Wedding Kate - Destination Wedding Planner

Throughout the years we've worked with a ton of wedding planners but meet one of our favorites who we absolutely love working with, Wedding Kate! Wedding Kate is one of the most sought out wedding planners in Santa Barbara and is considered as a  premier event design planning firm in Southern California. 

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All of our bands, have had the pleasure of working along side Wedding Kate and its been successful even after event. For more info, please head to their website and take a look at their lists of their amazing work, here

 

 

Gold Standard + Adamson House

The Adamson House is one of the best historic venues for a wedding right next to the shores of Malibu. A location that will have your guests in awe as they enjoy the scenic view and touch of history. 

Gold Standard shared a night of celebration and played their little hearts out. Nothing is better than having good music, the people you love, and the ocean breeze to celebrate your special night. 

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To hear and see more from Gold Standard, visit their artist page here. To book live entertainment for your next special event or wedding, visit our booking page here

Parent Dance Favorites (Fall 2017)

When it comes to wedding planning, there are a million decisions that have to be made leading up to the big day! Special moments require special attention, which is why we've put in the work so you don't have to in deciding your music choices! 

If you're planning on going the traditional route and having a Mother/Son and Father/Daughter dance during your reception, we've compiled a list of classics and newer favorites to ensure these moments with your parents are perfect! Here is our list of Parent Dance Favorites for Fall 2017: 

1. John Legend, Cynthia Erivo - God Only Knows

2. Rod Stewart - Forever Young

3. James Taylor - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

4. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes - Home

5. Jason Mraz - 93 Million Miles

6. Tom Petty - Wildflowers

7. Ray Charles - Ain't That Love

8. Amos Lea - Sweet Pea

9. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Over The Rainbow

10. Rascal Flatts - My Wish

11. Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World

12. Lee Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance

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Visit Downbeat LA's blog for more industry insights, music recommendations, tips and more!

Signature Party Rentals

Guests are always looking to enjoy the full experience when they attend weddings and special events. After a recent performance at an Avalon Hotel wedding in Palm Springs, we were blown away by the attention to detail and apparent passion for event design from the Southern California-based vendor Signature Party Rentals

"Custom hedges, parlor and chiavari chairs and a fun linen - everything we love in a photo!" - Signature Party Rentals

"Custom hedges, parlor and chiavari chairs and a fun linen - everything we love in a photo!" - Signature Party Rentals

With over 30 years of experience in the event industry, this company has an incredible portfolio of work and can outfit any venue with rentals that include furniture, custom decor, staging, lighting, tents, linens and so much more. Whether it's an intimate dinner gathering or a corporate event with a 5,000+ guest list, this company can handle it all and they pride themselves on customer service and reliability. 

Take a look at some of their amazing products and visions in their gallery:

To learn more about Signature Party Rentals, visit their website at www.signatureparty.com. For more vendors we love, visit the Downbeat LA Vendor Spotlight blog here

AMFM + Hummingbird Nest Ranch

Not only is Malibu's Hummingbird Nest Ranch a dream venue to for weddings, but it's also a dream venue for entertainers to perform! Dance band AMFM traveled up into the Santa Susana Mountains for a recent summertime wedding and it was a beautiful celebration. 

Love was certainly in the air, and guests were entertained throughout the wedding ceremony and reception with dinner and party sets, leading to dancing the night away under the stars. The decor and ambiance are always beautiful in this al fresco setting, have a look for yourself:

To hear and see more from AMFM, visit their artist page here. To book live entertainment for your next special event or wedding, visit our booking page here

Grand Entrance Favorites (Fall 2017)

On your wedding day, make it an entrance to remember with our new Wedding Grand Entrance Favorites for Fall 2017, featuring songs that are sure to get the party started and set the tone for a perfect reception! #WeddingTipWednesday

Everyone loves making an entrance to the party, especially when you're the guests of honor! As bride and groom, it's important to make the grand entrance into the reception one to remember because all eyes will be on you and your bridal party as you set the tone for the party that's to come! 

Whether you plan on introducing family members and all of your bridesmaids and groomsmen, or you just want to have a special moment being introduced as newlyweds for the first time, here are some current favorites that are sure to get everyone out of their seats and ready to celebrate! 

WEDDING GRAND ENTRANCE FAVORITES FOR FALL 2017:  

1. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still

2. Macklemore - Glorious (Feat. Skylar Grey)

3. J Balvin, Willy William - Mi Gente

4. The Chainsmokers, Coldplay - Something Just Like This 

5. Calvin Harris - Feels (Feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean)

6. Kungs, Cookin' On 3 Burners - This Girl (Kungs Vs. Cookin' On 3 Burners)

7. Bruno Mars - 24K Magic

8. Justin Timberlake - CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!

9. American Authors - Best Day Of My Life

Be sure to follow Downbeat LA on Spotify for all your wedding and special event playlist needs by clicking here. Visit Downbeat LA's blog for more industry insights, music recommendations, tips and more!

