Wedding Music


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.


10 Tunes to Consider for Your First Wedding Dance Song

The wedding reception is a crucial part of your big day. Your first wedding dance is something that you’ll cherish forever. So far, you’ve carefully planned out who is sitting at which table, whether to hire a DJ or a band, what food to serve, and what centerpieces to use. The only thing you are missing is a first wedding dance song. Do you want to pick a classic that everyone loves? A contemporary hit? Or what about a song that is generally unknown?

Spotify, the hugely popular digital music service, recently released a list of the top 50 first wedding dance songs. At the top of the list are Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and Etta James’s “At Last.” Those songs may be the perfect fit for many couples, but others may want to be unique and go with something less frequently picked. If you are part of the latter group, here is a list of first dance songs that do NOT appear on Spotify’s list.

1. “Over And Over Again” by Nathan Sykes

2. “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin

3. “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars

4. “My Cherie Amour” by Stevie Wonder

5. “Right Back Where We Started” by Maxine Nightingale

6. “I See the Light” by Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi

7. “Some Kind of Wonderful” by Michael Buble

8. “Rhythm of Love” by Plain White T’s

9. “A Moment Like This” by Kelly Clarkson

10. “Dancing in the Moonlight” by Toploader


MJSA features promotion of a new wedding song.

This article was originally posted on Novell’s wedding ring blog:

The October 2009 issue of MJSA Journal highlights Novell’s promotion of a new wedding song by folk-pop artist Jacqui Naylor. “Celebrate Early and Often” is featured in the Inspired Thinking-Success Strategies column:

To help raise Internet awareness of Rahway, New Jersey–based Novell as a bridal brand, the company’s marketing director Rick Mulholland turned to music. Instead of competing head-to head with other jewelry manufacturers and e-tailers populating search engine results with key jewelry terms such as “wedding bands” and “engagement rings,” Mulholland decided to promote the song “Celebrate Early and Often” by Jacqui Naylor. It’s featured on Novell’s website as a perfect wedding song for couples looking for something a little non-traditional and unique.

“We really needed a way to stand out to consumers that are planning their weddings, and to do so without spending any money,” says Mulholland. “Thanks to our online press releases (www.novelldesignstudio.com/new_wedding_song.php), I was able to earn high-ranking organic search engine results.”

“People looking for song ideas may not have purchased their wedding bands yet. So if they come across the song on our website, there’s a good chance that they’ll be curious about Novell’s prod¬ucts and start to look around.”

And Mulholland’s prediction has proven itself: He reports that web traf¬fic spiked earlier this year to the tune of about 20,000 unique visitors reading the press releases and/or visiting the webpage featuring the song, with “a nice overall click-through.” And that’s music to Novell’s ears.

Please visit www.novelldesignstudio.com/newweddingsong.php to hear a sample and download “Celebrate Early and Often.”

MJSA featured an article about a new wedding song for a new wedding generation.

MJSA featured an article about a new wedding song for a new wedding generation.

Learn more about the album  You Don’t Know Jacq.


Marketing Director talks about new wedding song.

Novell’s Marketing Director Rick Mulholland explains the reasoning behind helping to introduce “Celebrate Early and Often.”

As seen on Daylife.com (March 5, 2009):

“I think it’s time for some newer wedding song ideas. Therefore, Novell is happy to help introduce ‘Celebrate Early and Often’ to the wedding world at large. It’s a new wedding song for a new generation – and for the new times.”

Read more about “Celebrate Early and Often.”


Bride endorses new wedding song.

SImnger Jacqui NaylorOver on TheKnot.com’s bridal message boards, future brides have been chatting about new wedding songs and making suggestions. And one gives “Celebrate Early and Often” – a new wedding song for a new wedding generation – a ringing endorsement.

She writes (as of March 4, 2009):
“Hello Everyone! I heard this song and fell in love with it – “Celebrate Early and Often.”
 I thought it was cool that the artist wrote it for her own wedding! It kicks into the perfect feeling after about a minute into the song and I can picture myself dancing to it with my soon to be hubby. 7 months to go! …Michelle

Read more about, listen to and/or buy the song “Celebrate Early and Often.”


A New Wedding Song for a New Wedding Generation.

