In today’s Chancey Charm Nashville Wedding Vendor Highlight, Wedding Planner Ashley Silver is chatting with Vincent Wynne of Music City Rhythm Revue! We’re excited to be chatting with him about how he got his start in the wedding and events industry (it’s an exciting story), share his tips for brides + more below. Enjoy friends!
– The Chancey Charm Team
Photo Credit: Andrew Edwards Photography
Vincent Wynne of Music City Rhythm Revue
What’s your area of expertise?
Music City Rhythm Revue Musician (band leader, bass)
First job you ever landed
This is kind of crazy. Music City Rhythm Revue’s very first event was actually a very secret VIP wedding reception. I can’t say who it was because we had to sign a very detailed confidentiality agreement, but I CAN say that I was more nervous about the guests in attendance than the actual VIP whose wedding reception we were performing for. Any time you play a VIP event, you have to wonder who will be in attendance, and as you gaze out among the guests, sometimes you see someone that makes you want to run for the door. At this wedding reception, one of the guests happened to be the guitarist for one of Rock n’ Roll’s biggest, most important artists. Seeing someone like that on the dance floor dancing to your music is a great thrill.
What brought you to the wedding industry?
For me, it’s not just the wedding industry, but rather the EVENTS industry since Music City Rhythm Revue is actively playing both corporate events and wedding receptions. The Nashville music scene has taught me a lot of things, but the MOST important thing I’ve learned is to build relationships. In the past when performing with artists, I would volunteer for the band leader role which forced me to learn how to manage creative people as well as build relationships with great musicians. My personality is very service-oriented – I tend to be very organized (maybe more than the average musician), and people have told me that I am a good communicator. So when I turned 40, I decided it might be the right time to start focusing on events where I could utilize all of those skills for the same goal while also continuing to play music, which is my greatest passion.
A lesson you’ve learned the hard way in the wedding industry
Oh…gosh. Never rely on the cloud (Wi-Fi) for any music that isn’t being performed live by the band. Thankfully, when this happened there were only a few minor pauses, not a major disaster, but that was close enough for me and lesson learned. DOWNLOAD all songs, lock screen, fully charged battery.
Photo Credit: Reichman Photography
Favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon
Jogging, then iced coffee.
Best piece of advice to someone new to the industry
Never lose your temper on an event and always treat everyone with dignity and respect. Handle problems that occur with a smile on your face, and be as efficient as possible. Save the meltdowns for Monday.
Best piece of planning advice to a new bride/groom
Hire a planner that you trust, and choose a venue with great air conditioning.
Some words you live by
Under promise, over deliver and keep it simple.
Best tip for balancing work + home life
Well, this is a big deal with me. Keep strict boundaries on phone use. Work hours should never be ambiguous and random, but rather always structured. Always adhere to the weekly schedule out of respect for your family. Always delegate (if possible) when problems arise that could potentially interrupt the scheduled family time.
Best moment of your career
Although every heartfelt “thank you” from a client gives me joy and satisfaction for a job well done, there is something special about hand-written thank you cards. Those hand-written cards, as small of a gesture as they might be, are the pinnacle for me in terms of experiencing joy and gratitude for being able to provide such an important part of a bride’s wedding with Music City Rhythm Revue. Every single time I receive one of those hand-written thank you cards from a client, I experience the best moment of my career.
John Mayer, Taco Bell, pickled okra, Twizzlers strawberry.
Favorite Instagram account
Gillian Anderson (@gilliana)
What’s your favorite aesthetic?
In terms of reception designs, I’ve seen a couple of Black/White (tuxedo look) combinations that were stunning.
Intimate or Par-tay? What size wedding do you recommend and why?
Par-TAY! I might be a little bit biased since these are the only weddings we are hired for. 150 energetic happy people on the dance floor is kind of amazing.
What’s the first thing a newly engaged couple should do?
Hire the band!