Wedding Music Tips: The Three Genres You’re Missing

Wedding Music Tips The Three Genres You’re Missing

One of the things you need to discuss with your wedding DJ is the styles of music you want to hear. Having a favorite genre is fine, but if you want your wedding guests to have a great night, it usually calls for variety. Here are a few genres you don’t want to forget if you are trying to ensure that everyone gets out on the dancefloor at least once.

  • Latin music – From salsa to merengue, there are a lot of people out there who love to dance to Latin music, and you don’t have to be bilingual to enjoy the beat. If you are leaving this style of music off the playlist, someone on the guest list is sure to be disappointed.
  • Swing music – The dance style that defined the roaring 20s came back with a vengeance in the 90s. No one from that generation is going to be dancing to grunge rock, but if you play some swing music, you are sure to find out that some of your friends or relatives have been practicing for just such an occasion.
  • Ballroom music – Ballroom dancing requires a little extra training, so if you’re pretty sure no one at your wedding knows how to foxtrot, waltz, tango, or cha cha, you may be able to get away without it. However, if you have just one couple who has a little training, everyone else is usually happy to get out there and give it a try, and it’s a great way to change up the pace.

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6 Popular Songs for the Procession of the Bridal Party

6 Popular Songs for the Procession of the Bridal Party

Sometimes it is easier to select a song for the procession of the bride than for the rest of the wedding party. Would you like a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing before you meet with a professional wedding DJ? Here are 6 of the most requested songs for the procession of the bridal party.

  • Jack Johnson: Better Together – This song provides a little bit of an upbeat tempo for the bridal party, while still delivering a sweet acoustic feel.
  • Beatles: In My Life – The guitar cover by Fred Benedetti & Peter Pupping is a great way to lead into a procession of the bride that features a version of Here Comes the Sun.
  • Train: Marry Me – Train isn’t usually known for acoustic ballads, but this one has been popular at weddings since the moment it released.
  • Pachelbel’s Canon in D – This is popular for the bridal party and the bride. If you choose it for the bridal party, try a version by the Lumiere String Quartet or Gypsy Flamenco Masters for a Spanish guitar version.
  • Journey: Faithfully – The original may not scream bridal party procession, but the cover by United Guitar Players sure does.
  • Jason Mraz: I’m Yours – The Stringspace Space Quartet does a great cover of this song that can be used for the bridal party.

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4 Hot Songs for the Procession of the Bride

4 Hot Songs for the Procession of the Bride

You’ve waited your whole life for this, and now it is finally time to take your turn walking down the aisle to get married. While you may already have a procession song in mind, and there is nothing wrong with marching to the beat of your own drum, there is a reason why popular songs are popular. Here are some of the most requested wedding ceremony songs.

  • The Beatles: Here Comes the Sun – Whether you get married in the summer or winter, you want to be the sunlight of your new groom’s life. Maybe that is why many brides choose Here Comes the Sun as their bridal procession song. For a nice twist on a classic song, you can try versions recorded by Daisuke Minamizawa, United Guitar Players, Vitamin String Quarter, or Stringspace.
  • The Piano Guys: The Cello Song – Based on a Bach song that is considered one of the greatest cello songs of all time, The Piano Guys put their own spin on it by playing 8 cellos.
  • Christina Perri: A Thousand Years – Everyone who gets married dreams of the bliss lasting forever. Maybe that’s why A Thousand Years feels so right when you are walking up to take your eternal vows. If you want a different spin on this modern classic, try versions by Boyce Avenue, Jun Sung Ahn, The Piano Guys, or Neena Goh.
  • Pachelbel’s Canon in D – This is another classical tune that resonates with many brides, and there are plenty of exciting versions to choose from so you can maintain an original feel or something more modern.

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2019 Trends for Wedding Music

2019 Trends for Wedding Music

Couples are always taking a look ahead when it comes to planning a wedding. What is in store when it comes to wedding music in 2019? One thing that may be about to catch on is more wedding music coming from soundtracks.

The Soundtrack Phenomenon

This isn’t the first-time soundtracks have been a big deal in music. From Whitney Houston’s contributions to The Bodyguard soundtrack to Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On from the Titanic soundtrack, songs from movies and musicals have been played at weddings for years. What movies or shows are bringing back the trend in 2019?

  • The Greatest Showman – Songs from this movie have been popping up all over, and with new renditions from popular artists emerging, the popularity of these songs won’t die down anytime soon.
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – The Freddy Mercury biopic has brought Queen back into the spotlight.
  • Moana – Lin Manuel Miranda is having quite the decade, and the longevity of the soundtrack to this kids’ film is a testament to his musical
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Making classic rock anthems relevant again has been just one of the accomplishments of this movie franchise.

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DJ Mikey Beats is a San Diego DJ with over 12 years of experience getting reception guests on the dancefloor. From classic hits to the latest trends, he has all the music you want and need at your wedding. To book your wedding entertainment, call 858.270.2195 today, or you can get a quote via the website.

