Music Tips for Your Wedding Ceremony and Reception

Music Tips for Your Wedding Ceremony and Reception

Often people focus on music at the wedding reception and ceremony as two different entities, but if you plan on having one DJ play the music for both, here are some tips to help everything run smoothly.

  • Have entry music – When your guests are arriving, don’t let them walk into the ceremony venue in awkward silence. Music should begin at least 20-30 minutes before the ceremony.
  • Don’t offend your guests – If you have religious or conservative guests, remember that you may need to tone down the music – at least, at the ceremony and early parts of the reception. Your guests may not want explicit lyrics laden music, especially those over the age of 50.
  • Talk about must-play music – What do you absolutely have to hear? The DJ will be mixing the tunes to keep the party upbeat, but you are still the master of the playlist.
  • Watch song length on your first dance – Anything more than three minutes starts to get uncomfortable for everyone. If your favorite song is longer, there may be a shorter version that can be used for your first dance.
  • Have a good mix – If all of your music is from a single genre, you limit which guests will have a good time to those who have the same musical interests as you.

Hire the Right DJ for the Best Wedding Music

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The Details That Make Your Wedding One to Remember

The Details That Make Your Wedding One to Remember

When it comes to making your wedding day a special event that is not only memorable for you but also for your guests, it is all about the details. Here are a few things that can really leave a big impression if you get them right.

  • The Entrance – The décor and mood when someone first walks in will set the tone for the entire event. The right decorations and music can go a long way when it comes to greeting your guests and making them feel welcome.
  • The Guestbook – Rather than having a book, try something unique that guests will have fun signing. For example, you can have guests write marriage advice or date night suggestions on Jenga blocks.
  • The Favors – Useful favors are more memorable than simple keepsakes, which eventually get tossed.
  • The Dessert Table – It’s one of the last big events of the evening, and it is often the focal point of the reception, so having the dessert table set up right is a must.
  • The Music – Your wedding entertainment will dictate if people have a good time, so that is crucial. But you also want to think about music for the ceremony and for your first dance. The perfect first dance song may bring you to mind every time a guest hears it for the rest of their life.

Getting the Music Right in San Diego

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Top Sites for Creating Your Own Wedding Website

Top Sites for Creating Your Own Wedding Website

Wedding websites are basically becoming ubiquitous. It is a place where you can provide information for your guests, tell your unique story, post your registry, and all sorts of other convenient things. Here are a few of the places you can get a site for free (or cheap if you want a “pro” version).

  • The Knot – If you want to go with what has now become the old standby, this is it. It’s been around for years, and it’s free unless you want to drop $20 on a custom domain name. It’s the best all-around site.
  • Wedding Wire – This is another free site that offers custom domains for just $12.99. The big feature is the ability to block hotel rooms in the area, so if you have a lot of out of town guests, this is probably the best site for you. Also, you can check out my 5-star reviews when you are ready to book a DJ.
  • Minted – Once again, it’s $20 to upgrade to the premium version. The difference is that many of the features require the upgrade, not just the custom domain name. On the other hand, they have their own community of designers, so you end up with a unique site and matching invites/décor.
  • Zola – It’s free, and custom domain names are $14.95. There are a few really nice features like the guest list and the ability to set up different events that are only visible to people you’ve invited. But let’s be honest, using Zola is all about curating a high-end registry.

Hire the Right DJ for Your Big Day

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The Top Ideas for Fall Wedding Favors in 2019

The Top Ideas for Fall Wedding Favors in 2019

As a professional wedding DJ, I notice a lot of the trends that go on at weddings. For example, more and more wedding guests want the favors to be something useful rather than something that gets kept in a drawer until it is finally thrown away. Here are some practical trends for wedding favors in fall 2019.

  • Edible favors – Give your guests a snack! From macarons to cider donuts to s’mores ingredients, there are plenty of ways to give your guests a tasty treat before the meal and still evoke the flavors of the season.
  • Scented soaps – Have the label on small bars of soap custom printed to commemorate your wedding. Then purchase scents like maple syrup, apple cinnamon, pumpkins spice, and other autumn favorites.
  • Tasty teas – Use personalized tea bag labels to customize fall-flavored teas into the perfect wedding favors.
  • Matches – Matchboxes with the couples’ name and anniversary may be an old trend that is coming back. It can be particularly good in fall when people are having bonfires, going camping, or using grills. Just make sure guests know it’s not okay to use them to sneak a smoke in the bathroom.
  • Lip balm – Heading into the colder weather means lips get chapped more often. Help everyone enjoy your romantic celebration with soothing lip balms. And don’t forget the fall flavors!

