Jacqueline & Eric

Jaqueline, from New York, & Eric, from Michigan, met through mutual friends at work, moved to fort worth a couple of years ago and got married at 809 at Vickery this past fall. Their wedding was quite the party which you’ll notice in these beautiful images by Cassie Madden Photography.


Charli & Jeff

Jeff and Charli had a gorgeous wedding at the Mansion on Turtle Creek and we’re so excited it was featured on D Weddings! Below are some of our favorite images by Shaun Menary Photography. You can tell it was a fun evening with the newlyweds!


Nicki & Michael

After dating for about 6 years, Nicki & Michael tied the knot at Ashton Gardens in Corinth. We love the way our uplights look in the ballroom there, along with the custom monogram gobo on the back wall of the dance floor. It was a beautiful evening as you can see by these photos courtesy of Fairy Tale Photography. Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs!


Kristin & Blake

Kristin and Blake got married at Mitas Hill Vineyard in McKinney on March 14. We worked with a great team of vendors including Haute Floral, Each & Every Detail, Makeup by Wendy Zerrudo and Sweet Art Bakery. They are a fun couple who truly love each other, which is so evident in these awesome photos by Christina Truelove Photography.


Joy & William

We always love working at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club and Joy & William’s special day was no exception. You can just tell by their photos, that the day was full of love and laughter and we are so thankful that we go to be a part of it! Shout out to the awesome vendors, Events by Kristin (planning), Dyan Kethley Photography (photos), Layered Bake Shop (cakes), and Holly Viles Design (floral).

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Allie & Brett

Allie and Brett got married at the Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas and their beautiful day was recently featured on D Weddings. We got to work with some awesome vendors including Sweet Pea Events, The Southern Table, and Anastasia Strattan. Not to mention, their awesome photographer Matt & Julie Weddings.

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Eric & Emily

Eric & Emily were married on January 4 at Hickory Street Annex in Dallas. Their gorgeous wedding was recently featured in the “Vows that Wow” section of the Brides of North Texas because, well, scroll down and you’ll see...


Photos by the ever-so-talented Sara & Rocky Photography. Other vendors that helped make this beautiful day happen include Sweet Pea Events, Bows & Arrows, Blue Eye Brown Eye and Gil’s Elegant Catering.

Melissa & Cody

Melissa and Cody were so much fun to work with! They were married in downtown Dallas at the Main Street Garden, which was followed by a beautiful reception at the Room on Main. (Photos courtesy of DTX Weddings)

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Melissa and Cody are die-hard Raider fans and this photo of them with the groom’s cake shows their love for Texas Tech perfectly.

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How awesome is this picture of Melissa and her bridesmaids singing and dancing like nobody is watching? We told you they were fun!


They ended the night with a special private dance to “She’s Like Texas” by Josh Abbott Band and drove off on the bed of Cody’s truck.


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Uptown Sound now offers an open concept photo booth--a unique, modern approach to the traditional booths that you often see. Instead of squeezing a few people into a tight space, allow as many as 10 people into the picture to pose in front of a solid gray or customized backdrop. Our booth includes props and an online gallery within 48 hours of your wedding, so you can share the memories online.

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Unique First Dance Songs

If you’ve seen the common wedding song lists and are looking for something unique for your reception, take a look at what some of my clients have used for their first dances in 2012 so far.

I had never heard these songs before my clients introduced me to them. There is a ton of great independent music, but you may have to do some searching to find it.

"We Found Each Other In The Dark" by City & Colour

"We Are Man And Wife" by Michelle Featherstone (featured in "One Tree Hill")

Here are some unique country selections ranging from old to new.

“Waltz Across Texas" by Ernest Tubb

"Unchained Melody" by Willie Nelson

"Oh Tonight" by Josh Abbott Band

"Walk Me Down The Middle" by Band Perry

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"I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz

"My Best Friend" by Tim McGraw

These custom medleys that I created for my clients were a huge hit, taking everyone at the wedding by surprise!

"Just A Kiss / Our Kind Of Love" by Lady Antebellum

"God Gave Me You" into “Wobble” (VIC) “Jump On It” (Sir Mix-A-Lot) "Yeah" (Usher) "Baby Got Back" (Sir Mix-A-Lot)

If you are familiar with this song, you probably know the Blake Shelton version. The original was done by Dave Barnes, and it is equally great.

“God Gave Me You" by Dave Barnes

Only a few of my 2012 clients selected R&B songs, but the ones they chose were definitely not the usual ballads.

"If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys or Maroon 5

"Stay With You" by John Legend

Nothing more romantic than these choices...

"The Nearness Of You" by Norah Jones

"Our Love Is Easy" by Melody Gardot

Is This Even A Love Song?
I don’t know, but it has quickly become one of my favorites. I can listen to this one on repeat (and frequently do).

"This Years Love" (Strings Remix) by David Gray

Bride's Name In The Title
This one is probably not going to work for you (unless your name is Carol). Technically, this isn’t a love song, either, but their guests were completely loving the choreographed dance that the couple had rehearsed.

“Oh Carol" by Neil Sedaka

Other songs (not necessarily unique)
Here are more songs that my 2012 clients selected as their first dance choices, just in case you need more ideas.
"Yellow" (Acoustic Version) by Coldplay
"When You Got A Good Thing" by Lady Antebellum
"The Way You Look Tonight" by Michael Buble
"What A Wonderful World" by IZ
"For Sentimental Reasons" by Nat King Cole
"Fly Me To The Moon" by Frank Sinatra
"Stand By Me" by Ben E. King
"(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams
"When You Say Nothing At All" by Alison Krauss
"Crazy Love" by Michael Buble
"Without You" by Keith Urban
"Let Me Down Easy" by Billy Currington
"Can't Help Falling In Love" by Harry Connick Jr.
"Love Your Love The Most" by Eric Church
"On My Way" by O.A.R.
"You" by Chris Young
"I Cross My Heart" by George Strait
"Lucky" by Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
"Crazy Love" by Aaron Neville
"So This Is Love" by Steve Conway
"Everything" by Michael Buble
"Strangers In The Night" by Frank Sinatra
"That's What She Gets For Loving Me" by Brooks & Dunn
"It's Your Love" by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
"As The World Falls Down" by David Bowie
"God Gave Me You" by Blake Shelton
"I Got You" by Thompson Square
"Shelter" by Ray LaMontagne

Bridesmaids Toasts done "Bridesmaids" style

Here’s a great example of how a little creativity, humor, and the element of surprise can make for one great toast. Not only did these two bridesmaids have everyone laughing, but it’s one of the few times I’ve seen the audience give a standing ovation for a wedding toast.

