Wedding processional and recessional songs are important! You definitely want to choose a song that fits your personality, or something that speaks to you as a couple. Sure, you could take the easy route and just play "Canon in D" from Pachabell, but that's not you! You're different and want your wedding to be different. That's why you're here, reading this, of course! :)
Last year, we wrote a similar article, 20 great non-traditional wedding processional/recessional songs, which tons of people read, every day! What we noticed was that even the "non-traditional" songs, were starting to become the norm at many weddings. So... we decided to write another article, with different songs for you to consider. Feel free to read both articles and choose a song that works perfectly for your wedding ceremony! If you're looking for Country or Texas Country song ideas, please read our Texas Country Wedding Songs article. Any of those songs are great for the ceremony and definitely for the dance!
A recent survey was done, and participants were asked what they remembered most, from weddings they attended. The majority of participants said they remember the food, music, and basically the key moments and songs: ceremony processional/recessional songs, first dance, bouquet/garter toss, and the last song of the night. I guess they weren't paying attention to ALL of the other details, or were probably on their phones. :) That being said, at least they'll remember the important moments, and your ceremony is by far one of the most important moments of your wedding day, of course! So here is our updated list of songs for you to consider. Some of the songs may be similar, as they're great wedding songs, of course, but we don't play or hear them as much as others. If you don't know the song, just click the link to listen to it.
1. "You're the One That I Want" - Angus & Julia Stone (Yes, this is the song from Grease, but it's an awesome cover)
2. "God Only Knows" - The Beach Boys (a classic, and great wedding song)
3. "Here Comes the Sun" - The Beatles (always a great song for anytime during the wedding)
4. "Forever" - Ben Harper
5. "The Luckiest" - Ben Folds
6. "Lost in the Moment" Big & Rich
7. "La Vie En Rose" - Cristin Milioti (This is a great cover and actually from a "How I Met Your Mother episode, believe it or not)
8. "From the Ground Up" - Dan + Shay
9. "For My Wedding" - Don Henley
10. "Perfect Symphony" - Ed Sheeran & Andrea Bocelli Yes, this is "Perfect," from Ed Sheeran, but it's very different. We saw Andrea Bocelli, live, and wow, he was amazing!
11. "Without You" - Eddie Vedder (for the Alternative Rock lovers, here's a great song from one of the best Alt Rock singers)
12. "Songbird" - Fleetwood Mac (Just a great song for any time)
13. "To Make You Feel My Love" - Garth Brooks (Adele's version is very popular for weddings, so you can be different and play Garth's version)
14. "Can't Help Falling in Love" - Haley Reinhart (This is popular, and when you hear it, you'll know why)
15. "Stand By Me" - Ben E. King (This song is a classic and yes, it was even played at the Royal wedding).
So there you have it, some different, non-traditional wedding processional/recessional songs. You can use these for the first dance, candle or sand ceremony, or any moment, since they're all great songs, that are not over-played. If you want to take it a step further, you can even just get the instrumental remakes of any of these songs, too! Happy planning and congratulations!
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As you know, we do our best to help everyone plan their wedding efficiently. Every blog we write is done from our experience in the wedding industry. However, even though Diana and I are both planners and have been a part of numerous weddings & events, over the years, we still have one regret from our wedding day. Though we planned everything on our own, created the timeline, had the vendors setup and deliver everything at a good time, we made one mistake on our timeline.
We had the time of our lives on our special day, but if we could do it all over again, we'd change one thing: we would plan enough time for us to go around, during dinner, to personally thank everyone for coming to the wedding. This is a small, but often overlooked detail. We added extra time, but did not count on our pictures taking as long as they did, which meant we had less time for dinner, and we wanted to keep things moving, so we started the dance on time. We did not want to have a wedding longer than 5.5 hours, and overall, we stuck to that.
We had about 150 guests at our wedding and at your wedding, the clock keeps ticking. We knew we had a timeline to stick to, and because our pictures ran late, our timeline was completely thrown off. We spent months planning and believe it or not, your wedding day goes by so quickly! So don't make the same mistake we did. Add additional time during dinner or cocktail hour, to allow for you and your new husband/wife to go around and chat with everyone, thank them for coming, etc. Even if it's just an extra 15 minutes. This is one of the very few moments in life where everyone you care about will be together with you, in the same room. Take the time to visit with them and personally thank them, catch up, etc.
