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Decade Bands Are Trending Across the U.S.

Andrea Fowler

Everyone loves a good throwback tune, right? Well, while we were busy pulling regional party entertainment trends, we couldn't help but notice that every big party-throwing city has its own  decade preference for throwback music. From '20s bands to '90s bands, from San Francisco to Philadelphia, we broke down the details behind the most-booked decade band performances across the U.S. ... MORE

Posted September 12, 2019

The Most Popular Entertainment for Baby Showers

Grace Peisker

The crane-carrying-baby invites have been sent out, the gifts have been registered, and finally, everyone has arrived, pastel parcels in hand. A baby shower is the ultimate way to equip parents with everything they might need when the baby arrives, whether they’re first-time expecting or onto their third. And thanks to the invitees, the baby will have a pretty great set-up. Now that the guests are here, it’s time to say thanks by showing them a great time. ... MORE

Posted August 29, 2019

Top Wedding Songs for Teachers

Marta Block

If you're a teacher who would like to add a little schoolhouse fun into your wedding day soundtrack, you've come to the right place. For all of those brids and grooms who are also our talented and dedicated teachers, we present the best and worst school inspired wedding songs.... MORE

Posted August 31, 2015

Top Father Daughter Songs ABOUT Dad!

Marta Block

There's nothing as tear jerking as the father/daughter dance at a wedding. But have you ever noticed how almost all the songs are not actually about Dear Old Dad, but about the bride? In honor of Father's Day this weekend we thought we'd give you 5 Father/Daughter songs that are actually about Dad. Of course, we also give you five father/daughter songs you should probably avoid.... MORE

Posted June 11, 2015

Father-Daughter Dance Playlist

Chelsea Pellegrino

Watching his little girl get married can be one of the most impactful days in a father's life. Though it's a small gesture, the father-daughter dance can be a touching way to show Dad how much he does still, and always will, mean to you! ... MORE

Posted June 11, 2015

Silver Bells, Meet Wedding Bells: Holiday Wedding Music

Chelsea Pellegrino

With it's joy and excitement, it's no surprise why so many couples opt for a wedding during the holiday season. But while you may be having a winter wedding, chances are you don't want a playlist solely dedicated to holiday tunes. We've created this quick playlist full of seasonal selections. Here are songs that encompass the holiday spirit, without talking about dancing snowmen:... MORE

Posted December 17, 2014

Choosing Your Wedding Music

Marta Block

When my husband and I got engaged we did not have "a song." In fact, we didn't even really like the same types of music. We struggled to find appropriate music for various parts of the ceremony and reception. Some things came together nicely, we walked down the aisle to the Beatles' In My Life, it just fit for us. Some things were a little stranger, our first dance was Stephen Foster's Swanee River, because that was the first song we ever danced to together. I was curious, how do other people decide what makes a great wedding song?... MORE

Posted September 30, 2014

Boho Chic: Bohemian Wedding Playlist

Chelsea Pellegrino

It might be an oxymoron, but vintage bohemian is definitely trending in the wedding world. If you’re incorporating the beautiful boho chic look into your big day, you’ll need an eclectic playlist to match. That's where we come in! Take a look (and listen) below for both wedding ceremony and reception tunes to fit the bohemian vibe.... MORE

Posted September 18, 2014

Modern Country Wedding Songs

Marta Block

Country music is skyrocketing in popularity. As music crosses boundaries and defies genres, more and more people consider themselves at least a "little bit" country. ... MORE

Posted July 30, 2014

Brides of Summer: The Ultimate Summer Wedding Playlist

Emily Anderson

Summer weddings are known for bright colors, warm weather and gorgeous florals. But your wedding isn’t complete without a sunny playlist to match. Choose a blend of romantic, fun, and dance-worthy songs to keep your wedding guests on their feet.  ... MORE

Posted July 23, 2014

Ceremony Music Ideas

Chelsea Pellegrino

Thanks to movies and TV shows, most of us learned the tune to “Here comes the bride” (Bridal Chorus from "Lohengrin")  at a young age. But if you’ve never actually attended a wedding ceremony, you may not know what other songs to play during your big day. We're here to help!... MORE

Posted April 22, 2014

Most Popular Wedding Songs

Marissa Latshaw

Stuck on which tune to select for the special first dance as husband and wife? Look no further! Here are 49 timeless first dance wedding song standards:... MORE

