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Once we secured a venue and photographer last summer, finding the right ceremony and reception musicians was a top priority on my to-do list. Music plays a large role in setting the atmosphere for a wedding, so I wanted to make sure we picked someone who could both stir up tearful, happy emotions as Sam and I say our “I dos,” and keep guests rocking on the dance floor all night long.
We started with the latter. Sam and I knew we wanted a DJ because of the variety they offer, so at the high recommendation of our wedding planner at the Minneapolis Golf Club, we met Michael Johnson of High Fidelity Events for coffee in Edina. Besides the fact that he had experience playing at our venue (a huge plus), Sam and I really liked his personality. He was funny and outgoing without being cheesy, and we loved that he wasn’t in favor of any embarrassing bride-and-groom shticks during the reception (like the Dollar Dance, for example, which he said he would only employ if no one was getting their booty on the dance floor). We also appreciated his preparation—shortly after our initial meeting, Michael sent Sam and I a very detailed musical selection form to fill out, including everything from what music we want played during dinner to any crowd participation songs we may want to include (OK, I admit, I’m a sucker for the “Cha Cha Slide.” It gets me on the dance floor every time). We are confident he will keep our guests entertained.
We thought about asking Michael to do the ceremony as well, but after giving it some more thought, we opted for something a little more traditional: a string quartet. There’s just something about hearing “Cannon in D” played live that chokes me up every time. As a nod to the town where Sam and I met and fell in love (Minnetonka), we hired the Lake Minnetonka String Quartet. The samples violinist Maisie Block sent us were beautiful and they have such a large selection of genres they can play—classical, rock, pop. You name it, they can play it—literally! They are even willing to learn songs not in their current repertoire. I’m so excited to plan out our ceremony music with them.