Oct 122011
 

One of the most popular wedding themes of all time is the beach wedding.  This is especially true here in southern California, where a lot of the wedding ceremony and receptions happen at or near the beach.  Who doesn’t want to get married in front of the ocean?  It’s romantic, fun, and gives everyone that feeling of “vacation.”  That is the right frame of mind for a wedding celebration.  Besides decoration and location, what else can tie your beachy wedding theme all together?  Using the best beach wedding songs, of course!  There are two main areas where you can use beach style wedding music, so let’s take a look at those and what music will fit for each.

beach wedding ceremony songs

There are many areas of your wedding ceremony where you can use beach style music.  You will want to stay away from party songs, like I Get Around by the Beach Boys, but there’s no reason why you can’t use Warmth of the Sun, Don’t Worry Baby, and Surfer Girl.  These are mellow enough to use as a part of your preceremony music for guests arrival.  Some people are happy using Wouldn’t It Be Nice as one of either their beach wedding processional songs or recessional.  So, Beach Boys work, but they are the obvious way to go.

beach wedding songs, beach wedding ceremony songs, beach wedding processional songs, beach wedding reception songsA little less obvious might be Hawaiian artists such as Isreal Kamakawiwo`ole and The Green. Some other artists include Hapa, Punahele, and Makaha Sons, all of which produce more relaxed ceremony style music.    Even Elvis Presley performed his share of Hawaiian music, all of which ring true as beach wedding songs.

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beach wedding reception songs

Here is an area where you can have a lot of fun. You want to go more upbeat with your beach music here, so don’t be afraid to play some of those fun songs like I Get Around and Fun, Fun, Fun.  Besides the obvious Beach Boys, you can add surf tunes from Jan and Dean, The Ventures, and the Chantays.

Besides surf rock, there are a lot of artists that do beach songs.  Even Nat King Cole has a few summer songs.  Jimmy Buffet is another fun artist that works.  There are also a few country songs out there that speak of the beach and summertime.  Steel drums and Caribbean music will give you the same atmosphere.  The same goes with most reggae music, mon!  As you can see, there are a ton of genres and artists that can add that beach vibe to your reception.

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beach wedding songs, beach wedding ceremony songs, beach wedding processional songs, beach wedding reception songsThere is an easier way to go about finding beach music for your wedding.  Search for songs with these words in them: Beach, Water, Summer, Sand, Wave, Boardwalk, and Surfing.  You should come up with plenty of songs that fit your theme along with a big enough variety to please every one of your guests.  Mahalo!

Listen to these song clips, look at the picture on the right…See? Any song can be a beach song!

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Oct 072011
 

Let’s talk about wedding party songs!  These are those songs that get your reception rocking, that pack the dance floor, and that make your celebration a PAR-TAY.  Some of the top wedding party songs that come directly to mind are ones you shouldn’t be playing at your wedding in the first place!  And some of the best wedding party songs are ones you may not have thought of.   Sure, I can give you lists of Play and Do Not Play songs but it’s best if I just give you samples of each and you make your own decision.  It is, after all, your wedding, so make decisions based on what you think would be best to get people dancing and partying.

Right off the top, most wedding guests are way, way, way over The Chicken Dance, the Macarena, YMCA, and so on.  Those group dances need to die a quick and painless death.  I recommend quick and painless because they did give us years and years of interactive fun and dancing.  Now they are just painful, don’t you agree?  If you still want to use these, go right ahead, but understand that you will get your fair share of eye rolls and dance floor flee-ers.  You know, most wedding guests are also done with those standards you think are simply fun. Celebration by Kool and the Gang, We Are Family, Old Time Rock & Roll are all considered tired now.

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So, what are the new “standards?”  The trend now seems to be leaning toward 80’s rock, like Bon Jovi and Guns n Roses.  For disco and dance, it’s leaning more toward the old school vibe, like Fantastic Voyage by Lakeside and Got To Give It Up by Marvin Gaye.  Earth, Wind, & Fire (Let’s Groove, September) works well, too.  So, find those older hits that aren’t played out, and you should be in good shape with your wedding party dance songs.

Since we are focusing on wedding party songs to dance to, we could go straight to wedding party dance songs 2012 and a few years older.  These songs change with the seasons.  One song that is super huge today, may wear out it’s welcome by the time your wedding rolls around.  I Gotta Feeling is a great wedding party song, but I’m sure you’re sick of it.  I recommend checking out websites like mp3skull.com to see lists of top downloads–but don’t do this until you’re about a month away from your wedding or the above issues will pervade!

Now what do you do if NO ONE is dancing?  Here’s some great advice from an incredibly handsome gentleman…okay, it’s me.

So let’s review.  Standard cheesy group dances (for some reason, Shout is still okay) are typically off-limits.  If you’re German and MUST do the chicken dance, by all means poultry away.  Avoid the cliche’s unless you really need to play them.  Maybe a groomsman is planning to channel Tom Cruise in Risky Business.   Who”s hot now, may not be hot in 6 to 12 months.    And what about those unusual songs I mentioned?  Try dropping Footloose in there.  Sweet Caroline.  Livin’ On A Prayer.  Wannabe by Spice Girls. What?!?!  I’m serious.  They will go crazy and sing the whole dang song!