Post # 1
Hello! I have a music related question. I’m Persian (born and raised in US) and my fiance is just plain ol’ Amurikan (lol). Half of our guests will be Persians and the other half will be white-Americans. I know my family loves to dance and they will dance the night away so I wanted to have a mixture of Persian and American music, but don’t know how to alternate the music.
My question to you is: which would you prefer if you were non-persian and at my wedding? An hour of Persian music then an hour of American music? 3-5 Persian songs then 3-5 American songs? Other?
Here are a couple of examples of what type of Persian music I’m talking about. Thanks!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17BZ8reamW0 (I have no idea what the guy is saying in the beginning lol)
Post # 3
If most of your guests are American raised- the majoirty of your music should be westernized.
Therefore I’m thinking like 2 persion songs for every 5 or 6 westernized songs.
Post # 4
@vmec: I’m in agreement with this
Post # 5
My great friend is Persian, she got me into the music.
I would say instead of three to five or an hour this or that just have a natural mix.
Is your DJ Persian? He should be able to mix in both.
Post # 6
@vmec: I agree with this option also.
Post # 7
We had a mix of Indian and American dance songs (my husband is Indian) that the DJ just mixed up very well. I think we had 1-2 Indian songs for every 4-5 American songs (most of the people were not Indian at the U.S. wedding). It worked out great. Everybody danced to both types of music.
Post # 8
Are you getting a band?
I’m Russian (born here) and we went with a Russian band that could do American hits. We left it up to them to feel the mood of the room and see what people were dancing to. I would say it was a blend, maybe 2 songs Russian, 3 songs English, back and forth. Both kinds were high energy to keep everyone out there.
Post # 9
I’m European American but I love Persian music! My best friend married a Persian girl that their wedding music was great!I like the idea of alternating every few songs. That way people can dance their hearts out and then take a breather. You’ll also probably have lots of people that dance to both types of music. I think a whole hour at a time would be too much for each group. And if there are any Persian dances I would definately ask a few of the more social Perisan relatives to try to teach the dances to the rest of the group. You don’t need anything formal, just a casual “Hey come join us – it goes like this…”
Post # 10
I would just have a natural mix and not go with hour-long chunks of music. I went to my cousin’s wedding recently where her mom’s side of the family was Persian (American born) but all of the rest of us were Americans (Italian/Irish heritage) When the Persian music was playing, I was stuck sitting because I just didn’t know how to dance to it! And they were playing it for longgg chunks of time. So I would say a song or two at a time, mixed in with American music.
Post # 11
Although I happen to love Persian music (my stepdad is from Iran so I grew up listening to it ), I think a few songs of Persian/few songs of American is better for your guests than an hour of each.
Post # 12
I would say mix it all up at random! I have been to several weddings of people with different cultures (Russian, Chinese, Ethiopian, Indian), and this is usually how they do it. I love when they play different language music mixing in with the English. If your family is out dancing (and sounds like they will be), the energy will translate and everyone will have a good time.
Post # 13
I’m going to echo the mix it up comments. I love all kinds of music, so I would much rather hear a good mix than x amount of these songs, and x amount of these other songs.
Post # 14
I am thinking about mixing some arabic songs into my music. I was thinking to blend them in, maybe 3-5 an hour where they fit with other songs so as not to disrupt the “flow.” Blending the songs correctly will make the difference between everyone loving the Persian songs and everyone clearing the dance floor. I know that I personally hate when something off tempo gets thrown into the mix. At our friend’s wedding (Indian groom and Dominican bride) the MC did a really great job of involving everyone in the Indian music. I especially remember him teaching us how to dance with, “twist the light bulb, open the door” and everyone was soo excited to participate. The MC also got the grooms family to dance to some pretty hilarious American music and they were getting down! I will never forget that wedding..
Post # 15
@vmec: 99% of the Persians coming were born and raised in Iran. I’d say they’re westernized now, but they’re going to a Persian wedding and expect certain Persian aspects
@LuckyJuls: No, we’re getting a DJ
Everyone else: I’m not sure what exactly you mean by mix it up naturally. Do you mean my “few persian, few american” option is mixing it up naturally? How could I make it more natural? I’m already going to ask the DJ to gauge the audience participation to each type of music and adjust the amount played according to that.
Thanks for telling me about your mix-culture wedding experiences! Its nice to hear that everyone danced to all types of music! I was worried about his American family not dancing to the Persian music. Actually, what we’re going to do to kick off the dancing is my mom is choreographing a simple Persian dance for my bridesmaids. They’re going to do their dance for 2 or 3 minutes, then weed into the crowd and try to get everyone up and dancing and try to teach them the basic steps too.
Post # 16
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Our DJ played music based on genre-ex: a couple of R&B songs, then some pop. It works well because if you don’t like option A, after 2 songs you could be back on the dance floor.
Great idea on trying to teach American guests Persian dance steps- I would LOVE it!