Friday, July 25, 2014

5 Processional Songs You Should Consider

While Canon in D and the Wedding March are classics, you may want to consider something a little different for processional. Whether it is for you or your bridesmaids, see our list below for some inspiration.

When considering songs for processional, it is important to consider a few factors like the pace for walking down the aisle and the length of the song (depending on your bridal party size). One other element to keep in mind is the style of the music itself and which songs you can combine so that the entire ceremony sounds seamless (your DJ or live musician should be able to help with this).

Beatles: Here Come’s The Sun (instrumental)

The cheerful beat is one that nearly everyone will recognize but is also a change of pace your guests may not expect.

Bruno Mars: Just the Way You Are (Instrumental)

A sweet ballad about a man who loves his lady for exactly who she is – it’s a beautiful sentiment to think about as you walk down the aisle to your waiting groom.

James Blunt: You’re Beautiful

This is another ballad we love because even the instrumental version is often recognizable. A dedication to just how amazing the words ‘You’re Beautiful’ can make you feel.

98 Degrees: I Do (Cherish You)

This love song hit from 2000 was a dream for girls everywhere and is still remarkably romantic today. What better way for you and your wedding party to come down the aisle than to use ‘I Do’ to celebrate the very reason everyone has come together.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Making a Cultural Statement

There is a definite advantage to having a broadly-cultured, experienced crew of DJs!  We love the fact that each of our clients are different in so many ways and we look forward to matching the best fitting DJ to each diverse event.

After all, what better way to celebrate your unique culture than having someone who can relate to you and your family as the host of your wedding reception?

With DJ’s from both the North and South we understand what a ‘Northern’ wedding means.

Many of our DJ’s and assistants speak different languages from Spanish to Italian and even Russian. With experience in several cultures, many of our DJs spend hours preparing for an event by studying the culture they are about to be a part of for the evening. Split Second Sound matches each event with the best-suited DJ to deliver an unparalleled experience on the big day.

Our DJ’s appreciate that brides & grooms want to be comfortable with their vendor so they will go to many lengths to achieve the smoothest event possible. We are proud to have been a part of several cultural events including Indian ceremonies, Polish celebrations and many more!

When it comes to your wedding day, be sure you pick a DJ who will go the extra mile to make you feel comfortable so that you can truly enjoy yourself.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

3 Reasons to Have a DJ at ANY Event

It is a common theme to have a DJ at a wedding but what about all of the other gatherings that go on throughout the year? Birthday parties, proms, corporate events, bar/bat mitvahs, pool parties – the list could go on and on. If you think an iPod will do, we beg to disagree. We say, if you want people to dance and have a good time, don’t trust a machine, hire a DJ! Here are three reasons why:

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1)      Range of music – chances are, if you are gathering a large amount of people for one event, then there will be a wide range of personalities in the crowd. DJ’s are equipped with thousands upon thousands of music options to please everyone and if they don’t have it, they can get it!

2)      Experience – those who are familiar with the flow of an event know that there is a lot more to an evening than just playing music and letting the people dance. There are elements to an event than only those who are experienced will know how to handle. For example, an experienced DJ will read the body language of the crowd to identify which songs and styles are working and which ones to mix out of and go to something else!

3)      Professional – meaning professional equipment, professional mindset and professional interaction with your guests! Events like the community pool party can turn into a disaster even if a local DJ does double-check his music for radio edits. By hiring a professional DJ, you are insuring that the music element of the event will be quality.

If it was up to us, we would have a DJ at every occasion. In our experience, we know they can make or break an event so we love pulling the crowd together and allowing even the hosts to feel that they can enjoy themselves.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The DJ’s Guide to a Great Party

Whether you are hosting a wedding reception or a birthday party, if you are hiring a DJ then you are looking for a great party! Split Second Sound has entertained at over 3,500 events in the last 3 years so if there is one thing we know how to do, it’s have an awesome party.

