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Kyle & Jamie

Kyle & Jamie’s wedding reception last night was absolute MAGIC last night. There’s a moment at every wedding reception where I begin to sense it – in this case, their Wedding Party Introduction sequence which set the tone for the rest of the night – and then there’s the moment where I first feel it. For me, it happened during their First Dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Tenerife Sea”, where the entire room sat still, just watching Kyle & Jamie gracefully glide on the dance floor.

So in love, so in love.

I couldn’t help but mouth those lyrics as I watched on from my DJ booth. At that moment, I knew it – despite the July heat that just wouldn’t go away – we were about to have an epic dance floor experience. Which is precisely what Kyle & Jamie desired.

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Joe & Audrey

There are some weddings so awesome, so amazing that they leave me with an absolute loss for words when they have came to their conclusion.

And as I sit here and try to come up with the words to describe this wedding, I’m exactly that: at a loss for words. From start to finish, it couldn’t have been any more perfect. (And speaking of finishes, it was absolutely nailed by my team! My lighting designer, Christian, did magic with our four moving head setup; and my video guru, Matt, was in the perfect position to capture the final hurrah for Audrey & Joe. Watch it in the highlight video above; I’ve replayed it more times than I can count – it’s that good.)

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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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