Soultones + Hummingbird Nest Ranch

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Planning: Chloe + Mint | Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch | Live Band: Downbeat LA (Soultones) | Photography: Christy Johnston | Florals: The Little Branch | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Catering: Command Performance Catering | Wedding Gown: Sarah Seven | Cake: Big Sugar Bake Shop | Hair + Makeup: Chiali Meng Artistry

The A-List + Pasadena Masonic Temple

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Coordination: Events By Abel | Venue: Pasadena Masonic Temple | Band: Downbeat LA (The A-List) | Florals: Kreative Hands | Photography: Yair Haim | Videography: Light Up Video | Hair and Make Up: Kelly Zhang Studio

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Solo Musicians, Acoustic Duos & Trios: The Best Wedding Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music

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You’ve booked your dream band for your wedding reception, but what about the ceremony and cocktail hour music? We’ll admit, having great entertainment can be a wedding reception highlight but it’s also important to consider what music elements will be factored into other parts of the big day. Whether it’s a solo musician, an acoustic duo or trio, having live music to accompany a wedding ceremony and cocktail hour are key.

Wedding Ceremony Ensemble Recommendations: Light, beautiful instrumentals

  • String Quartet (Dolce)

  • Solo Guitarist

  • Solo Pianist

Cocktail Hour Music Recommendations: Acoustic yet lively arrangements with vocals

  • Acoustic Duo (Singer + Acoustic Guitar or Singer + Piano)

  • Acoustic Trio (2 Singers + Acoustic Guitar/Piano or Singer + Acoustic Guitar/Piano + Cajón)

Instrumental versions of your favorite song(s) can be played as guests enter and as you walk down the aisle. And after the “I Do’s”, there’s nothing better than listening and singing along to live music as you sip cocktails and mingle with your favorite people. Downbeat LA offers these add-ons with every dance band booking, so make sure your choice in entertainment can cover all the bases for the big day!

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DJ Live + Parker Palm Springs

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When our friend and planner from Elite OC Productions wants to party with DJ Live at her own wedding, WE MAKE IT HAPPEN! What an incredible Parker Palm Springs celebration:

Planning + Design: The Lynden Lane Co. | Venue: Parker Palm Springs | Band: Downbeat LA (DJ Live) | Photography: Katherine Ann Rose | Cinematography: Our Story Creative | Lighting: Amber Event Production | Florals: Paul Fenner Floral Design | Rentals: Hire Elegance + Above The Top Party Rentals | Tabletop: Signature Party Rentals | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Hair + Make Up: Design Visage | Neon Sign: Brite Lite Tribe

Soultones + Descanso Gardens

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Planning: Demaray Events | Venue: Descanso Gardens | Live Band: Downbeat LA (Soultones) | Photography: Sanford Creative | Florals: Valerie Jurado | Catering: Patina Catering | Rentals: Dolphin Event Services | Signage: Simply Stated Stationery | Wedding Cakes: Milk Bar Store + Susie Cakes Bakery

AMFM + [AV] Irvine

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Planning & Coordination: Cloud29 | Venue: [AV] Irvine | Live Band: Downbeat LA (AMFM) | Photography: D. Park Photography | Florals: Lace & Stems | Hair and Makeup: Kelly Tran Artistry | Catering: 24 Carrots | Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes

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Soultones + Adamson House

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Soultones performed at the historic Adamson House venue in Malibu for a beautiful wedding celebration, executed flawlessly by this team of incredible vendors:

Planning: Chloe + Mint Special Events | Venue: Adamson House | Ceremony String Quartet: Downbeat LA (Dolce) | Live Band: Downbeat LA (Soultones) | Photographer: Whitney Turner | Videographer: Amari Productions | Bar: Liquid Catering | Cake: Frost It Cakery | Catering: Urban Palate | Hair and Makeup: Team Hair and Makeup | Rentals: Premiere Party Rents

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Dolce + Adamson House

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Downbeat LA’s string quartet Dolce performed for a wedding ceremony at Malibu’s historic Adamon House venue. See more from the celebration below, and hear more Dolce by visiting their artist page here.

Planning: Chloe + Mint Special Events | Venue: Adamson House | Ceremony String Quartet: Downbeat LA (Dolce) | Live Band: Downbeat LA (Soultones) | Photographer: Whitney Turner | Videographer: Amari Productions | Bar: Liquid Catering | Cake: Frost It Cakery | Catering: Urban Palate | Hair and Makeup: Team Hair and Makeup | Rentals: Premiere Party Rents

Soultones + Calamigos Ranch

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Soultones brought the house down at this Calamigos Ranch wedding in their gorgeous Redwood Room venue. Check out the incredible vendor team and party shots below:

Planning: Cynthia Wennberg | Venue: Calamigos Ranch (Redwood Room) | Ceremony String Quartet: Downbeat LA (Dolce) | Live Band: Downbeat LA (Soultones) | Florals: Unique Floral Design | Wedding Cake: Frost It Cakery | Photography: Chris Schmitt | Videography: BGS Productions | Lighting + Photo Booth: Coastal Events

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Dolce + Calamigos Ranch

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When it comes to ceremony music, string quartets both look and sound amazing - especially beneath Calamigos Ranch’s canopy of eucalyptus trees and chandeliers. Dolce performed Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” for the processional, followed by a slowed down arrangement of Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be.”

