#SMPWedding101 - 2016 Wedding Music Trends
April 1, 2016
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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