The big challenge for David + Christine at their wedding? Ensuring their 150 guests had so much fun that they forgot the Savannah summer heat. It took their super cute love story, a Chinese tea ceremony, and a few boozy popsicles, but we can tell from all The Happy Bloom‘s photos that not one guest was thinking about the weather.Read More
When a wedding ends with an epic dance party, you always hear about it. We’ve heard our share of stories and even attended a few such bashes ourselves. But did you know there’s a method to the madness? Our A-list member Queue DJ has it down, and not only is this big news for all you looking for a fab DJ from Los Angeles—they’re officially here after years serving the east coast—but they’re offering up their tips and secrets (best wedding songs, anyone?) for a wedding full of can’t-forget music.
They’re known for their clean, modern aesthetic and laid back approach to weddings + special events. They’ve booked countless venues from NY to Tokyo and their music style spans genres, eras, and a crazy range of tunes. Plus, to them the visual aspect of the setup is just as important. Unlike others, their DJ equipment will actually enhance your venue and décor, not detract (that’s a major win in our book).
And Queue DJ’s top 5 songs to get wedding guests to hit the dance floor are…
1. Love On Top – Beyonce
2. One More Time – Daft Punk
3. You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall & Oates
4. Hey Ya – Outkast
5. I Just Can’t Wait To Be King from The Lion King
They also shared 5 more incredibly helpful tips on packing the floor at your wedding. Better bookmark, because you won’t find this info in any playlist!
1. Take a Walk Down Memory Lane – Nothing celebrates a relationship more than digging up your shared and seemingly ancient musical history. Your wedding will be full of people who have known you forever, so remember all of the times you turned to someone and said, “This is our song!” It still will be.
2. The Secret Life of Cocktail Hour – Most people believe that cocktail hour is for stashing away a bottle of good gin while the bartender is off fetching more ice. They are half right. The atmosphere you create and music you choose for this time is equally important. Ideal cocktail hour music engages people and increases in energy over time. You want people to feel the music and feel like dancing long before they think it’s socially acceptable. A steady head bop, discreet shuffle, or classy smirk and snap should always accompany the cocktail hour buzz.
3. Take the Goods and Run – When planning a reception, it is tempting to space everything out over the course of the night. Don’t do that. Try to put any special moments, such as the first dance, toasts, etc., toward the beginning. Special moments become special pictures, and it’s worth taking these while everyone, including yourself, looks as dapper as they did when they first walked in. Once you’ve got these pics in the bag, so to speak, you’re all free to be your crazy, wild selves the rest of the night.
4. Turn Down For What – There should be a clear transition from formal wedding reception to dance party. This helps guests know they can go ahead and get funky and they will not be stepping in the way of any upcoming emotional toasts. It’s best facilitated by playing an exciting song and turning the volume up, with some pre-appointed dancers and party-starters ready to rush the floor. Dimming the lights changes the mood drastically and makes people more comfortable if they’re reluctant dancers. Once this happens, don’t go back. (Note: Don’t put your grandparents’ table directly next to the speakers.)
5. A Happy Ending – Nobody likes it when they feel like their party’s been cut short. So make sure you plan time for guests to unwind at the tail end of the night. Slower songs and songs that have great verses to sing are good choices for helping people down from the clouds.
When a designer cites Almost Famous as one of the inspirations behind a wedding shoot, you obviously can’t look away. Ivory + Beau, the team behind the styling, attire, and florals shown in the shots by Apt B Photo, wanted to go a little retro at an airplane hangar to inspire vintage brides. Not only was the result super fun, but the soft textures and charming color palette gave everything a romantic vibe appropriate for an intimate affair.
Are you all prepared for the sweetest thing you’ll see all day? From Megan Welker‘s captures to all the littles of the wedding party looking dapper and cute to the video at the end, Amberlee and Aaron’s family-oriented vineyard wedding radiates joy. And who doesn’t want to spend their morning with a smile on their face? Not to mention they planned it all in four months with the help of Beijos Events + a fab team of vendors. Mega score.
Planning an event in September has the potential to leave you with a little bit of an identity crisis. You want to jump right into deep fall tones like in our plum fantasy colorboard yet you’re not quite ready to say farewell to summer. But actually this is a super fun time for festivities, whether it’s the best day of all, your wedding day, or a simple soiree to welcome fall. With these hues, we were inspired by a bit of everything: romantic violet, dreamy pewter, even the peony and vanilla colors we saw all spring and summer. As you can see in the images, the best way to show off such sultry tones? A little glitz and glamour of course!
What colors are inspiring you as of late?
The gals at The Darling Event love everything rose colored this year, from metals to quartz to even food. After seeing how they combined it all in these shots by Natalie Jayne Photography, like the bar cart and vases peeking through in the photos above, what can we say? Rose gold is a tough metallic to beat!