One of the biggest decisions every couple has to make when planning their wedding is what kind of music to have at both the ceremony and reception. And just like any good party, the wrong kind of music can really ruin a wedding. So when I recently came across a company that makes this decision a no-brainer for couples by providing the best of the best in terms of wedding entertainment, I knew that I had to share! Introducing, Hank Lane Music, the the talented folks behind the entertainment for this year’s Knot Gala and one The Knot‘s 2013 “Best of Weddings” pick.
Hank Lane has been in business for over 35 years and the company has grown to encompass over 20 set bands, with a full staff of DJ’s, dancers, lighting and staging professionals, and special entertainment services. Erik Marshall, one of Hank Lane’s premiere performers told us that his favorite weddings are when the dance floor is packed but the music still reflects the individual tastes and personalities of the bride & groom.
Erik said, “What is so fun and unique about this industry is that every single wedding or event is completely different – what we get to do is combine what we know about the bride and groom and what we see their guests respond to and make a great party out of it. I take my clients on a musical journey of sorts – incorporating different styles and feelings into my band’s set to compliment the romantic atmosphere, but build excitement at the same time.” Very cool, Erik.
Harris Lane also spoke with us, saying that his company has had to adapt and change to stay relevant and exciting over the last 35 years and something they’ve seen grow in popularity is the concept of doing a rock orchestra. He said, “Strings have always been considered traditional ceremony music, but we put a modern twist on that by creating ensembles that play beautiful string versions of contemporary songs or, for an even greater effect, combining strings with a rock rhythm section. It’s something we call our Hank Lane Rock Orchestra. For certain couples, an orchestral version of “Viva La Vida” or something similar can be even more moving than traditional classical music, a la “Pachelbel’s Canon”.
Harris also mentioned, “A great way to achieve variety in a wedding is to use the same musicians for different parts of the day. For instance, the same trio performing during the ceremony can shift gears to do Jazz or Classic Rock for a cocktail hour. If you have a combination of a band and a DJ for the reception, some band musicians can play alongside the DJ for a more dynamic set. There are countless combinations to maximize musical impact and cover music through the ages.”
What kind of music did you have at your wedding? Tell me about it in the comment section. A big thank you to Hank Lane Music for sharing a little bit about what they do with my readers. I cannot wait to see what they have in store for the Knot Gala later this month!