- Posted on Friday, February 3, 5:43 am
In this article, we spoke with Gloria Sklerov and Barbara Rothstein from the Los Angeles-based Wedding Music Central (www.weddingmusiccentral.com). Wedding Music Central offers the only line of unique wedding music CDs and wedding music downloads created by Grammy and Emmy-winning hit writers. In other words, brides are no longer limited to “off the shelf” commercial music, and can now enjoy music composed specifically for weddings.
Ambient DJ initially connected with Wedding Music Central (“WMC”) on Social Media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Impressed by their deep knowledge of wedding music, we were delighted when Gloria and Barbara graciously agreed to be interviewed for a feature story on our blog. Wedding Music Central provides a valuable array of services for couples seeking wedding music that is unique, appropriate, and will maximize the emotional impact of their special occasion.
Tell Us About the History of WMC- Gloria Sklerov learned the art of writing hit songs by taking classes at UCLA. She proceeded to enjoy a long and successful songwriting career, composing hits for film and television. In addition to winning two Emmy awards, her songs have been recorded by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Cher, Dionne Warwick, Peggy Lee, Kenny Rogers and Anne Murray. Gloria co-wrote the #1 Country Song of 1979, Anne Murray’s “I Just Fall in Love Again.” Her compositions for wedding scenes in soap operas like “The Guiding Light” and “Another World” were critically acclaimed, and the public began asking where these songs could be purchased. With a knack for wedding songwriting, Gloria founded WMC in 1999. The timing of this venture was excellent given the increasing popularity of the internet and ability to sell music directly to the public.
Gloria’s business partner, Barbara Rothstein, left a successful law practice to follow her love of music and songwriting. She has since received a number of songwriting awards, with her songs being recorded by numerous pop and R&B artists in Europe, Japan and the United States. In the early days of Wedding Music Central, Gloria and Barbara produced their first wedding music CD “Set Your Wedding to Music” and co-authored the popular companion book, “How to Set Your Wedding to Music (The Complete Music Guide and Planner)”
What Are Your Most Popular Products?- Wedding Music Central’s most popular products are its custom wedding songs. These songs, composed with weddings in mind, are available for wedding ceremonies (Prelude, Processional, Recessional) as well as for receptions (First Dance, Father-Daughter, Mother-Son, Mother-Daughter). Regarding special dances for weddings, it is sometimes problematic to find a song from the American songbook that offers the proper lyrics and mood. WMC’s custom compositions bridge this gap. For a sample, see this very special Father-Daughter Dance:
Other popular products at WMC include Wedding Music CDs, Playlists (for those planning iPod wedings), Sheet Music and various creative Gift CDs. The Wedding Music Central website also contains a wealth of planning tips regarding music at a wedding.
Wedding Music Central sells its products across the United States as well as internationally.
What is Your Top Tip For Couples Planning a Wedding?- The ladies from WMC strongly recommend that couples create a “script” for the wedding so that all details are spelled out. This script should be shared among the musicians, DJ, wedding planner, photographer and maitre d’. Even when a team of seasoned professionals has been assembled, it is important for couples to adopt a hands-on, proactive approach so that no mishaps occur. Another important area that is sometimes overlooked is acoustics. Musical performers need to understand their physical surroundings and bring the proper equipment so that clean sound at an appropriate volume level is the result. Outdoor events or those held in exotic locations (such as on a loud boat) can provide additional challenges.
What is your stance on iPod Weddings?- While Gloria and Barbara recommend that a professional handles the music and sound at a wedding, when budgetary factors cause couples to do it themselves, it is essential that appropriate preparations are made in order to ensure a smooth event. To this end, WMC offers an iPod package (i.e., pre-selected set lists) and a list of tips. To read more about WMC’s stance on iPod weddings and the distinction between weekend warrior DJs and professional wedding DJs, click here.
Tell Us About Your New Website- Gloria and Barbara are extremely excited about the upcoming launch of their new and expanded website. The site will contain new songs as well as limited time special offers! Disc jockeys and other wedding professionals are also recommended to explore Wedding Music Central’s Affiliate Program, that provides financial rewards to those who refer customers to WMC.
WMC is also excited by the growth in its Social Media Accounts. Donna, who handles Social Media, does a great job of engaging the community. We always enjoy giving @WeddingMusicPro a #WeddingWednesday shout-out on Twitter!
We advise brides-to-be and fellow wedding professionals to explore Wedding Music Central for its excellent planning tips and unique products.
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