Audio clip: Bridesmaids Toast


David & Chelsea - March 3, 2012

The Venue: The Stoneleigh Hotel in Dallas

If you’re looking for a vintage spot for a medium-sized wedding, The Stoneleigh Hotel definitely fits the bill. It has tons of character, especially the 11th floor which includes the Penthouse Suite with a huge rooftop terrace overlooking downtown Dallas. David & Chelsea were not planning a sit-down dinner, so they only used the Grand Salon for their ceremony. (This room is often times used for a formal dinner.) Instead, they had plenty of passed hors d'oeuvres to keep their guests fed.

Since the rest of the 11th floor is pretty spread out, I placed speakers in both the hallway and the bar area (aka The Library), one of them wireless.

Everything was well organized and flowed smoothly thanks Chelsea’s awesome Dallas wedding planner, Kristin Mullen at Events By Kristin! I’ll link back to the photos and video as soon as they are available.

The Music

David, Chelsea, and the bridesmaids spent a great deal of time brainstorming their favorite songs for their reception. Although I usually indicate which songs were on the bride & groom’s playlist (to differentiate from the ones that I picked), I’ll avoid putting asterisks all over the blog post. I’d estimate about 90% of what I played was directly from their list. They knew exactly what they wanted to hear and what would keep their guests dancing. Open dancing started around 8:00 and didn’t end until midnight, and the floor was never empty!

Processional (bridesmaids entrance): Rolling Stones - She’s A Rainbow [1968]
Bridal entrance: Bryan Adams - Heaven (ceremony edit) [1985]
Recessional: Natalie Cole - This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) [1975]

Journey - Lights [1978]
Chicago - Colour My World [1971]
Foreigner - I Don't Want To Live Without You (single version) [1988]
Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street (promo single version) [1978]
Elton John - I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues [1984]
Fleetwood Mac - Hold Me [1982]
Hootie & The Blowfish - Hold My Hand [1995]
Ray LaMontagne - You Are The Best Thing [2008]
INXS - Never Tear Us Apart [1988]
Extreme - More Than Words (Remix) [1991]
Van Morrison - Moondance [1970]
Mr Big - To Be With You (promo single version) [1992]
John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads [1971]

Grand Entrance
Queen - You're My Best Friend [1976]

First Dance
Willie Nelson - Unchained Melody (first dance edit) [1978]

Beatles - In My Life (father-daughter edit) [1966]

Jackson 5 - I'll Be There (mother-son edit) [1970]

Open Dancing
Cat Stevens - Wild World [1971]
Garth Brooks - Shameless [1991]
Abba - Take A Chance On Me (promo single version) [1979]
Four Seasons - December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night) (single version) [1976]
Michael Jackson - Rock With You (single version) [1980]
Elton John - Your Song [1971]
Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (mono) [1965]
Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally (mono) [1966]
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust [1980]
B-52's - Love Shack (single version) [1989]
Kenny Loggins - Footloose (LP version) [1984]
Chubby Checker - Let's Twist Again (mono) [1961]
Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup (mono single version) [1969]
Isley Brothers - Shout (Parts 1 & 2) (w/o false ending) [1959]
George Strait - I Cross My Heart [1992]
Garth Brooks - Friends In Low Places [1990]
Pink - Raise Your Glass (Radio Edit) [2010]
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling (Radio Edit) [2009]
Earth Wind & Fire - September [1979]
Salt-N-Pepa - Push It (Remix) [1987]
Run-DMC - It's Tricky (LP Version) [1987]
MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This [1990]
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean [1983]
Kool & The Gang - Celebration (single version) [1981]
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Pride And Joy [1983]
Journey - Faithfully [1983]
Dixie Chicks - Landslide (Sheryl Crow Remix) [2003]

Cake Cutting
Barry Louis Polisar - All I Want Is You (from "Juno") [1977]

Alicia Keys - No One (first dance edit) [2007]
UB40 - Red Red Wine (LP version) [1988]
Black Eyed Peas - Pump It (Radio Edit) [2006]
Spice Girls - Wannabe (Single Edit) [1997]
Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It (extended) [1995]
Usher f/Lil Jon & Ludacris - Yeah (Radio Mix) [2004]
Kesha - Tik Tok [2010]
Justin Timberlake - Like I Love You [2002]
Madonna - Vogue (Single Version) [1990]
Madonna - Music [2000]
Destiny's Child - Lose My Breath (Radio Edit) [2004]
69 Boyz - Tootsee Roll (Rap Version) [1994]
Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun [1984]
Rolling Stones - Start Me Up [1981]
Journey - Don't Stop Believin' [1981]
Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer [1987]
Terror Squad - Lean Back (Clean) [2004]
Kanye West - Gold Digger (extended intro) [2005]
J-Kwon - Tipsy [2004]
Bob Seger - Old Time Rock & Roll [1978]
Beatles - Twist And Shout (mono) [1964]
Flo Rida f/T-Pain - Low (New Radio Mix) [2008]
Flo Rida - Good Feeling (extended) [2011]
LMFAO - Sexy And I Know It [2011]
Maroon 5 feat Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger (extended) [2011]
Jennifer Lopez feat Pitbull - On The Floor (extended) [2011]
Destiny's Child - Jumpin, Jumpin [2000]
Jay-Z feat Amil & Ja Rule - Can I Get A (Clean Album Version) [1998]
Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise [1995]
Jay-Z - Dirt Off Your Shoulder (Mainstream Version) [2004]
Lou Bega - Mambo No 5 (Radio Edit) [1999]
Wham - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go [1984]
Dexy's Midnight Runners Come On Eileen (promo single version) [1983]
Jennifer Lopez - Jenny From The Block (No Rap Version) [2002]
Ace Of Base - The Sign [1994]
Salt-N-Pepa - Shoop (Single Version) [1993]
Commodores - Brick House [1977]
Ben E King - Stand By Me (mono) [1961]
Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight [1964]
Dolly Parton - 9 To 5 [1981]
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl [1967]
Nelly Furtado feat Timbaland - Promiscuous (Radio Edit) [2006]
Timbaland feat Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake - Give It To Me (Extra Clean) [2007]
Timbaland feat Keri Hilson - The Way I Are (extended) [2007]
50 Cent Candy Shop (Clean) [2005]
Beyonce feat Jay-Z - Crazy In Love [2003]
Jackson 5 - Never Can Say Goodbye (mono) [1971]
Semisonic - Closing Time (Radio Edit) [1998]

Wedding Slideshow Ideas & Tips

Slideshows can add a nice touch to your wedding, and there are several unique ways to present your photos. Keep reading for ideas, tips, and advice to get you started.

