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Wedding Musician: The Ultimate Gift to your Spouse

 

As the saying goes, “once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale”. And each fairy tale should be celebrated memorably. There are a couple of ways to make a wedding memorable. But none surpasses the presence of a wedding musician on your special day. This is because live music breathes life to the event.

 

When planning your wedding, you want to create a perfect paradise for your spouse. A paradise where they will be the centre of attraction because it’s a big day for both of you. Bringing a DJ into your wedding is a cool idea, but not the best scenario. You do not want to settle for good in your wedding, aim for the best – absolute perfection! A live wedding musician creates an intimate, yet lively mood while keeping your spouse at the centre of it all. It is also relaxing and a romantic gesture to amplify the lifelong commitment you are just about to make to the love of your life.  Below we have listed for you some benefits of bringing a live musician to your wedding.

 

A Wedding Musician adds a unique touch to your Special Day.

 

If you want your wedding to be truly memorable, then it must differentiate from anything you’ve seen, heard, or read about, at previous weddings. The guests, and also your partner is most likely to remember the performance of a live band or a wedding musician over a backtrack of recorded music.

 

A Wedding Musician can interact with your Guests.

For an event to be lively and interesting, there needs to be interaction on all levels. A live band interacts with the audience, raising the excitement level as the evening turns into night. This allows your guests to feel appreciated and considered in the planning of the occasion. And such moments on the dancefloor, are the memories that will live on in your guests’ hearts, as you live ‘happily ever after’.

 

A Live musician can customize your Special Request

This is one feature that DJs and prerecorded music have difficulties simulating. You can request your wedding musician to play certain music that personalizes the connection that everyone will gather to celebrate. The musician can even add your names to the music which makes the song solely about you.

 

They bring about a level of Professionalism: 

DJ’s are commonly hired to play prerecorded songs, often hiding behind the dexterity of a USB stick! Hiring a musician injects that professional touch into your event. This is mainly because musicians are always professionally trained to immerse themselves in the audience and keep everyone entertained. Wedding DJs are limited by the pre-recorded music in their playlists, which creates an atmosphere but can be difficult to take to the next level without wearing your guests out! Remember you want your wedding to feel romantic to you and your spouse.

 

Live performances are Romantic

Live performances bring that romantic feature that may lack in other forms of entertainment. Cutting the cake or kissing her after putting the ring on her finger while a violin player plays a sweet sensational song. What a romantic unforgettable moment. Live wedding music can bring the ‘movie’ feeling to your wedding.

 

They are priced relatively cheap.

On top of all these advantages, live performers are relatively cheap, in comparison to other entertainment options. This is because many wedding musicians and bands have their own instruments and less equipment to bring, so the overall cost of hiring their services is reduced. Also, they occasionally offer incredible discounts during off-peak seasons that can competitively price their service well below a traditional wedding DJ.

 

Make that ultimate Musical Enquiry, for your Special Day

With these facts laid out to you, the only remaining thing is to find a qualified and professional team that will help make your day. Why don’t you contact David Delaney, a renowned violinist and all-around wedding musician who is professional and well informed when it comes to performances at weddings. Surprise your spouse by booking a wedding violinist who knows the undertones of weddings and the art of creating romantic moments and scenes. Contact David today to request a quote

 

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Hire a Musician: 5 Reasons Why Your Wedding or Event Benefits from Live Music

Why should you hire a musician? The answer to this is simple: Music is at the core of every known society and culture the world over, “The universal language of mankind,” and a live performance aspect is one of the best ways to entertain your guests, be it in a wedding, corporate event, or other casual events. Live music will have even those guests who do not enjoy dancing enjoy themselves simply by watching the artist’s live performance. Below are the five reasons why you need live music for your wedding or event.

 

  1. It helps to create a lively mood that is enticing to the guests

Music naturally adds life to any event. However, what a musician can achieve with a live performance is limitless. People get to enjoy their favourite music and still enjoy the human warmth and connection that comes with seeing their favourite musician on stage, knowing that they are there to entertain them. This makes them feel like they truly are a vital part of that event, creates a relaxing and serene atmosphere and a common ground where different classes of people can relate and enjoy.

