wedding music

Wedding Planning: Selecting Your Wedding Musical Entertainment

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 | Filed under: Party Entertainment, Wedding band, Wedding DJ, Wedding Entertainment, wedding music | author: By Keith Sly,    

Wedding Musical EntertainmentWhat’s a wedding without music? The menu items, the bridal procession, and the dance floor would sure be awkward without it! The wedding experts at The Manor weigh the pros and cons of the age-old debate about a hiring a wedding band or a DJ, and the many factors that go into selecting the perfect wedding music. Use these guidelines to select wedding music that will strike the right chord on your big day.
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Best of Wedding Music

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 | Filed under: reception planning, Wedding Entertainment, wedding music, Wedding Trends | author: By James Levinsky,    

Best of Wedding MusicAfter you make your commitment to that special someone, planning a wedding is the next string of decisions you will make together as a couple. Picking the right music to set the right tone for your wedding is important. From your walk down the aisle, dinner hour music, song dedications, to revving up the dance floor, we’ve complied our Best of Wedding Music blog from our most popular blogs to date, to make sure that years from now, talk of your wedding day will be sweet music to your ears.
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Wedding Trends: Musical Entertainment Styles

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 | Filed under: Wedding band, Wedding Entertainment, wedding music, wedding planning | author: By Keith Sly,    

Wedding Music EntertainmentWhen it comes to selecting music for a wedding, couples have endless options. The style of musical entertainment chosen creates a unique experience and sets the tone from dinner hour, bridal party introduction, to the last song of the evening. A good starting point is reflecting on previous weddings you have attended and the wedding entertainment that was provided. It is important to be mindful of your guest list, wedding theme and personal preferences when browsing through wedding entertainment ideas. While the bride and groom may unite as one, their tastes in music may still clash. Rest assure, the wedding planners at The Manor have compiled suggestions of musical entertainment styles for your upcoming wedding that are sure to be music to your ears. Read more…

Tips For Planning The Perfect Christmas Wedding

Thursday, December 15th, 2016 | Filed under: Christmas, Holiday Party, Wedding Invitations, wedding music, winter weddings | author: By Keith Sly,    

Christmas WeddingIt’s the most magical time of the year, Christmas! For those planning to wed around the holiday, this time of year will be even more exciting! But how can couples beautifully marry these two celebrations into one unforgettable wedding?

The Manor has gathered exclusive expert tips from choosing the perfect themed invitations to decorating your winter wonderland; all to encapsulate a warm, festive and memorable wedding of the season. Let us bring the enchantment of romance and Christmas spirit into your merry matrimony.
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Wedding Entertainment Trends for 2016

Monday, November 2nd, 2015 | Filed under: First Dance Song, Wedding Cocktail Party, Wedding Entertainment, wedding music, wedding planning, Wedding Trends, Wedding Trends 2016 | author: By Keith Sly,    

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From live musicians performing at the wedding ceremony, setting a tone of formality and celebrating the heart of the wedding day itself, to a spectacular-talented live band or deejay filling the dance floor at the reception, your wedding entertainment is an essential part of your wedding planning, so we’ve collected some of the top trends in wedding entertainment for 2016: Read more…

Most Popular Wedding Songs for the Mother-Son Dance

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 | Filed under: Mother-Son Wedding Dance, wedding music, wedding songs | author: By Keith Sly,    

During the spotlight dances in the wedding ballroom, the Mother-Son dance is a special moment, as their choice of perfect Mother-Son dance song plays.

Here are some of the most popular Mother-Son Dance Songs 2014 from many of the best-songs lists and top NJ entertainers’ playlists: Read more…

Should I Choose a DJ or a Band for My Wedding Reception?

Friday, August 16th, 2013 | Filed under: dream wedding, wedding music, wedding planning | author: By Keith Sly,    

DJ V Band as a Wedding Performer

As a New Jersey wedding venue that’s hosted countless wedding receptions, we’ve heard the full spectrum of performers, from the smallest wedding DJ to some of the most talented wedding singers, wedding bands and orchestras. We’ve seen first-hand that even similar weddings in size, location, theme, décor, etc. can have an entirely different feel and energy depending on the type of wedding entertainment.  It’s an integral part of setting the mood, whether it’s serene and refined or upbeat and a footloose free-for-all.  The wedding music helps your guests to let go and enjoy the celebration; whether that’s due to the music itself, or the encouragement of the DJ or band leader acting as the MC.

Choosing between a wedding DJ or a live wedding band is often first a matter of budget.  In general, DJs typically cost less. Of course this doesn’t mean that wedding DJs are any less skilled at what they do. But a live wedding band has more people to pay, more equipment, and of course there’s the added consideration for the talent of incorporating instruments and vocals. Costs will typically increase on the size, experience, and breadth of the skill set of the band as well as the time of year and how long you want them to perform. Read more…

Choosing Between a Band or Deejay for your Wedding Entertainment

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 | Filed under: dream wedding, wedding ceremony, wedding ideas, wedding music, wedding themes | author: By Keith Sly,    
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Music is such an important part of your wedding day, from the first notes of your processional song to the song you choose for your First Dance to the music that keeps your dance floor filled all night long. The big question for you is: do you want a live band or a deejay as the entertainment at your wedding?

