3 Proven Tips to Help You Plan an Amazing Wedding Reception

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“That was the most amazing wedding reception I have ever been to!”

Our clients hear that.  A lot!

I have emceed and performed at over 300 Colorado weddings and I have learned a LOT about what it takes to have an amazing wedding party.  Narrow Gauge has been honored to be a part of so many unforgettable celebrations.  Recently, at a Denver wedding the entire dance floor of 200+ people danced and sang along to every single word of “Sweet Child O Mine”.  The friends of the bride and groom lifted them over their heads and crowd surfed them over the whole dance floor.  It was an amazing sight and an incredible party. Afterwords, this is what the bride said in a Wedding Wire review:

“The music was AMAZING. Every dang song was completely dance worthy. and the dance floor was packed with people every minute of the evening, even when the band took their breaks and played DJ music. If I did it over again, they’d be the first step in my planning process, and I’d hire them repeatedly any chance I got. Dozens of people told me our wedding was the best wedding they’d ever been too, and I’m quite certain it’s because we had Narrow Gauge!”

This bride and groom implemented the three tips I am about to share with you.   But I have also seen some weddings that failed to reach that “wedding party of the year” status that so many wedding couples hope to achieve.  Every single one of those weddings failed to do the things that dramatically increase the odds for a fantastic wedding party.

Chances are good that you are looking for some advice for your own wedding. That is why you are here. You have come to the right place!  I am going to share these three key tips I have learned over the years that are absolutely critical to having an amazing, unforgettable wedding reception.  So if you  want to have the most amazing party at your wedding, continue reading.

Let me list my top three tips here:

Serve Alcohol.

Have amazing entertainment.

Have the party at night.

Everything else is secondary.

If you get these three things right, chances are much higher that you will have a great party.  The food you serve is important, but not more important that these three things.  The decorations are important, but not as important.  Why is that?

Tip #1: Serve Alcohol:   First of all, if you don’t serve alcohol, people won’t dance.   If people don’t get into the dancing part of the night, they leave early.  If they leave early, the party is over.  Very few people leave great parties early!  I have seen this over and over and over again.  So it you want to have a memorable party, it is important to make sure alcohol is available. Open bars work best, but as long as there is a bar of some kind, you will be fine.  This is such a key component to an amazing wedding party that Narrow Gauge won’t perform at weddings if alcohol is not served.

Tip #2:  Hire Amazing Entertainment:  Now you need to add good entertainment to get them out on the dance floor.  It could be a great DJ or a proven wedding band like Narrow Gauge, as long as it is one of those, people will have a great time.  As a rule, proven entertainment will be more expensive than mediocre entertainment. The adage “You get what you pay for” really does seem to apply here. A good rule to follow is that you should be willing to spend 10% of your wedding budget on entertainment. Sure, you can spend less than that on a Craiglist DJ or a bar band.  Chances are that they won’t have the experience needed to read a crowd and make the party.  You won’t be able to fire them in the middle of the reception and bring in a better entertainer.  You don’t get a second chance here.

What I am trying to say is that if you want your guests to have an incredibly fun, unforgettable experience at your wedding, AND you don’t have an unlimited budget, make sure you budget for the things that really matter. Spend a little less in the other areas so you can get the alcohol / entertainment component right. If you get these two right, the chances for a unforgettable party sky rocket!  But there is a third tip…

Tip #3:  Have the Reception at Night!  For some reason, people don’t get wild and crazy at daytime wedding receptions.  You can have a great band, serve the best free alcohol and the vast majority of your guests  still won’t cut loose like they will at an evening reception.  This seems to be one of those  unchangeable rules, at least in our experience.  Because of that, Narrow Gauge no longer performs at daytime wedding receptions. We do perform at corporate events and concerts /festivals that are held in the daytime, but that is about it.

So there you have it, our top three tips for having an amazing wedding reception:  Have the reception at night, serve alcohol and have great entertainment.  If you do these three things, the odds of your wedding reception being the party of the year will dramatically improve.

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Jim is the lead guitar player and manager of Narrow Gauge, the Denver Colorado based country and classic rock wedding band.  He is also the owner of Narrow Gauge Sound, a sound system and lighting rental company that focuses on weddings. He has helped plan and emcee over 300 weddings in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, South Dakota and Texas.

 

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If you are looking for an award winning Denver wedding band to perform at your wedding reception, find out more about Narrow Gauge at NarrowGaugeCountry.com.

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This Denver Wedding Band will Ignite Your Party!

Denver Wedding BandsAre you ready for the party of a lifetime?

Your wedding is a unique, once in a lifetime event!  There are no chances to do it over again so if you do want to have the party of a lifetime at your wedding, you must hire a proven band that knows how to ignite the party and pack the dance floor. Being one of the top award winning Denver wedding bands, Narrow Gauge is a proven band that has been fortunate to provide the party for hundreds of couples.  We would be honored to help you celebrate the biggest day of your life.

We are a Denver Country and Classic Rock Wedding Band

Narrow Gauge is Colorado’s top award winning country & classic rock band.  We specialize in transforming ordinary events into parties of a lifetime.  We do that by performing a popular mix of country and rock dance hits from artists like:    Chris Stapleton, Brooks & Dunn, Lynryd Skynrd, AC/DC, Darius Rucker, Guns N Roses, The Eagles, Jason Aldean, Dwight Yoakam, Led Zeppelin, the Zac Brown Band, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Blake Sheldon, Brad Paisley, George Strait and countless others!

