AMFM + Mr Lyons Palm Springs

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When our couple wanted to throw a desert dance party, they called us and set the date. The energy in the room was so high and we partied until the venue closed! Not only did our couple have style, they knew how to party! Logan Cole captured some of the magic, see it below:

Planning: Details Darling | Venue: Mr Lyons Palm Springs | Reception Band: Downbeat LA (AMFM) | Photography: Logan Cole | Videography: Rora Film Co

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Rora Film Co did an amazing highlight video, check it out below:

AMFM + Parker Palm Springs

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The stage is always stunningly set at Parker Palm Springs, especially when its in the hands of the planners at Bash Please! Downbeat LA’s String quartet Dolce took care of the ceremony serenades while dance band AMFM kept the wedding party go-ers dancing throughout the reception, making it a night to remember.

Planning: Bash Please | Venue: Parker Palm Springs | Florals: Siren Floral Co. | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals + Bright Event Rentals + Theoni Rentals | Ceremony String Quartet: Downbeat LA (Dolce) | Reception Band: Downbeat LA (AMFM) | Production: Nameless Productions | Photography: Birds of a Feather Photography | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen

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Gold Standard + The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey

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There’s no party like a Gold Standard party! The 10-piece live band took this birthday celebration to the next level, making it a 60th to remember at the ultra swanky Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey! Cake, champagne and dancing…what more could you ask for?!

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DJ Live + AnQi (Tet Festival)

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DJ Live helped celebrate the Lunar New Year at AnQi in Costa Mesa. The Elite OC Production team decked out the venue for the Tet Festival and had incredible performances throughout the evening.

Planning: Elite OC Productions | Design: Kismet Event Design | Venue: AnQi Bistro / South Coast Plaza | Band: Downbeat LA (DJ Live) | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Linens: Wildflower Linen | Production: McNally Enterprises, Inc. | Staffing: Common Sense Events Hiring

Gold Standard + The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

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No detail was spared at this luxury Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel wedding, and Gold Standard made it a party to remember! Live music for an oceanside cocktail hour, a live band performance to accompany the bride and groom's choreographed first dance (with sparklers!) and a nonstop dance party reception - it's what we do best!

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Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel | Planner: LVL Events | Band: Downbeat LA (Gold Standard) | Photography + Videography: Lin & Jirsa | Florals: Flowers by Cina Linens: La Tavola Linen | Hair & Makeup: Design Visage | Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals + Signature Party Rentals | Getaway Car: Lake Forest Limos | Dessert Bar: Simply Sweet Cakery | Photobooth: The Bosco

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Soultones + Parker Palm Springs

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Parker Palm Springs chandeliers are what wedding dreams are made of, especially when Soultones is providing the energy and soundtrack for the dance party!

Venue: Parker Palm Springs | Coordination: Ms. Day-Of | Band: Downbeat LA (Soultones) | String Quartet: Otherwise Strings | Photography: Brett Hickman | Florals: Wild Sage Flowers | Hair & Makeup: Girl Meets Bongga | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

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Soultones + Los Angeles Athletic Club

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Venue: Los Angeles Athletic Club | Band: Downbeat LA (Soultones) | Photographer: Yair Haim | Cinematographer: The Byrd Sisters Films | Florals: My Wedding Blooms | Rentals/Decor: Cabbage Rose Weddings

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Gold Standard + Vibiana

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All of Vibiana is a stage when Gold Standard performs! Live horns, dance battles, choreography, stacked harmonies and an incredible DJ made for an unforgettable wedding!

Venue: Vibiana | Planning: Simply Natural Events | Band: Downbeat LA (Gold Standard) | Florals: Wisteria Lane Flowers | Photography: Next Exit Photography | Videography: 618 Studios | Dessert: Top Tier Treats | Photo Booth: Mir Mir

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AMFM + Smoke Tree Ranch

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AMFM gave it their all at this gorgeous Smoke Tree Ranch wedding in Palm Springs! Check out the vendor team who made it all possible:

Venue: Smoke Tree Ranch | Band: Downbeat LA (AMFM) | Photographer: One Love Photography | Florals: Jensen’s Florist | Desserts: Exquisite Desserts | Photo Booth: Traveling Photo Bus | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Hair: J. Russell The Salon | DJ: DJ Zephyr

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Wedding Playlist: Parent Dance Song Favorites

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An important moment for any traditional wedding reception is when the parents of the couple are honored and celebrated during the parent dances. Whether these are both done during one song or two separate songs, it's important to choose music with meaningful lyrics and melodies. 