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Why You Should Hire a Professional DJ for Your Wedding

Why You Should Hire a Professional DJ for Your Wedding

Are you planning a wedding in the San Diego area? Here a few reasons that you need to hire a professional wedding DJ rather than relying on one of your friends to play music from his iPhone.

  • Selection – A pro DJ is going to have a ton of songs, especially all the best choices for getting people on the dance floor.
  • Ability – This is what a professional DJ does. If an amateur is dealing with a tough crowd, the party could be a total bust, but a pro will know how to save the evening.
  • Equipment – Pros have professional equipment. You will get the right sound quality (not just volume) so that everyone can really enjoy the music experience.
  • Professionalism – A professional DJ will dress appropriately for your wedding and will maintain the right decorum for you and your guests. The goal is to add to your special night, not to attract all the attention to himself.
  • Peace of Mind – If you hire a professional, you don’t have to worry about whether things will be done right. It’s your big day – you shouldn’t have to be concerned with anything but having a blast with your family and friends.

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Roscoe and Erica – The Dana

A Ceremony at The Dana on Mission Bay

A Wedding on the Bay

The Dana on Mission Bay is a venue I typically am a wedding DJ at 3-6 weddings a year. Every time I show up, I am greeted by the staff with warm hand shakes and high fives. Adrienne who does the event sales and some coordination is my homie and she does a fantastic job. She is the perfect combination of fun and friendly but on point and hard working. Anytime we are on the same program, all will be executed to the fullest.

Roscoe and Erica picked a gorgeous bayside wedding venue, The Dana on Mission Bay.  Wanting to have the dance floor packed with everyone having a great time was also on their priority list. They also wanted to make sure that the Dj had club experience and could pay their preferred style of music. I was for sure up to the task. When they decided to hire me for my wedding Dj services I paid extra close attention to the music they wanted to hear.

Hip Hop Wedding

When we got down to the music selections Roscoe wanted to make sure that the music earlier in the day and night were geared towards the older crowd. Later in the night he wanted me to switch over to hip hop and newer music. Back when I started DJing, Hip Hop was the primary genre I played. I got very excited to drop some hip hop at this wedding.

Everything went super smooth and there were huge smiles from everyone in the crowd. The dance floor was packed early in the open dancing and continued to stay that way throughout the night. “24k” by Bruno Mars was probably the hit of the night with everyone dancing together on the floor. We ended on a high note with Ice Cube’s “It was a Good Day.”

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Rob and Tracey – Bali Hai

A ceremony at Bal Hai.

Bali Hai Wedding

When I meet a couple who is having a Bali Hai Wedding, I know they are looking to have the island vibe wedding. Some couples want to have a destination wedding on an exotic island, but may not be able to afford it or the logistics are too much. A Bali Hai wedding for local San Diegans is a great way to inject that island vibe into a wedding.

An Aloha Couple

Rob and Tracey live in the north county of San Diego near the beach in Encinitas. Rob and his son love to surf. Tracey and her daughter love to hang out at the beach. Both were looking for a DJ who could lay down a beach soundtrack for their Bali Hai wedding. When we first met, their laid back San Diego personalities meshed with mine perfectly. They were looking for a good time and I was the one who would deliver it.

A beautiful view of downtown

One thing that sticks out at a Bali Hai wedding is that the ceremony over looks the San Diego Bay. Across the bay on one side is the north side of Coronado island where the Navy base is. On the other side is a beautiful view of downtown San Diego. The pictures form these ceremonies are always gorgeous. The ceremony area is landscaped with tropical and lush palm trees and plants.
The cocktail reception was held on the grass adjacent to the ceremony. The reception was in the Hawaiian Village. It was a day wedding and dancing did not suffer.

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Kyle and Shannen – Hilton San Diego Spa and Resort

Hilton San Diego Spa and Resort Wedding

Hilton San Diego Spa and Resort

I feel like I say that every place is my favorite place to play, but I really mean it about Hilton San Diego Spa and Resort. I grew up less than a mile away from Hilton San Diego Spa and Resort. As a kid, I used to roller blade on the boardwalk in front of it. My brother in law got married there and I have done many weddings for the event sales staff. Mary Bowerman, who works there frequently as a wedding planner, often recommends me for her weddings.

The Slide Show From Hell

Ok, I am being dramatic because these slide shows were super cute and were executed perfectly. What was hellish was the set up to execute them. For the record, the B&G were both super cool about everything the entire time, Shannen just wanted to make sure the slide shows played. She made a slide show for both parent dances. She also wanted a slide show looping during dinner.

Shannen paid to rent a projector and screen through me to show the slide show when we first contracted the wedding. But the whole wedding was originally in one of the in door event spaces. They later changed the event space to the outdoor venue by the pool. There was my first mistake, I didn’t make the proper arrangements for an outdoor slide show.

