TWC FAQ #394 — “Does Too White Crew Do Weddings?”
Gonna throw this out there because we get asked this a lot and since we’re not a band that markets ourselves to the wedding industry, this is the only online info we have about having Too White Crew at a wedding. In the event you’ve found this blog because you searched for one of the tags we used in this blog, check out our website to see who we are and what we do so that the below blog makes better sense. If you’ve come here because you’re a TWC fan and are interested in having us at your wedding, please read on.
The short answer is yes, we do perform at weddings. We actually get asked to do dozens every year, BUT, we limit our wedding performances to only a couple a season because summer time is festival season for us so depending on the date of the wedding, the future bride & groom might have to come up with an unusually thick stack of c-notes to get us away from the fests. At the end of the day though, we’d still end up costing less than the big wedding bands in Chicago, and we’ll definitely send guests home with more memories!
“Oh Dear, what will Aunt Edna say when she hears that rap noise at your wedding?” Don’t worry. First of all, Aunt Edna probably won’t even hear us because we start with a DJ — and even if she sticks around long enough, she’d end up hearing the same old school songs that any wedding band with half a clue plays these days (like Bust a Move, Ice Ice Baby and Rappers Delight) — only we actually sound legit playing them and give an entertaining visual spectacle while playing them.
The real irony is that traditional wedding bands and orchestras these days are now playing more current hip hop and R&B like Beyonce, Rihanna and Kanye West, which has way worse lyrics than anything we do. I mean who are we kidding when wedding bands play Cee Lo Green’s “F*ck You” by replacing “F*ck” with “Forget”? Is Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire” or Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” any more appropriate than Rump Shaker or Da Dip? The lyrics of some current wedding reception hits make the lyrics in Let’s Talk About Sex seem like a Disney song!
When Too White Crew performs at weddings, we have a DJ start the night with the typical music young couples need to appease their older relatives and to perform all the traditional events like introductions, the couple’s first dance, father/daughter dance, etc. but then when it’s time to kick it into high gear later in the night, TWC bum rushes the stage so your guests can brush off their best running man, cabbage patch and the roger rabbit.
Feel free to view our song list, but do so with the understanding that it’s our master list — not a master of list of songs that we would play at a WEDDING, so when you see Because I Got High or Thong Song, you don’t need to worry about us slipping those (and others) into your wedding day. We also do a very different show at weddings than we do in a club: 1) There’s no swearing — even suggested phrases get altered, 2) we begin with all the harmless mainstream hip hop anthems so that the Gangster’s Paradise and the Gin & Juice’s are late in the night (if you even want them at all) 3) we put a governor on the Fly Girls’ twerkin’ 4) we all wear extra fly, black & white warm up suits and all the girls’ 6-packs are covered (that is, unless you want the half shirts!) and 5) we perform in and out of the DJ as needed to be sure the dance floor stays packed. We’re not divas either, so we’ll roll with the vibe of the party. There’s no “45 min on, 15 min off” buuhlsheeeit in dealing with TWC.
The best thing about having us at a wedding may not even be our dope playlist or the stage show. It’s what we do to customize elements of the show to the bride & groom so that the show is unforgettable. Whether it’s giving gag gifts like a delicious forty of Colt 45 to the bridal party, having the bride take a pull of Boone’s Farm for an extra fly photo op…or gathering stories about friends and family in advance of the wedding so we can clown about them on the mic — we bring everyone together and make them laugh. We’re regularly told that we MADE the wedding.
Wanna take it this madness to another level? You can also theme out our performance with dookie chains as the bridal party gift – given out right before we start…and imagine when the waiters come around to the bridal party’s table, asking what wine they’d like and the choices are a 2017 Strawberry Hill or Blue Hawaiian? The party has clearly begun. All the themed elements (we have many more) don’t make the wedding any less formal or elegant. We’ll leave that to the actions of your guests, like when your uncle starts doin’ the worm.
So whoomp there it is. Are we a wedding band? Heeeal naw. Do we rock at weddings though? Pffft, does Warren G regulate?
Word to your mutha-in-law