There were songs heard at every wedding I attended last summer (shout outs to T.Swift and Bruno) and I can’t wait to see what tunes top the dance floors this year. But why wait? We have Downbeat LA here giving us an inside scoop on new trends for the upcoming season and the classics that we love, that will never, ever go out of style. Having performed at over 500 weddings and events across the country, their entertainment experience isn’t to be taken lightly! Kick off your shoes and let’s get this going!
Band or DJ? Get Both!
In recent years, DJs have been responsible for churning out music’s biggest hits, which is exactly what couples want to incorporate into their big day. Make it a nonstop party by adding in a live band that can play to any crowd and whose players bring the energy to get the dance floor packed for the perfect entertainment combo every time.
Pick a Finale Song
After you’ve chosen the all-important first dance song, don’t forget to also decide on the last song of the night! This is your wedding finale, a moment for you and your guests to remember and enjoy. Whether you choose to have an intimate and slow closing moment or a wild jump-up-and-down scene, make the selection that’s right for you.
Big Band Horns
Artists like Bruno Mars, who are notorious for integrating horns into live performances, know exactly what they’re doing! The big band sound that comes from the addition of a horn section creates a livelier event atmosphere and is a guaranteed talking point among guests.
Special Song Selections
Selecting individual songs for each important moment during the reception can seem overwhelming, but remember to have fun with it! For the first dance, keep it current and meaningful to the timeline of your relationship. For the parent dances, choose a more timeless, classic song and keep it a surprise to make the moment even more special.
Downbeat LA’s picks for…
First Dance Songs for 2016
“I Was Made for Loving You” by Tori Kelly
“Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor
“One Call Away” (Acoustic) by Charlie Puth
“XO” by John Mayer (Beyonce Cover)
“Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding
Father-Daughter Dance Songs
“Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon
“My Girl” by The Temptations
“Daddy’s Little Girl” by Michael Bolton
“Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
“Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel
Mother-Son Dance Songs
“Forever Young” by Rod Stewart
“You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder
“A Song For Mama” by Boys II Men
“My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
“How Sweet It Is” by Marvin Gaye
Last Dance Finale Songs
The Ultimate Crowd Pleaser: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
The 90’s Throwback: “All My Life” by KC & JoJo
The Sing-Along: “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” by Journey
The Modern Dance Hit: “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon
The Bounce: “Ignition” (Remix) by R. Kelly
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ONGOING GIVEAWAYS + DISCOUNTS…
We’re excited to share that Shine invitations is currently offering FREE SHIPPING on orders over $500 (US orders only) as well as a free sample kit featuring the invitation of your choice, color charts, paper samples, and an example Save the Date! Don’t miss out!
THIS WEEK’S DISCOUNTS…
For our California Brides… Discounts from The Ranch at Laguna Beach and Weddings by Susan Dunne, Brideside, and giveaways from Magnolia Weddings and WED School!
For our Tri-state Brides… Discount from Femina Photo + Design and don’t miss Grace Loves Lace’s Concierge Events (April 19 – 25)!
For our Destination Brides… Discount from Hitch’d Weddings & Events and promotion from Round Hill!
For our Southeast Brides… Discount from Cassidy Carson Photography
For our Southwest Brides…. Don’t miss Grace Loves Lace’s Concierge Events (April 29 – May 2)!
For our Midwest Brides… Don’t miss the upcoming Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event!
For our Australia Brides… Don’t miss Victoria Park’s Annual Wedding Open Night!
Congratulations to our twobirds bridemaid winner Janiece!
Congratulations to our Jstyle Bridal Event giveaway winner Melissa Adell!
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