Below are a few of our favorite tips to guide you to your best event yet:

Not Enough – We’ve seen it a time or two. The party gets a little bigger than what you expected and you just don’t have the supplies to keep up.  For example, it is always better to have leftover food (for example) than it is to run out before the event is over. 

Too Much – As mentioned above, hosting enough goodies are a priority but occasionally, we all have the guest (or guests) who tend to ‘overindulge’ on the beverage supply. While you want everyone to have a good time, we suggest designating someone you trust to  keep an eye on those you may be concerned about ‘overdoing it’. 

Something to Remember – Set the mood and create an ambience (having an awesome DJ is a great way to do this). Most people will look for the music to create the best atmosphere so let your DJ work with the crowd to make sure everyone is involved! 

 

The 3 most important factors of any great party are food, beverage and entertainment (remember: the DJ can make or break an event). Be sure to give those a little extra attention (using the tips above) to ensure an amazing event.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

SSS Honored to Join Top Professionals at Emily Maynard Wedding

Split Second Sound recently spent an exciting evening with our good friend, Ivy Robinson of Ivy Robinson Events at Emily Maynard’s beautiful wedding.

Ivy Robinson, known for her unique design skills and for adding her personal touch to each event, originally from Elizabeth City, NC, is the recipient of countless event planning awards. In Charlotte for 11 years, Ivy has been received recognition with awards such as Best of Event Planner North Carolina, the BOB (Best of Best in Charlotte), and the BOW (Best of Weddings in Charlotte). She has been featured in the Knot National and BRIDES Magazine, has appeared on local CBS, NBC and FOX stations along with regular appearances on the Style Network. Ivy was recently interviewed by Carolina Bride and Charlotte Wedding magazines, she guest lectures at UNC-Charlotte every semester and has won the Best of Educational Program award (twice) from NACE (National Association for Catering and Events).

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 With a list of achievements like Ivy’s, it is no wonder that Emily approached her to lend her talented hand in planning her big day. Planned in only 12 weeks, Ivy kept all details hush-hush as engagement party invites were sent for the soon-to-be bride & groom! All of the guests were in for a big surprise when they arrived in Sharon, SC at the family property of groom, Tyler Johnson. It was there that Emily & Tyler tied the knot under a large white oak tree standing over 100 years old. Ivy mentioned that when Emily first saw that very spot on Tyler’s family tree farm, she knew she would be married there some day!

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 Ivy pulled off a stunning, southern-chic event while just mere hours before, a downpour drowned the grass on the farm. Ever-the-professional, Ivy hopped in her truck to pick up bales of hay and bring them back to the property to spread over the grass.

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When she asked Split Second Sound to be a part of the entertainment, we were honored to participate in the plan for this  adorable couple. SSS was joined by other familiar vendors like Lindsay Regan Thorne at B E P R E T T Y (link to: http://www.lindseyreganthorne.com/) and Amy Craparo at Wow Factor Cakes (link to: http://charlotteweddingcakes.com/). SSS owner, Diane Esposito, also made an appearance to support her DJ team!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Wedding Must-Play’s from 2014

We’re only half way through 2014 but there are already some huge hits to include in your wedding. Below is just a few of our favorites with the lyrics you will love!

“All of Me” – John Legend

John Legend performed this song for his wife, Chrissy Teigen at their wedding in September 2013 but if that isn’t enough of a reason, here’s our highlight of the lyrics:

Our favorite line: “Cause all of me/ Loves all of you/ Loves your curves and all your edges/All your perfect imperfections”

“Treasure” – Bruno Mars

There’s something about Bruno Mars’ sweet, soulful voice that makes him a great choice for a wedding hit. Plus, the lyrics are adorable while the beat is still one that everyone can dance to.

Our favorite line: “Treasure, that is what you are/ Honey, you’re my golden star / You know you can make my wish come true”

“I Don’t Dance” – Lee Brice

As a testament to the men who step outside of their comfort zone for the women they love! This country hit will add a sweet touch to your wedding.

