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It had to be you

it had to be you

Nine decades have passed, and DJs are still playing “It Had to be You.” That’s because it is that good of a song. The Knot puts it at #21 in their list of best songs for a first dance. It’s such a good song that Michael Bublé and Barbra Streisand sang it as a duet…

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DJ entertainment is the great wedding equalizer

great wedding equalizer

When you think about your wedding celebration, your budget breaks down into three broad categories:  the LOOK & STYLE of your event vs. the EXPERIENCE of your event vs. the MEMORIES retained from your event.  DJ entertainment as provided by DJ Delights is the great wedding equalizer for couples on a budget. We can help…

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Wedding trivia for recently engaged couples

wedding trivia

American mating rituals are endlessly fascinating. If you’re in the early stages of planning your wedding, you’ll get a big kick out of some wedding trivia. In fact, you’ll find this info helpful. Answers appear at the bottom of this blogpost. What is the most popular destination wedding location? Las Vegas, Nevada Hawaii Des Moines,…

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Wedding flowers controversy 

wedding flowers controversy

Even the Wall Street Journal got involved in the wedding flowers controversy. A man wrote in to their advice columnist with this question: “I’m planning my wedding, and my fiancée and I disagree about one major topic—the flowers. All of the options we’ve seen are incredibly expensive, and I’m just not comfortable spending so much…

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Best mother/son wedding dance songs

mother/son wedding dance songs

Last week’s blogpost looked at some of the best father/daughter wedding dance songs.  This week, let’s consider some of the best mother/son wedding dance songs. A good place to start is Carol King’s “Sweet Child of Mine” from her iconic 1970s Tapestry album: The lyrics are tender because they come from a mother’s perspective: Child…

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Best father/daughter wedding dance songs

father/daughter wedding dance songs

At a recent wedding, a father told me how hard it was to find good father/daughter wedding dance songs.  He finally settled on a super popular wedding song, “What a Wonderful World.” Now this dad was very skittish about his dancing ability, and didn’t want to look like a total klutz on the dance floor. …

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Best Elvis wedding songs

first dance songs

The King of Rock and Roll has been gone for more than four decades, but his music lives forever.  Millennials don’t put Elvis Presley on the same pedestal as earlier generations, so it’s worth a blogpost talking about the best Elvis wedding songs, because there are some good ones. How popular is Elvis?  Well, some…

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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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