Posted March 31, 2014

Top Wedding Songs for 2014

Mary Ellen Skawinski

If you can believe it, 2014 is almost here. That means a new lineup of wedding seasons is almost upon us. So whether you're planning a wintery wedding or summertime ceremony, you're going to want to equip your DJ with a playlist that's guaranteed to get every guest up and on the dance floor. That's why I reached out to DJ Staci Nichols for an inside look at the Top 10 Must Play Songs for 2014 Weddings. Here's what she had to say...... MORE

Posted December 23, 2013

Timeless and Traditional Wedding Music

Drew Stoga

When it comes time to select your wedding songs, it is important to pick carefully. The wedding music you select will come to define your memories of the big day. Below is a list of a few of the all-time top wedding songs for your wedding ceremony and reception.... MORE

Posted December 20, 2013

The Wedding Playlist: Let's Dance!

Marta Block

A wedding should be many things: a promise to love your significant other, a special milestone you cherish forever - but it should also be the best party you ever throw! Your guests are there to support you, so why not thank them by hosting the most entertaining reception possible. Great music and a night of dancing will make your wedding memorable for all who attend.... MORE

Posted November 29, 2013

The Wedding Playlist: Rock and Roll

Marta Block

If Billy Joel speaks to your soul and AC/DC still has you Thunderstruck, why not make your wedding playlist equally rockin'? Classic rock & roll hits, as well as newer rock-style songs, can create a reception atmosphere that all guests will enjoy.... MORE

Posted November 14, 2013

String Quartets, Surprisingly Versatile

Marta Block

The name "string quartet" inspires images of a Jane Austen novel and an event that's genteel and quiet. But, today's string quartets are surprisingly versatile and can provide you with a variety of musical options not only for your ceremony, but for your cocktail hour and reception as well. We recently talked to some of our string quartet members and asked what they think about playing receptions.... MORE

Posted November 05, 2013

The Wedding Playlist: Jazz

Marta Block

If you're planning your wedding, it's time to put Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday on your list. No, unfortunately not your guest list - your playlist! Jazz music can bring an awesome vibe to your wedding reception, especially if the theme is retro or Old Hollywood.... MORE

Posted October 31, 2013

The Wedding Playlist: Country

Chelsea Pellegrino

Twine, mason jars and cowboy boots aren't the only elements of a country-themed wedding. A great playlist is the key to have guests shakin' in their boots!... MORE

Posted October 10, 2013

Introducing: The Wedding Playlist Series

Chelsea Pellegrino

Music is such an essential part of any wedding reception. Whether you want your guests high tailing it to the dance floor or singing along from their seats, you’ll want tunes that everyone can enjoy.... MORE

Posted October 09, 2013

Prelude Music - Contemporary

Marta Block

Last week we talked about prelude music, that music that plays while your guests are coming in and waiting for the bride and groom to arrive at the ceremony. We gave some suggestions for classical prelude music. Because the prelude music sets the tone for the wedding, this week we thought we'd take a more modern approach. Here are some great prelude songs to play for a more modern feel to your wedding.... MORE

Posted February 27, 2013

Wedding Prelude Music - Classical

Marta Block

You've probably given some thought to what song you want playing when you walk down the aisle, and when you leave the wedding. You may have even thought about what music you want played during the ceremony for things like the unity candle. But, have you thought about the music that will play before your wedding? ... MORE

Posted February 20, 2013

Romantic Wedding Playlist

Marta Block

Valentine's Day is almost here (tomorrow, if you haven't bought anything yet)! Nothing sets the mood for romance quite like music. We recently asked our Facebook Fans for their ideas on the most romantic songs. We received over 100 answers in all sorts of genres. We can't publish them all here but here's a sampling of some of the diversity. Here's hoping you find some favorites and some new songs to celebrate with tomorrow.... MORE

Posted February 13, 2013

Mardi Gras Wedding Playlist

Marta Block

Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is next week and while Mardi Gras itself has more of a "party hearty" vibe than a romantic wedding vibe, there's no place more romantic than the city of New Orleans. To help get you in the mood, we offer some great wedding music inspired by New Orleans and Mardi Gras.... MORE

Posted February 06, 2013

Wedding Songs Inspired by Groundhog Day

Marta Block

This Saturday is Groundhog Day. Maybe not the most romantic day for a wedding, but that doesn't mean you can't use it for a little wedding inspiration. We put together a list of 5 great wedding songs, all inspired in some way by the Groundhog Day.... MORE