 

  1. Hire a musician to create a unique mood with relevant music

A professional musician knows the exact kind of music to play to suit the occasion, capture the audience’s mood, and appeal to all in attendance. This greatly adds value to the entertainment as when the live music suits the mood; guests will happily join in and interact, dance, sing along to their favourite tunes, and leave happy and well entertained. Live music is just pure entertainment, so the choice of music and artist that you go for must always be in line with the event’s theme.

 

  1. Live music is intimate and personal

Weddings, for example, are emotionally charged, and live music can help tie everything together. When you hire a live musician or live band to play your favourite love songs at the wedding, it adds that personal and intimate touch to the music. When you customize the live music to your liking and personal preferences, with the audience and theme of the day in mind, the occasion’s mood gets spiced up.

 

  1. The professionals know how to get things running smoothly by rolling with the flow

There will always be those who show up a little too early to the wedding or event, and what better way of keeping such guests entertained as they wait for the ceremony’s official start than by having a live performance. The live music creates a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Should there be a disconnect in the schedule, the wedding musician knows how to fill and cover those gaps with music, a good distraction that will keep the guests engaged as the issue at hand gets sorted out. Unlike a fixed playlist, a live performer can judge the flow of the ceremony and play the appropriate songs, giving the event that authentic feel.

 

  1. Hire a musician and save time!

Planning your own wedding or other events can be quite tiring and time-consuming, especially in making the playlist. When you hire a band, a musician, or the services of a live DJ, it saves you plenty of time that you can spend on other aspects of the event. All you have to do is share your preferences with them, and they will get working. You will only need to give the final approval to their proposed music.

 

Performing artists have specialized in offering specialized entertainment for different kinds of events. When you hire a musician to bring that energy and excitement to your wedding, you can rest easy knowing the professionals got you, with your best interests at heart. Speaking of professionals, you should get in touch with David Delaney, a wedding musician and violinist, for outstanding wedding entertainment services.

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Wedding Musician – Choosing The Sound To Your Special Day

Weddings are every couple’s dream. It is a ceremony that symbolizes the union of two lovers. Organizing a wedding can be tedious. It involves a wide range of activities that should be neatly executed for a successful event. Apart from guests, food, and crucial factors, music plays an essential role in a wedding. It is almost unheard of to have a wedding without music. With a professional wedding musician, you can easily get all these right.

There are different sections of a wedding that call for a specific type of music. These parts can be a cocktail hour, pre-ceremony/ceremony, dancing session, and dinner. Given that most weddings have these parts, you should create a unique mood for each with relevant music. For example, you can hire a wedding musician to play live music during cocktail hour and ceremony. Besides, you can have a wedding violinist entertain guests on various occasions.

It is recommended that you have live music providers during the ceremony — it creates a lively atmosphere that will entertain your guests. Don’t use your phone or laptop to play music during a wedding, the ceremony is so personal and intimate, and it won’t sound right to do so. Instead, get professional musicians to entertain the guests.

 

Impact of the Wedding Venue

The wedding venue also plays a role in determining the kind of music. It can provide limitations or opportunities for what can be played. If the wedding is being held in a hired venue, it is essential to determine the sound equipment they have. Determine whether you need to provide your sound system and other equipment. Get all the facts about the venue and if necessary, get the equipment you might need.

Some venues have restrictions on amplified music after a particular time. Check with the venue management and determine whether your event will comply with these restrictions. It is good to find out all these in advance to plan for the event effectively. It would help if you also discussed the charges to determine whether it is affordable or not.

 

Hire A Professional Wedding Musician!

To get the best out of a wedding, you need to hire professionals. Wedding music is crucial for a wedding’s success, and you can’t count on anyone to deliver quality wedding entertainment other than a wedding musician. They know how to adjust the timing of the program isn’t running according to schedule. Professionals have the experience needed to provide eye-catching entertainment that will leave your guests yearning for more. They know how to roll with the flow of your wedding and will make things run smoothly — even when there are hiccups, your guests won’t notice!

