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Let Inspiration Be Your Guide

03/28/2017 Andy Kushner

By Andy Kushner - Entertainment Designer 

We often get inspiration from dreams however, another perspective is that inspiration causes us to dream. Your wedding is a celebration of your commitment and public declaration of love for each other.  Brides and grooms often tell me their “dreams” for their big day and night, though sometimes feel frustrated with not being able to work out all the specifics.

Inspiration is the key ingredient to having creative epiphanies.  So, give yourself permission to take time and be open to what moves you emotionally and the answers will come. 

I have found such inspiration in the most unexpected places and circumstances.  A short film was recently produced about what inspires my musical creativity.  It was only when I let go and simply wandered, both figuratively and literally, that amazing things started to happen.  Normally, I just walk with the distractions of my thoughts however since I was purposely just meandering I was able to notice a particular type of Cherry Blossom tree that had the most amazing colors!  Although my field is music, I imagined somehow utilizing that unique color scheme in the décor of a wedding reception.  And the feeling it gave me led to a musical thought.

When Ray LaMontagne’s Gossip In The Grain came out, many brides and grooms requested his hit, “You Are The Best Thing,” for their first dance.  However, the second song on the album “Let It Be Me” is absolutely and undeniably stunning.  I’ve listened to that song numerous times and it endlessly inspires me.

I went to The Groove in New York City, to see my friend Toni Menage perform, knowing it would be a great night but not expecting what came next.  I was absolutely blown away by not only her and her band’s raw talent, but also her magical ability to bond a crowd of strangers with a shared experience.  That’s the core ingredient to the success of any wedding reception and my mantra.

A bride once requested Adele’s version of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love,” so I went to You Tube and discovered Carl Lindquist’s rendition, a Swedish singer from Stockhom, which knocked me out.  Four years later we are great friends, finally met for the first time last month in London and are working together on his recording career.

I love Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” as well as his video for it, and have certainly had the song incorporated into my entertainment design.  However, when I bought the record, I also discovered his lesser known “Tenerife Sea,” and was immediately inspired to create a moment for an upcoming wedding couple with two wonderful singers accompanied by a cello and acoustic guitar.

Inspiration can be found in an endless array of unexpected moments.  Enjoy the fact that you have found profound love and give yourself space to just sit with it.  View the world in this relaxed way and you’ll eventually be flooded with ideas.

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For more advice on planning your dream wedding, look up Kushner's past articles in our online archive or go to and scroll down to his Beautiful Bride Publication Archive!