Monthly Archives: August 2016


Walk Down the Aisle to the Beautiful Sounds of Linsay Setzer!

Wedding music cello player Linsay Setzer

One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make when planning your big day is about wedding music. Wedding music is not just about choosing your first dance song. It’s also about what will be played as you walk down the aisle.

Whether it’s Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” or Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years,” you may have dreamed of walking down the aisle to a particular song. The question now is how it will be played. Will you play a recording of the song or have an instrumentalist perform it? If you’ve picked the latter, cellist Linsay Setzer just might be the musician for you!

Based in New Jersey, Linsay can travel anywhere in North and Central Jersey. She offers all of the traditional wedding songs, such as the “Bridal March” and “Trumpet Voluntary,” and can play any special requests you may have, granted you provide her with a recording or video. Linsay typically plays before the ceremony as guests are getting seated, while the wedding party processes down the aisle, and while the newly married couple exits the ceremony venue; however, she would be more than happy to play during other parts of the ceremony as well.

Having an ear for musicality and phrasing, Linsay always performs with great confidence and passion. She especially loves to interpret beautiful melodic lines and infuse emotion into them. When Linsay played in the musical Into the Woods, Musical Director Mike G. was impressed by her outstanding musicianship:

“Linsay’s sound is warm and expressive. She is an excellent sight-reader and has the versatility to create rich and beautiful tone across all types of music.”

Linsay started playing cello at the age of 10, having developed a deep appreciation for music through her family. She was drawn to the warm, lower tones of the cello and how the tone connected seamlessly with the qualities of her own voice. In high school, Linsay was a member of the Central Jersey Youth Symphony and the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra. She then attended Montclair State University, where she participated in the university’s symphony and received a B.Mus. in Music Education with a concentration in cello.

Since 2009, Linsay has been freelancing for weddings, church and holiday services, CD demos, and recording studios. Her favorite gigs are musicals, having played in numerous pit orchestras and over 25 musical titles. From 2013 to 2016, Linsay was the Director of High School and Middle School Orchestras in Nutley, NJ as well as the Cello Teaching Specialist for the Paterson Music Project. In addition, she has taught private lessons in cello, violin, piano, and voice. To learn more about Linsay, check out her Facebook page!

If the sound of her cello warmed your heart (how could it not?), contact Linsay today and make your wedding day truly spectacular.


Honeymoon Destinations – The Caribbean’s Bonaire

Honeymoon destinations are getting harder to tell apart. More and more honeymoon destinations have fallen victim to over commercialization. Most tend to have similar atmospheres. One resort may look like another, which looks like yet another, and so on. While many new brides and grooms might not care, others may be looking for a truly unique spot. In this world, there are those who cannot live without McDonald’s and Starbucks. There are also many who feel comfortable all alone on a deserted beach. As “they” say – to each their own.

In past articles, I’ve featured Belize as one of THE honeymoon destinations that should be on your list. And it still should be. But recently I have also come across another extremely beautiful place that should be STRONGLY considered as well – Bonaire! It may actually just have moved into first place on our list!

Bonaire is of the last remaining Caribbean islands that still has an exciting “undiscovered” feel. While its neighbors Aruba and Curacao have many of the amenities that most modern Americans are used to – like the aforementioned McDonald’s and Starbucks, Bonaire is much less developed. You won’t find any of the sprawling resorts or big hotel chains that populate most of the region. In fact, the pink flamingo population rivals that of actual humans. Traffic lights are also non-existent. Very few building are higher than a palm tree. Bonaire is committed to conservation, so local powdery beaches, amazing coral reefs and picturesque tropical vegetation all remain unspoiled. Imagine that!

Sound interesting?

Bonaire also has one of the mildest climates in the Caribbean. It only rains an average of 22 inches a year. An easterly trade wind helps keep you cool. Both water and air temperatures hover around a constant 80 degrees. Bonaire is also located outside of the area’s hurricane belt. So you won’t have to worry about your honeymoon being spoiled during the storm season. Just thirty miles east of Curacao and fifty miles north of Venezuela, Bonaire can be reached with a direct flight out of Newark or Houston (via United Airlines), and on Delta Airlines out of Atlanta. Short flights also take off out of Aruba and Curacao.

If being underwater is your style, Bonaire is a diver’s dream. In fact, it’s basically a sea lover’s dream in general. There’s plenty of boating opportunities, kayaking, wind surfing and deep sea fishing. Should you find yourself too water logged, then feel free to stay on land to bike or hike. Heck – just plant yourself on a beach! Whatever your activity, it’s available in Bonaire.