This is one of the most meaningful moments of the wedding, and many couples forget to allow time for this. So add the extra time; you'll be glad you did. Sure, you can send thank you notes, write a post on your social media, or do as we did, and thank them during the toasts/speeches. Sure, this was a way to thank everyone, but it wasn't as personal. So don't make the same mistake we did, and build in more time to say thank you to your family and friends!
- Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths Team
Choosing the perfect first dance song for your wedding can be overwhelming. There are literally millions of songs to choose from, and so many artists have done an amazing job at creating the perfect song for this moment. Additionally, you have to think about playing the perfect music to make everyone happy! Fortunately, we're here to help. We provide DJs and photo booths for weddings and events, all year, throughout the Austin and central Texas area, so we will use our experience to help you. We see trends in music selections, particularly with wedding key moments, such as the first dance, father/daughter dance, mother/son, etc.
Let me preface this list by saying that this list is based on the common songs we play at weddings in our Austin/central Texas area. Songs may vary in different parts of the U.S., of course. So here are the top 10 songs that we've played for wedding first dances throughout 2018, and the most requested first dance songs for 2019 weddings. Just click the link to hear them. :)
There are thousands more perfect songs for your wedding, of course. The above songs are the ones we most often play in our Austin and central Texas area. We hope this list has been helpful! Check out our online music library, for more great key moment song ideas!
Average Wedding Cost Austin, TX
We wrote this article, two years ago, in July of 2016, and many people sent us feedback about it being very helpful. We write our blog and tips to help everyone planning a wedding. No, we're not trying to simply sell our business or services, like many other companies. We want to help as many brides and grooms as possible by providing great information! :) So let's get to the breakdown of the costs for a wedding in Austin and central Texas.
So there's good news and bad news. I'll start with the bad news, since I like to end on a good note! :) It's not bad news, but basically it's still pretty expensive to get married in the Austin/central Texas area. However, the GREAT news is, the average cost for a wedding has gone down by about $7000, since 2016!! In 2016, the average cost for a wedding in Austin was over $37,000. As you can see from the infographic above, it's now just under $30,000 ($29,780). So this is great news for you!
Factors That Affect Your Wedding Cost
If you're currently planning to have a wedding in the Austin or central Texas area, then you have already realized that the expenses can add up, fast! Chances are, you're using the internet to do your research, and you should certainly start by doing just that. We included the above infographic to show you the average cost of a wedding in Austin, Texas. The cost of your wedding can really vary, depending on your needs, wedding venue location, catering, and most importantly, your total guest count. The more guests you have, the more you'll spend. Now let's break down the costs even further.
Average Cost for Wedding Venue Austin, TX
The largest cost of your wedding is going to be the venue. After deciding on a date, the next thing you should consider is your location. As you can see in the infographic, the average wedding venue cost in the downtown Austin, Texas area is about $3600. Keep in mind, this information is what couples reported and not what wedding vendors reported. From our experience and knowledge, the downtown wedding venues are priced higher than this, especially during peak wedding season, which is early spring and fall in Austin. These rates may be for the off-peak season.
Wedding Venue Location Impacts Total Cost
Another consideration about your wedding venue is the scenery. If you want your wedding overlooking Lake Travis or Ladybird Lake, in Austin, it's going to be more expensive (but you already knew that). :) The above picture shows you the cost difference, compared to a wedding venue in downtown Austin, TX.
Wedding Cost Dripping Springs, TX
If you didn't already know, Dripping Springs, Texas, is a very popular destination wedding spot! It's often called the "wedding capital of Texas." As you can see, above, having a wedding in Dripping Springs is as expensive as having a wedding on the lake, in Austin. Depending on the venue you choose, having your wedding here can be more expensive than having it in Austin. The appeal of a Texas hill country wedding is very understandable and though Dripping Springs is much smaller than Austin, it's not too far away (about a 30 minute drive) from Austin, and more and more businesses are popping up to cater to the wedding market, there!
Since your wedding venue is a major factor in the overall cost of your wedding, we included quite a bit of info about it. Now, let's move onto our area of expertise, which is wedding entertainment.