Impress Your Guests with the Right Favors and the Right Wedding DJ

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Alternatives to the Rice Toss for Wedding Send-Offs

Alternatives to the Rice Toss for Wedding Send-Offs

The ritual of throwing rice at a couple as a send-off after their wedding actually started in ancient Rome. In fact, it started as wheat and later switched to rice as the symbol of fertility changed. It was meant as an offering to the gods so that the happy couple would have lots of children.

You may not think about that when you throw rice at a wedding today, but you may also not want to be showered with rice at your wedding. Do you still want a fun send-off? Here are a few ideas.

  • Glow sticks – Have your friends and family crack glow sticks and light up the night as you head to the vehicle with “Just Married” written on the back.
  • Ribbon wands – Long dowels with ribbons tied to the end give you the feel of confetti without the huge mess for someone to clean up later.
  • Bubbles – Two birds with one stone. Give your guests bottles of bubbles with your wedding date as a favor and have them blow the bubbles as you head to your getaway vehicle.
  • Sparklers – They make extra long sparklers specifically for occasions like this. That will ensure that people use them safely and that the sparklers don’t run out before you get to your car.

Chose the Right Song for Your Wedding Send-Off

Of course, you also want the right song for your big exit to head off to your honeymoon, and DJ Mikey Beats is just the person to play it for you. To hire a professional DJ for your wedding, call 858.270.2195, or you can get a quote online.

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Wedding Fans: A Practical and Fun Wedding Favor Trend

Wedding Fans A Practical and Fun Wedding Favor Trend

Wedding fans are a great way to provide a useful favor for your guests and provide valuable information at the same time. Here are a few ways you can use wedding fans to enhance the evening for your guests.

  • Providing a fan – First of all, your guests get a fan in case they get too warm at the wedding. It’s good for you too because if you see guests all over the venue fanning themselves, you know it is time to ask for more air conditioning.
  • Introduce the event – You can include the names of the bride and groom, officiant, family members, and wedding parties. This gives an official introduction to everyone and makes for a nice keepsake for those who want it.
  • Provide a timeline – Providing a timeline allows everyone to be present for all the important moments. You don’t have to worry that someone is in the bathroom or outside when your wedding DJ starts playing the music for your first dance, cake cutting, etc. Of course, you also have to stick to the schedule for it to help everyone, but giving out the schedule often motivates a couple to stay on time.

Hire the Right DJ for Your Wedding

Another way to stay on schedule and help your guests to enjoy the evening is to have the right DJ at the helm. DJ Mikey Beats wants to bring his expertise to the party and help you and everyone else to have a great time. For more info, call 858.270.2195, or you can get a quote online.

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Setting a Timeline for Your Wedding Ceremony and Reception

Setting a Timeline for Your Wedding Ceremony and Reception

When it comes to your wedding, how you choose to time the ceremony and reception is up to you. However, there are many considerations, including things you will need to discuss with your wedding DJ. With that in mind, here is a sample wedding ceremony and reception schedule that highlights all the important music moments.

• 4:00 Ceremony – There will be processional songs for the wedding party and for the bride. However, music may start up to a half-hour beforehand to welcome guests.

• 4:30 Cocktail Hour – This gives your guests time to get situated, start mingling, and enjoy a drink and some appetizers. Usually, there is some soft music in the background.

• 5:45 After the guests transition from the Cocktail Hour to the dinner reception, typically there is a Grand Entrance for the bridal party and wedding couple, then a first dance and then a welcome speech done either by a Matriarch/Patriarch of the family or the wedding couple.

• 6:00 Dinner – It is time to eat! Please don’t try and cram in events during the dinner. Let the guests enjoy their meals and talk amongst themselves. This is a good opportunity for the wedding couple to got table to table to say hello.

• 7:00 Toasts – It is recommend to choose 1-2 people to represent each side of the wedding couple’s family and friends. Always try and Kent short and NEVER open the speeches to anyone who wants to say something. That can get awkward!

