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Songs Older Guests Love

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We have yet to encounter a couple who doesn’t want everyone to have a great time at their reception — from the youngest guests to the oldest — and creating a diverse playlist is key to making that happen.  It’s important to choose songs that are  almost universally appealing.  This will encourage the involvement of all of your guests, which makes for great memories (and great pictures!).

Photo courtesy Wendy Hickok Photography

image courtesy of Wendy Hickok Photography

For couples whose music tastes skews toward more modern tracks, it can be hard to know which songs their parents, aunts, uncles and even grandparents will enjoy.  Here are 10 proven tracks that are sure to get everyone on the floor:

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Five Ways to Create a Custom Cocktail Hour Playlist

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Your cocktail hour creates your guests’ first impression of your wedding reception, and the music will help you set the mood for the kind of party you want to give to your guests.  I always tell our clients: with so much great music out there, I see no reason for your cocktail hour not to be full of music you love.  There’s no specific type of music you have to use; the important thing is that the music reflects your tastes and style and provides a pleasant atmosphere for your guests to mix and mingle.

Here are five fun styles to consider for your cocktail hour:

1. Kick It Old School: Classic jazz and vocals are among the most traditional music choices for cocktail hour. Not only are these songs a great way to incorporate some older music early in the night (to keep your grandparents happy without sacrificing your party music later on), but they really are some of the most romantic songs out there, and are timeless for a reason.  Consider artists like Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone and Nat King Cole.

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How to Make a Killer Playlist Without Killing Your Dance Floor

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I’ve yet to encounter an engaged couple who doesn’t want to dance with their guests all night, and a big part of that is creating a playlist that will get people moving. Of course, a great DJ or band will be able to provide lots of ideas for songs that really work.  Most couples today, however, want a lot of creative input into the music for their big day.

Here are some all-too-common music planning mistakes couples make and some helpful tips on avoiding them!

Your wedding is not a road trip. Piling into your car with an iPod playlist and a gaggle of your best pals is a blast, but it’s important not to treat your wedding like a road trip. Most guest lists include a wide range of ages from kids to grandparents, so it’s important to find a middle ground with your dance music. Oldies and Motown are great openers, and if your reception is running into the wee hours of the morning (or even after most folks’ bedtime), you can sneak in the newer stuff later after Grandma has gone home.

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Hey. Not So Fast! Pitfalls to Avoid When Choosing a First Dance Song

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You might think picking a first dance song is one of the easiest parts of planning a wedding but believe it or not, many couples struggle with this part!  Whether they are uncomfortable in the spotlight, unsure of their footwork or worried about picking the perfect song, keeping these few points in mind can alleviate a lot of the stress that comes from choosing the perfect first dance song.

Slow it down!  Unless you are gunning to have your first dance video become the next viral hit on the Internet, try to avoid songs that are so high-energy you won’t be able to slow down and enjoy this moment.  Your first dance will go much faster than you think, so do yourself a favor and choose a song that allows you to savor this precious moment.

But not too slow!  On the other side of the tempo coin, choosing a first dance song that is too slow can make it difficult to gracefully glide across the dance floor in the arms of your new spouse!  If you are unsure if a song you’re considering might be too fast or too slow, try it out in your living room!  Don’t worry, no one’s watching.

Wait… is this actually a love song?  When choosing a first dance song, I cannot begin to tell you how important it is to carefully read the song lyrics before making your decision!  While some songs might seem touching and sweet on the surface (think “I Will Always Love You”), they are best left off any potential first dance song lists.  Look up the lyrics to any songs you’re considering just to be sure.

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We Asked, They Answered: Top First-Dance Songs

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Here at WeddingWire, we’re always looking for the top wedding trends from around the country. So every week, we’ll ask a group of vendors from all over the U.S. the same question and share their (often very different!) answers. This week, we talked to a group of top DJs, from Boston to Seattle, South Carolina to South Dakota.

This week’s question: What is the most popular first dance song right now among your clients? Why do you think that particular song is so hot right now?

Burt Lawson of Fingersnappin’ Entertainment, Charleston, SC: “Then” by Brad Paisley

“I think this song has a lot of meaning, from the first time you met your true love, to spending the rest of your life with that person. The song resonates with a lot of couples and they feel like Brad Paisley is singing about them.”

Adam Brand of Cutting Edge Entertainment, Philadelphia, PA: “Everything” by Michael Buble

“I don’t think I’ve had any repeats in the past two years, with the exception of Michael Buble’s ‘Everything.’ It’s a fantastic song that has a lot of affection and meaning in the lyrics, yet it’s fast enough so the bride and groom can put on more of a show, have fun with the dance, and keep their guests’ attention.”

