Archive for the ‘Wedding Tips’ Category

Hank Lane Music Featured in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine: Harris Lane Band

Monday, January 26th, 2015

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.

Hank Lane Music on Westminster Hotel’s Blog: The New Top Trends in Wedding Entertainment

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

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!

Taylor Swift Films Music Video at Oheka Castle!

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

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.

Hank Lane Music Presents It’s List of Top Winter Wedding Songs

Monday, November 10th, 2014

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!

Hank Lane Music Featured in Inside Weddings Fall 2014!

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Check out the Fall 2014 issue of Inside Weddings featuring Emily & Stephen’s gorgeous American Museum of Natural History wedding! Music by the Erik Marshall Band.

Hank Lane Music Wedding Reception Review: Kenny Ford Band

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Hello all!

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

Hank Lane Music’s Top Parent Dance Songs!

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

© Rebekah Hoyt Photography

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.

Hank Lane Music Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine – “How To Hire A Band”

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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.

Hank Lane Music’s Top 10 Beatles Songs

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

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!

Reblog: Top 10 Wedding Ideas To Steal From The Knot Gala!

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

We couldn’t help but reblog these great tips from The Knot!

Top 10 Wedding Ideas To Steal From The Knot Gala!

Every year we host a party at The New York Public library to celebrate all things wedding and wrap upbridal fashion week. This year, the party was designed by Brian Worley from Your Bash! and featured a Hollywood with an Edge theme which means gilded lounges, dramatic red floral arrangements and black and gold invitations! See the photos  (and video!) below to see all the detalis and steal inspiration for your wedding.

Watch the video to see the party, including a musical performance by Hank Lane Music and The Knot editors wearing Rent the Runway (you know it’s perfect for bridesmaids, right?).

The Knot Gala 2013 from I Do Films on Vimeo.

Feature A Coordinated Candy Bar

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

Obviously almost everyone enjoys candy, and tying the bar into the decor with linens and complementary colors like this one designed by Couture Candy Buffets means the dessert will double as decor!

Serve Cake Pops

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

Everyone already knows that cake pops are amazing, and they’re wedding-ready wearing a chocolate tux and frosting frills for a bride and groom theme like these cake pops by Fabipops.

Provide Interactive Food Stations

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

Watching this gourmet cotton candy from Fluff Pop is half the fun of eating it. Whether you have a hand-rolled sushi station or a breakfast for dinner customizable omelette bar!

Create An Eye-catching Lounge Space

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

Metallic couches and mirrored side tables like these rentals from Taylor Creative and Luxe Event Rentals will draw your guests in to relax during cocktail hour.

Remind Guests To Share The Love

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

If you love the idea of having your whole wedding featured instantly on Instagram then make sure to have reminders for guests to use their hashtag. Pretty reminders throughout that tie in with the decor, like these signs by Ceci New York do the trick!

Define The Dance Floor With Luxe Lighting

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

Take this display from Fusion Lighting for inspiration. Creative lighting like this floral motif let guests know where the party is going down. Especially in a large space like the New York Public Library, lighting is an easy way to create a feeling of separation between different parts of the party. Double up on floor AND ceiling lights to set the tone for a glamorous affair.

Give Out Themed Favors

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

What better way to remind your guests of the fabulous time they had than with a subtle nod to the venue or theme. Take these bookmarks for example, they matched the invitations also designed byCeci New York and remind guests of their night at the library.

Serve Appetizers With Dipping Options

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

Abigail Kirsch took party favorites like pigs in a blanket to the next level with gourmet dipping sauces like cheddar ale fondue!

Mix Florals and Candles To Create Chic Centerpieces

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

Candles add warmth to modern monochromatic floral arrangements by David Beahm Design and a mirrored table.

Spike Your Champagne

The Knot Gala // Photo: Carla Ten Eyck

There’s so much more to champagne mixed drinks than just mimosas or even bellinis like theChandon Scene Stealer which mixes together Chandon bubbly, Raspberry liquer, cranberry juice and fresh berries to create a pink cocktail with sparkle. St. Germain also makes a mixer that’s subtle and sophisticated, and pairs well with champagne too!

VenueNew York Public LibraryPhotographyCarla Ten Eyck VideographyI Do FilmsEvent Planner: Brian Worley, YourBash! Floral DesignDavid Beahm DesignPaper Bouquets:  Anna Fearer |CatererAbigail KirschLightingFusion Lighting |EntertainmentHank Lane Music| Furniture RentalsTaylor CreativeLuxe Event Rentals |StationeryCeci New YorkCocktails:Chandon USA, St. Germain | Candy BarCouture Candy BuffetsCotton CandyFluff PopDessert Bar: Fabipops |Photo Booth: TapSnapDressesRent the RunwayTransportationCamelot Specialty Limos