10 Unique First Dance Ideas

When you work with Sounds To Go, you get no shortage of song suggestions for every part of your wedding day celebration.

Sometimes choosing the First Dance song that speaks best to the two of you is tricky, especially if you want it done in a way that isn’t overly common or expected.  If your selection is in a musical style or genre you like to listen to yourself, even better!

Here on DreamWedding.com are some great, contemporary selections that are somewhat off-the-beaten-path.


Indie Music Playlist for Cocktail Hour & Dinner

There’s TONS of great music out there that is off-the-beaten-path, and I love mixing it up for each wedding I do!  I LOVE it when my couples are passionate about music, and when they come to the table with inspiration and ideas to personalize their celebration.  The most important thing is that the music we play is what resonates with you, your family, and your friends.

I’ve been mixing it up a lot lately with Indie artists, and below is a sample playlist from a recent wedding that used Indie music for the Prelude before the Ceremony, during the Cocktail Hour and Lawn Games, and on into dinner.

Artists like Bon Iver, Iron & Wine, Ryan Adams, Mumford & Suns, Lord Huron, Passion Pit, Band of Horses, The Lumineers, and others do a GREAT job at combining many different styles.  They build off the great, simplistic storytelling approach to songwriting found in the folk tradition, and add it into a more contemporary rock context.  Many of them even combine more eclectic elements like the acoustic instrumentation and stylings of Bluegrass and other rootsy forms that speak to more traditional Americana musics.  The result is awesome, well thought-out, and sophisticated music that is perfect for setting a mood, relaxing, and revisiting old memories while creating new ones!

Obviously there are a couple of tracks shown that are not Indie, but they were favorites, so we threw them in!

There’s over three hours of music here!

If you’re looking for some great Indie songs to use, to fill holes in your wedding playlists, or just to add to your own playlist at home, these selections are great!

Whatever musical elements you would like to have infused into your wedding, be sure your DJ “knows what’s up” and is happy to help you program each and every part of your wedding day celebration according to your inspiration.

It’s your day…  Follow your muse!

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Best Bride and Groom Last Dance Songs

One great way to end your Wedding is to have a Last Dance.   This can be a very powerful moment when it is shared by all of your guests on the dance floor.

You can choose slow, romantic & sentimental, or you can choose instead to have your night go out with a BANG by keeping it super-fun and upbeat!

Whether you choose the slow or fast approach, the final dance of the night is a great way to bring your wedding day celebration full-circle and signal a close to your night without having it “fizzle” out.

Here’s a list of some of the most popular choices for Last Dance Wedding Songs.

1. Save the Last Dance For Me- Michael Buble or The Drifters
2. I Had the Time of My Life (From Dirty Dancing)- Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
3. Don’t Stop Believin’- Journey
4. Last Dance- Donna Summer
5. Closing Time- Semisonic
6. We Are Young- Fun
7. Glad You Came- The Wanted
8. Home- Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros
9. The Time (Dirty Bit)- The Black Eyed Peas
10. Wonderful Tonight- Eric Clapton
11. Take Me Home Tonight- Eddie Money
12. At Last- Etta James
13. Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance)- Green Day
14. Piano Man- Billy Joel
15. Good Life- One Republic
16. Sweet Caroline- Neil Diamond
17. What A Wonderful World- Louis Armstrong
18. Let’s Get it On- Marvin Gaye
19. Today Was a Fairytail- Taylor Swift
20. Marry Me- Train
21. We Are Family- Sister Sledge
22. I Won’t Give Up- Jason Mraz
23. Friends in Low Places- Garth Brooks
24. I DOn’t Wanna Miss a Thing- Aerosmith
25. Goodnight Sweetheart- Spaniels
26. Shout- Isley Brothers
27. Forever- Chris Brown
28. One More Time- Daft Punk
29. You Are the Best Thing- Ray LaMontagne
30. All You Need is Love- Beatles
31. Send Me On My Way- Rusted Root
32. Come Away With Me- Norah Jones
33. Stand By Me- Ben E King
34. I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You- Elvis Presley
35. You and Me- Dave Matthews Band
36. Don’t Stop Me Now- Queen
37. Let’s Stay Together- Al Green
38. Bless the Broken Road- Rascal Flatts
39. I Don’t Want This Night To End- Luke Bryan
40. Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen
41. Livin’ On A Prayer- Bon Jovi
42. Then- Brad Paisley
43. Home- Phillip Phillips
44. New York, New York- Frank Sinatra
45. Home Sweet Home- Motley Crue
46. Take Me Home- Phil Collins

When you work with me to help plan your wedding, I’ll provide you with awesome lists like this for each and every part of your wedding day celebration to help inspire you and to help make your wedding day as personalized as it can possibly be!

