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.

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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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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!

Sep 022011
 

love songs for wedding ceremony, songs for wedding, songs for wedding ceremony, love songs for a weddingA wedding ceremony is the start of an incredible, once in a lifetime event. Music plays a huge role in making the ceremony an unforgettable and touching experience.  Besides the standard songs for wedding events such as the parent’s processional and the bridemaid’s processional among other wedding processional music selections, you do have other options.  Canon in D and The Bridal March are not your only choices!  There is no  reason why you can’t incorporate your own love songs for wedding ceremony uniqueness and personalization.  Coming up, I have some great ideas as to how you can go about adding contemporary songs and themes and making sure they fit as songs for wedding ceremony events and such.

One of the biggest worries is wondering if your favorite songs are appropriate.  Can you include love songs for a wedding that won’t offend or, well, completely embarrass yourself in front of all your friends and family?  The answer is of course you can!  Now, when you think of love songs, immediately your brain goes to wedding first dance songs.  This special wedding song can be a love song–but it doesn’t have to be.  Listen to “She’s No Lady (She’s My Wife) by Lyle Lovett to see what I mean.  Still, most couples will consider using At Last for their first dance song but won’t even consider it for one of their wedding processional songs.  The fear is that it isn’t “traditional” enough.  This is a legitimate concern as we want to make sure we don’t offend anyone who considers the wedding ceremony sacred.  If you are embroiled in that sticky situation–one of conservative grandparents or parents or family members–you should consider not inviting them to the wedding.  I’m kidding.  Seriously, though, if you do want to use a love song or two for your ceremony, just be sure the officiant or pastor busts out a very traditional and conservative ceremony– you do not want him going into funny quotes about marriage! This will please them and you as you get to have your love songs!

Many couples who aren’t hankered down by stodgy attendees can go ahead and let it fly.  Bride, you walk down the aisle to whatever fits with you and whatever song you want your future husband to hear when he sees you for the first time on your wedding day.

A Secret Trick!

If you are simply in love with a song but the words aren’t exactly perfect or you are stuck trying not to offend or ruin the ceremony, there is a secret trick to getting your song and eating it too–or is that cake?  Anyway, here’s what you do.  There are a ton of artists on YouTube who compose and perform their own versions of these popular tunes.  All you need to do is search for the song and add the instrument you want the song played on.  For instance, you could search for I Finally Found Someone Piano.  There is bound to be someone covering that song in piano.  You can contact them to see if they have a high quality version of the song, or get your DJ to create a copy–I can do that and have often done so for my clients.  Contact me if you need help with that!  Wedding DJ James.

When it comes to your wedding recessional songs, you usually have no fears about using pop tunes and the like.  this is good, because you really want to end that ceremony with a bang.  I’m not saying you have to go with a song that is like your wedding party entrance songs, but you can if you want!  Also, sexy garter toss songs should be saved for that event and not for the end of your ceremony!

Other special songs like your father and daughter wedding songs should be easier to pick than the love songs for your ceremony, but don’t be afraid to go with modern, fun, and romantic songs to walk down the aisle to.

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Aug 292011
 

wedding party entrance songs, bridal party entrance songs, wedding party reception entrance songs, wedding party entrance song, wedding reception entrance songsYou are about to start your Grand Entrance!  Of course, your mind goes directly to the bride and groom being announced into the room to a lot of applause.  The reality is, that part is the end of the grand entrance!  The grand finale, the climactic conclusion, the Bam! Said the lady! of the entrance.  What you need to focus on right now is choosing the bridal party entrance songs.  And there is even someone else who typically gets introduced even before them!  Who comes in first?

When it comes to your wedding reception entrance songs, you first should consider the order in which your important people will come in.  First off, the bride and groom’s parents are introduced.  Keep in mind that this is optional!  If you have parents who are separated or divorced–or just don’t like the spotlight and would rather not be introduced–you can skip or remove the parents from the wedding reception entrance.  More details are covered in the Wedding Songs Timeline Planner regarding this part of the entrance.