Planning: Cynthia Wennberg | Venue: Calamigos Ranch (Redwood Room) | Ceremony String Quartet: Downbeat LA (Dolce) | Live Band: Downbeat LA (Soultones) | Florals: Unique Floral Design | Wedding Cake: Frost It Cakery | Photography: Chris Schmitt | Videography: BGS Productions | Lighting + Photo Booth: Coastal Events

DJ Live + TruBlu + Bel-Air Bay Club

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Bel-Air Bay Club held its annual wedding industry mixer at the stunning Upper Club venue location and Downbeat LA was a proud sponsor, providing musical entertainment for the entire evening, alongside the following team of vendors:

Brand Videography / The Butter End Bakery / Chiavari Chair Rentals / Designer 8 / Ice Bulb / Juicy Ladies / La Tavola / Laurie Bailey Photography / Love this Way / Mystic Reading Palmistry / The Paper Bakery / Quality Parking / The SnapBar / Stagelabs / Wisteria Lane

Jazz band TruBlu performed in the living room for the welcome reception, providing entertainment for guests as they entered the space, sipped specialty cocktails and greeted fellow wedding industry professionals.

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When the sun went down, DJ Live took the stage and interacted with guests for the remainder of the evening, performing upbeat, high energy dance music to keep the party going (cue the audience tambourines and drum participation)!

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Gold Standard + Rosewood Miramar Beach

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Gold Standard was the entertainment for the evening at this corporate event hosted at the gorgeous Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito, planned by our friends at Joy Full Events.

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Gold Standard + Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara

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We sing. We dance. We twirl brides. Gold Standard always loves working with the planning team at Wedding Kate for luxury weddings and events in Santa Barbara, and this celebration at Four Seasons The Biltmore was no exception. It didn’t matter where you were in the venue, you could see the ocean and hear the waves crashing (talk about beach destination wedding dreams)!

Venue: Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara | Planning: Wedding Kate | Photography: The Ponces | Florals: Hogue & Co. | Band: Downbeat LA (Gold Standard) | Linens: Luxe Linens

AMFM + Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute (Honolulu)

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Destination wedding celebrations in Hawaii are magical, and AMFM was excited to be a part of this couple’s big day at the beautiful Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute planned by our friends at Moana Events. There was dinner, dancing and even a surprise Haka from the bride to the groom to end the evening!

Planning: Moana Events | Venue: Lanikuhonua Cultural Center | Live Band: Downbeat | Florals: Mandy Grace Designs | Photography: O’Malley | Videography: Elysium Productions | Wedding Cake: A Cake Life

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AMFM + Bel Air Bay Club

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Oceanside ceremonies and grand ballroom celebrations are what Bel Air Bay Club is all about, and AMFM absolutely loves performing for couples at this gorgeous venue!

Planning: BK Events | Venue: Bel Air Bay Club | String Quartet: Dolce | Live Band: Downbeat (AMFM) | Florals: Honey and Poppies | Photography: Cindy Gold (Gold Wong Photography) | Wedding Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop

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Dolce + Bel Air Bay Club

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There’s truly nothing better than walking down the aisle to the sounds of a string quartet. Dolce provided the ceremony music for this beautiful Bel Air Bay Club wedding, view the gallery below for more:

Planning: BK Events | Venue: Bel Air Bay Club | String Quartet: Dolce | Live Band: Downbeat (AMFM) | Florals: Honey and Poppies | Photography: Cindy Gold (Gold Wong Photography) | Wedding Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop

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Soultones + Los Angeles Wedding (Private Estate)

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This private estate wedding in Los Angeles was #goals! Soultones serenaded the happy couple throughout the day and into the evening, and couldn’t have done it without this incredible vendor team:

Planning: DB Creativity | Venue: Private Residence | Live Band: Downbeat (Soultones) | Photography: One Love Photography | Videography: BGS Productions | Catering: Gina Feeds + Yooshi Sushi | Wedding Cake: Skiff’s

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Gold Standard + Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

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Texas knows how to party! This was a Santa Barbara dream destination wedding for our Dallas couple and all of their guests, and Gold Standard was thrilled to be a part of the big day!

Planning: Wedding Kate | Venue: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara | Band: Downbeat LA (Gold Standard) | Hair & Makeup: Cheek to Cheek Artistry | Photography: Lucas Rossi | Florals: Coco Rose | Rentals: Town & Country

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