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Customized wedding ceremony music grows in popularity

customized wedding ceremony music

You know DJ Delights for our wedding entertainment services. Don’t forget, we also can provide customized wedding ceremony music.  This is becoming a bigger deal as more and more couples insist on custom-curated ceremony music matched to their personality, style, and religious traditions. These couples aren’t content with a simple piano or guitar accompanist. They…

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Couples regret it when they scrimp on the wedding videographer

wedding videographer

Zola did a survey of recently married couples to pinpoint post-wedding regrets.  They learned that couples really regret scrimping on memories, especially when it comes to professional wedding videography. In hindsight, twenty-five percent wished they had spent more on the wedding videography (and 22% wished they had spent more on photography). Where couples go wrong…

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Wedding invitation etiquette for contemporary couples

wedding invitation etiquette

Wedding invitation etiquette hasn’t changed much over the years. But the look of wedding invitations sure has.  Today’s couples are creating some wildly original invitations, but the basic etiquette remains essentially the same. When to send invitations Are you getting married in town?  Then send your invitations out six to eight weeks in advance.  That…

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The Best is Yet to Come

best is yet to come

Your wedding day is just the beginning.  The best is yet to come!  That last sentence just happens to be the name of a song written back in 1959 by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh.  The song is so good that The Knot lists it as the 39th best first dance song. You know, 39th…

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The risk of a public proposal

public proposal

A public proposal seems like such a cool idea. Just think of the romance of it all!  Your sweetheart will revel in all the attention as a mob of strangers applaud this beautiful moment. You’ll talk about it the rest of your lives. On the other hand, you might want to consider the downside of…

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Another lousy wedding toast

lousy wedding toast

DJ Delights has heard more wedding toasts than Elton John has eye glasses.  We’ve heard some good ones, and boy, we’ve heard some bad ones.  I heard another lousy wedding toast recently and found myself muttering, “It doesn’t have to be this way.” Wedding couples DESERVE a scintillating wedding toast.  They are ENTITLED to a…

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Don’t overspend on your wedding in the wrong places

average wedding budget

The average wedding budget is $33,391. Obviously, it varies dramatically depending on where you live. San Francisco and New York City will be a lot higher than Baltimore or Columbus. Regardless of where you live, you can experience a great wedding for less if you heed the advice of brides who lamented that they overspent…

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Untraditional first dance songs

let’s take a look at some lesser-known, untraditional first dance songs.

I love a good song. Why do you think I started DJ Delights? A good song makes people happy, or moves them in some sort of profound way. That’s why we’ve written a number of blogposts on favorite songs for a first dance. In today’s post, let’s take a look at some lesser-known, untraditional first…

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Traditional weddings lose favor with modern couples

traditional weddings

Tradition is the glue that holds our world together. Right? Wrong … at least according to modern couples who increasingly distance themselves from the customs that so defined traditional weddings. “Fiddler on the Roof” extolled the virtues of tradition The virtues of tradition are gloriously proclaimed in the classic song, “Tradition,” (above) which opens the…

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Fabulous cover songs that blew away the original

fabulous cover song

Last week’s blogpost talked about a bad cover song that ruined the first dance for a bride. Sometimes, though, a great artist builds on the legacy of the original version of a song and surpasses it with a fabulous cover song of his or her own. As wedding DJs, DJ Delights get requests all the…

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The day Julie’s wedding reception was ruined

bad cover song

Never had a bride anticipated her first dance more than Julie (I changed the name to protect the innocent). She and her fiancée, Wally, had diligently, even feverishly, worked on their dance technique to pull off the perfect first dance. And then it all fell apart, leaving them victims of a bad cover song. Their…

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Who sang it best?

As Time Goes By

Don’t you love the songs written by Herman Hupfeld? Wait … what?! Who the heck is he? He’s simply the guy who wrote one of the most beloved songs in American music history, “As Time Goes By.” This blog ranks it as the #1 first dance song ever, and The Knot has it close behind…

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Millennial marriage proposal

Millennial marriage proposal

Poor Millennials. They seem to be the butt of a lot of jokes these days. Our guess is that the older generations are just jealous. On the other, hand the culture and technology have changed enough that the Millennial marriage proposal in the video below has just enough plausibility to elicit a good laugh. What…

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How Pachebel’s Canon became wedding magic

Pachebel's Canon

A lovely little piece of baroque music written more than three centuries ago was resurrected in a Robert Redford movie and somehow became wedding magic. Yes, Johann Pachebel’s repetitive little ditty known as Pachebel’s Canon is one of the most popular wedding ceremony entrance songs for brides. Robert Redford resurrected Pachebel’s Canon In his directorial…

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Popular wedding Bible verses for wedding ceremonies

popular wedding Bible verses

Millennials are interesting. They by and large have similar beliefs on  heaven, hell, and miracles as previous generations. They pray. But they don’t attend church regularly, because they’re not all that comfortable with organized religion. Nonetheless, when it comes time for planning their wedding ceremonies, they are totally interested in including popular wedding Bible verses.…

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Top 10 Marriage proposal movie scenes

marriage proposal movie scenes

Proposing marriage is an art. Should you do it on your knee? Should it be an intimate experience? Or is your romance one that lends itself to a grand, public proposal? Let’s take a look at how they do it in the movies. Here are the top ten marriage proposal movie scenes according to Ms.…

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Avoid this tacky wedding etiquette mistake

wedding etiquette mistake

Don’t come across as a “gimme” person! Don’t put  your registry info on your wedding invitations. I know it’s so very tempting to discreetly list the URL for your registry at the bottom of your invitations. Don’t! It’s tacky. It’s a wedding etiquette mistake you don’t have to make, because modern technology has solved the…

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The two essential wedding toast ingredients

two essential wedding toast ingredients

People attend movies to laugh and cry. In a way, they look for some of the same things in a wedding toast, but in a couple of minutes instead of a couple of hours. So the two essential wedding toast ingredients? Sentiment and humor. Leave out either and your toast is incomplete. Load up on…

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Who should pay for your wedding?

wedding spend

As you plan your wedding spend, you need the answer to a key question: who is going to pay for your wedding? If it’s your deep-pocketed parents, your wedding spend may be higher than what you and your betrothed  could afford if you’re paying for it alone. On the other hand, if the two of…

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The sheer joy of dancing

wedding dance

Have you ever thought about why people dance? Don’t you think dancing is all about joy? Sure, it’s good exercise. Sure, it is artistic. But dancing is much more. Dancing unites people in a joyful expression of celebratory exuberance, especially at weddings. That’s why most wedding celebrations build towards a wedding dance. But there’s a…

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At last! A perfect first dance song for you

perfect first dance song

Everybody loves the song, “At Last.” Based on the number of times it is requested at weddings, it may be the perfect first dance song for you. We put together a list of the top ten perfect first dance songs a while back, and so did The Knot. We both ranked this great song by…

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Super simple ways to create a fun wedding reception

fun wedding reception

A fun wedding reception doesn’t just happen, it is planned. It’s not hard to create a fun wedding reception, but it’s also easy to blow it and create a boring affair you’ll lament for years to come. You need to put some irresistible, positive elements in place at the same time that you eliminate the…

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