Let us help you beyond the reception
This Side Up can do more than just rock your reception. We can also provide support in many other
aspects of your special day. Some of these "Value Added Services" we can do at no additional charge,
while others have costs associated with them. Either way, ALL of these services will be quoted to you
individually so you have a clear understanding of our charges and you can choose exactly what you need.
Simply indicate anything you'd like help with when you check our
availability and we'll be happy to show you what we can do.
This Side Up Horn Section
If you love the sound of our 6-piece band, you will be absolutely blown away when you hear us with our
horn section, Special Delivery! This 3-piece combination of brass and saxophones truly enhances the excitement
of live music. There's definitely a brighter vibe when our entire 9-piece "big band" performs together. These
brass musicians put the chunk in our funk and the thing in our swing! Adding the horn section to our group not
only augments our standard set list, but also allows us to play several songs that are
impossible to do without horns. Check out the difference the horns can make in this
horn comparison video!
For your first dance, it will be all eyes on you! Let our own Halli Hill show you how to loosen
up and impress your guests with a choreographed ballroom dance. Halli offers private dance lessons
to couples and small groups. Her credentials include five years as a jazz, tap, and ballet instructor,
as well as two years as a ballroom dance instructor. She has participated in numerous dance competitions,
and has even recorded several first place wins in International Latin Ballroom Dance competitions.
Another popular idea she can help with is having the bridal party perform a "spontaneous" choreographed
dance during your reception (click
this link to see an example of what we're talking about, but note that Halli was not responsible for
this particular dance). That's right! Halli can teach your entire group a similar dance (to this or any
song you'd like), and we guarantee it will really bring down the house!
"Taking dance lessons with Halli was not only helpful, but fun!" - Gretchen Swann, nee Wildauer
Our experience suggests, for receptions in which a Wedding Planner is not involved, that it helps to
have someone serve as the "timekeeper" or "coordinator" throughout the day, to ensure things progress
as planned. Kim Maalouf can take on that responsibility for you, so you and your guests can spend your
time that day enjoying your once-in-a-lifetime event. She'll keep an eye on the clock and make sure the
bride and groom are ready to proceed to the next activity. She can be your laison with the reception
staff to reduce any confusion and so you don't have to be bothered with every little question. Or, if
you prefer to work with a professional Wedding Planner for your big day we can put you in contact with
one of the many planners we know.
"Your coordination of keeping everything together the day of the wedding was amazing. Everything looked
great, everyone had a great time, it couldn't have been better. You made my wedding day such a great
experience, because I didn't have to worry about a thing!" - Gretchen Swann, nee Wildauer
Play Along with the Band
Can you or one of your guests sing or play an instrument? If so, let this be the opportunity to show off
your talent to your friends and family! We're happy to let someone play with us; just let us know the
song, artist, and instrument you would like to play (at least 60-days prior to your wedding reception)
and we'll be ready. We'll even schedule one rehearsal ahead of time "Free of Charge" to ensure everyone
is ready (however, we would need to be compensated for any additional practice or instruction time beyond
that). You're welcome to use our equipment for both the rehearsal and the performance.
Secondary Sound System
Most outdoor or non-traditional wedding spaces, and even some churches do not have a sound system to enable
your guests to hear what is being said during the ceremony. In addition, some dining halls are set up away
from the dancing space, so you can't use the band's sound system for announcements, toasts, or dinner music.
We're here to help! For a nominal fee, we can set up a secondary, remote sound system to serve these needs.
We're afraid that this only pertains to sites that are in the vicinity of the dancing location (within a 5
minute drive), but it may be possible to work something out for more distant locations. Of course, under
normal circumstances where we only need one sound system there is no additional charge.
Our experience has shown that some of the best pictures can come late in the evening when you and your guests
have really loosened up and start acting silly with the band. Typically, most photographers are not contracted
to the very end of the night. That's where Kim Maalouf can step in to capture those images that would have only
been in your memory. While Kim is not a professional photographer, she is an experienced amateur photographer
with professional equipment (check out her work in our photo page!). The images on our
website are at a lower resolution for better web performance, but for a modest fee, we can send you a CD full of
all Kim's pictures at photo quality resolution (usually around 50 photos at 8-10 megapixel resolution).
Whether your wedding ceremony is contemporary or traditional, we have the musicians and vocalists
who can handle it. Several This Side Up members also sing regularly in their church choirs and can
accommodate any kind of ceremony music you'd like. Do you need a pianist, organist, or other instrument
(eg. walking down the aisle to a trumpet fanfare)? We can either provide those services ourselves or put
you in touch with some of our many musical contacts. Just let us know what you are looking for, and we'll
be glad to help.
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