! These love birds said their "I do's" at a beautiful church before heading over to Woodbury County Club where they celebrated friends, family, and becoming husband and wife! DJ Oscar was accompanied by MC Steven, and together, they rocked the house. Some of our favorite moments include their "first touch" and the emotional father daughter dance. Take a glance at these highlights from the big day captured by Silverfox Photography!

Ceremony Song Selections

It's easy to get caught up thinking about making a reception playlist for your big day. Naturally, you want that perfect balance of Top 40 dance jams, some classics, a couple throwbacks to honor your younger years, and some romantic ballads for a slow dance or two. But reception song selection is the fun part! It's the ceremony music that's probably going to take some additional research and planning. Don't sweat it, though, we've got your back!

When you're thinking about ceremony music, you must first consider the type of ceremony and the venue where you'll be reciting your "I do's." A traditional ceremony in a house of worship may limit you to classic or religious songs, while a casual ceremony at a catering hall or outside will give you more flexibility. Remember that your ceremony has the potential to set the tone for the entire day and should be a representation of your personalities and your love. With that said, here are the moments in your ceremony where you'll want to think about music and song selection!

Prelude

The music that plays as your guests walk into your church or ceremony area, mingle, and take a seat This music will definitely play a big role in setting the tone. Regardless of the location, keep it light, romantic, and uplifting! The prelude typically lasts about 20-30 minutes, so choose several songs.

Processional

First comes the groom followed by the wedding party. This music can be whatever your heart desires as long as it moves at a reasonable pace suitable for walking naturally. Before the bride gets her cue to enter the ceremony, the bridal party processional song comes to an end and all of the attendees stand as a new song begins. This song should be a bit more dramatic. Nothing says drama like the opening of "The Bridal Chorus" better known as "Here Comes the Bride." A more modern bride might go for something like "At Last" by Etta James. 

Interlude

Interlude songs are important to consider if you're going to perform any type of ritual, like a candle lighting ceremony, sand ceremony, or knot tying ceremony. Maybe a musical interlude will be in the form of worship, or maybe you'll want to have a loved one serenade you with a meaningful tune. Transitions during the ceremony are also a nice time to play a musical interlude.

Recessional

You said your "I do's" and sealed them with a kiss! Woo! Now it's time to celebrate! Pick a song to play while you exit your ceremony. Make it a happy one, because happy is probably an understatement as to how you'll be feeling in that moment. We suggest something like "All You Need is Love" by The Beatles, "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and The Waves, or "I Choose You" by Sara Bareilles. 

Postlude

Take the songs that didn't make the cut for your recessional and put them in the lineup to play afterward while your guests linger at the end of the ceremony. 

Happy listening! If you're stumped you can always ask the pros at Silverfox DJs for any recommendations!


Our Wedding Vendor Dream Team

Earlier in the week, popular wedding blog Style Me Pretty posted something to Instagram that really caught our attention. Getting distracted by posts from @smpweddings is a daily event, don't get us wrong, but this one really resonated with us. The Instagram photo linked to a fresh post on their Wedding 101 blog written about the importance of choosing vendors who know each other. A few of the perks are getting "the most out of your vendors," "a smoother day," and "higher chances of being published." We can't help but agree with these perks 100%, still there's a bit more to it.

There's a certain level of trust that is achieved when all of your vendors know, like, and refer each other. The quality of work is sure to be high in this case, because companies would not want to associate with other companies who might do anything but improve their reputation. Not only will your day run smoothly, but the entire planning process will be easier when your vendors know and like each other.

At Silverfox DJs, we take the importance of knowing other vendors in our industry to a new level. It comes naturally since we're a division of Silverfox Photography & Cinematography. Yet, Silverfox Studios as a whole knows better than to stop there. 

The choice to link up with a network of wedding and event professionals stemmed from a desire to make the wedding planning process easier for our brides and grooms. Being a one-stop-shop for photo, video, and entertainment services seemed like a no-brainer to us. For our #SilverFoxyCouples, it also means some extra wine or beer while they sit and relax though appointments rather than driving from vendor to vendor. See? When alcohol is involved it's definite no-brainer ;)  

In an effort to continue making the vendor search as painless as possible, we linked up with some pretty awesome companies to refer brides and grooms to. We're proud to say we know them, but we are even prouder to call them our trusted friends. 

If you or a friend is planning a wedding, consider these vendors a cut above the rest! They certainly get a #SilverFoxy seal of approval!

All Star Limo

Bridal Reflections

High Style Bridal Make-Up and Hair

1 Up Event Design


Photo booth remix!

Find out what it means to remix your photo booth for a guaranteed better experience at your next event in this week's edition of "1 Minute Wedding Tips!"

A Silverfox Studios original Foxblog video series hosted by owner and founder John Salkowsky.

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Category: Photo booths

Tip: Remix your photo booth

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