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Aaron & Kelly

Unique musical selections: that would be the number one thing I loved about Aaron & Kelly’s wedding ceremony and reception at Historic 1625 Place in Tacoma. Not one song on their list of ceremony and reception selections below would be found on a suggestions list for any of the given moments. Yet, they all worked perfectly for the moment they were selected for.

My favorite selection, is without a doubt, their First Dance to Chris Stapleton’s “More of You”, which features the perfectly written chorus lyrics:

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Spencer & Christie

Without a doubt, Spencer & Christie’s wedding reception at Union Station in Tacoma, Washington, was the LARGEST reception I’ve ever been a part of! Nearly 400 guests came to celebrate these two getting hitched – just an awesome community these two have surrounded themselves with! – and to see it all come together after months of planning and preparation was beyond worth it. I seriously couldn’t be happier for Spencer & Christie; they had the celebration of a lifetime.

And I’ll never forget this night: hands down, it was the best reception I’ve ever performed at.
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Dorwin & Swathy

Dorwin & Swathy couldn’t have timed it better: their Sunday afternoon wedding ceremony just happened to coincide with the first full day of sunshine in Seattle since October 2016. And the welcomed sunshine was a sign of things to come, as Dorwin & Swathy – along with their closest of friends – absolutely rocked the dance floor inside the Marina Ballroom at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle.

Seriously, check out the video above; my favorite part is around the 3:04 mark. (And I won’t spoil anything, but that clip is definitely going to make the 2017 wrap-up video.)
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What You Need To Know If Asked To Give A Wedding Ceremony Reading | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Six Tips You Need To Know If Asked To Give A Wedding Ceremony Reading

The first time I ever stepped up to a microphone at a wedding reception, I was 22 years old. It was my first time performing as a Wedding MC & DJ and I was absolutely terrified to introduce the Wedding Party into the room. Since that day, I’ve become significantly more comfortable with speaking in front of a group of people. So, for those asked to offer a toast or give a wedding ceremony reading and are absolutely terrified of public speaking: I can relate.

I’m no expert in public speaking, but performing in front of an audience every weekend is no longer a fear of mine. In fact, I absolutely love the thrill of it. So, I feel that qualifies me just enough to offer those of you asked to give a reading at the ceremony the following six tips to know before the wedding day comes:

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The 2017 Valentine's Day Dinner Playlist | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

The 2017 Valentine’s Day Dinner Playlist

Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate, I’ve compiled a playlist of love songs from all genres and decades for a unique mix that’s perfect for your Valentine’s Day dinner. Alternatively, this playlist would work well for romantic dinner music selections at a wedding reception. I tried to keep the atmosphere light, full of love and affection, with the level energy building as the dinner part of the evening comes to a conclusion and the celebration begins!

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The 90s R&B Cocktail Hour Playlist For Weddings | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

The 90s R&B Cocktail Hour Playlist For Weddings

Back when I used to play bars and clubs, I would play a ton of 90s R&B to open the night; in my opinion, no other genre of music set the perfect atmosphere, mood and tone for a good party like some great uptempo 90s R&B. As it turns out, with a little bit of research and proper programming, it’s also a great genre to feature during a wedding reception’s Cocktail Hour.

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The Country Cocktail Hour Playlist For Weddings | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

The Country Cocktail Hour Playlist For Weddings

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we love our country music and with so many country barns and rustic-themed venues, it’s a perfect genre for Northwest wedding receptions. However, from my experience, the majority of my weddings heavily feature the country genre during cocktail hour and dinner, but not so much during the open dancing portion of the night, aside from a couple of well-known songs such as “Friends in Low Places“. Many just don’t know how to waltz, two-step, west coast swing, etc.

So with that in mind, my 2017 Country Cocktail Hour Playlists tend to feature songs that are mid- to up-tempo, as I prefer to save my slower tempo country songs for the first half of dinner and for those romantic slow dances later in the night. Also, they are more conducive to what my couples want: people drinking beer, socializing, and laughing out loud!

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Grooms: Do A Welcome & Thank You Speech. Here's How. | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Grooms: Do A Welcome & Thank You Speech. Here’s How.

There is only one thing I strongly encourage all of the grooms I work with to exclusively* do during their wedding reception: deliver a Groom’s Speech. For some, the fear in their eyes shows immediate as I speak those two words; many grooms already dread having to write, and speak, their own wedding vows.

The fact is, a Groom’s Speech shouldn’t be something you fear at all; you should look forward to it. Not only is it a great way to thank those that helped make the wedding reception possible, but it also allows you to reflect on an event that brought two families together. And there are two simple elements to an effective Groom’s Speech: heart and light, playful humor. (Warning: if your humor tends to be sarcastic, tread lightly. In public speaking, it’s best to error towards the safe side.)

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How To Create A Snapchat Geofilter For Your Wedding | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

How To Create A Custom Snapchat Geofilter For Your Wedding

In 2016, every wedding reception I was honored to MC & DJ featured a custom hashtag. And it was a nice option to include, as custom hashtags were – and still are! – a great way to curate photos and videos captured by your guests. And while I don’t see the trend going away this year, I do expect to see a new trend this year: custom Snapchat geofilters.

“Wait, what?!!? We can create our own custom geofilter for our wedding on Snapchat?”

Yes, you can. GAME CHANGER.

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6 Questions Every Couple Must Ask Before Hiring A Wedding DJ | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

6 Questions Every Couple Must Ask Before Hiring A Wedding DJ

I know, I know – there are a million blog posts online on this topic: Questions You Should Ask When Hiring A Wedding DJ. You could even say that this blog post now makes it a-million-and-one.

But this post is actually one-in-a-million. Today, I’m going to list six questions that none of those other posts suggest to ask, and I am rarely asked during a consultation meeting. These questions are “filter” questions, designed to not only evaluate a DJ’s talent, skill set, and offerings, but also to see if that DJ is the right match for you, the bride and groom. Your wedding MC & DJ is one of the four vendors – with the planner, photographer and officiant being the other three – that you need to mesh well with for a great experience, both during the planning process and at the reception itself.

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