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02/17/2014 3:39 PM

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As a special nod to your parents, include both their first-dance songs in your playlist for the evening. -CB

“Turn your grand introduction into something that will wow your guests. Every bride and groom has a ‘love story’ and it needs to be told! Have your videographer shoot this love story in advance of the wedding at your home. Talk about the first time you met, your first date, maybe your first kiss, how he proposed etc. Then close the video by saying: ‘And now here we come walking through those doors!’ Have your DJ show that video on big screen TVs instead of the traditional grand introductions.” -Drew Parham, Audio To Go

“Ask about incorporating your favorite song into the music for the day. For a recessional, we’ve come up with arrangements that included ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ for one couple, and ‘When I’m 64’ for another, blended into a medley with other more traditional tunes.” -Gregg Miller, 14 Strings

"Instead of a traditional bouquet toss for the single ladies, consider an anniversary dance. All the married couples come to the dance floor and the DJ or band says, 'Everyone married less than 24 hours leave the dance floor,' then 'married less than a year,' and so on. When the longest married couple ends up dancing with the newlyweds at the end of the song, it's a really sweet moment and a great photo op." -Karen Greenoe, Lily Greenthumb’s Wedding & Event Design

“Some brides and grooms want a true nightclub experience. Smart up-lights are the way to go. Instead of up-lights that stay on one color all night, have them programmed to change colors and match the music tempo in the room.” -Drew Parham, Audio To Go

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