It all depends on the style of entertainment you prefer, which many of our wedding couples say they decide during other weddings they’ve attended. If they have been guests at a wedding that had an energetic, talented live band, they may decide that a live band is the style of entertainment for them. If they’ve experienced the hip, clublike energy of a great deejay, they may choose that style of entertainer to fill their wedding venue with fabulous music that sets the tone for each stage of their wedding celebration. Read more…

Top Father-Daughter Dance Songs

Monday, November 14th, 2011 | Filed under: wedding planning, wedding receptions, wedding songs, wedding themes | author: By Keith Sly,    

After your traditional first dance as husband and wife, it’s customary for the bride and her father, or step-father, to take to the dance floor to perform their Father-Daughter Dance. During so many years as home to beautiful New Jersey weddings, we’ve seen thousands upon thousands of sentimental moments between fathers and daughters at the wedding reception, and some of their first dances took our breath away. The songs they chose were so lovely, such a heartfelt tribute to the special bond between father and daughter on the wedding day.

Since so many of our wedding couples have inspired us with their Father-Daughter dance songs, we thought we’d share some of the most memorable ones, as well as songs you may like to consider for your own father-daughter dance:

“My Girl”                                  The Temptations

“Unforgettable”                         Nat King Cole

“Wind Beneath My Wings”       Bette Midler

“My Dad”                                 Paul Petersen

“Because You Loved Me”        Celine Dion

“Isn’t She Lovely?”                    Stevie Wonder

“Have I Told You Lately”          Van Morrison

“What A Wonderful World”      Louis Armstrong

“Butterfly Kisses”                      Raybon Brothers

“And Then They Do”                Trace Adkins

“There You’ll Be”                      Faith Hill

“In My Daughter’s Eyes”           Martina McBride

“A Song For My Daughter”       Ray Allaire

“You Raise Me Up”                 Josh Groban

We’re seeing a wonderful trend in Father-Daughter dances – father and daughter are picking out Their Song together, using a song from the bride’s childhood. So in addition to the most popular songs listed above, we’re also seeing fathers and daughters dancing to unexpected songs with great memories attached, like You Are My Sunshine and My First, My Last, My Everything by Barry White – the song the father always danced with his little girl to at other weddings they’ve attended over the years.

Whatever your Father-Daughter song, consider the other new trend: brides and fathers are practicing their first dance ahead of time, perhaps even having a dance instructor choreograph it. It’s their moment in the spotlight, and they make it special.


Michael Mahle, Director of Communications, Pleasantdale Château

Wedding Song Dedications

Monday, August 29th, 2011 | Filed under: wedding music, wedding planning, wedding songs | author: By Keith Sly,    

In today’s world of personalized weddings, brides and grooms have arranged for their wedding entertainment to include specific songs from their much-loved playlists. Now, our New Jersey brides and grooms are following the top wedding entertainment trends and planning multiple song dedications for their receptions.

Here are some of the most sentimental and crowd-pleasing song dedication trends that you might wish to incorporate into your big day:

At the Start of the Reception

  • After the first spotlight dances of your reception — including your first dance as husband and wife, your bride-and-father dance, the groom-and-mother dance, if you choose to include these – many wedding entertainment experts invite all of the couples onto the dance floor to enjoy this first spotlight dance, then remain on the dance floor for additional slow dance songs to follow it.
  • If you’d prefer, you can instruct your wedding entertainment professional to read your song dedication made to your and your groom’s parents, inviting them to their own spotlight dance, as your thank-you for their help in planning your wedding. You choose a meaningful song for this dedication, and both or all sets of parents are invited to share it the moment, regardless of which parents paid more for the wedding. It’s fine etiquette and good family diplomacy to acknowledge all parents as equals.
  • End your song dedications here, so that guests can take their seats to enjoy the first course of their dinner, and so that your song dedications don’t become an endless string of songs where all guests stand and watch someone else having all the fun. Spread out your song dedications over the course of the evening.

At the Start of the Fast-Dance Wedding Entertainment

  • When the wedding entertainers, deejay or band, are ready to transition from slow-dance dinner music to dance music for the reception’s higher-energy portion, a great way to start the  action is to have the first fast-song announced as a dedication from the groom to the bride, or vice versa. It may be one of your favorite songs of all time, or the song you always play when getting ready for a big night out.
  • Dedicate fast-dance songs to others, including:
    • Your bridal party members
    • Your friends, in an all-inclusive song dedication announcement, not a naming-of-names in a small circle, making others feel left out or diminished
    • Your cousins, also a strong trend that we’re seeing here at family-centric New Jersey weddings
    • To your kids, if you’re blending families or have children as a couple

At the Big, Symbolic Moments

When the cake is wheeled out in the dramatic presentation for the bride and groom to cut their first slice as husband and wife, you may choose this moment as the perfect moment for a song you’ll dedicate to your guests, as a very special thank-you for the ‘sweet’ gift of their traveling to share this day with you.

When you present your bouquet to your mother, grandmother or other special female, or toss your bouquet to your awaiting single female guests, choose a special song dedication that pay tribute to all of your women friends and relatives.

When you have your wedding entertainers play special cultural songs, the inclusion of those important rituals becomes a tribute that adds so much to your wedding celebration. At our West Orange wedding venue, we’ve hosted a large variety of cultural wedding celebrations from Indian to Italian, Japanese to Jewish, Polish, Colombian, Irish, and all manner of heritage-based weddings. Wedding entertainment for these festive weddings often includes special song dedications.

At the End of the Reception

Your wedding entertainment comes to a close with the last dance of the evening, and as bride and groom you may choose to propose a song dedication for this last number. This may be another of ‘your songs’ or a song that’s special to your family. At this point, you might take the microphone to propose your song dedication directly to each other, to your families and friends, and we’ve even enjoyed the surprise of our brides and grooms thanking us for bringing their wedding dreams to life. That’s music to our ears.


Michael Mahle, Director of Communications, Pleasantdale Château

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