Our favorite line: “I don’t dance, But here I am / Spinning you around and around in circles / It ain’t my style, but I don’t care / I’d do anything with you anywhere” 

“XO” – Beyonce

If anyone knows a thing or two about being ‘Crazy in Love’ it’s Queen B. Her 2014 hit, “XO” is a testament to those who have found the person who will stick with them through thick and thin. Sound familiar?

Our favorite line: “In the darkest night hour / I’ll search through the crowd / Your face is all that I see / I’ll give you everything”

Friday, June 13, 2014

Band vs DJ: Why We Love this Age Old Debate

Why do we love it? Because we have all the answers when it comes to the many questions surrounding this debate!  We know we may be a little biased but there are a few really good reasons we love discussing Bands vs DJ’s.

DJ’s Always Win

Okay, maybe not always but we get to discuss all the reasons DJ’s are awesome which is a conversation we already love to have with brides and grooms. The primary focus for most weddings is how to get everything the bride and groom wants for the right budget. In terms of value, DJ’s take the category with the ability to play a range of music and are generally the more ‘budget-conscious’ option.

We’re ‘Classic’

At the end of the day, who doesn’t love the original version of their favorite classic? That’s why it’s a classic! So no matter how great the band that’s being considered may be… they’re still no Journey.

Music? Yes    MC? No…

We hate to be sticklers for details (no we don’t, we love it!) but playing an instrument and hosting a wedding are not directly related. This means we (as wedding DJ’s) have a head up on the competition before we even start the debate! Most wedding DJ’s are experienced in the flow of a wedding which makes a world of difference when it comes to the person running your big day. As DJ’s we are trained as MC’s for the details like the first dance, father/daughter, bouquet toss etc. bands however, generally do not do the formalities as they are more focused on the music they are playing.

Friday, June 6, 2014

DJ Design Elements We Dig

We might be partial to the DJ being a highlight of your wedding day environment but there are a few other décor design elements that we think adds the perfect touch.

Uplighting

Whether it’s just an area of the room or the entire room, uplighting gives just the right pop of color to bring location to life. The colors of the uplights themselves can be set to match just about any theme and provide an ambiance that is perfect to get the party started.

Monograms

We are all for putting your name on everything for the big day so why not have it shining on the dance floor as well? Or even on the wall? This classic element is a beautiful touch that shows up great for first dance photos!

Photo Montage

TVs with photo montage’s playing are usually a centerpiece for your guests. While flowers and other décor may be nice to look at a few times, your guests can be entertained all night by passing pictures of vacations, engagements shots or even pictures that include them!

You have a whole room to celebrate your recent nuptials in so you might as well decorate all of it, these are just of the few décor items that add to the atmosphere!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Building through Education

“Vendors are afraid of the unknown; we want to change that so we can reveal the positive effect that working as a community can have on the wedding industry.” 
-Vinny Esposito, Co-Owner of Split Second Sound

Split Second Sound has always been an advocate of promoting other professionals within Charlotte’s wedding and event industry. After 13 years, we decided to take this dedication to another level and the Charlotte Wedding Insider organization was born in 2012. Through CWI’s bi-monthly bridal panels, brides and grooms are able to learn about planning their big day from Charlotte’s top wedding professionals while the anonymous vendors on the panel are able to hear from the market’s current brides and grooms. At the same time, CWI hosts seminars and educational resources for vendors to understand the wedding industry and running their businesses.

Split Second Sound is confident in the mission built by Charlotte Wedding Insider and is excited about continuing to assist in the growth and education of the wedding industry. By bringing vendors and clients together, we continue to learn from each other as well as our clients.

To find more information about the Charlotte Wedding Insider mission or upcoming panels, check out www.CharlotteWeddingInsider.com!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hitting a Home Run at your next Event

Talk about a meeting spot! The breathtaking views from the Charlotte Knights BB&T BallPark provide an amazing location for your next corporate or private event. 