Average Wedding Entertainment Cost Austin, TX
Now let's discuss our area of expertise. As you may have already noticed, the price for wedding entertainment can really vary, depending upon your wedding location. In general, bands are more expensive than DJs. However, some DJs/DJ companies can charge just as much as bands. Our advice is simple: do your research. Check out reputable sites, such as The Knot, Wedding Wire, Google and even Facebook, for reviews and to see what actual customers are saying about the DJ or band, and their quality of work. The good thing about the wedding sites is that you can easily compare companies, side-by-side; however, that can also be a problem. This is because if you compare these companies, many of them sound exactly the same. So how do you know who is best for your event? Here's our advice.
1. Determine a Budget - How much are you comfortable spending for entertainment? Will you spend it all on a DJ, or are you wanting a DJ and photo booth? Choose what's best for you and your guests. Consider that not everyone likes to dance or is even able to dance.
2. What's Included - Start comparing what is actually offered with the price you're paying. This is where the true differences are. Some DJs start with a great price, but it only includes a limited amount of hours, like 3 hours. They do this, knowing you'll certainly have to purchase more time. Don't fall for it! Do they include everything you'll need? Some companies will not include a microphone, or even "MC" services. Surprisingly, you'll have to pay more for those things with some companies.
3. Ceremony Music - If you need the DJ for the ceremony, find out if they will provide ceremony services, and how much it will cost. Many companies will charge several hundreds more dollars for this, so find out what's included with the ceremony addition.
4. Custom Playlist - Find out if you're able to choose songs for your wedding. Are you limited to what they offer you, or can you choose other songs? We've seen some companies limit their clients to their library and even seen others charge $1.00 for each song that the couple specifically wants played. That can add up, so definitely ask about a playlist. Some DJ companies even only play specific genres, so be sure to find out.
5. Lighting - Find out if the DJ company will include dance floor lighting. Surprisingly, many companies don't include dance floor lighting. They'll charge you more to add it. Many venues can be very dark at night, so lighting is usually a must! Uplighting is a great addition for any venue, as it provides lighting and can usually be set to match your theme and decor.
6. Other Options - Always ask about other options. Do they offer uplighting? A monogram? Photo booth? Projector? Games? You can often save money by getting all of your options from one vendor, as opposed to hiring several vendors. We recently did an event that hired an outside company for the sound system. For some reason, they were unclear that we already included this with our services, despite us telling them. That company charged thousands more, and honestly, their sound system was terrible in comparison to ours.
Overall, there are numerous things to consider when hiring a DJ or band for your wedding in Austin, Central Texas, or anywhere! This is a great starting point, but certainly do your research and ask as many questions as you need to, to be sure you're hiring the best company for your needs. Here's a link to a great website that will allow you to find out the average cost of a wedding in your area by simply typing in your zip code! Here's the link to the average cost of wedding in Austin, Texas.
Check out the average prices and compare to determine your budget. If you're having a wedding in a different city/zip code, simply change the zip code. We hope this article has been helpful. As always, feel free to email us with any questions and we'll be happy to help!
- Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths Team
As veterans in the wedding business, we've provided DJs and photo booths for hundreds of weddings, quinceaneras, parties, and events, in Austin and Central Texas. Every event we do has a general timeline that we try to follow, but we noticed that most of the time, the timeline gets off track, for various reasons. When you save time, you also save money, since you won't need your vendors as long! Here are 7, great, time-saving tips to help you stay on track and save time, on your big day!
1. Take Pictures Early - Usually, after the ceremony, cocktail hour begins, and couples will take pictures with their bridal party and families. A great way to save time is to have your bridal party and immediate family show up early to the wedding, and take lots of great pictures before the ceremony, early during the day! You won't be rushed and can take as many photos as time allows. You can still take some pictures immediately after the ceremony, but you won't need to take as many pictures, which saves valuable time!
2. Plan a Faster Plated Dinner Set-up - We often see weddings get off track during dinner, since people eat at different paces. If you're having a smaller wedding, with less than 75 people, dinner should take an hour or so. If it's more than 75, plan for longer. For plated dinners, have the staff put out all the salads and drinks, as early as possible. If dinner starts at 6 PM, have the staff put out the salads and drinks at 5:50 PM, so when dinner officially starts, it will start right on time, and there's no waiting for plates to be served.
