As Luminous Sounds has well over 150 contemporary hits to select from and we customize each ceremony to our client’s needs/requests, it is impossible to tell you the “best songs” to use. The selections listed above simply represent the most frequently requested songs for each moment of the wedding ceremony. If you are planning a wedding in the New York, NY or Long Island areas, please feel free to reach out to us. I would be happy to customize a music plan for your big celebration.Read More
If you are in the process of selecting music for your own wedding, or if you are simply looking to get some ideas for the future, I have outlined each part of the typical wedding ceremony along with several options that would work well for each portion of the event. I have also included some tips to keep in mind when planning your wedding music.Read More
Luminous Sounds kicked off the 2017 wedding season last Saturday performing for Sebastiano and Kristin’s wedding at the beautiful St. Marks Methodist Church in Rockville Centre. The ceremony was gorgeous!Read More
While great customer service, individualized attention and professional performances will always be at the core of the Luminous Sounds mission; we have always strived to provide unique, memorable experiences for our guests. In keeping with this idea, we have decided to expand our ensemble offerings to include two new additional performers.Read More
The Luminous Sounds team has had quite a busy 2016 season thus far. From New York City to Southold and Bridgehampton to New Hyde Park, our team has had the pleasure of working with some of the sweetest couples this year. While it is impossible to feature every single wedding that we perform for, we have a few that we will share in the coming weeks that were very special to us.
On Friday, September 2nd Heather Kolm married Peter True at the gorgeous Lombardi’s On The Sound in Port Jefferson, NY. This couple chose to have the Illuminate String Quartet perform for both their outdoor ceremony and sunset cocktail hour.
For their wedding ceremony, Heather and Peter selected the following classical repertoire…
- Family & Bridal Party Processional – Canon in D (Pachelbel)
- Bride’s Processional - Bridal Chorus (Wagner)
- Sand Ceremony – Largo from Xerxes
- Recessional – Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
For cocktail hour, the Illuminate String Quartet provided 60 minutes of contemporary hits. Selections included, “Safe and Sound” (Capital Cities), “Billy Jean” (Michael Jackson), “Livin’ On A Prayer” (Bon Jovi), “Yellow” (Coldplay), “Bad Blood” (Bastille) and many, many others.
While we were playing, guests were treated to quite possibly, the most gorgeous sunset of the entire summer and were able to enjoy it on the back deck of Lombardi’s On The Sound. Thankfully, we were able to catch the tail end as well...
Check back for our next installment of featured weddings from 2016. We also have some new and exciting news to share for the upcoming 2017 season.
Special thanks to John Lennon of Lennon Photo for taking the bulk of these beautiful photos. @lennonphoto
You spend months preparing for your wedding day. You scout out venues, taste test your food, try on countless dresses and scour the internet for pinterest worthy tablescapes. With all of the decisions you need to make for your big day, music seems like a no-brainer; hire a DJ and let him take care of the rest. While that may seem like a fantastic way to save yourself a bit of time, it is likely to leave you with some big regrets.
Over the years, I’ve talked to countless brides and their families who’ve trusted the selection of their ceremony and cocktail hour music, to their DJ. On almost every account, they were sorely disappointed in the quality of music and professionalism of the musicians. They complained of groups who showed up late, dressed inappropriately, were unprepared and who played horribly. Imagine stepping out of the limo, expecting a beautifully arranged classy ensemble to serenade you and your guests, only to find an unprepared group, fumbling through their sheet music, barely set up. Unfortunately, this is the case, more often than not. And, while this seems like a shock to many brides and their families, it isn’t to me. As a classically trained musician, I know what it takes to put together the kind of ensemble that will make your wedding day’s soundtrack a picture of elegance and beauty. Your DJ doesn’t. Your DJ isn’t a classically trained musician. Your DJ doesn’t employ classically trained musicians. Your DJ plays already made tracks at your reception. And, when you ask your DJ to find you musicians for the rest of your day, your DJ runs around like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to contract a group that will do But, you want more than just a group that will “do”!