Here are a few ideas, a short list, if you will, of some great wedding party entrance songs that work–sorry, that ROCK!

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  • Espionage – Green Day
  • Get Ready For This – 2Unlimited
  • Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
  • I Gotta Feeling – BLack Eyed Peas
  • I’m Gonna Get You – Bizarre, Inc.
  • Misirlou – Dick Dell & His Del-Tones
  • Rock & Roll, Pt. II – Gary Glitter

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  • Pick Up The Pieces – Average White Band

After the parents come the wedding party proper.  We are talking bridesmaids, groomsmen, best men, maid or matrons of honor, you name it!  The wedding party reception entrance songs can and should be upbeat.  You certainly don’t want them as low key as your wedding processional music, which are your entrance songs into the ceremony.  These wedding processional songs are typically quiet classical pieces.  Even your wedding recessional songs, although faster and typically upbeat, might not have the oomph you’re looking for.  You can also use a separate song for each couple if you prefer.  Be careful with that, though, as sometimes the song may reflect the groomsman’s personality, but not the bridesmaid’s and vice versa.  Again, I thoroughly go over the main points regarding introducing the wedding party in the planner.

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There are a few guidelines I want to put forth so you have a successful entrance.  I’ll give these away for free because they are critical.   First, try to find instrumental songs to bring in the wedding party peeps.  There’s nothing worse than having the DJ screaming over the lyrics, trying to announce the names of the bridal party so they are discernible.  If you do use full songs, try to get to the meat of the song–the chorus.  I explain the “cut to chorus” technique in the Wedding Songs Timeline Planner.  Finally, whatever wedding party entrance song or songs you choose, do your best to find selections that do not outdo yours, the bride and grooms, entrance song!  Although the wedding party is important, you should still keep in mind that YOU are the main attraction.  If you are entering to a more romantic song, then you should be find with high energy grand entrance songs for your wedding party…as long as your song fits YOU!

Immediately after your grand entrance, you can go directly into your wedding first dance songs or into the toasts. You might pick up some energy from your toasts if they add some funny quotes about marriage in there, but don’t count on it.   Later in the evening, you will be utilizing your father and daughter wedding songs and the garter toss songs and so on.  These will also have a completely different feel from your entrance tunes.  You really want to kick off your wedding with a bang so make your entrance songs rock!

Aug 242011
 

November 5th, 2011 – Patrick & Stephanie Reagan!

There’s not much I can say about this wedding except AWESOME!!!  I would write more and add pics but I put together a video instead.

It was a lot of fun…and the power dance set of music consisted of Creedence, The Hollies, and Grand Funk Railroad!  Yes, it was an older crowd, but they are the FUNNEST!  No reservations about dancing and having fun…

Here’s their first dance song with their vows edited in throughout the song…

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It brought tears to a lot of people’s eyes. 🙂  Congrats to an awesome couple.

October 29th, 2011 – Tim & Michelle Fraley!

Boy was this one unique!  She works in a mortuary and he is a UPS guy…They had cool gothic decor and we had an obnoxious UPS guy deliver the garter!  Check out her shoes!

The cake columns were crow legs and feet!  In the above pic you can see my Bose L1 Speakers–they look great but sound even better.

Here’s what the happy newlyweds had to say about me!

I worked with Curtis from Enchanted Portraiture…he and his team were a lot of fun!

August 6th, 2011 – Justin & Kimberly Munyon!

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At Casa Romantica in San Clemente, CA. What a great party!  I really enjoyed this one, working with Iva Lee’s catering and Pam Scott Photography.

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Here’s a special video tribute as far as wedding first dance songs go!

 

Aug 192011
 

Here’s a nice touch I like to do for my weddings. It is a way to make your special wedding day songs even more special!  I recorded the vows from the ceremony and then edit them into the first dance…then the bride and groom are surprised as they hear their own vows during their first dance!

Okay, the video has NOTHING to do with the technique used to make this first dance special, but it’s better than listening to it and staring at a blank screen!  More ideas to follow!

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Apr 052011
 

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Feb 282011
 

 

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