Houston, We Have A Problem

Fast forward a year to when Mary sent out the timeline. When I looked it over, I realized the slide show was set loop at 5:30pm when dinner would start. With the sunset at 7:30, no projector could project in that kind of light. That’s when I called the planner and we decided to get some quotes for TVs. These quotes came back at astronomically high numbers, because it’s for a wedding. I shared them with the bride and she agreed that it was too expensive but she still wanted the slide shows. I offered to change the time of the slide shows to after the sunset, but she really wanted them at the times specified. So I told her we could run with the projector and screen. That was my second mistake.

When I arrived to set up, the wind from the bay was howling through the event space. I quickly realized that I would damage my screen beyond repair if I set it up. My last resort was to go to the in house audio and visual company PSAV. Without even thinking about it, I threw my credit card down to get a TV to run the slide show. They obliged and gave me a friendly discount.

It’s a Party!!!

Once all the stress about the slide show was resolved, I kicked it into high gear and became the fun Wedding DJ I was hired to be. Once the wedding started, everything went flawless! When open dancing started, the dance floor was packed the entire time. Both the B&G were super happy and the father of the bride gave me a heartfelt compliment at the end of the night.

Even though there were some areas I needed improvement on, I manged to learn my lesson without any damage to my client’s big day. What’s even better, I can apply that lesson to future clients and make sure that daytime slide shows are prepared and planned way in advance.

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Joel & Michelle – Private Residence

Joel and Michelle

My Friends Got Married!!!

I had known Joel and Michelle for more than 20 years each, individually. Joel went to University City High School and Michelle went to La Jolla, I met them both on Felpsar Street in Pacific Beach way back in 1996 or 1997. That was way before I was DJ Mikey Beats. Back then, we had a large crew of surf groms of about 30 who hung out all day and surfed. Although the crew was mostly dudes, we had a few girls who would hang out with us that surfed and Michelle was one of them. As time went on, the crew shrank in size as grown up responsibilities came into play.

They Arrived Separately But Left Together

Fast forward roughly 20 years to a local bar called The Duck Dive where my friend Chris was having his birthday party. About 15 of our original crew showed up including Joel and Michelle. None of us know how it happened, but we all noticed when it happened. It was a spark that lit the room. Everyone of us took a deep breath and let out a collective “AW” as we exhaled. None of us understood how they never clicked before but we all knew how. They both had these silly little quirks about them that we all adored but it was each others gaps that the other filled. He told Dad jokes and she laughed at every joke. He had the greatest fish stories and she loved to eat fish. She was beautiful as could be and he had a beard. It worked.

Further Down The River

We all knew the day would come where he would pop the question, and he did. I don’t remember if it was a social media post or a group text but that day the future became brighter for us all. Their wedding was to be a small one in her families backyard and I told Joel he could not have a wedding without Mikey Beats. He told me they couldn’t afford a Wedding DJ and I told him that would be my gift to them. I can’t say that my decision to be their wedding DJ was only a gift to them. It was also a gift to me because I got to be there to watch my two friends become one.

Joel’s wedding speech was one of the most real speeches I have ever witnessed. He said, “I got to marry the woman of my dreams, my high school crush. But I know that if it happened earlier in our lives, I would have fucked it up.”

Michelle and Joel
Love Birds

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Marianne and Guillaume – Garty Pavilion

A Wedding in the Sand

 

R Nicole Events

Marianne and Guillaume were referred to me by my buddy Robyn at R Nicole Events. R Nicole Events manages the Garty Pavilion, where I was a wedding DJ at on back to back weekends. I love this place because it is on the water and with 15 minutes of my house.

French and Canadians in Mission Bay

Marianne was from Canada and Guillaume was from France. Both had tons of family traveling from out of the country. The French were extra happy because their country was playing very well in the World Cup and looking to make it to the finals. The Canadians were extra happy because the weather was warm. One of the keepsakes was a small Canadian flag pin that I made sure I got one of.

The Music

Since both were from two different countries and they met in America, the music was eclectic. The seating music was some down tempo kicking off with some Thievery Corporation. The Bride received some style points with her first processional song. At the Garty, the procession usually comes from a set of bay doors that roll up and down. The Bride was behind one of the bay doors with her father and she wanted me to play ACDC’s “Shook Me All Night” as the R Nicole Events staff rolled up the bay door. Once the doors was up, I switched the music over to a cover of “The Cello Song” by the Piano Guys. The cocktail music was mainly Indie Dance that transitioned into Deep House.

The Dinner moved from 60’s Soul to 70’s Soft Rock and then into Indie Folk. Open Dancing was high energy with a small group of Spaniards constantly fist pumping and dancing erratically. The last song of the evening was a song I was not familiar with but quickly grew to love. It was “Les Champs-Elysees” by Joe Dassin. The French all gathered on the dance floor and sung as loud as they could. It was such a beautiful moment. I later recognized the song playing in Paris France as the city and country cheered on their team bringing the World Cup to France.

A Nice Note

Tips are nice but it is also nice to receive a handwritten letter form the B&G. It amusing me that they always write it before the wedding but word the letter like they wrote it right after. I thought this one was super sweet so I took a picture of it. Here it is.

A Nice Letter

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