Letting your DJ do the work of finding a wedding day ensemble may sounds like a great idea at first glance, but in the long run, it’s not your best option. Instead, take the extra time to search out true professionals. Musicians who ARE classically trained, will be well rehearsed prior to your big day. They will look the part, discrete in appearance while rich in sound. They will work with you to choose the perfect music for your cocktail hour and ceremony, and work with your team to plan the ideal timing for each piece they play. Hiring a group that specializes in wedding day music is as important as hiring an event planner who specializes in weddings. While there’s little a bride can do to relieve the stress leading up to her big day, hiring the right professionals is the key to planning the day she’s always dreamed of.
When considering the music for your big day, take this one bit of advice, and save yourself a world of troubles: Leave the DJ for the reception, and hire professional musicians for the rest.
Gwenn and Bob Schwerdel were married at the beautiful Macari Vineyards in Mattituck, NY. Luminous Sounds, Inc. provided both ceremony and cocktail hour music for this gorgeous event.Read More
Four Are Better Than One
You and your fiancé have finally come to a decision regarding the wedding music for your big day. You agree on a DJ to play music for your reception because a live band, while super-cool, is a bit out of your budget. You then decide that you want a string quartet to perform for your ceremony and perhaps cocktail hour. Sounds elegant and awesome. You know that your guests will appreciate your sense of style and class. You then get a quote for a professional string quartet and begin to pare down your original idea. “Whoa this is way more than I thought it would be”, you say. So in an attempt to get the best of both worlds, you contact the owner of the string quartet and ask for a soloist instead. You mention that you would like popular music performed during the wedding ceremony and/or cocktail hour.
While this is not what you originally had wanted, you feel that it is a nice compromise and in the end say, “Well, we have a violinist who agreed to play all of our requests, how different could it sound”?
For the following reasons…
· When string quartets perform popular music, all of the musical lines are represented: A typical band is comprised of a drummer, bass guitarist, lead guitarist, singer and perhaps a rhythm guitarist. The instruments of the string quartet function in these same capacities. The cello part typically replicates the bass line and sometimes drums. The violist tends to play (at different times), harmony, rhythm guitar, and bass line parts. The second violinist tends to play harmony to the first violin part and also tends to act like a rhythm guitarist at times. The first violin part most frequently carries the melody (vocals). Of course, this depends on the arrangement and the experience of the arranger, but all parts of the original song will be represented accurately.
· Volume: A string quartet is more appropriate for a wedding cocktail hour because they will be better heard than a soloist or duet. Keep in mind; the music needs to be in the background but still audible during a time where many people are talking simultaneously. A soloist would be totally covered if 75 or more guests were talking, catching up and having a few cocktails.
· The quartet will sound more full: Having all of the lines represented (as discussed above) the quartet will sound more complex and fuller than a soloist. A soloist will only be able to perform the melody (vocal) line with no harmony or bass line. This gives the impression of being rather empty and lacking.
I have included two videos. The first is Luminous Sounds - Illuminate String Quartet’s version of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years”. The second video is of Kimberly Musial performing the same song as a solo violist.
As you can see there is a major difference in sound and overall feel. Ceremony and cocktail hour music typically accounts for 3% of your overall budget. Why skimp? Time and time again wedding guests most frequently rave about three things after attending weddings:
- The Food
- The Music
- The Venue
It is crucial that you select the type of entertainment that reflects your vision and your overall style. If you want popular music performed by strings at your wedding, do it right. I guarantee that your guests will appreciate the unique and special touch.
Weddings are expensive. This is especially true if you are planning to hold you event on Long Island or New York City. I have found that frequently, couples wait until the very end of their planning process to consider their ceremony and cocktail hour music. After months of preparation and watching those dollar signs add up, it is often a shock to hear the price of a live band or even a string quartet for that matter.Read More
When people comment on stellar weddings that they have previously attended, they usually say the same things. They comment about the venue, the food and the music. Interestingly, I spoke to many couples that wanted to skimp on their music or feel that they have it covered simply with their DJ. I wanted to share why hiring professional, live musicians should be a part of everyone’s wedding budget.
Five Reasons Why You Want to Hire Live, Professional Musicians for your Wedding...Read More
Happy New Year and welcome to the new website of Luminous Sounds, Inc.! I am so incredibly thankful for all that occurred in 2015 and am so excited to see all that comes our way in 2016. As a brief recap, here are some of the highlights of our 2015 year-in-weddings.Read More