Belmond El Encanto

The luxury resorts and venues sprawled across the region of Santa Barbara are undoubtedly all gorgeous, but one of our favorites to perform at is the Belmond El Encanto.  

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Gold Standard traveled to provide the live playlist for the Doll wedding and it was an unforgettable event!  

Boasting “Hollywood glamour in a modern classic”,  El Encanto sets a perfect scene:

”Steeped in charisma, Belmond El Encanto’s breezy hillside location and enduring iconicity make it one of the most desirable Santa Barbara event venues. Join us for lavish wedding parties or smaller, intimate occasions. Our lush Pacific-facing gardens, expansive terrace and expert party planners combine for the ultimate Californian celebration.”

For more information about this amazing venue, visit their website at www.belmond.com.

Soultones + Bel-Air Bay Club

It's always a party with our highly sought after dance band, Soultones! The group recently brought their high energy and crowd-favorite performances to a beautiful wedding at Malibu's gorgeous Bel-Air Bay Club. The evening was a blast, and we love making our couples and their guests happy!

To learn more about Soultones, visit their artist page here.

To book Soultones for your wedding or special event, visit our booking page here.

First Dance Favorites (Fall 2017)

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The first dance is one of the most special wedding day moments! For newlyweds, it's the first dance together as a married couple in front of your closest family and friends, and while there are countless love songs to choose from, most couples look for one that holds a special meaning to them. 

Narrowing down music choices for these big moments such as the first dance shouldn't be stressful, which is why Downbeat LA loves helping couples find their perfect song! For a more modern approach, here are some brand new First Dance favorites for Fall 2017:

1. ZAYN, Sia - Dusk 'Til Dawn

2. Miley Cyrus - I Would Die For You

3. Devin Dawson - All On Me (Acoustic)

4. John Mayer - You're Gonna Live Forever In Me

5. Zara Larsson - I Can't Fall In Love Without You

6. Lauv - I Like Me Better

7. Tom Walker - Just You and I

8. Ed Sheeran - Perfect

9. LEON - I Believe in Us

10. Isaiah - Streets of Gold

11. The Big Moon - Cupid (Acoustic)

Be sure to follow Downbeat LA on Spotify for all your wedding and special event playlist needs by clicking here. Looking for more industry insights and wedding tips? Visit the Downbeat LA blog here

The 805 Camera Bus

At a recent performance in Santa Barbara, Downbeat LA had the pleasure of working alongside today's featured vendor, The 805 Camera Bus. Known as being Santa Barbara's only mobile photo booth company, this camera-on-wheels is a converted 1971 VW bus that combines charm, vintage and modern appeal into one epic photo op.

The company has affectionately named the bus "Lola", and claims she loves attending all types of events! You can customize the backdrop to be whatever matches your event's theme, and your photos are available in strips on the spot. The attendants are super helpful and the props provided are a blast! 

Gold Standard singers even had the opportunity to snap some photos between sets at the last event, and we can't wait to visit Santa Barbara again for a performance in hopes that Lola will be in attendance as well!

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For more information on The 805 Camera Bus, visit their website at www.805camerabus.com

How To Avoid Interrupting The Party For Traditional Wedding Moments

 

Wedding celebrations are made up of so many magical moments throughout both the ceremony and reception. While newlywed couples and their guests want to party the night away, there are often special dances and traditions, such as the bouquet toss and cake-cutting, that are factored into the timeline of events.

hile these traditions provide amazing photo opportunities and memories for a lifetime, they should never be made to feel like an imposition to guests who are enjoying the party. Instead, they should be strategically - and tastefully - placed during the reception to avoid any awkward pauses or breaks in dancing or dinner.

Here are some tips to ensure the party doesn’t stop for these traditional wedding moments:

1. Schedule moments immediately following dinner! Before the band or DJ start their first dance set, go ahead and cut the cake (bonus: dessert is served promptly) and get the special dances underway. This will avoid interrupting the dancing later on.

2. Discuss with your DJ/MC ahead of time and ask them to seamlessly integrate these moments into the dance sets! If your Master of Ceremonies makes clear announcements to guests to stay on the dance floor surrounding the bride and room, they are made to feel a part of everything instead of just spectators.

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3. Throw away the rule book and opt out of these moments completely! If the idea of dancing with your parents in front of 100 of your closest family and friends makes you uncomfortable, know that you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do! Feel free to make your own rules and traditions, it’s your day after all!