3. Save Time in the Buffet Line - With any wedding, saving time is always a great thing. Whether you have 50 guests or 250, saving time at dinner is a must! We've seen some wedding dinners take 3 hours, due to poor planning. A great way to save time is to have two buffet lines. Even if there is only one area for food, a line on both sides will help people get their food, faster! Ideally, have your vendors have two different set ups, so your guests can have 2-4 separate lines. This saves a lot of time!
4. Cake Cutting - Many people schedule cake cutting halfway through the night, and though this is fine, you have to stop everything, turn on the lights, and completely change the mood. If everyone is dancing, this means you'll have to stop the party! We recommend doing cake cutting towards the end of dinner. This gives your guests some dessert, and also saves time. Often times, the cake cutting takes 10 minutes, to get all the pictures, etc. Then, many couples will want the cake cut and served to everyone, which is understandable. See the next tip to save time with cake cutting.
5. Designate a Cake Cutter - After the first slice of cake has been cut by the couple, save some time by designated a staff member or family member/friend, to cut the rest of the cake. Often times couples will take the time to cut the entire cake, which wastes a lot of time, since people usually will form a line to get cake. This can take 30 minutes, or more of precious time. Simply have the DJ announce that the cake will be cut and we'll announce when it's ready. Right after the couple cuts the cake, move on to the toast/speeches.
6. Toasts/Speeches - Toasts and speeches are a must, for any wedding! We've found that the best time to do these, is during dinner, right after the cake cutting. Many people wait until later in the night, but it's best to do earlier, since all your guests are there. During dinner, you'll have your audience captive and sitting down, and you won't have to find anyone who may be somewhere else, try to ask people to stop dancing, turn on the lights, etc. Do your toasts and speeches right after the cake cutting. Be sure your vendors or family/friends are serving the champagne or drinks, as cake is being cut. While the cake is being cut, the toasts are happening, and once the speeches are done, the cake is usually ready, which saves a lot of time!
7. Bouquet/Garter Toss - This last tip can save a lot of time, too! Often times, couples will wait until halfway through the night or later, to do the bouquet and garter tosses. We recommend doing these right after dinner, or within the first hour of the dance. This way, everyone is there to witness these and you'll have more people participating! Both of these should take about 5 minutes, each. The DJ will have to call everyone to the dance floor, and ideally, after dinner, everyone is right there, so no time trying to find everyone!
An important thing to keep in mind is that many older family members will leave shortly after the dance begins, depending on where they drove from, what time the ceremony started, and how long they've been there. It happens at every wedding, especially the weddings where there is a large gap in time from the ceremony to the reception. Keep this in mind when planning your wedding. This is also a great reason why we recommend all of the above tips. These key moments are important in every wedding, so getting these done early, will ensure all your guests will be there to share your moments!
As always, please contact us if you have any additional questions, and we'll be happy to help!
-Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths
Whether you know it or not, your wedding is likely the biggest, most expensive party you'll ever throw. When it comes to weddings, music is definitely one of the most important details. Great music is a must, for a fun, memorable night. That's why it's important that you not only choose a great wedding DJ or band, but it's important to choose great music, too!
Whether you're looking for your ceremony songs, the perfect first dance song, wedding party entrance songs, wedding exit or send-off songs, cake-cutting songs, or just new reception songs for your 2018/2019 wedding, we've got you covered. We're here to help make planning your wedding music less stressful!
Whether you're booking a wedding DJ, live musicians or a band, the music selections are very important. By the way, we know some amazing Austin wedding DJs, if you need a DJ! :) Great music makes the celebration fun! On the other hand, bad music can change the mood, too. With that being said, here are a few tips to help you pick great music for your wedding or event!
1. Remember to Include Everyone
You and your fiancee may have unique taste in music and you may both love to listen to great songs and artists that no one else knows, yet. Or maybe you LOVE some classic Radiohead (great band), but be sure to remember that your guests may not have the exact same taste in music. Try to include some genres for all your guests, from ages 5 - 95! You don't have to, of course, but it's a good idea to, so that everyone gets to hear music and dance, even if it's just for a little while. You want to look back and remember your parents, grandparents, friends and family all having fun! Your photographer and videographer will capture those great moments for your lifetime memories!
2. Blend Your Tastes, Too
Even though you want to be sure to include music for everyone, be sure to include your favorite must-play songs and artists, too! If you love music that perhaps isn't danceable, then you could always play those great songs during dinner, the prelude (when guests are arriving), or cocktail hour, too. This is your big day, so be sure your celebration includes your personalities and tastes!