Wedding Song Suggestions – Father Figure Dance

We’re all familiar with the traditional Father-Daughter dance during wedding receptions, and it’s definitely a super-meaningful & emotional highlight of any wedding celebration.

Often though, there can also be another gentleman in the life of the bride who’s role and influence have been either father-like, or who has been just as important to the bride through the years.

Whether it’s a stepfather, brother, or someone else close to you that you would like to share a dance with, there are many songs that can pay an homage to them, while being descriptive of their role in your life, your relationship with one another, or of your feelings for them.

I’d love to work with you to find just the right selections for each part of your wedding day celebration.  In the meantime, here are some great ideas for this type of special dance.

Smile – Nat King Cole

There You’ll Be – Faith Hill

Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Elton John

Then They Do – Trace Adkins

What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban

Through The Years – Kenny Rogers

Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

My Wish – Rascal Flatts

Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root

Stand By Me – Ben E. King

Fix You – Coldplay

That Wedding DJ Last Night…

Wow, just WOW!  If you’re looking for a DJ for your wedding, PLEASE, please PLEASE watch this video!

So you see, Brian’s family member *thought* he was getting a really “great deal” on the DJ, but instead, got a big disappointment!  Brian ends the video with a subtle, yet powerful reminder that we’d like to pass along as well – that VALUE is FAR more important than price when considering DJ entertainment for your big day.

We’d love to talk to you about this video and the missed opportunities, and how our proactive approach to event planning and coordination will help your event run smoothly and avoid the types of mistakes and missed opportunities that Brian witnessed at this wedding.  This wedding doesn’t have to be YOUR wedding!

Looking for wedding djs in Sacramento?  Give us a call at 916.223.4508, or contact us via our website.


Brian S. Redd is a very remarkable DJ, and is a very prominent and well known industry professional who is known very widely by those in the industry for his Vlogs on DJ’ing in general, DJ equipment and product reviews and more.  His YouTube channel can be found here:  http://www.youtube.com/user/briansredd

Music Subscription Services for DJs – Why they matter to YOU

Here is a cool post from our Music Subscription service from their Facebook page on the benefits of having a music service to help with keeping a music library up-to-date.

The article is written to explain some of the benefits of these services to DJs, but we wanted to share it with you because we think it makes some great points about some of the differences between professional DJ providers who use these types of services and other, less professional providers who don’t.

Many (not all, but many) DJ services and DJs who don’t pay for music subscriptions download their songs illegally, or purchase them from illegal sources, or get files shared from friends and other shady DJs, etc.

We know this may not seem like a big deal on the surface.  You might think “its ‘just’ music right?  Sure, he may be stealing it, which I don’t support, but how does it really matter for MY party or wedding…?”  If you think about it though, there are lots of pitfalls here that could affect YOUR event when hiring these types of services.

Quality – Even across legal purchasing music sites and services, the quality of the music files themselves can vary and come in different formats, and sample (“bit”) rates.  And that’s LEGAL sources.  Now think about songs the DJ got off a file-sharing site on the web. How do they know that the files they have are 1st generation “copies” of the original lossless files and haven’t been degraded by multiple compression runs or encoding across different formats?  How do they know there weren’t any errors (pops, clicks, distortion, dead-air) etc. in some of the files they downloaded.  If they’re illegally downloading gigs of music at a time, or buying a hard drive full of tunes, should we really believe they are conscientious enough to LISTEN to EVERY track they downloaded to make sure they are okay?  Not likely.

DJs who use professional subscription services are able to deliver consistent quality in the highest-quality formats available for all of their current music.

YouTube is NOT a music store – ’nuff said.

How Current? – How current can these providers stay music each and every month?  Are they likely to have the songs you and your guests want at your event?  Will they have them BEFORE they have topped the charts?  Probably not since keeping up with the charts is how they are likely to do their updates.

