Pretty Party-tastic Playlists

by Jenny Bryde 10. May 2015 15:20

Stomp your feet, tap your toes, get your swagger on, or do-see-do.  However you say it, folks love a good playlist.  Have you entered analysis paralysis yet when trying to decide on wedding music?  Don't know where to start?  Today I stumbled upon some really great playlists that appeal to the masses and have enough choices to make your selection unique.  Check them out!  (Click on the image to go to the playlist.)


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Top Wedding Songs for Spring 2015

by Jenny Bryde 14. March 2015 16:49

Ask fifty people what their favorite songs are, and youll get fifty different responses.  The varied taste also applies toward wedding songs.  Check out these top pick lists for 2015 from a variety of sources.  Making a playlist can be daunting, so hopefully these sources will get your started (and your feet tapping!).



Most Popular Dance Songs

Top 100 Songs for a Reception

Top First Dance Songs

Modern Wedding Song Cover Classics





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Top Wedding Song Suggestions

by Jenny Bryde 30. June 2014 02:13

Happy Monday everyone!  It's officially Music Monday around here, and to get us going, I found a list of a DJ's top 100 wedding songs.  There is a huge mix of old and new in here, so hopefully this gives you some great ideas for what kinds of tunes you'd like to play on your big day!  Call me a ham, but here are my personal faves - The Luckiest by Ben Folds, and Everything I Do by Brian Adams.  Check the list out for yourself!


My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
Everything I Do (I Do It For You) – Brian Adams
How Do I Live – Leanne Rimes
How Sweet It Is – James Taylor
I Could Not Ask For More – Sarah Evans
I Do It For You (Everything I Do) – Bryan Adams
After All is Said and Done – Beyonce
After All – Peter Cetera & Cher
I Have and I Always Will – Dave Barnes
I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
At Last – Etta James
Because Of You – Tony Bennett / Connie Francis
Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
Something About The Way You Look Tonight – Elton John
Somewhere Out There – Linda Ronstadt
Almost Paradise – Mike Reno & Ann Wilson
Always – Atlantic Starr
Spanish Eyes – Engelbert Humperdink
Lean On Me – Bill Withers
Let It Be – Beatles
Let It Be Me – Everly Brothers
Stand By Me – Ben E King
Stay With Your – John Legend
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Breathe – Faith Hill
Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Elton John
Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
Making Memories of Us – Keith Urban
Me and You – Kenny Chesney
All The Way – Frank Sinatra / Celine Dion
It Had To Be You – Artie Shaw / Harry Connick Jr
It’s Your Love – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Just You And I – Eddie Rabbitt
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
Until You – Dave Barnes
All for Love – Bryan Adams
Everything You Do – Marc Anthony
Faithfully – Journey
Feels Like Home – Chantel Kreviazuk
Twilight Time – The Platters
Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
From This Moment – Shania Twain
Glory of Love – Peter Cetera
Hero – Mariah Carey
True Love Ways – Buddy Holly
Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden
Hero – Enrique Iglesias
Greatest Love Of All, The – Whitney Houston
Grow Old With Me – John Lennon / Mary Chapin Carpenter
Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison / Rod Stewart
I’ll Be – Edwin McCain
I’ll Be There – Michael Jackson
Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman – Brian Adams
Hello Again – Neil Diamond (From Jazz Singer)
Here and Now – Luther Vandross
All My Life – Linda Ronstadt
All Of Me – Harry Connick Jr
Power Of Love, The – Celine Dion
First Song List For Wedding Reception Continued:
Rose, The – Bette Midler
Saving All My Love For You – Whitney Houston
Sea of Love – Honey Drippers
Someone Like You – Van Morrison
I Will Not Take My Love Away – Matt Wertz
In My Life – Bette Midler
1,2,3,4 – Plain White T’s
Taking You Home – Don Henley
Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
We’ve Got Tonight – Kenny Rogers
We’ve Only Just Begun – Carpenters
What a Wonderful World – Louie Armstrong
I Loved Her First – Heartland
I Melt – Rascal Flats
There You’ll Be – Faith Hill (From Pearl Harbor)
There’s a Kind of Hush (All Over The World) – Herman’s Hermits
Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
Fooled Around & Fell In Love – Elvin Bishop
Forever & For Always – Shania Twain
A Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson
A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
Through The Years – Kenny Rogers
Top Of The World – The Carpenters
Amazed – Lonestar
When You Say Nothing At All – Allison Krauss
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
Always On My Mind – Willie Nelson
You’ve Got A Friend – James Taylor
Your Smiling Face – James Taylor
Keeper Of The Stars – Tracy Byrd
Lady – Kenny Rogers
Lady In Red – Chris DeBurgh
Let Me Call You Sweetheart / Bing Crosby / Bette Midler
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
Could I Have This Dance – Anne Murray
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Looking Through the Eyes of Love – Melissa Manchester
Lost In The Fifties Tonight – Ronnie Milsap
L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
Love Is In The Air – John Paul Young
You Send Me – Sam Cooke
You’re Still The One – Shania Twain
My Special Angel – Bobby Helms
Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship
On a Night Like This – Dave Barnes
One – U2
Ebb Tide – Frank Sinatra / Righteous Brothers / Platters
Eternal Flame – The Bangles
When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge
When I Said I Do – Clint Black
Crazy Love – Van Morrison
Cruisin – Huey Lewis & Gwyneth Paltrow / Smokey Robinson
Don’t Change – Musiq Soulchild
Drift Away – Uncle Cracker
Earth Angel – Penguins
Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker
Valentine – Martina McBride & Jim Brickman
Way You Do The Things You Do – The Temptations
Everything – Lifehouse
Everything – Michael Buble
Collide – Howie Day
Colour My World – Chicago
Must Be Doin Somethin Right – Billy Currington
All My Life – KC and JoJo
The Luckiest – Ben Folds