• 7:15 Organized Dances – This can be the parent dances (Father/Daughter and /or Mother Son dances) Money dance and/or anniversary dance.

• 7:30 Open Dancing – Let’s Party! It’s very important that once the dance floor is activated by an organized dance to open it up to every one else immediately after. This gives people the chance to dance, go to the bar or use any other amenities like a photo booth. This also gives the staff a chance to clear the tables of the dinner plates.

• 8:00 Cake Cutting – Select a fun song while you cut the cake together.

• 8:05 Bouquet/Garter Toss – The cake cutting takes the attention away from the dance floor so bring them back to it with the Bouquet and/or Garter toss.

Again, this is just a sample, and your timeframe may be different. It just gives you some ideas to think about.

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More Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid

More Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid

When it comes to a wedding, there is always the possibility that something will go wrong and there is nothing you can do about. But what about all of those easily avoidable mistakes that just go back to planning? Here are a few planning mistakes to avoid so your big day can go as smoothly as possible.

  • Don’t forget the marriage license – Depending on the state you are getting married in, there are various laws that govern when you can get the marriage license, how long you have to submit it, and who is allowed to officiate and sign the license. Do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • Waiting too long to book a venue – In most cases, the wedding date basically depends on the venue. If the date is the most important thing to you, start searching for a venue now.
  • Inviting too many people – If you want your wedding to stay on budget, the key is to limit the guest list. Don’t over invite expecting a certain amount to accept. It’s better to invite too few and add more people later.
  • Hiring friends instead of professionals – If you have friends who can bake a cake, come up with a good playlist, or take nice photos, that’s fine for other occasions. On your wedding day, you want to hire a professional wedding DJ, photographer, and baker.

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How to Make Your Wedding Guests Happy

How to Make Your Wedding Guests Happy

It is your big day, but you want to make your wedding guests as happy as possible too. How can make sure your guests are well cared for at your ceremony and reception? Here are a few tips to ensure that everyone is happy and remembers your special day for all the right reasons.

  • Welcome refreshments (usually non-alcoholic although people love to booze early) – This is especially important on a hot day where the ceremony area is exposed to direct sunlight. Sunscreen and/or parasols are another great comfort to have on a hot, sunny day. Providing info about the area is a nice bonus. It can be refined to have a schedule of events, important people such as the parents of the B&G, bridal party names, and of course the names of the B&G.
  • Be on time – No one likes sitting around waiting, even when it is for the bride and groom. Set times for the ceremony, reception, and dinner to begin and then stick to it.
  • Feed them well – From the cocktail hour to the final snacks at the end of the evening, make sure all of the food is good. People often remember a good meal, even if they can’t tell you exactly what they had.
  • The right mix of music – From timeless music that makes everyone feel good to that modern hit that gets all the young people out on the dancefloor, you want to have the right blend of tunes to keep the event lively. That means hiring the right wedding DJ.

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Don’t Make These Music Mistakes at Your Wedding Reception

Don’t Make These Music Mistakes at Your Wedding Reception

Music plays a key role in both the wedding ceremony and the reception. Today, we are going to take a look at a few of the most common music mistakes that couples make when it comes to the reception.

  • Not leaving setup time – Speak with your DJ in advance to see how much setup time is needed (it will probably be less if he is familiar with the venue). Then ensure that you have the venue early enough for the DJ to set up properly before guests begin to arrive.
  • Drowning out conversation – A professional wedding DJ should be able to moderate the volume so those on the dance floor are pumped up while the guests who are talking can hear each other. Seating older ones who are unlikely to dance further from the DJ is also a good idea.
  • Selecting a marathon first-dance – Ultimately, everyone gets uncomfortable when a first-dance goes on and on, including the bride and groom. Unless you’ve choreographed a full performance to entertain your guests, try to keep the song time under five minutes. There’s nothing wrong with a three-minute song either. Your photographer will still have plenty of time to grab some great pics.

Hire the Best San Diego Wedding DJ

If you want to work with a real professional who can help your wedding music to go smoothly, then you want DJ Mikey Beats in your corner. To request one of the hottest wedding DJs in southern California, call 858.270.2195, or get a quote online.

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