Boasting record attendance this season for the Knights (the highest in the league too), there’s no question that the park is a new hub for social gatherings and sports fanatics alike.  The location offers several different areas to host a variety of events. Including the full ballpark (which can hold up to 10,000), the venue provides some seriously beautiful spots for a meeting, party, conference or other events.

Don’t think you need to fill the entire stadium though?  Smaller areas like the Pepsi Party Terrace or one of the private Luxury Suites allow for groups between 25 and 30 people. One of our favorite spots, the Budweiser Home Plate Club, is perfect for a cocktail reception. With access to the full bar and optional catering, this enclosed area is top of the line. Throw a DJ in the mix and this would make an awesome party spot as well!

If you haven’t made it out to BB&T BallPark yet (or even if you have!) seriously consider hosting your next event or corporate event here. Don’t forget to invite Homer!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Split Second Sound’s Top 8 DJ Must-Haves

Let’s face it; there are some things you MUST HAVE on your wedding day. We may be a little biased but we think a DJ is one of them. Not just any DJ though, it’s absolutely essential to check out these important points when booking your wedding entertainment …..

Have a Great Personality

Some may think letting their BFF or cousin take on the mic for announcements is great idea.  That can be a horrid mistake!  There is a fine art to MCing a wedding with the appropriate flow while incorporating the right personality.

Be Professional

Being a professional is super important.  Ask about dress code.  What will your DJ wear? Ask about setup. What will the DJ setup look like? Is there a way to see your DJ in action? How long has the DJ company been in the local market? And most important of all … Is the DJ a preferred vendor at your wedding venue? 

They should have Experience

We’re not talking general music or even basic DJ experience. We are talking about WEDDING DJ experience. There is a certain skill set that comes along with having several weddings under the belt of a DJ that cannot be replaced. Most DJs will make this experience readily available so that you can see the value in what you are receiving when booking them.

Wedding Knowledge

In combination with experience, this is another priority factor to keep in mind. A solid DJ will come prepared with knowledge of all kinds of different genres and styles of music. Any DJ worth his weight will know that it’s about the client’s style, which is why it’s important for them to be informed on a little bit of every music genre.

Cheese-less…

Well obviously there’s just no easy way to say it. DJs of yester-year have a long running stereotype of tuxedos and Chicken Dance’s but (thankfully!) these days, there are other options. It’s important to give your DJ the parameters of what is perfect fit for your wedding so you and your fiancé are on the same page with exactly which lines the DJ shouldn’t cross with your crowd.

Personable

Wedding guests typically approach the DJ in hopes of hearing their favorite songs. However you might not want “Hot in Herre” played … really – there’s no need for anyone to take their clothes off.  You may not realize how important a sociable DJ is until he tells your college roommate that she can’t hear her fav jam.

Be Adaptable

A failure to plan, is a plan to fail right? Sometimes it doesn’t matter how right you have it, something could go wrong. You’re going to need a DJ who can roll with the punches because at the end of the day, the party must go on!

Reliable

The only one who should be late to your reception is you and your groom because you were too busy sneaking newlywed kisses in the car… and maybe your Great Aunt Erma but it probably takes her a little longer to get around these days. If your DJ shows signs of being unreliable, it’s better to consider an alternative BEFORE your big day. If they show up late to your meetings or say they will call and never do, take your red flags and run.

What’s your idea of the perfect date?

It might be as simple as undivided attention from your significant other without one of your iPhone’s blowing up … but once you’re engaged, it’s all about the perfect WEDDING date!

There’s an art to finding that one day of the year where…”it’s not too hot, not too cold” and perfect for celebrating your big day.

Any wedding professional will tell you that the last 2 weekends in April and September will be the first dates booked, thus – the PERFECT wedding date.

So, if you’re looking for the ‘perfect’ (read: the first booked dates of the season) then don’t wait too long …. make the decision and then go for it!  Start booking those vendors right away.

Not so interested in the “PERFECT DATE” but more concerned about just marrying THE one for you?!

