Thursday, July 8, 2010

Mary and Doug's Wedding-Music and Entertainment

For the cocktail reception and ceremony we hired Grenville Pinto, a fabulous electric violinist. We can't praise him enough! Rave reviews from our guests, and from people waiting in the lobby to see a show in the theater.
For cocktails, I gave Grenville carte blanche to play whatever he liked. My favourites were Thunderstruck, AC/DC and Say It Right, Nelly Furtado.

For the processional-we chose Halo, Beyoncé and added a little of Canon in D.
For the signing-Life in Mono, Emma Bunton.
The recessional was Viva La Vida, Coldplay.

Check out Grenville Pinto on YouTube. He is a-mazing!

Reception Music was provided by ThunderDj, from Burlington.
We chose a mix of retro and top 40. First dance was Come Away With Me, Norah Jones. We limited the slow dance songs, we really wanted to keep the energy high. Most guests never stopped dancing.
The only thing I would change-we rented a dance floor which was installed over the carpet. I wouldn't bother next time, people were dancing on the carpet anyway and the edges of the flooring were a bit awkward-not exactly the best choice when alcohol is involved.

To give our guests something to do to fill what little downtime there was, we set up a photo printer and scrapbooking station.
The printer we bought is the HP photosmart A630 compact photo printer. This printer is awesome! It has multiple slots for different kinds of memory cards, USB port, even Bluetooth to send pictures through smartphones. Very impressive.

We provided an assortment of stickers, fancy markers and pens, and other scrapbooking paraphernalia-easily sourced from craft and dollar stores. Everyone took a photo of themselves and added a message for us. Most people had their own cameras or smartphones, but we also had a few on hand. I assigned two bridesmaids to man the station. The guests had a great time, and we got to take home an album full of memories.


  1. I strongly recommend live music for a wedding or any event really. It gives it a unique and personal touch!

    Grenville was fantastic.. I highly recommend him!
    I doubt anyone else could have played Thunderstruck on a violin at my request without batting an eye!

  2. I really think that people designing their own pages in a scrap book was a fantastic idea. It turned out beautifully.

  3. Selecting Grenville for the ceremonial music was an exceptional idea and fit well with the formal wedding affair.

    The choice of music for the DJ created a rhythmic, party atmosphere throughout the night.