Where should I show my slideshow?

On your wedding weekend, there will probably be a few different opportunities to share your favorite photos, such as:
- at the rehearsal dinner
- during the reception cocktail hour (looped)
- during dinner (played once)
- during your special dances

A few side notes: Showing it at the rehearsal dinner is nice; however, keep in mind that many restaurants may not have a screen and projector available (or sound equipment). Also, if you have a lot of pictures to show (more than 25-50), you will probably want to consider letting the slideshow play in the background while people are mingling and having cocktails. I’ll talk about this more later.

What about a slideshow to go with my first dance?

This is a great idea, and it also works for other special dances, too, like a father/daughter dance. What’s nice about these is that you only need 2-3 dozen pictures to accompany your song, and you don’t need to include the music with the slideshow. Your DJ can play the song from his sound system while the slideshow plays, which is much easier than trying to connect the video player to the sound system.

How long should my slideshow be?

Keep it short! If you’ve ever had to sit through a very long slideshow, I’m sure you found yourself getting bored after the first few minutes. As a guideline, try to go no longer than 3-5 minutes to keep people’s attention. If the slideshow will be playing in the background during cocktails or dinner, the length isn’t as important, since you aren’t trying to get everyone to watch it from start to finish.

How many pictures will I need?

On average, you’ll probably want to keep each picture on the screen for about five seconds, which means you can show 12 pictures each minute. Windows Movie Maker, for example, by default will display a photo for five seconds after dragging it onto your video timeline.

How do I create a slideshow?

If you don’t have someone creating it for you, I have posted links to some simple tutorials for both Windows and Mac users on this page.

Get started on yours today!

Slideshows can really add a lot to the enjoyment of your rehearsal dinner or reception, yet often times they are the last thing on the “to do” list. If you keep it simple and short (as you should), creating one shouldn’t be too difficult or time consuming. But don’t leave it until the very end, because I’ve often times seen them get “scrapped.”

Get started by making a folder on your computer labeled “Wedding Slideshow,” and start copying your special pictures into the folder today. In fact, you probably already have a bunch on your hard drive right now. Then when you are ready to put it together, your photos will all be in one place, making it easy and fast to create the perfect slideshow.

Jose & Cassie - October 1, 2011

I really enjoy backyard weddings, so I was excited when I got the call from Cassie’s mom about her daughter’s wedding. I met with them about a month prior to look at the layout. The backyard was beautifully landscaped with a big yard, large stone patio, and a gorgeous in-ground swimming pool.

For the ceremony, there was an area of the yard separated by an iron fence. I set up a smaller sound system (separate from the main system) with a wireless mic for the officiant. The bride’s uncle also hooked up to the system to play the “Bridal Chorus” on his acoustic guitar.

For the reception, they decided to clear out the family room to use as a dance floor, which opened up to the patio via a set of double doors. I had speakers in the family room and on the patio outside, and I sent a wireless signal to the smaller sound system to cover the back of the yard. This allowed the music to be spread out but at a comfortable volume.

The Music

The playlist below is what was actually played with an asterisk* indicating a request. They also had some talented musicians and singers in the family who played a few songs throughout the night.

* from Jose & Cassie’s suggested playlist
** requested by one of their guests

Ceremony Recessional
Michael Franti & Spearhead - Say Hey (I Love You) (ceremony edit) [2009]*

Feist - 1234 (Radio Version) [2007]
Jack Johnson - Flake [2002]
John Mayer - Neon [2002]
Train - Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me) [2001]

Bridesmaids Entrance

Beyonce - Single Ladies [2008]*

Groomsmen Entrance
Johnny Pearson - Heavy Action (Theme from Monday Night Football) [1978]*

Bride & Groom Entrance
Natalie Cole - This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) [1975]

Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat - Lucky [2009]
George Strait - River Of Love [2009]*
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours [2008]
Michael Buble - Haven't Met You Yet [2010]
Garth Brooks - The River [1992]
Colbie Caillat - Bubbly (promo single version) [2007]
Sam Cooke - You Send Me (mono) [1957]**
John Mayer - Say [2008]*
James Taylor - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [1975]
Jack Johnson - Better Together [2005]*
Randy Travis - Forever And Ever, Amen [1987]
Frankie Valli - Can't Take My Eyes Off You (stereo) [1967]
Ray LaMontagne - You Are The Best Thing [2008]
Stevie Nicks & Don Henley - Leather And Lace (single version) [1981]
David Gray - This Years Love (Strings Remix) [2001]
Adele - To Make You Feel My Love [2008]
Frank Sinatra - Summer Wind [1966]
Van Morrison - Moondance [1970]
Dave Matthews Band - You And Me (Radio Edit) [2009]
Ingrid Michaelson - The Way I Am [2007]
Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself (mono) [1965]
Stevie Wonder - You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (single version) [1973]
Blake Shelton - Honey Bee [2011]
Roy Orbision - You Got It [1989]
Michael Jackson Rock With You (single version) [1980]
Train - Marry Me (first dance edit) [2011]*
Tim McGraw with Faith Hill - It's Your Love [1997]

First Dance
Loving You Tonight (live performance by cousin of the bride)

Father/Daughter Dances
Rod Stewart - Have I Told You Lately (custom edit) [1993]*
Mariah Carey - Hero (custom edit) [1993]*

Mother/Son Dance
Richard Clayderman - I Just Called To Say I Love You (custom edit) [2007]*