We are a proven Colorado wedding band
We have been performing as a Denver wedding band and corporate party band for 15+ years.  We have performed on national television, at Invesco Field, and for President George W. Bush. In 2018, we opened for Kenny Loggins.  Narrow Gauge has performed at over 300 Colorado weddings and we have the experience it takes to guarantee your wedding reception is a once in a lifetime celebration.

Awards:  Winners of the WeddingWire Couples choice Award for 2017 and 2018 and the Gigmasters “Best of” award 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017

Reviews:  We have over 70+ 5 star independent online at Gigmasters, WeddingWire and TheKnot

We know that things can get a bit overwhelming for you when you are planning a wedding. We can assure you that with Narrow Gauge, things will go perfectly!  We understand how important every detail is and we’ll provide you with a customized experience to turn your dream wedding into reality.

We would be honored to share your special day with you and help make your wedding reception even more amazing!  Find out if we are available for your wedding party in 5 minutes or less.  

Colorado Wedding Band Awarded 2017 Couples Choice Award by WeddingWire.com

Narrow Gauge WeddingWire Couples Choice Award Winner 2017

We were just notified that we have been awarded the 2017 Couples Choice Award by WeddingWire.com!  It isn’t an easy award to receive and we are grateful for all the brides who have entrusted Narrow Gauge to make their wedding receptions amazing.  It has been our honor to serve all of you!

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®recipients represent the top five percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism.

This award means a lot to all of us in the band.  Thank you to all our 2016 brides who voted for us!

 

 

Narrow Gauge is a Colorado Wedding band that performs in Denver, Vail, Colorado Springs and anywhere and everywhere in Colorado and Wyoming and beyond.

The Perfect Dance Band Playing a Great Mix of Country and Rock: Narrow Gauge

narrow gauge jim in the crowdWe like country BUT…”

We hear this from bride and grooms all the time.  They love all types of country music, but not all of their guests will.  That is what draws them to Narrow Gauge.

Narrow Gauge is a dance band and we know how to pack a dance floor, we do it 60+ times every year.  We do it by reading the crowd and playing a great mix of modern and classic country, modern and classic rock as well as any type of music that will get the crowd dancing.  We play hits everyone will recognize and enjoy,  from AC/DC to the Zac Brown Band and everything in between.

When we go on break, we play the latest club hits or a custom mix that you have chosen, and the party keeps on going.

When you hire Narrow Gauge, you get an award-winning band as well as DJ.

You might think you can not afford us, and you would be wrong.  Visit our website and find out how affordable we can be.

 

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Narrow Gauge Offers an October Special

Narrow Gauge snowy-vail-wedding-JimNarrow Gauge is offering an October special for all new events that take place in October 2014. Book Narrow Gauge for at least two sets of live music and we will throw in a third set absolutely free. Just mention our October special when you fill out our Quote Request form.

New bookings only!

 

Narrow Gauge is the Colorado Country and Classic Rock Dance Band.  We are available for concerts, festivals, weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, private parties and anywhere live music is needed.  Visit our website at http://www.NarrowGaugeCountry.com for live demos, videos, client reviews, playlists, pictures and to get pricing information for your event.

Save Money When You Book Narrow Gauge for ANY Event in March, April or May

Somebody_Getting_Married_Narrow Gauge is a Colorado Cover band that performs a great variety of country and rock dance hits.   We know how to pack the dance floor all night long!

Even though Narrow Gauge is a very affordable band, if your wedding or event is in March, April or May,  we have a deal for you!

For a limited time, Narrow Gauge will throw in our deluxe lighting package for your dance floor and stage, as well as our wireless microphone for toasts AND Master of Ceremony duties for free.  That is a savings of $200!

To get this deal, you have to go to our website at www.NarrowGaugeCountry.com and fill out our “Book Us form”.  In the notes section make sure you type in the words SPRING SPECIAL.

To get this deal, you have to contract with us by March 21st!

Here’s the fine print:  Not valid for contracts that have already been written.  Can not be combined with any other special pricing.

Should I Hire a Live Band or a DJ for My Wedding?

DJ or a Band?You’ve set the date, and now you have to choose the  vendors who will make or break your wedding day.  One of the hardest choices you face is what kind of reception entertainment your going to have.  It is an age old question:  DJ or Live Band?

But here’s a something to consider:  Why choose between a Band or DJ when you can have both?

Hiring a DJ is always an option, but nothing compares to the energy a great live band can bring to your event.  Narrow Gauge is a Colorado Cover Band that comes with a DJ set up.  When we go on break, we have DJ music that you have helped put together.  So you get the best of best worlds:  Live music AND a DJ.  All for about the same cost as a good DJ.

Narrow Gauge is an award winning cover dance band that specializes in country rock dance hits.  We’ve been performing at weddings, corporate parties, conventions, county fairs, festivals, private parties and other events throughout Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nebraska, and South Dakota since 2001.  We play a variety of great country and classic rock dance songs from AC/DC to Zac Brown, Allan Jackson to ZZ Top, and everything in between.
Whether it is performing for President George W. Bush, or the owner of The National Hockey League Columbus Blue Jackets, a large corporation like Hewlett Packard or an intimate wedding, Narrow Gauge has the experience it takes to make your event a spectacular evening!  We have been performing in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota since 2001.     Narrow Gauge is a Colorado Wedding band that specializes in Country and Rock dance hits.

Visit http://www.NarrowGaugeCountry.comto find out how Narrow Gauge can serve you.  You’ll find live demos, DJ play lists as well as band playlists, client reviews,  available packages and more.

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