Still sound interesting?

If Bonaire sound like it belongs on your list of honeymoon destinations, then please consider our friends at Harbour Village. Harbour Village offers Dutch-Caribbean styles suites with the same privacy as a residential stay. There’s fine dining with magnificent waterside views. A five-star PADI dive shop. Boat charters, island tours or other types of excursions can be planned for you by the Harbour Village concierge. Need to relax after months of wedding planning? Then you’ve come to the right place for stress free relaxing as well.

For more information on Harbour Village Beach Club, visit harbourvillage.com or call 1-800-424-0004.

***Images courtesy of Harbour Village.


Try Wedding Planning with Pinterest

Logo for Pinterest wedding planning

Not long ago, when a bride-to-be wanted inspiration for her wedding planning, she ran to the local book store and bought every magazine on the newsstand. If the magazines weren’t enough, she went over to the book section to browse through whatever they stocked on the shelf. Aside from Martha Stewart, the wedding section usually contained the latest (yet often outdated) advice penned by the so-called experts of the day. Unfortunately, many of these books featured similar wedding advice and guidance. So if that eager bride-to-be wanted fresh ideas, she may have had to look far and wide.

These days, things are a little different. The social media explosion has put a ton of wedding planning information on almost every phone or tablet in America. Alongside the typical Google search, wedding websites TheKnot.com and Engagement101.com introduce brides to the latest advice from a variety of established wedding resources and brands. The days of lugging half a dozen magazines home every month are gone. The expense is also almost completely eliminated. It’s easy to sit back on a couch and browse. Tons of wedding ideas are at your fingertips.

One of the latest resources for wedding inspiration is Pinterest. Google Trends recent reported that more and more people are typing “Pinterest wedding planning” into their mobile devices. Instead of having to read through search results and hope that a link contains wedding planning gold, there’s an almost endless stream of graphics. Pinterest offers a vast supply of insights and wedding planning connections.

Need proof? Feel free to browse our Pinterest wedding planning board below!

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Need a Wedding Singer in New Jersey? Meet Anna Bansil!

New Jersey wedding singer Anna Bansil

Wedding singer Anna Bansil from New Jersey

Your wedding is almost all planned. You’ve tasted dozens of hors d’oeuvres, smelled quite a few flowers, and planned the seating arrangements. You’ve even decided against that costly ice sculpture (which melts away anyway). Now it’s time to make a decision on one thing that really helps sets the tone for the entire event – your wedding music.

For most, the decision boils down to whether you want to have a DJ or live music. If you are having an intimate wedding and love live music – why not hire a wedding singer? Anna Bansil just might be THE wedding singer who can add that extra sparkle to your extraordinary day!

Based in New Jersey, Anna can travel anywhere in the Tri-State/Eastern Pennsylvania region. Having a performance style reminiscent of Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson, Anna specializes in heartfelt singer-songwriter/folk-pop songs and accompanies herself on acoustic or electric guitar. Her crisp, clear voice has been said to be “soothing like honey.”

Anna’s repertoire consists of songs that are perfect for first dances and cocktail hours. Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love,” Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to The Moon,” Ingrid Michaelson’s “The Way I Am,” and Otis Redding’s “That’s How Strong My Love Is” are just a few numbers she performs. Do you have a special request in mind? Anna is able to learn songs just for your occasion. Although she may include her own spin here and there, she always tries to stick as close to the original as possible.

When Anna sang at the wedding of Kevin and Audrey M., the happy couple was overjoyed at her performance:

“We’ve always known that Anna was an amazing musician, but when she performed ‘That’s How Strong My Love Is’ by Otis Redding for our first dance at our wedding we were floored. From her voice to her stage presence, her performance was emotional, powerful and memorable. It certainly was one of the highlights of our wedding.”

Anna has been singing since the age of 3, having developed a love for singing after watching the movie The Sound of Music. Throughout middle school and high school, Anna participated in All-State, regional, and church choir. She was also a member of the John P. Stevens High School Choir and Khorikos, an a cappella group based in New York City. Her education includes a BA in Music and a BS in Nursing.

Aside from singing at weddings, Anna also records her own music. Some of her work can be found on YouTube. If you find yourself captivated by her voice, as we are, contact Anna today and make your wedding day truly unforgettable!