Open Dancing
George Strait - I Cross My Heart [1992]*
Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music (single version) [1976]*
Michael Jackson - PYT (Pretty Young Thing) [1983]*
Pink - Raise Your Glass [2011]*
George Strait - Amarillo By Morning [1983]*
Ritchie Valens - La Bamba (mono) [1959]*
Gipsy Kings - Bamboleo [1988]*
Africando - Son Fo [2000]*
Benny Goodman - Sing Sing Sing (re-recording)
Cupid - Cupid Shuffle (extended) [2007]**
LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem (Updated Radio Edit) [2011]**
Enur f/Natasja - Calabria 2007 (Radio Edit) [2008]
Black Eyed Peas The Time (Dirty Bit) (Radio) [2011]**
Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger [2011]**
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Is This Love [1978]*
Michael Jackson - Thriller (promo single version) [1984]*
Live performance by bridesmaid: "At Last"
Randy Rogers Band - Steal You Away [2010]**
Gipsy Kings - Moorea [1988]*

Bouquet Toss

Rihanna - Only Girl (In The World) (bouquet version) [2010]*

Garter Removal
Henry Mancini - The Pink Panther Theme [1964]*

Garter Toss
Nelly - Hot In Herre (garter version) [2002]*

Lil' Wayne - Fireman (Radio Edit) [2006]*
Lenny Kravitz - American Woman (Single Version - No Distortion) [1999]*
Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away (Pop Single Edit) [1999]*
Usher f/Lil Jon & Ludacris - Yeah (Radio Mix) [2004]*
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust [1980]
Bee Gees - Night Fever [1978]
Flo Rida - Low (New Radio Mix) [2008]*
Sir Mix-A-Lot - Baby Got Back (extended intro) [1992]**
Los Roland's - La Yuca [1991]*
Kazzabe - Mi Tradicion [1998]*
Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer - Give Me Everything [2011]
LMFAO - Sexy And I Know It [2011]**
Enrique Iglesias Feat. Pitbull - I Like It (With Rap) [2010]*
B-52's - Love Shack (single version) [1989]**
Isley Brothers - Shout (Parts 1 & 2) (stereo LP version) [1959]**

After Party
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (promo single version) [1979]
KC & The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes [1978]
Prince - Kiss (single version) [1986]
Banda Blanca - Sopa de Caracol [1991]**
Journey - Don't Stop Believin' [1981]*
Usher Feat. Pitbull - DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love [2010]*
Britney Spears - I Wanna Go [2011]**
Jimmy Buffett - Margaritaville (single version) [1977]
California Swag District - Teach Me How To Dougie [2010]**
ISA - Moving Like Berney [2011]**
Rej3ctz - Cat Daddy (Clean) [2011]**
New Boyz - You're A Jerk [2009]**
Unk - 2 Step [2007]**
V.I.C. - Wobble (Clean Version) [2008]**

Scott & Amber - September 10, 2011

Since I just started this blog at the beginning of November, I’m still catching up on some prior weddings. Scott & Amber were married on 9/10/11, and they had a beautiful backyard wedding at the groom’s parents’ house. The weather turned out to be perfect for an outdoor reception.

To add some color to the yard, they had me shine some red uplighting in the trees and behind the bartender. If I can get my hands on some pictures, I’ll be sure to post them. It looked really great! I also included a wireless speaker on the other side of the yard, since the area was quite large, and some of the tables were a long distance from the dance floor.

The Music

The following is a list of songs that were actually played at the wedding with a * or ** indicating a request.

* from Scott & Amber’s request list
** requested by one of their guests

Alan Jackson - Gone Country [1994]
Van Morrison - Moondance [1970]
Conway Twitty - I'd Just Love to Lay You Down [1980]
Drifters - Under The Boardwalk (mono single version) [1964]
Elton John - Your Song [1971]
Hootie & The Blowfish - Hold My Hand [1995]
Garth Brooks - To Make You Feel My Love [1998]

Grand Entrance
Scott & Amber have a great sense of humor, and they had some fun with their grand entrance. They surprised everyone by dressing up with oversized sunglasses, a large clown tie, and a big red nose. I think they got the idea after deciding on their entrance music.
Boots Randolph - Yakety Sax (stereo) [1963]

First Dance
George Strait - I Cross My Heart (first dance edit) [1992]*

Father Daughter Dance
Brad Paisley - He Didn't Have To Be (father daughter edit) [1999]*

Stevie Nicks & Don Henley - Leather And Lace (single version) [1981]
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Cold Shot [1984]
Kenny Chesney - Somewhere With You (Single Edit) [2011]
Ray LaMontagne - You Are The Best Thing [2008]
Steely Dan - Hey Nineteen (single version) [1981]
Conway Twitty - Tight Fittin' Jeans [1981]
Eagles - Peaceful Easy Feeling [1973]
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Little Wing [1991]

George Strait - Here For A Good Time [2011]*
George Strait - Amarillo By Morning [1983]*
Etta James - At Last [1961]
Cupid - Cupid Shuffle (extended) [2007]**
Michael Jackson - Beat It (extended) [1983]
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline (stereo) [1969]**
Kenny Loggins - Footloose (single version) [1984]*
Brian Setzer Orchestra - Jump Jive An' Wail [1998]*
Michael Jackson - Thriller (promo single version) [1984]**
Marcia Griffiths - Electric Boogie [1990]**
Usher f/Lil Jon & Ludacris - Yeah (Radio Mix) [2004]*
LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem (Updated Radio Edit) [2011]
Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger [2011]**
69 Boyz - Tootsee Roll (Rap Version) [1994]**
Billy Currington - Good Directions [2007]**
David Allan Coe - You Never Even Called Me By My Name [1975]**
Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody (mono) [1965]
Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel (7'' Re-Mix) [1988]*
Sir Mix-A-Lot - Jump On It (Clean Radio Edit) [1996]**
Foster The People - Pumped Up KIcks (Radio Edit) [2011]**
V.I.C. - Wobble (Clean Version) [2008]**
Nelly - Ride Wit Me (Clean Edit with FX Short) [2001]*
Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World (stereo) [1968]
Frank Sinatra - Summer Wind [1966]**
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Pride And Joy [1983]*
Mr C The Slide Man - Cha Cha Slide (Radio Edit) [2000]**