Posted January 30, 2013

5 Wedding Songs Inspired by Love Letters

Marta Block

Yesterday the U.S. Post office revealed the new "wedding cake" stamp. It's a 66 cent stamp designed to accommodate the heavier weight of invitations, and even small packages. In honor of the new stamp we've got five great wedding songs inspired by the dying tradition of love letters. Of course, we also have 5 mail-themed songs you probably want to avoid on your wedding day.... MORE

Posted January 23, 2013

Top First Dance Songs for 2013

Marta Block

Every year we conduct a survey of almost and recently married brides and grooms to find out what we'll be hearing at wedding in the upcoming year. This year, when we asked couples about their first dance songs we got some surprises!... MORE

Posted January 16, 2013

David Bowie Songs for Your Wedding

Marta Block

Yesterday was the birthday of both Elvis and David Bowie. David Bowie celebrated by releasing his first new song in years. Since we devoted yesterday to Elvis on our blogs, it seemed only fair to give Mr. Bowie a little love today. We give you the top 10 David Bowie songs for your wedding, and of course, five you should skip!... MORE

Posted January 09, 2013

2013 Wedding Do Not Play List

Marta Block

Every year we take a survey of recently and soon to be married couples to find out what songs will and won't be played at upcoming weddings. One of the most interesting questions is always, "What's on your do NOT play list" because the answers are usually so varied, and often overlap with "What's on Your MUST play list answers." Here are the top answers for 2013.... MORE

Posted January 02, 2013

Best Songs of 2012 for Weddings

Marta Block

The year 2012 is winding down. The music world was busy this year, and a lot of contributions were completely wedding appropriate. Check out these top songs of 2012 for a wedding.... MORE

Posted December 26, 2012

Top 10 Must Play Songs for 2013 Weddings

Marta Block

As we mentioned yesterday, we recently concluded our annual survey of just marrieds and about-to-be marrieds to see what's going to be big at 2013 weddings. One of the questions we always ask is what's on your "Must Hear" list for your wedding. Here are the top 10 most popular answers.... MORE

Posted December 19, 2012

Top 5 Holiday Wedding Songs

Marta Block

This isn't our first holiday wedding playlist,  and it probably won't be our only one for this year. Right now on our sister blog, Life of the Party we have a Hanukah playlist you might like.  But if you're planning a holiday wedding, consider one of these romantic songs. ... MORE

Posted December 12, 2012

Jazz Age Wedding Playlist

Marta Block

The 1920s are promising to be a big wedding trend for 2013. Whether you're planning a wedding with inspiration from The Great Gatsby or Downton Abbey, you'll want a playlist that goes along with it.... MORE

Posted December 05, 2012

Wedding Songs to Honor Parents

Marta Block

Honoring your parents (and their  marriage if it's still intact) at your wedding reception is a great idea. If your parents and/or your in-laws are still married, the obvious choice is to arrange for their wedding song to be played and invite them to dance.... MORE

Posted November 28, 2012

5 Songs for a Twilight Inspired Wedding

Marta Block

The last movie in the Twilight saga premieres on Friday. There's no denying the impact Twilight has had on the wedding world, and so, in honor of this final chapter, we present a play list for all you vampire lovers, and all you lovers of vampires!... MORE

Posted November 14, 2012

5 New Songs for Your Wedding Ceremony

Marta Block

Looking for something a little different for your wedding ceremony music? We've discussed new ideas for the processional (walking in) and the recessional (walking out). Today we thought we'd cover "interludes" those times during the ceremony where something else is going on but a little music would be helpful, for example the Unity Candle or Sand Ceremony. Interlude music can also be used to transition between sections of the service. Keep in mind though that you don't want the music to drag the ceremony out.... MORE

Posted November 07, 2012

Top Songs for a Hipster Wedding

Marta Block

For the past couple of weeks we've been looking at the hipster wedding trend. It's a mix  of old fashioned and romantic and cool and sardonic. The hipster lifestyle definitely comes with its own soundtrack, so it's no wonder that a hipster wedding would as well. Finding that soundtrack is a little hard because of course, once others know about it, it isn't hip any more. Still, we have some suggestions.... MORE

Posted October 31, 2012

Ritzy Ranch Wedding Playlist

Marta Block

This week we've been talking about Ritzy Ranch, Rustic Chic and other 2013 wedding trends. So of course, we had to provide a play list! Here are the top 5 songs for a Ritzy Ranch Wedding and 5 you really should avoid!... MORE

Posted October 24, 2012

Jazz Wedding Playlist

Marta Block

We've been talking about the long lasting popularity of Jazz music and the Jazz age as a wedding theme so we thought we'd be helpful and provide a Top Ten list of Jazz numbers for your wedding, courtesy of our members.... MORE

