Music Recommendations

Grand Entrance Favorites (Fall 2017)


On your wedding day, make it an entrance to remember with our new Wedding Grand Entrance Favorites for Fall 2017, featuring songs that are sure to get the party started and set the tone for a perfect reception! #WeddingTipWednesday

Everyone loves making an entrance to the party, especially when you're the guests of honor! As bride and groom, it's important to make the grand entrance into the reception one to remember because all eyes will be on you and your bridal party as you set the tone for the party that's to come! 

Whether you plan on introducing family members and all of your bridesmaids and groomsmen, or you just want to have a special moment being introduced as newlyweds for the first time, here are some current favorites that are sure to get everyone out of their seats and ready to celebrate! 


1. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still

2. Macklemore - Glorious (Feat. Skylar Grey)

3. J Balvin, Willy William - Mi Gente

4. The Chainsmokers, Coldplay - Something Just Like This 

5. Calvin Harris - Feels (Feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean)

6. Kungs, Cookin' On 3 Burners - This Girl (Kungs Vs. Cookin' On 3 Burners)

7. Bruno Mars - 24K Magic

8. Justin Timberlake - CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!

9. American Authors - Best Day Of My Life

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First Dance Favorites (Fall 2017)


The first dance is one of the most special wedding day moments! For newlyweds, it's the first dance together as a married couple in front of your closest family and friends, and while there are countless love songs to choose from, most couples look for one that holds a special meaning to them. 

Narrowing down music choices for these big moments such as the first dance shouldn't be stressful, which is why Downbeat LA loves helping couples find their perfect song! For a more modern approach, here are some brand new First Dance favorites for Fall 2017:

1. ZAYN, Sia - Dusk 'Til Dawn

2. Miley Cyrus - I Would Die For You

3. Devin Dawson - All On Me (Acoustic)

4. John Mayer - You're Gonna Live Forever In Me

5. Zara Larsson - I Can't Fall In Love Without You

6. Lauv - I Like Me Better

7. Tom Walker - Just You and I

8. Ed Sheeran - Perfect

9. LEON - I Believe in Us

10. Isaiah - Streets of Gold

11. The Big Moon - Cupid (Acoustic)

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Wedding Reception Must-Have Music Moments

Downbeat LA has years of experience providing its wedding clients with unforgettable celebrations filled with great music and entertainment. While we strive to create custom playlists and unique selections of songs special to each and every couple we work with, there are five must-have music moments that every wedding needs: 

GRAND ENTRANCE: Keep it upbeat to get everyone ready and excited for the celebration!

(Can't Hold Us by Macklemore, covered by Soultones)

FIRST DANCE: Find something romantic and meaningful to you as a couple. 

(At Last by Etta James covered by The A-List)

DINNER MUSIC: Guests will want to enjoy great meals and conversation, keep it soft and light. 

(Baby by Justin Bieber, covered by TruBlu)

DANCE MUSIC: Make sure your band or DJ can keep the party going with upbeat favorites. 

 (Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars, covered by AMFM)

LAST SONG: Whether it's a slow sing-along or a party hit, make it unforgettable!  

(Rather Be by Clean Bandit, covered by Gold Standard)

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Music Ideas for Wedding Cocktail Hours and Dinners

Music is a very important aspect of any wedding or special event, and a great live band can be the difference between an average wedding and one that you'll never forget! While planning dance music for the reception is key, it's important not to overlook how music will also set the tone during cocktail hour and dinner. 

Downbeat LA cocktail hour/acoustic pictures work here! With different ensembles (i.e. horns, keys, guitar w/ cajon etc. )

Downbeat LA cocktail hour/acoustic pictures work here! With different ensembles (i.e. horns, keys, guitar w/ cajon etc. )

We've put together a list of music options to consider as you and your guests transition into reception mode and enjoy cocktail hour/dinner:

1. Piano Player: Does your venue have a grand piano? Consider hiring someone to tickle the ivories as guests enjoy cocktails and appetizers.

2. Classical Guitarist: A continuous light, beautiful guitar melody can provide the perfect background to any cocktail hour or seated dinner. 

3. Acoustic Trio: A vocalist, acoustic guitar and some light percussion can create a fun atmosphere and have guests tapping their feet and humming along to their favorite songs. 

4. String Quartet: While strings often provide perfect ceremony music, it's a great option to add an elegant and romantic feel leading into the reception.

TIP: If you're going to have a live band for the reception, it doesn't hurt to ask if their players are available for these parts of the day or evening!


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Modern Songs for Parent Dances (Spring 2017)

Parent dances are a very special part of any wedding reception. Whether you choose to do them separately or dance during one joint song, it's important to pick music that is meaningful to you and your families. 

If you're looking for a more modern take on the traditional Mother/Son and Father/Daughter dances, Downbeat LA has the Top 5 Modern Songs for Parent Dances:


1. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Home

2. Taylor Swift - The Best Day

3. One Republic - I Lived

4. Ray Lamontagne - You Are The Best Thing

5. Kanye West - Only One

Grand Entrance Songs (Spring 2017)

You've successfully made it through your wedding ceremony and now it's time to party! All of your closest family and friends have gathered to be a part of the big day, and there's no better way to kick things off than planning a fun grand entrance into your reception. 

Whether you choose to include parents, bridal party or others, music choice matters! You want something upbeat and exciting that lets everyone know the celebrations have begun. We've put together our Top 5 Grand Entrance Songs of the season, check them out below: 


Modern Processional Songs (Spring 2017)

Weddings are typically full of traditions to be celebrated and honored. The bridal party's ceremony entrance is usually accompanied musically by Pachelbel's "Canon in D", while the bride enters to Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" (otherwise known as "Here Comes The Bride"). 

For a less traditional take on the processional, we've compiled the Top 5 Modern Processional Songs to make more of a statement during this important moment:

First Dance Songs (Spring 2017)

Music is a big part of any wedding celebration, and an important moment to plan for is the first dance as husband and wife. Everyone's personal tastes vary are trends are ever-changing, so we've rounded up the Top 5 New Songs in 2017 that will stand the test of time and make for the perfect first dance moment!

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