Updated: Nov 25, 2019
Museum of the City of New York
Manhattan for Whitney & Marc
by DJ Ben Boylan
The Museum of the City of New York is located in Upper Manhattan. It's on Fifth Avenue across from Central Park. It's in a beautiful location without tourist crowds. Besides being a museum, it is also a popular wedding venue.
When you walk into the museum, there is a foyer with a huge staircase. In front of the staircase there is an amazing chandelier made up of dozens of tiny lights. This is where you can have your ceremony and dance party. Upstairs there is a large room for dinner.
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour
Whitney and Marc had their ceremony in the foyer of the museum. While I played their processional, the wedding party walked down the huge staircase to enter the room. The processional song was "Roses of May" by Nobuo Uematsu. Once they had all entered, Whitney was led down the staircase by her parents to "Amoroso" from Prokofiev’s Cinderella.
As the ceremony ended, Marc and Whitney exited to "Gold" by Interference. Guests then headed outside for cocktail hour where I had a speaker set up playing a mix of 80's pop and current R&B tracks. It was a bit chilly, so some guests came back inside before cocktail hour was done so I threw on some music inside too.
After cocktail hour, guests headed upstairs for dinner. It was held right above the reception area in front of the top of the staircase. Guests enjoyed their meal to a mix of indie pop, R&B, and 80's new wave. Whitney and Marc closed out the meal with a thank you speech.
After dinner, guests headed downstairs for dancing. The dance set started with the first dance. Whitney and Marc danced to Beck's "Ramona." They followed that up by a joint parent dance to "Gimme Some Lovin'" by the Spencer Davis Group. This was a song Whitney and her dad used to dance too when she was a little girl and she surprised him with it.
Once the parent dances were done, we got everyone on the floor. Whitney and Marc had requested indie pop, rock, R&B, and EDM. A lot of the EDM was from video games Marc liked. It was fun. Their guests had a great time dancing with them.
Helped us throw an epic party
We were trying to keep our planning simple, so we hired Ben to do all of our music, from ceremony through the reception/dinner, and dancing. Ben was really easy to work with, he helped us think through a lot of possible places we might want music that we hadn't even thought of (pre-ceremony, etc.) and also helped us figure out the sound for our ceremony, including officiant and readers. Where we gave him direct instructions he followed them exactly, and where we just gave him an idea of what we wanted, he took our suggestions and ran with it, with none of the cheesy cliches you hear about with wedding DJs.
One of our nagging doubts going into the wedding was whether many people would actually dance -- Ben put together such a great mix for the dance floor that people I never expected to see dance were out there for most of the evening. Some of our guests told us our wedding was one of their Top 5 dancing weddings they've attended. It was a truly epic party and Ben made sure we had an epic soundtrack to go with it." - Marc & Whitney
Thank You Marc and Whitney for letting me DJ your
Museum of the City of New York wedding
I had the pleasure of working with the following vendors:
Venue: Simon Morales of The Museum of the City of New York
Event Planner: Amy Egan of Modern Rebel
Photographer: Teryn and Dakota of Love Like Ours