Katrina Fuller to Matt Seals
150 guests at the Trolley Barn, a historic venue in Atlanta
The choice: The DejaBlue Grass Band. Matt and I wanted our wedding to have a warm, relaxed atmosphere. We definitely didn't want a "master of ceremonies"-type of DJ—we had attended too many weddings where the DJ hammed it up a bit too much. And Matt really enjoys the "new grass" genre, which is pop and rock songs with a bluegrass spin, and DejaBlue does really great covers.
The instructions: DejaBlue provided us with a list of their song repertoire, but we ctually forgot to select our picks. But we had met with the band prior to the wedding, and they understood what we were looking for. They really didn't need our guidance—they knew exactly how to work the crowd. The band played as guests arrived at the reception, during our first dance, and after dinner. During breaks (all musicians need breaks!), we popped in a mixed CD.
The negotiation: For our first dance we wanted to use our favorite song, "These Are the Days," by Van Morrison, but the band was hesitant because Van Morrison songs can be difficult to translate to bluegrass. But after some begging—well, just a phone call—they agreed and it was the most beautiful rendition I have ever heard in my life. It was the first time all day that I cried.
The lesson learned: Choose a band that's in your comfort zone. Don't buy into a lot of flash—find a band that's a good representation of you and your loved one and the music will speak for itself.