3. Do You Research
Stuck on what songs to play? Maybe you KNOW your mom and dad love 70s & 80s music, but you don't quite remember what songs they really love. Just ask them! You can always send out an email, or add something to your Facebook invite or wedding website, that says: "What are 2 songs that will make you get up and dance?" Then, when you get the responses, you can filter through them and send them to your DJ or band, to include in the set list (DJs will be able to do this, easier, of course, but bands can at least know what style to play).
4. Use ABDJs' Online Library
Whether you're our client or not, we're still here to help you. If you're stuck trying to figure out what songs to play for genres you don't really listen to, and you've already asked your guests for suggestions, with limited success, you're not stuck. If you listen to only one genre of music, and not familiar with others, visit the Billboard Top 100 Hits for new song ideas and top genre hits, too.
We've already seen a few trends for key moment songs, too. "Perfect," by Ed Sheeran, is one of the top First Dance songs, for 2018, for many couples. It's great song and perfectly fits the occasion! We've also seen that Elton John songs are making a come back for key moments, cocktail hour, and dinner. It's hard to beat the Elton John classics. They're perfect for weddings!
If you need ideas for other genres, or even song suggestions for wedding key moments, like the first dance, parent dances, etc., check out our online library. Simply visit our online music library page and click on the "popular lists" tab, for plenty of helpful song suggestions.
If you still have questions, feel free to contact us and we'll be glad to help!
- Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths Team
People remember two main things from a wedding: the music and the food. You have total control over both. When you're planning your wedding music, we know you want your wedding to be different from the rest. Talk to your DJ or band about what songs you'd like to hear for cocktail hour, dinner and the dance. If you don't want to be too specific, at least tell them what songs you want for your first dance and other key moments.
We're seeing acoustic songs trending this year. There are tons of great acoustic versions of your favorite songs that are perfect for your wedding. Rather than you having to search the internet and numerous websites, we thought we'd make it easier and give you the top 10 most requested acoustic weddings songs for 2018. Some of these are good for cocktail hour, dinner, the dance, or even the first dance. If you want to hear the song, simply click on the link!
1. "XO" - John Mayer"Better Together" - Us the Duo (Jack Johnson Cover) Though we love Jack Johnson's version, this one is a great version, too!
2. "We Found Love" - Boyce Avenue - It's hard to beat Rihanna's version, but this is a good version!
3. "Latch" Sam Smith Acoustic version
4. "All of Me" Boyce Avenue - Okay, so this is the second Boyce song, but he does a great job with this wedding favorite! :)
5. "Can't Help Falling in Love" - Haley Reinhart
6. "Crazy in Love" - Daniela Andrade (Beyonce cover)
7. "Love Song" - Adele (The Cure Cover) Adele does a great job with this cover of a classic song!
8. "Fade into You" - Ben Harper (Mazzy Star cover)
9. "Let's Stay Together" - Obadiah Parker
10. "Grow Old With You" - Adam Sandler - though this is a short song, it's still perfect for weddings! We've played it for couple introductions, cake cutting, and the first dance, too.
These are a few examples of some great acoustic songs we play at many weddings and events. Of course there are plenty of other great songs. Feel free to ask us for more examples.
- Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths
When it comes to weddings, we know a thing or two about them! :) We are a part of weddings and events, every weekend, all year long in the Austin/central Texas area! Yes, there are that many weddings in this area. Dripping Springs did not get the nickname "wedding capital of Texas" by coincidence! There are approximately 3,500 weddings per year in the Texas hill country area! That's quite a bit! That being said, with nearly every wedding, comes great music.
Many people don't know where to start, when it comes to planning the music. Some couples know what they love, but they are aware that not everyone has the exact same taste as they do, when it comes to music. What they may love, someone else may hate. So, we're here to help you choose your wedding reception music. Here are a few easy steps to help you have a fun, memorable wedding reception!
These are just a few helpful tips to help you plan a great wedding reception. Be sure to check out the rest of our blog, for lots of great wedding planning tips, including numerous ceremony music and reception music tips! Happy planning!
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We've taken our decades of experience and compiled it into a few helpful articles, to help you plan your wedding or event!