Beginnings of my Blog & Your Wedding

March 17, 2024

Blog Post

Beginnings of my Blog & Your Wedding

Welcome to our new website and blog!

Photo: Emilia / Magnifik Photography

That's me, the owner of the company! My name is Rob Murray and I've lived in Canmore since 2001. I originally moved here as a short pit stop in my burgeoning radio career...and I'm still here, over 22 years later. I host the morning show on local radio station 106.5 Mountain FM. To make a few extra bucks I ended up taking on a few DJ jobs on a casual basis, and in 2007 I threw myself into weddings on a more regular basis under the tutelage of Patrick Smiley, the previous owner of Class Act DJ Service. When Patrick retired as a wedding DJ to focus on his passion for being a wedding officiant, I purchased the business from him. It's been one of the best decisions of my life - I'm passionate about this industry and helping to make couple's dreams come true, and with my small team of other DJs we're thrilled to be able to be a part of around 100 weddings and other events in Canmore, Banff, and beyond every year.

I hope to use this blog to share useful details for couples who are choosing to get married in the beautiful Canadian Rockies - venue tours and advice from my years in the business. Since this post is the beginning of my blog, I thought I'd start it off by talking about the beginning of your wedding (at least, from the DJ's involvement)...your wedding ceremony!

Wedding Ceremony at Tunnel Mountain Reservoir. Copyright Rob Murray / Class Act DJ Service

Our most popular service is our Full Wedding Package, which includes music and wireless microphones for your ceremony - your choice of handheld or discreet clip-on hands-free mics. We highly recommend microphones for most ceremonies, especially if you're outdoors - most of the popular wedding outdoor venues around here, like Tunnel Mountain pictured above, can get quite windy, and without mics the words of those personal vows you've spent so much time writing will get blown away for anyone not within a few feet of you.

A wedding ceremony on the Three Sisters Patio at Silvertip. Copyright Rob Murray / Class Act DJ Service

A lot of people think about the song they want to walk down the aisle to, but what about the music for the rest of your ceremony? There are usually four musical moments to consider:

-The Prelude - The music that's playing as guests are mingling being seated before the ceremony begins.

-The Processional - Not just the song you're walking out to, but will any other members of the wedding party becoming? Do you want a separate song or songs for the bridesmaids/groomsmen/etc.?

-The Registry Signing - It's nice to have a song playing here as this would be an otherwise quiet moment of your ceremony.

-The Recessional - Something usually fun and high energy to walk back down the aisle to at the end of your ceremony.

I often work with couples who have the Processional and Recessional figured out or narrowed down, but hadn't really thought about the other two parts. For the Registry Signing, my advice is to look at the shortlist of love songs you had for other big moments of your wedding that didn't quite make the cut - one of those would work very well here.

For the Prelude, some couples like to pick out specific songs but most will leave it to me to create a short 30 minute playlist around the vibe they're going for. While contemporary love ballads or classical music are genres that are often chosen here, the most popular picks over the last few years have been string & piano cover songs. I'm doing a ceremony next week where the bride asked me to share a playlist of some of my favourite picks in this style for her ceremony. I thought I'd share that here with you too!

We love working with couples and their vendor teams to create magical wedding ceremonies. Let us know how we can help you too!