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When it comes to entertainment, I have learned from experience that there are a few things you need to consider:

– know your guests
– know your atmosphere
– create a good flow

While working in retail, I learned that sometimes it is not about buying what you like but what your customers like and want. The same theory applies to an event. You and your fiance may be into salsa or hip hop but consider your guests – do they like that style of music? Will they appreciate a mariachi band and flamenco dancers?

Ask yourselves the following questions prior to booking your musical entertainment:

– what is the average age of guests at the wedding?
– do our guests enjoy new things? or are they a traditional bunch?
– do our guests like to dance? or is music simply background for a more lounge-oriented crowd?
– are we planning a themed event?

Your answers to these questions will help you determine the right type of entertainment for your event. Remember that if guests don’t like the style of music you have selected – it may be an issue to get them on the dance floor.

Here are a few options to consider:

DJ | the popular and most versatile choice for a wedding. Having a great DJ that can read the crowd and play music to get people our of their seats and on the dance floor is a must-have for a great party. A few local DJ heroes: Prodigy Entertainment, Hello DJ, Sounds of Distinction, Enjoi DJ Outfit, Third From The Sun

Live Band | (one of my favourite choices) – if you like live music, nothing beats this choice for entertainment. A great alternative to a DJ – when selecting a band be sure they have some versatility and can play a range of musical styles. Single-genre bands are great for themed events but it might be hard to get grandma dancing to an only-80s style band. A few local crews that will get your crowd dancing: Graham Howes Band, Shugga, Grooveyard, Snooky Tynes Family Band

Harpist/Mariachi Band/Jazz Pianist | a great choice for cocktail hour. Want to offer guests a variety of musical styles, choose a classic mood or liven-it up with some Latin music while guests mingle and enjoy cocktails prior to the reception. Local good guys and gals: Sandra Fann, Carlo Coppola, Sara Dell

Closing Tip | If you want your guests dancing…you have to get on the dance floor! After all, the wedding celebration is all about the couple so if you are dancing then your guests will be too!

Photography courtesy of | Segerius-Bruce Photography, Amelia Lyon & Jen Arron Photography

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Cristina + Laszlo of Geminie Photography welcomed a bright ray of sunshine – Amina Paprika – to the family. Congratulations!!! If you follow Cristina on FB – you know that she has been intimate with her pregnancy experience – showcasing some of the most beautiful self-portraits and moments throughout the past 9 months. You will also know, that she never stops shooting or working! To my surprise, only a few days after Amina arrived – Cristina had posted a link to one of my favourite moments from Katy & Charlie‘s wedding.

Katy + Charlie – Surprise Serenade from Geminie Photography on Vimeo. Click on the link to watch this awesome video, captured by Laszlo on an impromptu performace by the groom, Charlie. He is singing a song he wrote “Beautiful Day” to Katy in front of their friends and family on their special day.

Gives me goosebumps watching!

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