Bouquet Toss

Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) (bouquet version) [2008]*

Garter Removal/Toss
Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen - Theme From Mission Impossible [1996]*
Stray Cats - Stray Cat Strut [1983]*

Juvenile - Back That Thang Up (Clean Radio Edit) [1999]**
Big Tymers - Still Fly (Radio Edit Clean) [2002]**
Bobby Goldsboro - Watching Scotty Grow [1971]**
Lou Bega - Mambo No 5 (Radio Edit) [1999]**
Cherry Poppin' Daddies - Zoot Suit Riot [1998]*
Snoop Doggy Dogg - Gin And Juice (Radio Version) [1994]**

Last Dance (before sendoff)
Brad Paisley - Then (Single Edit) [2009]*

After Party
Some of the guests wanted to come back and dance some more, and I was happy to continue the music.
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl [1967]
Beatles - I Saw Her Standing There (mono) [1964]
ACDC - You Shook Me All Night Long [1980]
Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women [1969]
Bob Seger - Old Time Rock & Roll [1978]
Earth Wind & Fire - September [1979]
KC & The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes [1978]
Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love (single version) [1986]
Herbie Hancock - Chameleon [1973]**
John Mellencamp - Jack & Diane (promo single version) [1982]
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust [1980]
INXS - Need You Tonight [1988]
Bell Biv Devoe - Poison (7" Version) [1990]
Aretha Franklin - Respect (mono) [1967]
Sister Sledge - We Are Family (single version) [1979]
Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing (promo single version) [1976]
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (promo single version) [1979]
UB40 - Red Red Wine (LP version) [1988]
Brooks & Dunn - Boot Scootin' Boogie [1992]
Garth Brooks - Friends In Low Places [1990]

Great customer service saves the day

I looked at the clock as I finished setting up the sound equipment and taping down the last cables for the lights. It was ten minutes before 6:00, so I had a little time to spare. The wedding guests would be arriving soon, but the bride and groom would still be at least another hour. It was time for me to change into my suit.

Suddenly, I realized one of my backpacks was missing. I thought to myself, “Did I leave it in my truck?”

I ran across the parking lot as the rain poured down. My tennis shoes and the bottom of my jeans sopped up the water as I splashed through puddle after puddle. After arriving at the truck, I was disappointed to find no backpack.

It finally dawned on me that I had left it, along with my dress shoes, at home in McKinney, and I was all the way in Dallas at the Filter Building on White Rock Lake. There was certainly not enough time to go home. Should I put on my suit with my soaking wet tennis shoes and cold, damp socks? Would I have time to go shoe shopping? I decided to give Google Places a try and typed a quick search for “shoes.”

First result, no answer. Probably after hours. Second result, disconnected telephone number. Third result, athletic shoes only.

Time was ticking.

I decided to try one more store, result number four: Famous Footwear. A female clerk answered the phone in a friendly tone, and I quickly told her about my shoe emergency.

“Can you please find me a pair of black dress shoes and socks? I’m at a wedding and left mine at home,” I said.

The lady said to come to the front register when I got there. It was a few minutes after 6:00 by this point, but none of the guests had arrived yet. Would I be able to make it? I thought it was worth a try.

I told the head of catering, Megan with Celebrations, that I was going to run out for some shoes and that I would be back by 6:30 if anyone asked. I made sure the dinner music playlist was loaded up and hit the “auto pilot” button. Still soaking wet from the first trip outside, I ran back through the puddles in the parking lot, hopped in my truck, and drove as quickly as I could to the store.

Fifteen minutes later, I found the store. The clock said 6:20. There was no time to shop around; I needed to get in and get out in a hurry.

The clerk knew right away from my hurried look that I was the guy who needed the dress shoes.

“I grabbed two different pair for you,” she said as she was helping another customer check out. She handed me the two boxes, and I tried on the first pair. They looked good, and they fit!

“Do you happen to have some black dress socks?” I asked.

“Yes, I have those ready for you, too,” the lady kindly said as she smiled and handed me the socks.

“Perfect! Thank you so much! I really appreciate it,” I said while another cashier was ringing up my order and charging my credit card.

She called out good luck as I ran out of the store. Obeying as many traffic laws and speed limit signs as possible, I rushed back to the Filter Building. It was 6:40, and I hurried back inside for a quick change. There was no sign of the bride and groom yet, but about half of the guests were there mingling. I had made it in time, but just barely, and only because I had found a helpful clerk who was willing to help me out in a pinch.

Don’t we wish we could always get this kind of helpful customer service? I’m sure the shoe store clerk wasn’t getting paid a huge hourly wage, and she probably wouldn’t even get a commission from the shoe sale. But she still took the time to help me out, knowing that I had little time to spare upon arriving to the store. That’s what I call a great experience!

One of the things I always strive for is to provide an exceptional customer service experience for my clients. For me, that goes way beyond playing music and setting up lights. It means being quick to respond to voicemails and emails. It means going the extra mile to make the planning process easier for the bride and groom. And in this particular case, it meant buying a new pair of shoes, so that my clients and their guests would have no idea that I had forgotten mine at home.

Chad & Danielle - September 4, 2011

The Venue: Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco

Stonebriar Country Club is one of my favorite places to play in DFW. They have great food, a friendly staff, and a very nice facility. Chad & Danielle moved their reception to Stonebriar from a different venue only about month before their wedding date. The coordinators Susan & Reagan made the transition smooth and easy, and they have always been very professional and accommodating every time I’ve worked with them.

There are two main ballrooms in the clubhouse: The Claredon Room & The Myers Grand Ballroom. The Myers Grand can be seen in my 60 second commercial, and it’s large enough to hold about 250 people. Chad & Danielle’s reception was just small enough to fit in the Claredon Room. I think they had about 125 at the wedding.

The room has an antique look to it with lots of wood and earthy colors. They decided on using a reddish-gold uplighting color, which really complemented the room nicely. The awesome photographs are courtesy of Stacie Tatum Photography.

For sound, I included an extra speaker in the Formal Lounge (just outside the ballroom), so that guests could enjoy background music and cocktails in both areas.