Celebrate Early and Often (Album Version) – Jacqui Naylor

 Listen to more music by Jacqui Naylor

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Times have changed. Weddings are no longer cookie-cutter weddings of years past. Couples are bringing their own unique tastes and lifestyles and incorporating them into the most special day of their life. There are now ‘greener’ weddings, surprise weddings, best men are women, etc. Older traditions are fading away and new traditions are setting the stage for the new generation of weddings.

Sometimes long standing wedding traditions need to be refreshed a little or even given a “face lift.” Consider some of the music that is played during wedding receptions and ceremonies. What happens if your taste in music leans less towards the Top 40 and more towards varied and eclectic? Or what if timeless pop standards have just become tired to your ear? Perhaps you might be looking for something that is meaningful and classy, but with a unique, contemporary sound. If so, then custom wedding band manufacturer Novell Design Studio has a suggestion for you.

Novell is proud to feature the music of Jacqui Naylor, whose new single is “Celebrate Early and Often” from You Don’t Know Jacq, her most recent album release. “Celebrate Early and Often” was written for and sung to Jacqui’s husband at their wedding. Jacqui uses her sultry voice, a piano and an acoustic guitar on this moving track to tell her own story of falling in love. It’s a fresh music alternative to play at a wedding reception, romantic celebration or perhaps as a bride walks down the aisle. The music of Jacqui Naylor helps create a loving and romantic mood for a variety of formal and informal occasions. “Celebrate Early and Often” is THE love song for the next generation.

Jacqui Naylor’s Unique Musical Styling
You Don’t Know Jacq is Jacqui Naylor’s seventh recording and highlights new arrangements of the most popular songs from her earlier recordings plus new original music. On this recording, Jacqui showcases her signature “acoustic smashing” technique, singing jazz standards over rock classics or vice versa, like The Gershwins’ “Summertime” over The Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post” or Rodgers & Hart’s “My Funny Valentine” over AC/DC’s “Back in Black.” Her covers of the new classics are equally represented here with a bossa nova take on REM’s “Losing My Religion,” a gospel-flavored version of The Bee Gees’ disco-era ballad “How Deep is Your Love,” and a Jamaican-infused dance interpretation of The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You.” Of course, no Jacqui Naylor album would be complete without showing her jazz chops; here she revisits the Bill Barnes classic “Something Cool” from her very first CD and writes a swing tune called “This Is The Spot” as a “thank you” to jazz radio stations across the country. Other strong new originals on this recording include the beautiful first single “Celebrate Early and Often,” the optimistic “Dreamin’ Big With You,” and “Rise Up,” which was written to inspire people to vote and is currently featured on YouTube and the Obama/Biden website.

Customization Sets Novell Wedding Bands Apart From All Others
Novell Design Studio prides itself on continually bringing innovation to the wedding band industry. The company currently specializes in customizing its wedding band designs to suit individuals’ particular needs, tastes and diverse lifestyles. Since no consumer should just have to settle for what is on the shelf, Novell can specially manufacture almost all of their wedding ring styles in many variations – wider, narrower, in different metals (platinum, palladium or gold), with different finishes, and much more. Novell wedding bands are sold at over 1,000 authorized retailers nationwide. Visit www.novelldesignstudio.com to find the authorized retailer in your area.

Related links: Jacqui Naylor’s MySpace, Jacqui Naylor’s website

Reviews:

“The process, which Ms. Naylor calls “acoustic smashing,” marked a turning point in her career.” Read moreWall Street Journal

‘Jacqui Naylor has brought new twists to the notion of melding jazz and pop tunes – without high-tech assistance.”  National Public Radio (NPR)

“The words are to Gershwin’s “Summertime,” but the music is Gregg Allman’s “Whipping Post… Naylor has the chops and sensitivity to pull it off.” NY Magazine

“In the never-ending ‘next big thing’ sweepstakes, bet on Jacqui Naylor to be a frontrunner. Her originals are Joni Mitchell good!” JazzTimes

“Jacqui’s ‘acoustic smashing’ of the great American songbook with the classic rock and roll songbook brings both forms to life in a way never heard before.” Ken Dashow Q-104

“Jacqui has a sumptuous voice, knack for scratchiness, and an ability to sweeten those bluesy bent notes.” Village Voice

This news has also been featured on The Wedding Ring Blog, Customize Your Novell Wedding Band, Wedding Ring Blog on TransWorldNews.com, WedNet.com and soon to be many more!