Rusty Rails

Here’s some pics from Rusty Rails. The building was originally a Ford Model T Manufacturing plant. It has a rustic feel with a formal flair.

How Many Requests?

 We are moving into the busiest time of year for weddings.  This is also the time of year we get calls and emails from our couples that are filling out their planners and get to the section about “music requests” which leads them to ask  how many songs they should  request.  Music can be an important part of your wedding reception.  It can help set the tone, show off your personality, and bring energy to the reception, so it is important to make sure that your music selection sets the right mood.  So how many requests should I make on my ‘Music Requests” page?  Let’s look at the numbers.  The average wedding reception in the State College and Altoona area is about 5 hours.    This often includes a cocktail hour.  Most songs average about 3 minutes.  This means you should request 100 songs right?  Well, not exactly.  Keep in mind after cocktail hour, your guests will be seated, you will have introductions, your dances, cake cutting, toasts, dinner.  Your dinner will average about an hour.  The cake cutting and other events will be about a half hour.  That leaves most receptions with about 2 to 2.5 hours of dancing which is about  40 – 50 songs for dancing.  Now, when filling out your request page, this page can be used in two ways. If you have very specific music tastes and want the DJ to stick only to your specific songs or musical styles, you can potentially plan out every single song to be played at your reception. You are more than welcome to request 50 songs, but it helps to leave some wiggle room for guests requests.  Don’t forget about your parents and the older guests.  Often times, they are going to be some of your bigger gift givers, and they will appreciate hearing “Runaround Sue”  or “Twist and Shout”. Even though these songs cater to the “older” crowd,  your  younger guests will know and have fun with these songs too. Also keep in mind that while you may love and request certain songs or styles of music, despite the songs being great, they may not be conducive for creating a great wedding reception atmosphere.  Most music request pages average about  20 requests .  This allows for the bridal couple’s favorite songs to be played, while still allowing the DJ to do their job by keeping the energy flowing, keeping all the guests happy, leaving room for the DJ to take requests from your guests during the reception, and helps everyone to have fun and create a memorable event. Remember that since your DJ is a pro, they will know how to make all the music you both want and need work together to make your wedding work.  One thing to definitely put on your music request list ahead of time is any songs that might be out of the ordinary.  For example, of course we will have the Penn State fight song in our database but probably won’t have the Michigan fight song unless you request this on your music request page or during your planning.  It is actually just as important for the DJ to know what songs you do NOT want to hear. So if you feel like you need to request and plan every single song for your reception just to make sure certain songs or types of music are not played, don’t knock yourself out and cause yourself undue stress and include the songs or styles you don’t want on your “Do Not Play” list. Save the Request list for the songs and styles that you want to make sure are played during the course of the evening.  Your music is an important part of your cocktail hour and reception. Your styles and tastes should most definitely be a part of the music selection, but don’t let it overwhelm you. If you want certain songs to be played during your cocktail hour, dinner, or reception, shoot for requesting about 20 songs.  If you have less, don’t worry about it – your DJ knows what to play to fill in if needed. If you have more – the DJ will strive to get all of your requests in within the available time.  If you still feel stuck, here is a link to some popular wedding songs.  Hope this helps.    https://www.facebook.com/NittanyEntertainment/app_221154421238599       

We are moving into the busiest time of year for weddings.  This is also the time of year we get calls and emails from our couples that are filling out their planners and get to the section about “music requests” which leads them to ask  how many songs they should  request.  Music can be an important part of your wedding reception.  It can help set the tone, show off your personality, and bring energy to the reception, so it is important to make sure that your music selection sets the right mood.

So how many requests should I make on my ‘Music Requests” page?

Let’s look at the numbers.  The average wedding reception in the State College and Altoona area is about 5 hours.    This often includes a cocktail hour.  Most songs average about 3 minutes.  This means you should request 100 songs right?  Well, not exactly.  Keep in mind after cocktail hour, your guests will be seated, you will have introductions, your dances, cake cutting, toasts, dinner.  Your dinner will average about an hour.  The cake cutting and other events will be about a half hour.  That leaves most receptions with about 2 to 2.5 hours of dancing which is about  40 – 50 songs for dancing.