Stonebriar Country Club - Dallas Wedding Uplighting LED Uplighting - Frisco Wedding DJ

The Toasts

This wedding was a great example of having well prepared toasts. You can read some tips and hear the actual toasts in an earlier blog post titled “Great Wedding Toasts: Tips & Examples.

The Music

Chad & Danielle knew their guests were coming to party, and they knew what kind of music would get everyone on the dance floor: classic rock! Their playlist below is what was actually played, where a ** indicates a request.

* from Chad & Danielle’s request list
** requested by one of their guests

Adele - To Make You Feel My Love [2008]
Foreigner - Waiting For A Girl Like You (single version) [1981]
Queen - You're My Best Friend [1976]
Beatles - Do You Want To Know A Secret (mono) [1964]
Zombies - Time Of The Season (stereo) [1969]
Elton John - Tiny Dancer [1972]
INXS - Never Tear Us Apart [1988]
Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels (single version) [1985]
America - You Can Do Magic [1980]
Steely Dan - Reeling In The Years [1973]
Alan Jackson - Love's Got A Hold On You [1992]
Journey - Lights [1978]
Foreigner - I Don't Want To Live Without You (single version) [1988]
Incubus - Drive [2001]
REO Speedwagon - Take It On The Run (single version) [1981]*
Adele - Rolling In The Deep (Radio Edit) [2011]*

Grand Entrance
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling (introduction version) [2009]

First Dance
Stevie Nicks & Don Henley - Leather And Lace (single version) [1981]

Eagles - One Of These Nights (single version) [1975]*
Temptations - My Girl (mono single version) [1965]*
George Strait - Blue Clear Sky [1996]*
Roy Orbision - You Got It [1989]
Fleetwood Mac - Hold Me [1982]
Rolling Stones - Beast Of Burden (promo single version) [1978]*
Heart - These Dreams (single version) [1986]
Led Zeppelin - All My Love [1980]
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge [1992]
Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street (promo single version) [1978]
Alan Jackson - Gone Country [1994]*
Van Morrison - Moondance [1970]
Drifters - Under The Boardwalk (mono single version) [1964]
Elton John - Your Song [1971]

Pink - Raise Your Glass [2010]*

Hootie & The Blowfish - Hold My Hand [1995]
Steely Dan - Hey Nineteen (single version) [1981]

Father/Daughter Dance
Rascal Flatts - My Wish (father/daughter edit) [2006]*

Open Dancing
Journey - Feeling That Way [1978]*
Journey - Anytime [1978]*
Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love (single version) [1986]*
Don Henley - All She Wants To Do Is Dance (single version) [1985]*
The Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women [1969]
Knack - My Sharona (single version) [1979]*
Fixx - One Thing Leads To Another (single version) [1983]*
Rolling Stones - She's So Cold (promo single version) [1980]*
Gerry Rafferty - Right Down The Line (single version) [1978]*
Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody (mono) [1965]*

Anniversary Dance
George Strait - Carried Away [1996]*

Jennifer Lopez Feat. Pitbull - On The Floor [2011]
LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem (Updated Radio Edit) [2011]*
Britney Spears - I Wanna Go [2011]*
Rihanna - Only Girl (In The World) [2010]*
KC & The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes [1978]**
The Cars - Just What I Needed [1978]*
Bob Seger - Old Time Rock & Roll [1978]**
Isley Brothers - Shout (Parts 1 & 2) (stereo LP version) [1959]**
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing (Short Edit) [1985]*
Rick James - Super Freak (Part 1) [1981]**
69 Boyz - Tootsee Roll (Rap Version) [1994]**
Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun [1984]**
Michael Jackson - Rock With You (single version) [1980]**
Michael Jackson - Beat It [1983]**
Bee Gees - Night Fever [1978]*
Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy [1989]*
Rolling Stones - Miss You (single version) [1978]
Journey - Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' (single version - cold ending) [1979]*
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here [1975]*
Eddie Money - Take Me Home Tonight [1986]*
Outfield - Your Love (single version) [1986]*

Last Dance
Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin (stereo single version) [1972]*

Exit Music (rose petal send off)
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way [1977]
ZZ Top - La Grange (mono single version) [1974]*

Great Wedding Toasts: Tips & Examples

Just like great weddings, great wedding speeches don’t happen by accident. They require plenty of planning and preparation. While it’s possible to “wing it” when it comes time for the toast, the speech is likely to be much better with some thought and preparation.

Ask In Advance (Brides & Grooms)
If you are a bride or a groom, be sure you ask your maid of honor, best man, or anyone else who will be speaking, well in advance. This seems like common sense, but I’ve deejayed several weddings where the people who were slated to give a toast only found out earlier that day. Instead, give them at least a week to prepare.

Use Humor Appropriately
You may have seen videos or even attended a wedding in person where a toast was uncomfortable and awkward because of inappropriate jokes. It’s okay to be funny, and personally, I always enjoy speeches that include humor; however, use good taste. Especially avoid talking about past relationships/ex’s, telling embarrassing stories, and using profanity.

Write It Down
There’s nothing wrong with writing out your speech or at least making notes on note cards. If you are the type of person who is generally nervous about giving a speech, you’ll be thankful to have some notes to help guide you through rather than trying to remember everything you want to say. Even if you decide not to use notes, writing it out ahead of time will help you craft a better speech.

Practice In Front Of Someone
Whenever I am about to present something for others to see or hear, I usually try to use my wife as the test audience. I’d much rather hear it from her in private if something isn’t quite ready to be presented than to have awkward moments in front of a large audience. If possible, try to find a friend or family member that you can rehearse in front of. Not only will they be able to let you know if the speech is worthy of giving, but it will help you get more comfortable with giving it in front of people.

Keep It Short
Most wedding toasts are about two minutes long, which in my opinion is a great length. If your plan is to “wing it,” it’s probably best to keep it even shorter and sweeter.

It’s Okay To Pause
I’ve heard a few speeches where the speaker was a little nervous and had lost his place. Rather than taking a moment to gather his thoughts, he decided to keep rambling. Doing so made the speech sound much more awkward than if he had simply taken 3 to 5 seconds to collect his thoughts, find his place, and then continue.

A Few Examples

Take a listen to three sample speeches on the Media page of my site. You will hear some fantastic toasts by the maid of honor, best man, and father of the bride.