If that’s the case, the most important factor in considering a wedding date is what you and your fiancéenvision! Write a list of the top 3 important aspects of your event. If venue is at the top, then make sure you decide on the location before selecting your date. You’d be heartbroken if your top-choice venue was booked on the date you selected, right? If the reception entertainment is a priority then make sure the cities top DJ company (hint: Split Second Sound) or band are available before making any final decisions.

In the end, what you want for your big day is the celebration that you envisioned coming to life. Make sure all of your top priorities are covered and everyone is on-board with ‘the perfect date’ you have imagined.

Friday, April 11, 2014
Spotlight: The Silk Veil
About The Silk Veil… 
Ivy Honeycutt is the owner and planner at The Silk Veil.  Originally from Baltimore, MD, Ivy lives in Charlotte with her two daughters.  2014 marks the 6th year she has been in business… “I wanted to own my own business for years but wasn’t sure what. Then a girlfriend of mine got engaged and I helped her start planning her wedding. It was kind of scandalous because come to find out, he was already married and had a few kids.  I enjoyed planning so much that I went back to school and became a Certified Bridal Consultant. A year later, I went through more schooling to become a Certified Wedding planner.” 


Do you have a favorite season for events? Favorite type of wedding?
"I like Fall Weddings because of the perfect wedding. I love ethnic weddings like Indian or Nigerian because they are not afraid to use different colors. I love the customs and traditions." 

How would you describe the style and personality behind your brand? 
"I am pretty laid back, yet silly. I am also blunt and to-the-point so you either love me or not. I work with a lot of details and am great with budgets. We are big on TEAMWORK since it takes all vendors to pull off a successful wedding. My Company has a motto: EVERYONE DESERVES A FABULOUS WEDDING… so we work hard to provide a service to meet most budgets. Some budgets we honestly can’t help and that is where consultations can come in. We can guide you to the right vendors and etc.”

Photo by Elle Imaging 

What are the most important things when it comes to finding a good event designer/planner?
"COMMON SENSE!! Then, someone who works well under pressure and is able to make quick decisions.  Also someone who is organized and professional with some personality… someone who is more concerned about bringing your vision to reality within your budget, instead of swaying you to ways that will enhance their portfolio."

What are some trends you are noticing for the 2014 year? 
"Wish I knew. People will say, ‘Oh this color, or oh this style…’ but honestly, I have about 30 brides this year and each one has a different style. From rustic to simple/classic, crystals and bling to antique, starry night themes and beach themes.  The only trend I can see is with gowns and the never-dying rosette inspired creations. The color coral is back… one of the hardest colors to match!"


Photo by Old South Studios

What do you love most about your job?
"It’s great to work with people and get to know them. I love experiencing their joy and seeing two people in love.  Then to work so hard for 6 months to 2 years and see the FINISHED PRODUCT.  Even though I work with similar colors and styles, everyone is so different and it’s pretty satisfying at the end of the day."
Your favorite quote/words of wisdom to live by? 
"THERE IS A STANDARD TO EVERYTHING! ….and EVERYONE DESERVES A FABULOUS WEDDING!”
Thanks for the great interview Ivy! To learn more about The Silk Veil, visit their website, follow them on Twitter and ‘like’ their Facebook page. 

Spotlight: The Silk Veil

About The Silk Veil… 

Ivy Honeycutt is the owner and planner at The Silk Veil.  Originally from Baltimore, MD, Ivy lives in Charlotte with her two daughters.  2014 marks the 6th year she has been in business…I wanted to own my own business for years but wasn’t sure what. Then a girlfriend of mine got engaged and I helped her start planning her wedding. It was kind of scandalous because come to find out, he was already married and had a few kids.  I enjoyed planning so much that I went back to school and became a Certified Bridal Consultant. A year later, I went through more schooling to become a Certified Wedding planner.” 

Do you have a favorite season for events? Favorite type of wedding?

"I like Fall Weddings because of the perfect wedding. I love ethnic weddings like Indian or Nigerian because they are not afraid to use different colors. I love the customs and traditions." 

How would you describe the style and personality behind your brand?