Now, when filling out your request page, this page can be used in two ways. If you have very specific music tastes and want the DJ to stick only to your specific songs or musical styles, you can potentially plan out every single song to be played at your reception. You are more than welcome to request 50 songs, but it helps to leave some wiggle room for guests requests.  Don’t forget about your parents and the older guests.  Often times, they are going to be some of your bigger gift givers, and they will appreciate hearing “Runaround Sue”  or “Twist and Shout”. Even though these songs cater to the “older” crowd,  your  younger guests will know and have fun with these songs too. Also keep in mind that while you may love and request certain songs or styles of music, despite the songs being great, they may not be conducive for creating a great wedding reception atmosphere.

Most music request pages average about 20 requests.  This allows for the bridal couple’s favorite songs to be played, while still allowing the DJ to do their job by keeping the energy flowing, keeping all the guests happy, leaving room for the DJ to take requests from your guests during the reception, and helps everyone to have fun and create a memorable event. Remember that since your DJ is a pro, they will know how to make all the music you both want and need work together to make your wedding work.

One thing to definitely put on your music request list ahead of time is any songs that might be out of the ordinary.  For example, of course we will have the Penn State fight song in our database but probably won’t have the Michigan fight song unless you request this on your music request page or during your planning.

It is actually just as important for the DJ to know what songs you do NOT want to hear. So if you feel like you need to request and plan every single song for your reception just to make sure certain songs or types of music are not played, don’t knock yourself out and cause yourself undue stress and include the songs or styles you don’t want on your “Do Not Play” list. Save the Request list for the songs and styles that you want to make sure are played during the course of the evening.

Your music is an important part of your cocktail hour and reception. Your styles and tastes should most definitely be a part of the music selection, but don’t let it overwhelm you. If you want certain songs to be played during your cocktail hour, dinner, or reception, shoot for requesting about 20 songs.  If you have less, don’t worry about it – your DJ knows what to play to fill in if needed. If you have more – the DJ will strive to get all of your requests in within the available time.

If you still feel stuck, here is a link to some popular wedding songs.  Hope this helps.   https://www.facebook.com/NittanyEntertainment/app_221154421238599

 

 

Ceremony Music

 There are many beautiful locations in State College, Altonna, Lake Raystown and the surrounding Central PA  areas  to have an outdoor wedding ceremony.  This is often the most important and stressful part of the big day.  If you can just get through the “I Do’s”  you can relax and celebrate the rest of the day with friends and family.  But what about music and microphones so the guests can hear those important “I Do’s”  Nittany Entertainment spent numerous hours researching the best outdoor ceremony sound systems for the most popular locations in the area.  We have come up with an all battery powered wireless system that include wireless microphones for both the officiant and guests  to do readings or sing that magical song.  This way, you don’t need to worry about a loud generator or having ugly orange cords run down the aisle.  The other great thing about a battery powered system is that we can locate these speakers away from the major picture areas of your ceremony.  That means you won’t see speakers in you  shots.  We can accommodate even the largest outdoor ceremony by sending the signal to additional speakers wirelessly.  We have used our new ceremony systems at “C Barton Mcann” in the Rock Garden, “Lake Raystown” Patio and Pavilion, “General Potter Farm”,  “Toftrees”,  “The Arboretum at Penn State” “The Penn Stater Courtyard” and private Farms and other outdoor locations.  You can add this into your package or we can customize a package to work with your needs.   We do offer our ceremony sound system without hiring us to dj too but only if it is still available after all of our couples are taken care of.

