cash bar
Budget
August 19, 2019

Is a cash bar tacky at a wedding?

According to The Knot, the average couple spends $2365 on booze at their wedding. That’s a chunk of change! So what will your guests think if you go with a cash bar to save money? For starters, very few weddings feature cash bars any more. The Knot tells us only 8% of weddings used them in 2017, down from ten percent just two years earlier. The reason the vast majority of couples prefer a hosted bar over a cash bar is weddings are a big deal. Your guests have already made a financial investment by just being there when you…
The Wedding March
Ceremony
August 12, 2019

The Wedding March was good enough for Queen Victoria. How about you?

The great classical composer, Felix Mendelssohn, composed the Wedding March in C major in 1842. Today it is known as THE ‘classic’ wedding recessional song. Its triumphant melody never ceases to move wedding guests as a newly married couple march to their destiny, guided by love. Interestingly, Mendelssohn composed the piece as a music setting for William Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. However, the piece became wedding gold when it was selected to be played at the royal wedding of Victoria and Prince Frederick of Prussia on January 25th, 1858. A typical modern wedding is likely to feature a…
anatomy of a wedding ceremony
Ceremony
August 5, 2019

How a wedding ceremony works

Religion, customs, and style will mold your Cincinnati wedding ceremony. Nonetheless, most ceremonies feature fairly typical elements. Let's look at the anatomy of a wedding ceremony. The Anatomy of a Wedding Ceremony Prelude music: Nice, soft music is typically played while your guests are seated. Many couples hire live musicians to play romantic, classical music. A growing number use a DJ (like us) for higher quality sound and greater flexibility in the music played. Pre-processional ceremony: This is when the mothers are seated. It’s nice to play special music for this tender moment. The procession: Bridesmaids process in to lovely…
joint wedding toast
Toasting
July 29, 2019

Tighten up your wedding celebration with a joint wedding toast.

Cincinnati wedding celebrations soar to new heights when graced with dazzling toasts. Sadly, most toasters are inexperienced and their efforts sputter. Some weddings suffer because they allow too many toasts. A good way to tighten up your upcoming celebration is to utilize a joint wedding toast. Let’s say you want your best man and maid of honor to each make a toast. But suppose one of your mothers and one of your fathers also wants to make a toast. That may be too many.  You risk disrupting the flow of your party, especially if toasts ramble on too long and…
wedding procession song
CeremonyDance
July 22, 2019

Think outside the box for your wedding procession song

You can’t go wrong with Pachebel’s Canon or Vivaldi’s Spring for walking down the aisle. On the other hand, suppose you want to be a little different? What about Leonard Cohen’s rock classic, “Hallelujah”? And for an additional twist, how about the a cappella group Pentatonix’s take on this classic? Take a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRP8d7hhpoQ Cohen’s lyrics are mysterious, laced with biblical references without really being religious. Some call it the ultimate secular hymn. The joyful repetition of the word ‘hallelujah’ certainly creates a celebratory mystique for walking down the aisle. Something for you to consider. The Canadian Mr. Cohen wrote the…
Top Elton John love songs
Dance
July 15, 2019

Top Elton John love songs for weddings

Elton John is back! Actually, Elton has never been gone. His four decade career continues to roll, especially with the release of the recent “Rocketman” biopic. As one of the most prolific songwriters of his generation, it seems fitting to look at the top Elton John love songs for weddings. Not all Elton love songs work for weddings Elton has written a ton of love songs, but not all are a good fit for weddings, like his little-known “Sweetheart on Parade.” On the other hand, he has crafted an eclectic playlist of unique love songs that capture the sweetness and…
reduce wedding budget
Budget
July 8, 2019

How to reduce your wedding budget by twenty percent

If money is an issue (and it usually is!) when planning your Cincinnati wedding budget, there is one easy way to reduce your wedding budget: reduce the size of your guest list. If you need to cut your wedding budget twenty percent, cut your guest list by the same amount. According to The Knot, the typical couple spends about 45% of their budget on their wedding venue, which typically includes food and booze. Reduce your wedding guest list by twenty percent and you have that many fewer people to feed and buy drinks for. Your savings are dramatic. Granted, you…
thinking out loud
Dance
July 1, 2019

“Thinking out Loud”

Streamed 500 million times! Ed Sheeran’s #1 hit, “Thinking Out Loud,” has been streamed over Spotify 500 MILLION times! Who knows how many thousands here in the Cincinnati area have listened to it! Incredible. Written in 2014 by Mr. Sheeran and Amy Wadge, it is so wildly popular that Spotify claims it the #1 first dance song for weddings. The song is so good that it has been covered a ton of times by artists like Tori Kelly. This is simply beautiful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mN3t4G-tNM Poetic lyrics This romantic ballad honors the tradition that love is everlasting with poetic lyrics like these:…
Uncategorized
June 28, 2019

Welcome to our new website and blog!

We did it! Big Daddy Walker Productions has created a new wedding blog and website for each of you planning a wedding in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. Owner "Big Daddy" Walker and his professional team bring vast experience to your event. Our talents are available for weddings, corporate parties, school events, and private parties with an amazing menu of services, including top DJ entertainment; polished MCs; photo booths, and simply gorgeous decor lighting. Check out our new wedding blog each week And check out our website. Keep coming back. We’ll be posting regular blogposts on weddings, marriage, and culture that…