Closing Remarks

Keep in mind that there is a good chance someone may capture wedding toasts and speeches for future listening or viewing. For example, I record the toasts for all of my clients as part of their DJ package and send them a copy on CD. That said, you’ll be doing yourself a favor by following some of the tips above, so you can be proud of your speech rather than embarrassed or regretful. Happy toasting!

Jason & Kim - November 11, 2011

If you’re looking for a unique idea to get your guests involved with the music selection process, here’s a tip from Jason & Kim: leave a blank on your RSVP cards for requesting a song. Quite a few of their guests took advantage of it, and I played as many of them as I could fit during the course of the evening.

The full playlist is posted below, including their “Top 11 Most Requested Songs.” (I chose to go with 11 songs because of the 11-11-11 date.) Since Jason & Kim had taken the time to tally up the requests, I decided to open the dancing with their guests’ top song choices.

The Venue: Paradise Cove in Southlake

Paradise Cove is kind of a “hidden” place on the south side of Grapevine Lake in Southlake. In fact, Google Maps didn’t quite get me all the way there. If you’re trying to find it, you need to go past the map marker at the corner of El Camino Ct. & Midway Dr. Just stay on Midway until you see it. On my first trip to visit the venue, I turned around too soon.

They have a neat spot for ceremonies that overlooks the lake, and the staff was very organized and friendly. Tina helped to make sure everything was in place and running smoothly, and Steve is one of the friendliest bartenders you’ll meet!

The Coincidental #11

When I first met with Jason & Kim about their 11-11-11 wedding, they told me about some strange coincidences with the number 11. Not only was it Kim’s favorite number, but it kept popping up throughout the wedding planning process. They booked the venue on 1/11, found “the dress” on 2/11, booked the photographers on 3/11 (the fantastic Sara & Rocky Photography), and booked the officiant and photobooth on 4/11.

As they were telling me about this, I took a quick glance at my calendar to see what the date was. May 14th. Well, even though I didn’t meet with them on the 11th, it still worked out :)

Later on, I found out that there were 11 girls that went out with Kim on her bachelorette party, which was on 9/11. The date I found this out was at our final consultation meeting on 10/11. Strange! It makes me wonder how often these things happen and perhaps we just don’t pay attention to them.

The Music

The following is a list of songs that were actually played at the wedding. I ended up playing mostly requests, as you can tell from the ** next to each song.

* from Jason & Kim’s request list
** requested by one of their guests

Cocktail Hour

You don’t need the DJ to play cocktail music when you’ve hired the incredibly talented harpist Cindy Horstman. I had the pleasure of listening to Cindy play at two different weddings in the past two weeks, and she’s one of the best harpists you’ll find anywhere.

First Dance
Ben Harper - Forever [1994]*

IZ - Over The Rainbow (father-daughter edit) [2004]*

Melissa DuVall - A Mother's Prayer (mother-son edit) [2009]*

Dinner Selections
Elton John - Your Song [1971]**
UB40 - Can't Help Falling In Love (single version) [1993]*
Dusty Springfield - The Look Of Love (soundtrack version) [1967]**
Shania Twain - From This Moment On (The IV Mix) [1998]**
Natalie Cole - This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) [1975]**
Coldplay Viva La Vida (Radio Edit) [2008]**
Caedmon's Call - Table for Two [2000]**
Carpenters - We've Only Just Begun [1970]**
Adele - Lovesong [2011]**
UB40 - Here I Am (Come And Take Me) (Radio Edit) [1991]**
Tim McGraw with Faith Hill - It's Your Love [1997]**
Nat King Cole - Unforgettable [1951]**
Sanctus Real - Lead Me [2010]**
Beatles - Love Me Do (mono) [1964]**
All-4-One - I Can Love You Like That [1995]
UB40 - Red Red Wine (short single version) [1984]

Cake Cutting
Cake - Love You Madly [2002]*

Anniversary Dance
Moonlight & Roses (This was the bride’s grandparents’ wedding song.)

The Top 11 Most Requested Songs (from the RSVP cards)
11. Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (mono) [1965]**
10. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama (promo single version) [1974]**
9. Sublime - What I Got (Kahne Radio Edit) [1996]**
8. Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise [1995]**
7. V.I.C. - Wobble (Clean Version) [2008]**
6. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean [1983]**
5. Flo Rida f/T-Pain - Low (New Radio Mix) [2008]**
4. All-4-One - I Swear (Radio Mix) [1994]**
3. Etta James - At Last [1961]**
2. Sir Mix-A-Lot - Baby Got Back [1992]**
1. B-52’s - Love Shack (single version) [1989]**

Isley Brothers - Shout (Parts 1 & 2) [1959]**
Bob Kames - The Chicken Dance [1981]*
(This is one of those songs that only gets played when the bride & groom specifically ask for it.)
Mase - Feel So Good (Radio Mix) [1997]*
INXS - Need You Tonight [1988]**
Marcia Griffiths - Electric Boogie [1990]**
Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby (Radio Mix) [1990]**
Madonna - Borderline (single version) [1984]**
Cupid - Cupid Shuffle (extended) [2007]**
Britney Spears - Toxic [2004]
69 Boyz - Tootsee Roll (Rap Version) [1994]*
LMFAO - Sexy And I Know It [2011]
LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem (Updated Radio Edit) [2011]

Bouquet Toss
Troggs - Wild Thing (mono) [1966]**

Garter Removal / Toss
Sublime - What I Got (garter version) [1996]*
Guns N' Roses - Welcome To The Jungle [1988]*