"I am pretty laid back, yet silly. I am also blunt and to-the-point so you either love me or not. I work with a lot of details and am great with budgets. We are big on TEAMWORK since it takes all vendors to pull off a successful wedding. My Company has a motto: EVERYONE DESERVES A FABULOUS WEDDING… so we work hard to provide a service to meet most budgets. Some budgets we honestly can’t help and that is where consultations can come in. We can guide you to the right vendors and etc.”

Photo by Elle Imaging 

What are the most important things when it comes to finding a good event designer/planner?

"COMMON SENSE!! Then, someone who works well under pressure and is able to make quick decisions.  Also someone who is organized and professional with some personality… someone who is more concerned about bringing your vision to reality within your budget, instead of swaying you to ways that will enhance their portfolio."

What are some trends you are noticing for the 2014 year?

"Wish I knew. People will say, ‘Oh this color, or oh this style…’ but honestly, I have about 30 brides this year and each one has a different style. From rustic to simple/classic, crystals and bling to antique, starry night themes and beach themes.  The only trend I can see is with gowns and the never-dying rosette inspired creations. The color coral is back… one of the hardest colors to match!"

Photo by Old South Studios

What do you love most about your job?

"It’s great to work with people and get to know them. I love experiencing their joy and seeing two people in love.  Then to work so hard for 6 months to 2 years and see the FINISHED PRODUCT.  Even though I work with similar colors and styles, everyone is so different and it’s pretty satisfying at the end of the day."

Your favorite quote/words of wisdom to live by?

"THERE IS A STANDARD TO EVERYTHING! ….and EVERYONE DESERVES A FABULOUS WEDDING!”

Thanks for the great interview Ivy! To learn more about The Silk Veil, visit their website, follow them on Twitter and ‘like’ their Facebook page

(Source: splitsecondsound.com)

chicweddingpics:

Centerpieces  San Francisco Spring Wedding. Flowers by cherriesflowers.com, Event Planning & Design by katesiegelevents.com, Photography by lisafarrerweddings.com  Source: http://weddbook.com/media/903333/centerpieces

chicweddingpics:

Centerpieces
San Francisco Spring Wedding. Flowers by cherriesflowers.com, Event Planning & Design by katesiegelevents.com, Photography by lisafarrerweddings.com
Source: http://weddbook.com/media/903333/centerpieces

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spotlight: Crown Alley Films

Tell us about you…

"I grew up in Ireland and worked in a film studio that made TV commercials and pop videos;  I worked in the camera department. Then I won a green card in a lottery and thought, "I’ll go to America and try it out for a year!" …and here I am still, 20 years later!!"

How would you describe the personality behind Crown Alley Films?

"Our filming style is very candid.  I always tell the bride and groom to just go about their day and ignore our cameras. I guess the two main things that we focus on are details and moments.  All those little moments, reactions, bursts of excitement, hugs, laughs… the real things that you can’t stage."

What are some of the key things for clients to consider when booking a videographer?

"It’s very important that a bride and groom meet the videographer to connect and become familiar. On the wedding day, it’s important to feel comfortable with the vendors around you."

What are your favorite things about your job?

"I absolutely LOVE getting to capture a couple’s wedding day! As a husband, I often listen to the ceremony and renew my own vows in my head. And as a father of two little girls, I often view the day through the eyes of the bride’s parents! I definitely feel very blessed to be able to do this!"

Some words of wisdom…

"Everybody has quotes they like to live by… hmmm, let me think of some of mine… for filming, I always say "I’d rather be looking at it, then for it…" Therefore, I film more footage than I need.  On being a dad, "the way you speak to your kids becomes their inner voice…" so I like to think that I encourage them a lot.  My wife and I are very supportive to each other.  I’m a lucky man!  Optimistic, a "glass is half full" type of bloke!  Cheers!"

Thank you Alan for such a wonderful interview! 

To learn more about Alan and Crown Alley Films, visit their website and ’like’ their Facebook page