How Clean? – A lot of music, especially hip-hop and urban tracks contain explicit content, “foul” language, etc.  How confident are you that all of the selections they have are CLEAN (radio-friendly) edits?  Not all legal online avenues carry clean versions of every song that they get before it has charted.

How many Genres? – How many genres can they stay relevant on?  Even a great DJ with an incredible passion for music can only keep their “ear to the ground” for everything happening across all the relevant musical genres that they might need for an event.  You may get a DJ who specializes in (or just likes) hip-hop and House music, but doesn’t have a lot of Country.  Or vice-versa!  A subscription service is invaluable for helping providers keep their libraries current and relevant across DOZENS of genres on a monthly, weekly, and even DAILY basis.

All of these sacrifices above may mean you get a “better price” on a DJ – Most often, the real “bargain basement” DJs, or the ones charging the “best price” are providers who do not have many of the real-world business expenses that go into running a legitimate business, and the cost of maintaining a professional subscription service for music is one of those expenses that these DJ’s most often “go without.”  So while you may be getting a “better price” on these DJs, is it REALLY a BETTER VALUE if you have to risk sacrificing in all of the areas above?  And if a DJ is cutting corners on the MOST IMPORTANT tool he has, his MUSIC, then what other corners could they be cutting, and how could those potentially affect your event as well?

Just some things to consider.

In the end, go with a service that invests time and money into their business, and who takes steps to offer you the highest-quality musical library they possibly can for the enjoyment of you and your guests.

Here’s the article:

The value of a music service for DJs

by PrimeCuts on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 2:21pm

Most DJs subscribe to a promotional music service, like PrimeCuts, for their new music needs. However, some DJs don’t see the value in a music service. We’ll show you how a music service for DJs is worth considerably more than you think.

The actual cost of updating your music

Let’s use 25 songs a month as an example to see how much it really costs you in money & time for updating your music on your own

Cost to download 25 songs: $24.75

Cost for time spent researching: $48 ($12 an hour for 1 hour per week)

Cost for time spent downloading & tagging: $12 (1 hour a month spent downloading & tagging)

Total cost: $84.75

Number of songs you get: 25

Total cost for PrimeCuts MP3: $51.45

Total number of songs: About 200

As shown, with PrimeCuts MP3 you would get 200 songs a month, all tagged and ready to go. They show up in your mailbox–no need to spend all kinds of time researching. While most DJs don’t need 200 songs a month, it’s up to you which songs you put on your hard drive. You can even choose specific genres or songs to copy to your computer if you’d like. The whole process should take all of 3-5 minutes a week. The best part is you get at least 5 extra hours a month to work on your business. Now think of all the things you could accomplish to help make you more money with those extra 5+ hours a month. Not only did going the download route cost you more money, but you also lost time you could’ve spent to working to bring in more money for your business.

How did we come up with those figures?

Let’s say you only download songs that chart top 10 for Pop/Top 40 and songs that chart top 5 for a few other formats (maybe a few Country, Adult Contemporary and Urban—or whatever genres you use the most). For estimation purposes, we’ll say that adds up to 25 songs a month. Pricing amongst downloads varies, but we’ll go with $.99 each. So, that comes out to $24.75 a month.

Now, how will you determine what to buy? Well, you’ll need to spend some time looking at the charts. Since they change from week-to-week, you’ll probably want to check them weekly to make sure you don’t miss anything. Let’s say you’re pretty fast and can look at the charts in about an hour to figure out which songs you need. That’s 4 hours over the course of the month.

Once you’ve determined what songs you need, you spend another 10 minutes downloading. That’s about 40 minutes a month. After you’ve downloaded the songs, you’ll need to edit their ID3 tags to fit your needs. That’s about another 5 minutes a week. So between downloading and tagging, there’s another hour a month.

So, you’ve spent 5 hours a month downloading your music. How much do you think your time is worth? Let’s shoot low at $12 an hour. That means you spent $58 worth of time on your music. Add to that the hard cost of the songs, and your cost is about $84.75 a month. What did you get for your $84.75 a month? 25 songs….and a lot of time lost that you could’ve spent focusing on bringing in more business.

Save time, make more money for your business…subscribe to a promotional music service for DJs like PrimeCuts!

Prime Cuts Music