There are many beautiful locations in State College, Altonna, Lake Raystown and the surrounding Central PA  areas  to have an outdoor wedding ceremony.  This is often the most important and stressful part of the big day.  If you can just get through the “I Do’s”  you can relax and celebrate the rest of the day with friends and family.  But what about music and microphones so the guests can hear those important “I Do’s”

Nittany Entertainment spent numerous hours researching the best outdoor ceremony sound systems for the most popular locations in the area.  We have come up with an all battery powered wireless system that include wireless microphones for both the officiant and guests  to do readings or sing that magical song.  This way, you don’t need to worry about a loud generator or having ugly orange cords run down the aisle.  The other great thing about a battery powered system is that we can locate these speakers away from the major picture areas of your ceremony.  That means you won’t see speakers in you  shots.

We can accommodate even the largest outdoor ceremony by sending the signal to additional speakers wirelessly.

We have used our new ceremony systems at “C Barton Mcann” in the Rock Garden, “Lake Raystown” Patio and Pavilion, “General Potter Farm”,  “Toftrees”,  “The Arboretum at Penn State” “The Penn Stater Courtyard” and private Farms and other outdoor locations.

You can add this into your package or we can customize a package to work with your needs.   We do offer our ceremony sound system without hiring us to dj too but only if it is still available after all of our couples are taken care of.

What Makes Your Photo Booth Better

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We Often get comments about how clear and bright the pictures are during a photo session in our Photo Booth. This is because we use the proper light and have trained staff to know how to make the pictures look the best. It doesn’t matter if it’s a wedding in State College, a private birthday party in Altoona, Or a fun get together with friends. You can assure that your pictures are taken with the finest of cameras with the best lighting. You and your guests will also be able to see yourself before the camera snaps the shot.  this way you will know how the picture will turn out.

Don’t settle for an average picture.  Go with the photobooth company trusted by more people in State College, Altoona and Central PA than any other company.  The proof is in the picture!  You can view samples at http://photos.nittanyentertainment.com/

Nittany Entertainment Photo Booth Mt Nittany Ball

Which Side Do the Bride and Groom Stand (Wedding History)

 When We line couples up for the introduction into the reception,there is often confusion as to which side the bridesmaids and groomsmen stand. It is common to keep the same sides that you lined up during the ceremony. The Brides and Bridesmaids traditionally go on the left and Groom and Groomsmen line up on the right. The tradition actually stems back to the Middle Ages when Brides were traded and sold for Marriage. In other traditions the Brides family would often provide gifts and dowry and bring that to the ceremony. The Groom and his Groomsman needed to keep their right hands, which was their sword hand, free to protect the bride and their party from bandits and thieves that would attempt to steal her or the dowry. The bride probably won’t be stolen at a modern wedding but this tradition has kept true hundreds of years later.

When We line couples up for the introduction into the reception,there is often confusion as to which side the bridesmaids and groomsmen stand. It is common to keep the same sides that you lined up during the ceremony.
The Brides and Bridesmaids traditionally go on the left and Groom and Groomsmen line up on the right.
The tradition actually stems back to the Middle Ages when Brides were traded and sold for Marriage. In other traditions the Brides family would often provide gifts and dowry and bring that to the ceremony. The Groom and his Groomsman needed to keep their right hands, which was their sword hand, free to protect the bride and their party from bandits and thieves that would attempt to steal her or the dowry. The bride probably won’t be stolen at a modern wedding but this tradition has kept true hundreds of years later.

Venue Spotlight: Brookmere Winery

Brookmere Winery

Brookmere Winery is Located just outside of Lewistown, PA. It is a short drive over the mountain from State College and also a nice country drive from the Harrisburg area too.  The winery setting creates an awesome country backdrop.

Nittany Entertainment is a great compliment to Brookmere Winery in multiple ways.

Our extensive planning will help keep the events moving along to give you and your guests more time to relax and party and not worry about why the reception is dragging.

Our compact ceremony setup is perfect for your outdoor ceremony. This will include microphones for both the officiant and any readings as well as all music played for the pre ceremony and ceremony.