 

Our Wedding Music Services

Our company is known for providing outstanding wedding entertainment services. As an experienced wedding violinist, I can guarantee you a lively session that will entice your guests. Weddings are important and emotional events that should have high quality music. Through a wedding musician, you will creatively express yourselves and capture the emotion. With our services, you can be sure of a highly entertaining event that will set the standards for others! Are you looking for professional a wedding musician or violinist? Get in touch with me today! Be it beautiful violin music or foot-tapping folk songs,  I will make your wedding a dream come true!

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Christmas in South Africa – Your Guide to What’s On

With the holiday season rapidly approaching (2 weeks to Christmas, no less!) it gives me the opportunity to compile an events calendar for you to bookmark as you decide how to spend Christmas in South Africa with your loved ones. Whether you are staying put and enjoying the ghost town of Gauteng, or packing up and heading for fun, sea, and braai at the coast, there’s a host of activities for you and your family to enjoy, no matter where you decide to spend your well-deserved break. Here are my Top 3 categories for family-filled summer Fun for 2019/2020.

Christmas in South Africa

Cricket Series – Proteas versus England and Australia.

The Proteas renew classic rivalries over the Christmas season, with England and Australia providing stiff opposition as the summer visitors to our shores. Family and friends can enjoy a game at a number of venues, and over various formats, from Boxing Day right through to March 2020. Book your Tickets here.

Gauteng
Centurion Supersport Park 26th  Dec 2019 / 16th Feb 2020
Joburg Wanderers Stadium 24th Jan / 9th & 21st Feb 2020

Western Cape
Cape Town Newlands Stadium 3rd Jan / 4th & 26th Feb 2020
Paarl Boland Park 29th Feb

Kwa Zulu Natal
Durban Kingsmead 7th and 14th Feb 2020

Free State
Bloemfontein Mangaung Oval 4th March 2020

Christmas in South Africa

Christmas Markets Galore
As is customary for every Christmas in South Africa, ’tis the season for markets’, offering a great family outing with something for everyone. If you’re in Gauteng, be sure to check out the Garden of Lights at Emperors Palace. If you’re on the West side of town, the Wonderland of Lights at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens is an equal treat for the senses.
Cape Town is equal to the festive market spirit, with numerous market events taking place, complete with food trucks, live music and select appearances by Father Christmas himself.
Our pick of the bunch are The Pinelands Craft and Gift Fair and the Simply South Craft and Gift Fair, in Bergvliet, south of the city.
Our Durban crew can also look forward to an enchanting (if tropical) Christmas wonderland by popping in, either at the Trail of Lights at Durban Botanic Gardens, or at Hillcrest’s Festive Market for family fun and a healthy overdose of Christmas goodies.


Theatre and Pantomime Season is Upon Us

“Oh no it isn’t….. Oh yes, it is!” School’s officially out for summer! And with restless kids always looking for activities, South Africa rolls out the big guns every Christmas with a feast of pantomime, theatre, and concerts to keep the young, and young at heart entertained throughout the festive season. Here is our pick of the bunch across the country.

Jack and The Beanstalk (Joburg Theatre) 11th – 22nd December Tickets
Peter Pan on Ice (Teatro Montecasino) 6th Dec – 11th Jan 2020 Tickets

Carols by Candlelight (Kirstenbosch Gardens) 13th-16th December Tickets
The Rocky Horror Show (Artscape Theatre CPT) 6th Dec – 12th Jan 2020 Tickets

uMhlanga Summer Fest (uMhlanga Coast) 14th-23rd December         More Info
Woze Durban Picnic (Greyville Racecourse) New Year’s Day 2020 Tickets

With so much to do over the Christmas season, there’s no reason for FOMO this December and January as you look forward to a well-deserved break with your family. Stay safe on the roads, wherever you are traveling. I’ll be taking a short break from my violin playing, but will be back in early January 2020 and excited to perform on new projects. Contact me at any time, to make an inquiry about some violin and song at your upcoming Wedding or Event. Have a great Christmas.