Posted October 17, 2012

Ten New Recessional Song Ideas

Marta Block

A couple of weeks ago we looked at some new ideas for songs for walking down the aisle. This week we thought we'd give you some ideas for songs to play when leaving the ceremony. Processional songs tend to be slow and solemn where recessional songs tend to be a little more joyous and celebratory.... MORE

Posted October 10, 2012

10 New Bride Entrance Songs

Marta Block

Looking for something a little different than Here Comes the Bride to take you down the aisle? We've go 10 new ideas depending on your tastes and style. We also have five songs you should skip no matter who you are! Remember if you're worried about lyrics, or a song taking over the ceremony you can always request an all instrumental version of a song. That way your friends "in the know" will get the giggle without upsetting more traditional family members.... MORE

Posted September 26, 2012

Pirate Themed Wedding Songs

Marta Block

One of our most popular real wedding posts, especially on Pinterest is a Pirate-themed wedding. Since today is Talk Like a Pirate Day we thought we'd share a list of pirate-themed wedding songs good for landlubber and seafarer alike!... MORE

Posted September 19, 2012

Top Wedding Songs Inspired by Fashion Week

Marta Block

The wedding industry and the fashion industry are intimately connected, married you might even say. So to celebrate New York fashion week (Spring 2013) this week, we have five great songs for your wedding inspired by fashion. Of course, we also have five fashion related songs you should avoid.... MORE

Posted September 12, 2012

Top 5 Wedding Songs Inspired by the NFL

Marta Block

It's opening day for the NFL. Some sites advise that this should be the end of wedding season, after all you don't want your wedding competing with attention for the big game. But, if you're still heavy in the wedding planning and looking for a little inspiration, try one of these wedding songs. Of course, we also provide 5 NFL inspired songs to avoid at your wedding.... MORE

Posted September 05, 2012

Top Ten Wedding Songs via Vegas DJ

Marta Block

We love our stranger wedding song lists but we also like it when we can share a proven playlist from an actual wedding DJ. This week's wedding playlist came from Douglas Ferra from Wedding DJ Plus, one of our top DJ groups in Las Vegas, with 27 bookings through GigMasters in the past year. The list originally appeared on our blog for performers, Inside the Gig.... MORE

Posted August 29, 2012

Top Wedding Songs Inspired by School

Marta Block

Kids aren't the only ones heading back to school this week and next. College students and teachers are as well. Last year we did the Top Wedding Songs for Students, this year we thought we'd look for some different choices of good songs for your wedding inspired by school. Of course, we also have some ones you should definitely skip!... MORE

Posted August 22, 2012

Top Elvis Songs for Your Wedding

Marta Block

I tried and tried to come up with a wedding appropriate song list for Shark Week this week, but just couldn't do it. The best I could do was "Suddenly" by Billy Ocean and "Once Bitten Twice Shy" by Great White. Luckily, it's not only Shark Week, it's also Elvis Week! Elvis is always appropriate for a wedding so we have the Top Ten Elvis Songs for Your Wedding (and five to avoid).... MORE

Posted August 15, 2012

Natalie Portman's Top 5 Wedding Songs

Marta Block

Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied had a secret wedding this weekend. While other sites are debating Natalie's modest, tea-length wedding dress we thought we'd take a different tact and find out what songs she played at her wedding. For some reason, her publicist refused to take our call. So, we've come up with our own list of 5 songs Natalie Portman SHOULD have played at her wedding, and 5 that we hope she skipped.... MORE

Posted August 08, 2012

Most Popular Wedding Song Lists

Marta Block

Regular readers of the blog know that every Wednesday we publish a suggested play list for your wedding. Sometimes the list is inspired by something in the news (like last week's Olympics Inspired list), sometimes it's silly (like the Best and Worst May Wedding Songs) and sometimes, it's actually helpful (like the list of First Dance Songs for non dancers). I'm on vacation this week so rather than come up with a whole new list, I'd thought I'd give you a list of lists, the most popular of our Wedding Song lists.... MORE

Posted August 01, 2012

Top 5 Wedding Songs Inspired by the Olympic Games

Marta Block

Rings, gold, major training sessions, endurance, and huge budgets - the Olympics (which start Friday) and your wedding have a lot in common. Check out these Olympic inspired wedding songs (and five Olympic inspired songs you should skip). If you're planning a non-wedding Olympics party, check out our sister blog, Life of the Party for suggestions.... MORE

Posted July 25, 2012

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