For more industry insights and tips, visit the Downbeat LA blog here

Square Root Designs & Hoo Films

AMFM recently performed at a beautiful wedding at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel. We fell in love with the gorgeous florals scattered throughout the venue, thanks to the full service event design company, Square Root Designs.

With notable designs that have been consistently recognized on an international level, it's easy to see why this amazing company gets so much recognition:

Square Root had produced and executed events in Japan, Miami, Nevada, Utah, and New York. Our work has been covered by a wide range of print and media outlets, including shows on Bravo, VH1, HGTV, the Style channel, and many more. As of 2013, their floral designs for the property of The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel have been established as the stapled look for the Ritz Carlton brand throughout the world and will be a standard for their properties.

Our friends at Hoo Films captured footage from the event, and you can see just how beautiful the arrangements are from Square Root!

For more information on Square Root Designs, visit them at their website www.squarerootdesigns.com.

Gold Standard + Saddlerock Ranch

It's no surprise that our bands love getting to perform in Malibu. The scenery is always gorgeous and the crowds are always ready to party! Gold Standard recently played at a wedding at Saddlerock Ranch and it was a picture perfect celebration. 

Between the panoramic views of the Santa Monica Mountain range and the sun setting behind the luminous twinkle lights hanging from the trees on Saddleback Ranch's lawn, it was a magical night. Here are some action shots from the reception: 

To learn more about Gold Standard, visit their artist page here

To find out how to book Gold Standard for your next special event or wedding, click here

Fall in Love - Autumn Wedding Inspiration

 

Summer is coming to an end and this Friday marks the first day of fall - cue the cool, crisp weather, warm layered clothing, rich foliage, and so much more! When we think of seasonal weddings between September and mid-December, we think of earthy color schemes, pumpkin and apple motifs, rich fall florals and fabrics, warm spices in cocktails and food recipes and rustic decor. 

To get you in the mood for the season, here's some inspiration for all of your autumn wedding needs: 

For more industry insights and wedding tips, head to Downbeat LA's blog here

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Last night, AMFM traveled to Newport Beach to perform at the gorgeous five-star luxury venue, The Resort at Pelican Hill. All of the bands at Downbeat LA have had the opportunity to visit and perform at weddings and special events that are exclusively held on the Mar Vista property, which are always stunning.

From the outdoor space that's perfect for ceremonies and cocktail hours, to the grand ballroom area where dinners and receptions take place, the scenery and the entire staff are simply the best and we love being a part of the team when we visit! 

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"With gorgeous views from nearly every vantage point and a location that is conveniently not too far from home, Pelican Hill is the ideal locale to enjoy the best of everything Southern California has to offer. Unwind at the Coliseum Pool, stroll along the shoreline at our neighboring beaches, or tee off for a round of world-class golf as you soak up the radiant OC sunshine."

For more information on The Resort at Pelican Hill, visit their website at www.pelicanhill.com

A-List + Camp Alonim

The A-List had the honor of being a part of a gorgeous wedding at Simi Valley's Camp Alonim. The venue was packed with beautiful people who all came together for the celebration, and the band with their full horn section kept the dance floor packed all night. 

To learn more about The A-List, visit their artist page here

To find out how to book The A-List for your wedding or special event, click here

Wedding Day Music: You Have More Resources Than You Think!

 

 

There are so many things to consider when planning a wedding, but one of the most important things to be excited for - and not stressed about - is the music and entertainment for the celebration! Whether you're a music lover or not, deciding on all of the music for your big day can seem overwhelming, but you have access to more resources than you realize! 

For ceremonies, cocktail hours, dinners and dancing, Downbeat LA recommends tapping into the following resources to create a memorable and meaningful playlist for your wedding:

1. Wedding Band/DJ

If you're hiring musicians to perform, they can help you create the ultimate song list from their experience and repertoire. Don't be afraid to ask them for advice when it comes to the different parts of the wedding day  timeline and what music would work best, they're the professionals after all!

2. Wedding Guests

We've seen couples include a line for guests to fill out their favorite song or music genres when sending back RSVPs in the invitations! This is a great way to find out what your friends and family want to hear and incorporate it throughout the day and evening. 

3. What Songs Are Meaningful To You?

If there are songs that are especially meaningful to you as a couple, make sure they make it into the set list! Save it for a first dance, or make sure it gets playing at some point during the party to create a special moment when you hear it. 

4. Spotify

We all listen to music across various apps and programs, which all have amazing playlists built in for every occasion and mood. Do some research on Spotify to see what wedding day music might be popular and let your wedding band or DJ know! 

For more tips and industry insights, visit Downbeat LA's blog here