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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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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Want Your Friends to Dance All Night at Your Wedding Reception? Try this…

Dance All Night at Your Wedding with Narrow Gauge, Colorado's Premier Party Band
Dance All Night at Your Wedding with Narrow Gauge, Colorado’s Premier Party Band

Narrow Gauge performs at about 30 weddings every year. We know how to pack a dance floor and keep it packed, but we’re always looking for ways to improve our ability to do this. Recently, while performing at a wedding for Steve and Meggan up in Estes Park, Colorado, we stumbled upon a great idea. So great, that we want to share it with all of our brides.  Here it is in a nutshell:

Get People Dancing During The Cocktail Hour

Rather than playing recorded music or quiet live music during the cocktail hour, Meggan and Steve wanted the band to  play rowdy dance music. We have performed at hundreds of cocktail hours in the past, and our initial thought was that it might not work. The band even had a plan B ready in case it didn’t work.  But it did work, and it worked very, very well.

We introduced Meggan and Steve, and they immediately went into their first dance.  Then we invited everyone to join them on the dance floor.  The wedding party knew all this ahead of time and raced to the dance floor.  The guests all joined them, and danced like crazy for about 30 minutes.

Dinner followed, and after dinner Meggan and Steve’s guests were ready to dance. They danced all night, and even wanted to hire us to keep going.  Unfortunately the noise ordinance at the venue prevented that from happening.

If you want your guests to dance all night, you may want to consider this option.  Keep in mind that Meggan and Steve had almost all their photo’s taken prior to the ceremony.  This allowed them to arrive at the cocktail hour about 30 minutes into it.

Contact Narrow Gauge if you are having a wedding in Colorado Springs, Denver or anywhere in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nebraska or beyond.  We would love to help you celebrate!  Visit us online at www.NarrowGaugeCountry.com

If you are looking for a GREAT wedding planner, check out Sarah over at Ansley Event Design.  She and her team did a tremendous job, going above and beyond, to make the entire wedding a huge success.  We love working with professional wedding planners who know what they are doing and are committed to serving the bride and groom!  Thanks Sarah!

See Narrow Gauge, The Colorado Country Rock Band Performing Live at Mile High Stadium

Narrow Gauge performed at the Election Night Party at Mile High Stadium on November 6, 2012 and we had a GREAT show.    A videographer in the crowd liked the band’s performance so much that he featured a live recording for the sound track of his video.  The first three minutes of the video has a bunch of crowd shots.  You can see the band perform from about the 3 minute mark on.

Narrow Gauge, Colorado’s Country Rock Dance Band Is Available for Your Event

Narrow Gauge is a full service band that can provide everything you need for your event: acoustic guitar or a PA system for a wedding ceremony, a rehearsal dinner performance, live cocktail hour/dinner music and even officiate your wedding! Of course, when it comes time to party and dance, there is no better country band in Colorado than Narrow Gauge!
Narrow Gauge is also a great choice for live entertainment for your company Christmas party, or Colorado convention.
Narrow Gauge is a country-rock dance band that specializes in packing the dance floor playing  modern country, classic country, and classic rock.

Narrow Gauge has several different packages to choose from to help fit your budget and we accept* credit cards through Paypal. When you send us your quote request, make sure you let us know which packages you are interested in. We typically will have your quote back to you within 24 hours.

Ready for a quote? Simply fill out our “Quote Me” form and we will have a detailed quote in your inbox typically within 24 hours.

Now Offering PA System Rentals for Weddings

Narrow Gauge is pleased to announce that we now offer complete PA system rentals for wedding ceremonies,  even if you don‘t hire the band to perform at the reception.  We offer great gear at truly affordable rates.  We can customize any set-up so that your ceremony is perfect AND your guests can hear every word.

 

When you hire us to provide sound, you’ll receive:

1.  A professional sound system perfect for your event

2.  A wireless microphone and stand

3.  Delivery, set-up and tear down of the equipment

4.  Ipod/Mp3 player capability.

5.  Professional sound man to run everything for you so your brother doesn’t have to.

6.  Consultation: We will discuss your ceremony in detail with you, or your planner, to make sure
everything happens just the way you dreamed it would.

We can even accommodate live musicians who might need sound at your ceremony.

Our rental rates are very competitive and we travel all over Colorado. We have provided professional PA systems at over 500 events in the past 11 years.  If you would like a quote for your event, please visit our website at www.NarrowGaugeCountry.com,  email us at NarrowGaugeCountry@yahoo.com or call Jim at 719-231-7195.

 

Narrow Gauge, The Wyoming Country Band for Weddings and Events

Searching for the Perfect Country Rock Dance Band for your Wyoming Wedding or Party?

Consider Narrow Gauge!   Whether it is performing for the President of the United States and his family or the owner of The NHL Columbus Blue Jackets, an intimate wedding, corporate event,  fundraiser  or a private party,  Narrow Gauge has the experience it takes to make your event spectacular!  We are a very talented, affordable and professional group that knows how to fill the dance floor!

We Do It All…

We are a full service band that can provide everything for your event:  acoustic guitar or a PA system for a wedding ceremony, rehearsal dinner performance, and cocktail and dinner hour live music.  We can even officiate your wedding!  Of course, when it comes time to party and dance, there is no better band in Wyoming than Narrow Gauge!

Narrow Gauge is the premier country rock dance band in Wyoming and we travel throughout the state.  Whether your event is in Cheyenne, Laramie, Casper, Jackson, Gillette, Rock Springs, Sheridan, Riverton, Green River,  or anywhere in -between, Narrow Gauge can perform for your party.   We also travel throughout Colorado,  New Mexico, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Texas.

Narrow Gauge has been performing at weddings and events since 2001 and play a wide variety of great dance songs from Alan Jackson to ZZ Top, AC/DC to Zac Brown and everything in between!

We’ve Done it A Lot…

We have performed over 500 events in the last 12 years:  hundreds of weddings,  a private party for the owner of the National Hockey League Columbus Bluejackets, entertaining President George W. Bush, his wife Laura and their twin daughters, opened for legendary Dwight Yoakam guitarist Pete Anderson just to mention a few.   We specialize in  weddings, corporate events,fundraiser’s and private parties.

Narrow Gauge has many satisfied clients, but don’t take our word for it.  Check out our references .  We also have a lot of useful information and links to help you plan your event.  So spend a few minutes on our site and check it all out.

Our summer and fall dates fill up fast.  We recommend you submit our “Quote Me” form a free detailed quote.

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