Weddings at the State Beach

Many of our recent sharing on this blog  have been readings used or could be during wedding ceremonies; however, as the summer is quickly being packed away in the north, Wedding Season 2016 is already off the ground for so many couples and families. So, we feel this is a great time to comment about weddings in the park, at the beach and other public places. We will comment about the location of your wedding ceremony  again since the place of the wedding ceremony extremely foundational to the entire celebration!

This past weekend in the USA was the weekend after Labor Day, traditional the beginning of the Autumn Season in the USA. However, the month of September provides beautiful summer like days in the Northeast and New England where many people continue to celebrate many summertime events, for instance RV camporee!

So, one of our state beach stories: the couple thought it would be wonderful to have their wedding ceremony celebrated at the ocean state beach the weekend after Labor Day when they expected things would be a little more quiet. They choose the Saturday after Labor Day thinking they would have the beach mostly for themselves, their families and friends. However, they did not check the calendar of events at the State Beach. So, imagine their surprise when they arrived at the place for their celebration at the state beach and were they were greeted by hundreds of RV’s and campers celebrating a wonderfully warm and beautiful Saturday afternoon in September!

The wedding ceremony went very well and as planned, nestled in the dunes, however, with the addition of a few hundred unexpected well wishers. The campers were a great help directing traffic and guiding guests to parking areas. They were very respectful in keeping an appropriate distance during the ceremony, however, when the couple came over the hill from the sand dune, after the ceremony, the couple immediately became rock stars for the day! Hundreds of campers welcomed the couple with cheered of joy and clapping welcoming the newly wedded couple into the state of marriage. All went well that afternoon, making the celebration all the more memorable, however, the moral of the story, if you do not want to have hundreds of unexpected guests at your wedding and a similar surprise at your celebration, please, by all means, check the calendar of your venue.

All the Best.

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte
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Ceremony Music

Pages and pages can and already have been written about music for the wedding ceremony, but here are a few more thoughts at the beginning of the wedding season just in case you might want to rethink some options.

We want to state from the beginning of this blog that we are active supporters of the arts and of young artists. Additionally, we also want to state, very emphatically, music is an essential and foundational aspect of your wedding ceremony. So, with that said, regardless of your taste in music whether from classical church organ music to funky contemporary rap played by a DJ, please, please, and please, engage musicians or a DJ who is competent, adept, and skilled in his or her art form. These individuals need not be concert musicians, but please, seriously, reconsider the idea about having a niece, a nephew, a neighbor or a friend play the music at your wedding ceremony because it “would be nice for them to do it and gain the experience”. Please repeat after us and say: NO! NO! NO! It will not be nice, for that matter, it will be very painful if they are not skilled. Why you might ask are we being so emphatic? We have celebrated a lot of wedding ceremonies and we have listened to a lot of bad music and it is embarrassing, painful, dreadful, time-consuming, distracting and in some cases, simply ridiculous. We will say this over and over again: your guests will more than likely not remember any specific words said during your wedding ceremony, however, they will certainly remember the feelings they had from your wedding ceremony. They more than likely will not remember the words of your vows, but they will remember the tenderness and sensitivity you had for each other. Similarly, they will remember the music was awful if it was awful! Squeaky, loud, out of tune violins playing the processional music as you walk down the aisle is not music. Your wedding is not the place for the local music school students to gain experience. Your wedding is NOT an educational opportunity! So, for a few more dollars, please, do yourselves and everyone else a favor and hire competent musicians or a DJ who knows what they are doing and are skilled and proficient in the craft of their art form and medium.

A final note: some might be scratching heads about our placing instrumentalists and DJ’s side by side in relationship to music for your ceremony. Here is the deal from our perspective: DJ’s are “playing” electronics. Like all musicians timing, queuing, grace, ease, volume, appropriate choice, ability, discretion (as in, not being noticed or trying to be the center of attention) are essential elements in performance. Electronic music at a wedding ceremony is, trust me, more than “pushing” the button on the iPod at the right time. More will be said about music and your wedding ceremony at a later date, so stay “Tuned” – no kidding!

Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte

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