Shannon Powell of Liquid DJs, Miami, FL: “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star

“Our clients have always trended toward an offbeat sense of style. One song that stands out these days is Mazzy Star’s ‘Fade Into You.’ Its windswept, ethereal feel puts it somewhere between Jane’s Addiction, The Doors, and Patsy Cline. People know it, but have a hard time placing it – perfect for the couple that wants to stay off the beaten track.”

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Music For The Christmas Bride

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‘Tis the season for the magic of the holidays to find its way into the lives of millions of people worldwide. The question is, should you allow the magic to slip its way into your wedding? Each and every aspect of your wedding can be styled with the flavor of the season, which happens to be Holidays. Invitations, decorations, colors, lighting, cuisine, deserts, and especially the music can be tailored and tweaked to fit just the right amount of the season into your special day. Of course, being a DJ, my post here will be primarily about music, whether you should include Holiday music into your reception and how much.

Before taking on this topic of Holiday music on your wedding day… I feel it necessary to preface by saying that I celebrate Christmas. I love this time of year! I realize that there are many people who don’t share the same excitement. I understand that there are people of many different backgrounds and of particular religions that don’t celebrate Christmas. While trying not to offend anyone here, I’d like to assume that you are reading this post because you do celebrate a major Holiday during this time of year.

I guess it doesn’t take a genius to realize that it is my recommendation to incorporate Holiday music into your wedding reception. If your wedding falls in the month of December, why not? It’s arguable that there may be some guests who’s religions don’t accept the ideas and traditions of Christmas, Chanukah, or Kwanzaa. Correct. However, if you think this way, you’d have to be careful about playing just about every song on your wedding day… for every song you play there is going to be at least one guest who doesn’t like it. And with 100 guests, there’s bound to be at least a few songs that will offend a few conservative guests. As a professional, I try to think about what’s being played and how it will be received, but I must think about the group as a whole rather than try to please each individual guests.

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Father/Daughter Song Choices, My Professional Collection

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With Father’s Day approaching, I thought it might be an appropriate time to offer some suggestions to brides that are thinking about a special dance with their dad. A while back, I provided a list of songs that work well for a groom and his mom, which you can find here. Allow me to present some things to consider when thinking about this spotlight dance on your wedding day.

First, I realize that many brides won’t have the privilege or the pleasure of sharing a dance with their father. I’d be happy to offer suggestions based on your individual situation. There are ways to pay tribute to your dad and/or express your appreciation to other significant people in your life. For this article, I’d like to assume that your father will be there on your wedding day, and you are looking forward to this dance.

When beginning your search for songs to dance with your Father, you should first decide whether this dance is ‘from you to him’ or ‘from him to you’. Once you decide this, your song selection will naturally narrow itself to songs with lyrics appropriate for either situation. Also, certain songs will feel more fitting based on whether they are sung by a male or female artist. Another aspect of the perception of the dance which you might want to consider in the early stages is your dad’s opinion. You might want to see if your father has a preference of songs or ideas about the dance. I am sure there are some fathers who have been anticipating this day much longer than the bride has… believe it!
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Savvy Beats!

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We all know that the music makes the party—but what’s making the music this year? With the introduction of newer than new technology, there is a plethora of ways to make a medley out of any and all kinds of music sources. In 2010, look for less of the boring background music and more of this:

Customized Tunes: Budget-friendly and dead-on with your favorite music, just bring your own ipod and have a sound technician there to set it all up and monitor the volume. What better way to get exactly what you want?

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Should You Choose a Popular Wedding Song?

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photo: studiotonline.com

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To some, the choice of wedding songs is easy.  Many feel it isn’t important.  There are couples who believe the song they choose for their first dance together as husband and wife is one of the most important musical decisions for the day.  There are many aspects of this dance that a couple can consider, but one of the most common discussions I hear is about the popularity of the prospective songs.

My advice is to choose a song not based on it’s popularity.  Rather, you should select a song based on it’s significance.   If the decision is important, so should the song be important to you both.  Your first dance together as husband and wife doesn’t need to be some deeply romantic moment. I have had plenty of couples choose light hearted songs because it was them.

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The First and Last Dance

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When asked to write a post pertaining to our lucky grooms, I pondered for a long time about what to write.  When it comes to the entertainment or music, I am fortunate to be in contact with the groom nearly as much as the bride.  It seems as though grooms know their place is not picking out colors, dresses, flowers, etc. They understand that if there is one area of the wedding planning for which they want and can be involved, it’s picking the music.  (Please take no offense from my generalization… some couples do ALL the planning together… which is awesome!)  If I had a dime for every time I heard a bride say, “The music is the ONE thing he wants to be a part of,” I would be rich!

Grooms, under what category might you fall?

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