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Today's Top 10 Billboard Hits - Thumbs Up or Down for a Wedding?

by Jenny Bryde 23. June 2013 15:46

I thought it would be fun today for us to play the game of "Can I Just Push Play" on the Billboard Charts for my wedding and have a good mix of music?" otherwise entitled "THUMBS UP OR THUMBS DOWN".

Here are the rules.  We'll take a look at the top ten songs on this week's billboard charts, and I will give each song a "Thumbs UP" or a "Thumbs DOWN" depending on whether I think it would be a good song to play at a wedding.  Keep in mind that my criteria for "good" wedding songs would be those that are positive, maybe love themed, good for dancing, etc.  I might think a song is AWESOME for blasting it in my car, but if it's about blowing things up or ex-boyfriends, it will probably not make its way to a wedding DJ's play list.

So for your consideration, this week's Thumbs Up/Down list:


Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke - Thumbs UP - This song is fun and flirty, talks about beautiful women (ahem brides) and will get EVERYONE out on the dance floor having a great time!


Get Lucky - Daft Punk - Thumbs UP - Your wedding day/night is a looooooong haul from beginning to end, so a song about staying up all night and getting lucky (cough, cough) on your wedding night is okay in my book!


Can't Hold Us - Macklemore - Thumbs UP - Another fun dance song to get your guests moving out of their chairs!  


Radioactive - Imagine Dragons - Thumbs DOWN - A great song that is on my work out playlist, but I just can't see a song this intense making its way to a dance floor near you...


Mirrors - Justin Timberlake - Thumbs UP - Total thumbs up!  A great love song that Timberlake wrote about his wife, Jessica Beal!  So romantic!!


Cruise - Florida Georgia Line - Thumbs UP - Total thumbs up, especially for a midwest summer wedding!  Hot fun in the hot sun!


Just Give Me a Reason - Pink - Thumbs DOWN - Another great song that won't make it to a wedding dance floor.  Come on, it's about a pair that clearly needs couple's therapy.  Boo, hiss!


Come and Get It - Selena Gomez - Thumbs UP - Another flirty fun song for the bride to boogie to!


The Way - Ariana Grande - Thumbs UP - A sweet love song, a definite yes!


I Love It - Icona Pop - Thumbs DOWN - A great bad-ass chic song, but a thumbs down because they want to throw someone's "stuff" down the stairs.  Anger management, yes.  Reception, no.  



So there you have it, my take on this week's top ten hits and how they'd fare at a wedding reception!  

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Ways to Add Local QCA Spice to Your Wedding's Personality

by Jenny Bryde 30. October 2010 12:45

Every wedding is carefully laid out (or half-hazardly laid out) to reflect the personality and style of the couple.  Favorite things, hobbies, inside jokes, and special places are often incorporated somewhere into the wedding ceremony, reception decor, or menu.  This makes sense because, after all, the day should be about the bride and groom, so why not let your guests indulge in a few of your favorites? 

While we were planning our wedding, I had countless ideas of things that I thought were lovely, clever, or charming, but I had a hard time at first finding something that we could incorporate that would say US.  Don't get me wrong.  I don't think my husband or myself are boring's just that we're so different.  I'm a non-stop talker who likes to shop for antiques and dabble in graphic design while my husband is a much more quiet handyman and sci-fi fanatic. what did we have in common that could be used at our wedding?  Well, we both like good food and drink, so we decided to draw our guests into our world by offering them a favorite local beer alongside of our delicious food.  A small gesture that we thought would not make that much difference but made us happy turned out to make EVERYONE happy.  We added a keg of Bent River Brewery's Mississippi Blonde pilsner to our bar menu.  Guests who were from around here recognized a local favorite, and our out of town guests were totally thrilled with the delicious beer option that sat along side other favorites like Bud Light. 

It got me thinking about what other locally made items could our Quad City brides and grooms add to their long lists of wedding details.  Here are a few that I came up with:

Local Drinks: Bent River Beers, Lavendar Crest Wines, Blue Cat Brew Pub Beers,

Local Candy/Food:  Lagomarcinos, Produce from the farmers' markets, Whitey's ice cream

Local Music:  Your favorite local band or musician!  (We have a really great band that we used that I'll be posting about soon!)


So this is a small sad list to start out with, but let's add to it!  What local items do you love and could see being incorporated into someone's wedding (maybe your own)?  I'll add items as they are suggested! 


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