Post # 1
My and my fiance` are having our wedding ceremony in a Hotel Grand Ballroom…Who provides lighting and music for this type of venue? If we were to get married at a church, I realize that we would have to hire an organist…the ballroom doesn’t have an organ,etc, so I wasn’t sure what to do here. I am hoping someone has had a similar experience and can help. Any suggestions/ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Post # 3
I know people that hire DJ’s for their wedding ceremony–it’s definitely possible to ask your DJ about it.
Also, most DJ’s have lighting they can bring along if you request it for your venue. (will you need lighting for the ceremony? What about having the DJ do some sort of spotlight up at front and doing DIY paper lanterns for the aisle?
Post # 4
I am getting married in a hotel ballroom; the options were to have our band provide a pianist (I think I am going this route) or else the hotel could set up the necessary Audio/Visual equipment so that we could have an iPod play our musical selections (we would have had to designate someone to be in charge of pushing the right buttons though). Your DJ could probably do this for you also. Or, there is always the option of searching Craigslist or a local college for someone who plays piano who could bring a keyboard- they have settings that can sound like an organ if that is the sound you are looking for.
I would ask your coordinator at the hotel what has been done in the past. As far as lighting, my hotel offers uplights with different colored gels for a fee, but if you have a DJ often they have lighting that they can bring for you and set up for your ceremony.
Post # 5
Thank you so much for all the details. I appreciate it so much
Post # 6
Definitely talk to your coordinator about this. They should be able to give you options of what you can do and what has worked before.
Post # 7
Some DJ’s can provide lighting for a fee, but they are usually more dance floor directed.
Google “your area lighting design” and a lighting designer can do more that will really tie the whole room together. VERY worth it, and a lot more experienced than the DJ or hotel on what will work. It’s kinda like hiring a photographer, putting a bunch of flowers in their hand and saying “here, make me a bouquet.” Right person for the right job 🙂
For music – your DJ can play a song, or if you have a musician they will probably bring Amps to plug into.
Post # 8
So, I have decided to have a change of plans – We are having our ceremony at a beautiful Alumni Conference Center that was just built 2yrs ago. huge ceilings, wraparound staircase and balcony and I can rent the Steinway Grand Piano for ceremony music…I am very excited … I even have someone to play it, so I don’t even have to worry about the music anymore or hiring a DJ or anything. *sigh*…. Lighting is great there too…Chandeliers with dimming lights….very beautiful and floor to ceiling windows with gorgous curtains….be still my heart.
Thanks to all you Bees out there who gave me ideas of what exactly to ask about. I appreciate it! 🙂