 

 

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Wedding Entertainment – Why Google and SEO, and NOT JUST Social Media is your Greatest Marketing Resource

For wedding entertainment professionals, it’s a tough and competitive market out there. Numerous entertainment agencies compete against individual entertainers for what can be deemed a pretty limited customer pool. Through my Blog posts, I try to touch on the wider scope of the music business, and not solely to punt my wedding music services. This blog also serves as an extension to point number four in my previous article on singer-songwriter tips.

As a digital marketing professional by day, I have had the opportunity to apply emerging digital trends to my service offering. It’s been a challenging yet fruitful exercise. As a result, I’m putting it out there, that as a performing artist, you are far more likely to generate engagement and bookings by investing in search engines, and not just social media in order to sustain and grow your career. In plain English, here’s why you should be diverting (most, but not all) your resources to Google search results presence and not on accumulating social media likes.

Why do we hear so much about SEO?

Search Engine Optimization (abbreviated to SEO), in my own words, is “improving your website, and any other online material, with relevant and focused content, in such a way that tells Google and other search engines that your brand should appear at, or near the top of organic search results when a user inserts a phrase in the search bar. In essence, you are rewarded with “free, organic” for providing content, or “answers” that is most relevant to its users. It is the opposite of ‘paying for Ads’, and takes some time to yield results.

There are a lot of success factors which determine how to rank highly for your related searches. Put into context, a wedding entertainment professional in South Africa should not just be writing their content to showcase how great they are and how many awards they have won. He or she should be optimizing their websites and directories to answer key questions, such as “best wedding entertainment, “wedding music in XY”, and “hire a band”. In a social media landscape where connections and accepted invitations slowly open doors, artists are missing out on a valuable piece of the pie. Get started today.

To explore SEO and build up a strategy , I would highly recommend Search Engine Land, and Moz.com

How will Search Engines even start recognizing me?

Every new website or Blog has to start somewhere. The starting point to any ranking strategy, is Keyword Research. Having done extensive research on what keywords rank locally, let me cut to the chase. The keyphrase “Wedding Entertainment” generates over 50 searches a month in South Africa alone. “Wedding Music”, is typed into Google by more than 260 South Africans a month. Naturally, as your broaden your keyword, you will attract more inquisitive readers and less “customers with intent”. However, it is ideal that you position your brand and optimize your content going forward, to rank at the top of Google rankings for a potential client looking for a wedding entertainment offering that is exactly, or close to, the service you provide. 

To get started with Keyword research, use Google’s free Keyword Planner tool

Measuring Success: Social Media versus Google

It is not my intention to completely dismiss the power of social media. Each has its own merits. A social video post or event share, published at just the right time, may just hit the right audience to connect you to and convert into a booking. However, the distribution or exposure of a Facebook or Instagram post can be limited to days or sometimes even hours. Social media users are bombarded with content in their feeds and are quick to scroll down and ignore your all-important message. Added to this is the threat of fake social media news that can cause devastation to your credibility and reputation. (See this recent BBC article as reference).

Your appearance in search engine results, however, is a much more focused opportunity. When a potential client enters a wedding entertainment related keyphrase into Google, Bing or Amazon, there is instantly a much higher intent by the end user to search out and obtain very specific information. In the search engine field, the user is looking for you, your service, and is much more likely to stick around on your website. What you say, through relevant content and clear ‘calls to action’, may be the defining moment where they are enticed to inquire about and book you. 

What is my overall online marketing strategy as wedding entertainment musician?

In 2015, I set up my website, www.daviddelaney.co.za. My only focus, as a wedding violinist, was to showcase my talents, tell my background, and share images, Youtube clips and MP3 files for visitors to browse through. As I begin to understand how SEO impacts on my google ranking, I have devoted time to optimizing my content and regularly writing Blogs just like these. This has had a gradual impact of driving web visitors to my website, key traffic who are searching across Google for the type of service that I offer. Many of the changes I have made have taken weeks and even months to yield results. However, I generate over 15 direct wedding entertainment inquiries a month. These are booking requests that I have neither paid Google for nor have to pay an entertainment agency a commission to. I maintain my Facebook page, but my focus towards social media is now aligned to driving traffic to my website where potential clients can see, hear and contact me directly.

