Check out Elizabeth & Kenneth’s beautiful Oheka Castle wedding featured in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine! Entertainment provided by Hank Lane Music. For more photos of Elizabeth & Kenneth’s big day, please click here.
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Hank Lane Music is featured in Grace Ormonde’s Wedding Style Magazine! Click here for more beautiful photographs from Farrah and Jeff’s wedding with entertainment provided by the Harris Land Band.
Check out this great post from our friends at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston, NJ! Our own Ian Magid offered up his best insight into the newest trends in wedding entertainment. For your cocktail hour, Ian suggests “an acoustic rock duo or trio playing during the cocktail hour, letting you expand from traditional classic music to play contemporary rock songs that everyone loves, but that not be best for dancing, like Crash and Satellite. It’s like MTV Unplugged for your wedding”.
Click here to read more!
Big shout out to Taylor Swift for supporting the bridal industry! Taylor filmed her latest music video for “Blank Space” (off her platinum album “1989″) at Oheka Castle. Oheka Castle in Long Island is a favorite venue of Hank Lane Music for weddings (and music videos!) Watch the video here.
Cozy up with Hank Lane Music’s winter wedding playlist, perfect tunes for the upcoming cold weather! A mix of holiday classics and new songs for your listening pleasure.
Winterlude by Bob Dylan
Wintertime Love by The Doors
Baby, It’s Cold Outside by She & Him (awesome cover of a classic!)
Can’t Help Falling In Love by Ingrid Michaelson
White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes (great song by this up and coming indie band)
You’ve Got The Love by Florence + The Machine
Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglov (from the musical “Once”, brilliantly beautiful first dance song)
God Only Knows by The Beach Boys (the jingle bells in this tune are perfect!)
Glasgow Love Theme by Phil Thompson (theme from “Love Actually”, or, the best holiday movie ever)
Sweet Dream by Greg Laswell
Colder Weather by Zac Brown Band
Check out our playlist on Spotify!
Thank you for all of your hard work at Danielle and Chris’ wedding this past Saturday. I appreciate your commitment to making their day special and putting on the game face when we were challenged with the rain.
I was proud to be a part of the team that made their wedding a success and hope to work with you all in the near future.
Tamra Sanford of Ever Swoon LLC
We’ve been brainstorming all week trying to come up with our favorite songs to use for Parent Dances. This is such a special wedding day moment, and choosing a song that reflects your relationship in a unique way can be a challenge! Social media and bandleader input helped us compile this list of Father/Daughter and Mother/Son songs that are memorable and touching.
The Spring issue of Martha Stewart Weddings is now on stands! Pick one up today to read the exclusive interview with Hank Lane bandleaders Erik Marshall and Mike Herman. Get the inside scoop on how to choose the music for your wedding below!
HOW TO HIRE A BAND - As told to Becky Mickel
Music makes or breaks a reception. Bandleaders and co-managers from New York’s Hank Lane Music and Productions spill their secrets on booking musicians.
Go for quality over quantity.
Mike Herman: If your entertainment budget is on the lower end, you best bet is to secure a four-piece group that sings and plays multiple instruments. That versatility will make them sound like an eight-piece outfit.
Don’t limit yourself to one type of music.
Erik Marshall: Years ago, people were more into themed events with music that matched, but now the theme should just be “fun!” The best bands are the ones that think on their feet. You’ll want a group that’s prepared for anything, rather than one that just plays R&B or modern hits off the radio, because it’s tough to predict what guests will like or how the mood might change as the night goes on. If you’ve hired a band whose members are musically flexible, they could maybe play jazz during dinner and then switch to classic rock for dancing.
To save money, opt for any day but Saturday.
EM: Great music is great music, no matter what night it is. Booking a band for a Saturday wedding will likely increase the rate by 15 to 20 percent, because it’s the most popular night for live music. These days, we’re getting lots of requests for Fridays and Sundays, which are more affordable.
Be wary of groups without representation.
EM: Hiring freelance bands won’t always lead to trouble, but you have more guarantees when you use a booking agency, which will have every backup plan imaginable. Simply signing a contract with the band directly isn’t foolproof. They can put anything down on paper, but if the drummer doesn’t show on the day of, you’re out of luck, whereas an agency can just send over another musician.
Read the contract – carefully.
EM: It’s not uncommon for bands to charge for learning new songs or for not taking breaks. And a destination wedding will always be more expensive; besides the extra costs for flights, hotel, and rentals, bands might tack on a charge for traveling the night before, since that could mean the loss of a gig for them.
Use the same musicians in different combos throughout the day.
MH: Not only does this save money – up to thousands of dollars – it means fewer vendors to coordinate with. One of the guys from the reception band could play flute for the ceremony and then sax for the cocktail hour, for example. Or you could pair the sax player with the band’s pianist to perform as a jazz duo during drinks and appetizers.
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, a night that changed history, the Hank Lane Music team assembled our Top 10 Favorite Beatles Hits. The Beatles are a staple at many of the events we help to produce, not to mention an inspiration to many of our performers and staff. We loved the tribute that CBS put together, and it was wonderful to see Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney share the stage again!
One of our favorite pictures that has surfaced over the past few days of celebrating and remembering is this photo at the fountain in front of our neighbors, The Plaza Hotel. Ringo Starr (@RingoStarrMusic) tweeted about that day, and it brought back fond memories for everyone in NYC!