First Dance Songs | Wedding Music Guide | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Client Picks: The Best First Dance Songs of 2019

At the start of the new year, I like to look back at the year that was and review the songs that my couples selected for the six most common formalities of their wedding reception: The Grand Entrance, The First Dance, The Father/Bride Dance, The Mother/Groom Dance, Cake Cutting, and The Last Dance. While there are several wedding music guides available, I find the real pulse of the best First Dance songs for 2010 come from my clients: real Pacific Northwest couples planning and hosting real Pacific Northwest weddings. So, without further ado…

Here are the top First Dance Songs of 2019, as selected by my couples:

Questions To Ask A Wedding DJ | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ
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Questions To Ask A Wedding DJ

Below is a list of the most important questions to ask a wedding DJ you are considering hiring. They will not only ensure your disc jockey meets professional standards, but they will also help you accurately gauge the DJ’s professionalism, skill set, reliability, personality, honesty, and standards.

10 Tips For Planning A Really Fun Wedding Reception | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ
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10 Tips For Planning A Really Fun Wedding Reception

With over a decade of experience in the wedding industry, I’ve attended a ton of receptions. Some as my couple’s selected MC & DJ, others as a photo booth host, or as a part of the A/V crew. I’ve seen – and heard! – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

And over time, I’ve realized that every “fun” wedding reception I’ve ever been apart of shares these ten simple commonalities. When followed, they lead to receptions where no one leaves until the house lights come on; and the memories your family and friends leave with will be talked about for years to come.

Here are my top tips for creating a really fun wedding reception experience:

1) Don’t Micromanage Your Reception’s Timeline
In reality, only three times matter at a wedding: the ceremony’s scheduled start time, what time dinner will be served, and when the reception ends. By not scheduling formalities to exact times, everything in between will flow smoothly and naturally, when handled by a competent professional.

5 Questions Every Couple Must Ask Before Hiring A Wedding DJ | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ
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5 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. Heck, I even wrote this blog post on the very subject. 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 five 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.