Don’t be digitally homeless!

I am of the view that both social and search engine can work together, and I recommend to any wedding entertainer to invest further in SEO for gradual yet prolonged and cost-effective results. 
If you would like to know more about SEO for musicians and artists and may be interested in a workshop, feel free to contact me today. I am always keen to advise a colleague in the industry.

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Wedding Music – Finding Harmony on your Special Day

In the midst of all the feverish wedding planning, many couples will have cast their ear on what wedding music they would love as the extended soundtrack to the biggest day of their lives. It can encompass classical and folk music, granny’s special request and bridal entrances, through to the essential playlist to rock the dancefloor into the early hours of the morning after.

For one day only, each bride and groom have full artistic license to truly own this moment. Wedding Music forms an integral timeline to the day. Consider some of the following factors when it comes to perfectly planning the musical interludes for your special occasion.

 

Pre-Ceremony Wedding Music – Set a sweet undertone to proceedings

The twenty minute (or so) timeframe when guests arrive to take their seats in eager anticipation of the bridal party’s entrance is the ideal opportunity to introduce light classical or folk music. As a wedding violinist, I often use this initial wedding music set to serenade excited guests with soft Celtic music that sets the perfect tone before the serious proceedings for the day take place. For some additional flair, consider hiring a classical guitarist or vocal/guitar duo to set the mood and make your wedding party feel right at home.

 

Wedding Ceremony –  Make it Personal and Meaningful

The bride’s entrance is perhaps the most emotive part of the day. It is the moment every bride has dreamt of since she was a little girl and should be partnered with a personal song or instrumental piece that is close to her heart. You could also  select an entrance song which has a personal and meaningful connection to your journey as a couple. The ceremony itself offers the option of adding hymns or opting for musical interludes to break up the formalities. Choose a professional musician who  is willing to learn and arrange your wedding music of choice.

 

Pre-Reception Music – Bask in Wedded Bliss with chilled, acoustic melodies

Once you’ve said your “I do’s”, the serious part is over and it’s time to let your hair down. Bearing in mind, that when you leave to capture stunning photographs, your guests will be mingling over long overdue catch-ups and gin-infused sundowners, as is the South African tradition. I am often hired to perform for for canapes and cocktails, and find that a mixture of well known modern and classic songs blends perfectly into the setting sun. Smart options include a three piece Jazz band (eg Jazz Company, Ternielle Nelson Band) or a foot stomping folk group such as Beukes and Delaney or The Runaway Train Cult/

 

Book a Band – Finding your ideal Group to get the party going.

After enduring what might seem like a two hour speech from the groom’s father, you’ll be itching to ditch the heels and get onto the dancefloor to party the night away. Booking a band for your main wedding music is likely to be the largest investment towards the wedding entertainment. Take your partner out to go and listen to a few bands performing before you make your final decision. It  boils down to not only what music YOU love, but also what musical styles will appeal to the broadest section on your guestlist. A great band has the ability to create both wonderful memories for you and leave your guests speaking with great enthusiasm and nostalgia about your awesome wedding for years to come.

 

End your Wedding Music on the Right Note with a great Wedding DJ

In the euphoria of dancing along to the band to your heart’s content, only a professional DJ can raise that tempo to bring your dream wedding to its perfect climax. A great wedding DJ charges premium rates but, more than just spinning decks or arranging a playlist, he or she has great responsibility and alleviates much of the day’s potential stress. Consult with a DJ who understands and can adapt to your wishes, is able to work seamlessly with your wedding venue, and will ensure that every single guest will have the time of their lives.

 

About the Author

Wedding music David Delaney is a multi-instrumental wedding musician that has been performing and delighting wedding couples and guests throughout Ireland and South Africa since his early teens. Based in Johannesburg,  David specialises in celtic violin and flute, but can also add a touch of light classical, jazz and Latin American grooves to get your wedding music on the right track. An ideal choice for both the ceremonial and pre-reception elements of your wedding day, he is also available in a range of musical projects guaranteed to match your musical tastes. Contact David today to request a personalized quote for your wedding or special event.

 

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