George Strait - I Cross My Heart [1992]**
Soulja Boy Tell'em - Crank Dat (Vocal) [2007]**
California Swag District - Teach Me How To Dougie [2010]**
Warren G & Nate Dogg - Regulate (Radio Version) [1994]*
Snoop Doggy Dogg Gin And Juice (Radio Version) [1994]*
Skee-Lo - I Wish (Radio Edit) [1995]**
'N Sync - Bye Bye Bye (Radio Edit) [2000]**
Billy Squier - The Stroke [1981]**
Billy Idol - White Wedding (single version) [1983]**
Knack - My Sharona (single version) [1979]
Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine (357 Edit-Remix) [1988]*
Steve Earle - Copperhead Road [1988]*
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight (single version) [1978]**
Three 6 Mafia f/Young Buck, Eightball & MJG - Stay Fly (Clean) [2005]*
Salt-N-Pepa - Push It (Remix) [1987]**
Run-DMC - It’s Tricky [1987]
Romantics - What I Like About You [1980]**
Rihanna - Rude Boy [2010]**
Britney Spears - 3 [2009]**
Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger [2011]
Enur f/Natasja - Calabria 2007 (Radio Edit) [2008]
George Strait - Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind [1984]**
Destiny's Child - Bootylicious (Radio Edit) [2001]**
DJ Kool - Let Me Clear My Throat (Klassic Kool Original Version) [1997]
House Of Pain - Jump Around (Clean Master Mix) [1992]**
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz f/Ying Yang Twins - Get Low (Radio) [2003]
Pretenders - Message Of Love [1981]**
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (LP version) [1979]
Bob Carlisle - Butterfly Kisses (short edit) [1997]**
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home (Radio Edit) [2010]*
Andrew Gold - Thank You For Being A Friend (single version) [1978]*

Jason & Meredith - September 3, 2011

The Venue: Heard Craig Hall in McKinney

McKinney has some great, historical spots for weddings, and this was the first time I had played at Heard Craig Hall. One of my favorite features is the large white pillars around the room, which looked incredible with uplighting. Austin wedding photographer Geoff Duncan did an outstanding job with the photos!

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Jason & Meredith had originally planned on having their reception outdoors at Chestnut Square, which is also a really neat spot; however, their guest count had gotten larger than they anticipated, and the weather was forecasted to be pretty warm. They still had the ceremony in the chapel at Chestnut Square, but then everyone headed to Heard Craig for the party!

Another unique feature of the hall is the large stage, which is what they usually use for the dance floor. In one of our early meetings, Meredith had reservations about whether people would want to walk up the steps and onto the stage for dancing, and admittedly, I did, too. Thankfully her friends and family were not shy at all, and they had no problem making their way onto the large stage, which is where I set up the speakers and dance floor lighting, as well as a few uplights along the back curtains. The rest of the DJ equipment was set up on the main floor next to the stage.

The Music

Musically, Jason & Meredith asked me to mix in some of their favorite indie pop & rock, along with some mainstream favorites and classics. Below is their wedding playlist, which includes several requests from their guests, too. Please note that this is what was actually played at their wedding.

* from Jason & Meredith’s request list
** requested by one of their guests

Cocktail Hour
Norah Jones - Come Away With Me [2002]
Dave Matthews Band - You And Me (Radio Edit) [2010]
Weepies - Somebody Loved [2003]
Ray LaMontagne - You Are The Best Thing [2008]
David Gray - This Years Love (Strings Remix) [2001]
Goo Goo Dolls - Iris (Edit) [1998]
John Mayer - 3x5 [2003]
Ingrid Michaelson - The Way I Am [2007]
Coldplay - Clocks (Edit) [2003]
Lifehouse - You And Me [2005]
Norah Jones - Don't Know Why [2002]
Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat - Lucky [2009]
Feist - Mushaboom [2009]*
Beatles - All You Need Is Love (mono single version) [1967]
Fisher - L-O-V-E [2002]
Coldplay - Til Kingdom Come [2005]
Cat Power - Sea of Love [2000]*

Grand Entrance
Barry Louis Polisar - All I Want Is You (from “Juno”) [1977]*

Mae - The Ocean [2005]*
Amy Winehouse - Someone to Watch Over [2008]*
Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Follow You Into The Dark [2005]*
Ella Fitzgerald - Blue Skies [1958]*
Passion Pit - Sleepyhead [2010]*
Goo Goo Dolls - Black Balloon (Radio Remix) [1999]*
Black Keys - You’re the One [2006]*
Billie Holiday - Blue Moon [1950]*
Imogen Heap - Can’t Take It In [2006]*
Feist - 1234 (Radio Version) [2007]
Spill Canvas - Valiant [2002]*
Copeland - Priceless [2003]*
Ella Fitzgerald - Tea For Two [1963]*
Mae - Somewhere [2008]*
Iron & Wine - Such Great Heights [2003]*
David Gray - Babylon (Radio Mix) [2000]

First Dance
Beatles - In My Life (first dance edit) [1966]*

Norah Jones - Seven Years (father-daughter edit) [2002]*

Open Dancing Begins
Etta James - At Last [1961]**
Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World [1968]
Mr C The Slide Man - Cha Cha Slide (Radio Edit) [2000]**
Temptations - Ain't Too Proud To Beg (mono) [1966]
Beatles - Twist And Shout (mono) [1964]
Michael Jackson - Thriller (promo single version) [1984]**
Bob Kames - The Chicken Dance [1981]*
(I don’t normally play this song, but there was a special story behind it for Meredith and her parents.)
Frankie Yankovic & His Yanks - Beer Barrel Polka**
George Strait - Amarillo By Morning [1983]
Why Don't We Just Dance - Josh Turner [2009]

Just for Fun
Texas Tech - Fight Raiders, Fight (groom’s school)
The University of Texas Longhorn Band - The Eyes of Texas (bride’s school)
(There were two groom’s cakes: one with the Texas Tech logo and one with the UT logo.)

Cake Cutting
James Taylor - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [1975]*
Average White Band - Cut The Cake (single version) [1975]**

George Strait - I Cross My Heart [1992]
Cupid - Cupid Shuffle (extended) [2007]**
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl [1967]**
LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem (Updated Radio Edit) [2011]
Flo Rida - Low (New Radio Mix) [2008]

Bouquet Toss
Dixie Cups - Chapel Of Love (mono) [1964]*

Garter Toss
Flo Rida - Right Round (Single Version) [2009]*

Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight (single version) [1978]
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (promo single version) [1979]
Tone Loc - Wild Thing [1989]
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling (Radio Edit) [2009]**
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline [1969]**
Randy Travis - Forever And Ever, Amen [1987]
Roy Orbison - Oh, Pretty Woman (mono single version) [1964]
KC & The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes [1978]**
Run-DMC - It’s Tricky [1987]
Taio Cruz - Dynamite [2010]
Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole - Unforgettable [1991]**

Exit Music
Imogen Heap - Goodnight and Go [2005]*