The most requested parent dance song from Downbeat LA’s 2018 wedding season was “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra. Here are some other popular picks:

Top 3 Mother Son Dance Songs from 2018 Downbeat LA weddings:

  1. In My Life by The Beatles

  2. Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler

  3. Forever Young by Rod Stewart

Top 3 Father Daughter Dance Songs from 2018 Downbeat LA weddings:

  1. Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder

  2. My Girl by The Temptations

  3. My Wish by Rascal Flatts

Listen to Downbeat LA's "Parent Dance Favorites" playlist on Spotify for more parent dance song favorites and inspiration for your big day! The most important thing to remember when making music selections is finding songs that are meaningful to you and yours!

MOTHER SON DANCE SONGS

  1. Sweet Pea - Amos Lee

  2. Mama's Song - Carrie Underwood

  3. I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack

  4. A Song For Mama - Boyz II Men

  5. Mother Like Mine - The Band Perry

  6. Mother - Sugarland

  7. Don’t Blink - Kenny Chesney

  8. Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynard

  9. Humble and Kind - Tim McGraw

  10. Do I Make You Proud - Taylor Hicks

  11. God Only Knows - John Legend

FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE SONGS

  1. Dance With My Daughter - Jason Blaine

  2. Daughters - John Mayer

  3. Dancing Queen - ABBA

  4. Daddy's Little Girl - Michael Bolton

  5. Cinderella - Steven Curtis Chapman

  6. My Darling - Wilco

  7. My Father's Eyes - Eric Clapton

  8. Surfer Girl - The Beach Boys

  9. I Loved Her First - Heartland

  10. I Learned From You - Miley Cyrus, Billy Rae Cyrus

  11. Father and Daughter - Paul Simon

  12. Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

  13. Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton

PARENT DANCE SONGS

  1. Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion

  2. Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John

  3. Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra

  4. Days Like This - Van Morrison

  5. You’re The Inspiration - Chicago

  6. You’ve Got A Friend - James Taylor

  7. Child of Mine - Carole King

  8. Hero - Mariah Carey

  9. There You'll Be - Faith Hill

  10. Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler

  11. Count On Me - Bruno Mars

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

  13. Just The Two of Us - Will Smith

  14. That's How Strong My Love Is - Otis Redding

  15. Ain't That Love - Ray Charles

  16. You Are My Sunshine - Johnny Cash

  17. What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

  18. Hold My Hand - Hootie & The Blowfish

  19. The Best Day - Taylor Swift

  20. I Lived - OneRepublic

  21. You Are The Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne

  22. Only One - Kanye West

  23. Stand By Me - Ben E. King

  24. Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

  25. Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison

  26. I’ll Be There - The Jackson 5

  27. Landslide - Fleetwood Mac

  28. Never Grow Up - Taylor Swift

  29. You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban

  30. Forever Young - Rod Steward

  31. Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

  32. In My Life - The Beatles

  33. 93 Million Miles - Jason Mraz

  34. Wild Flowers - Tom Petty

  35. You'll Be In My Heart - Phil Collins

  36. My Wish - Rascal Flatts

  37. The House That Built Me - Miranda Lambert

  38. Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison

  39. If I Should Fall Behind - Bruce Springsteen

  40. Still Fighting It - Ben Folds

  41. Someone To Watch Over Me - Ella Fitzgerald

  42. Through The Years - Kenny Rogers

Soultones + Bel Air Bay Club

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It was a celebration of love at Bel Air Bay Club! Soultones danced the night away with guests and the newlyweds, and it was all made possible by this incredible team of vendors:

Venue: Bel Air Bay Club | Planner: Tricia Dahlgren | Photography + Videography: Anchor Pictures | Hair & Makep: Kelly Zhang Studios | Florals: City Flower LA | Cake: Top Tier Treats | Lighting: Stage Labs

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AMFM + Seven Feathers NYE

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Party hats, sequins, confetti, oh my! AMFM kicked off 2019 by traveling to Seven Feathers in Oregon to perform at a sold out New Year’s celebration. How did you ring in the New Year?

Playlist: Wedding Cocktail Hour Favorites - Oldies Edition

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You’ve just say your “I Do’s” and now it’s time for you and your guests to mingle and sip drinks: cue the cocktail hour playlist! Typically, music during this part of the celebration includes a wide range of genres and isn’t too upbeat in order for guests to be able to converse (and refrain from dancing until after dinner).

Downbeat LA entertainment specialists are always getting requests for oldies and Motown music to be a part of wedding celebrations, so the team decided to curate a cocktail hour playlist specifically for this genre!

Listen to the “Wedding Cocktail Hour - Oldies” playlist below. Also, if you aren’t already following Downbeat LA on Spotify for access to new and always-improved wedding music playlists, what are you waiting for? Click here now, thank us later.

WEDDING COCKTAIL HOUR SONGS - OLDIES FAVORITES

  1. Lovely Day - Bill Withers

  2. Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

  3. You Make My Dreams - Daryl Hall & John Oates

  4. You’re The First, The Last, My Everything - Barry White

  5. Best of My Love - The Emotions

  6. September - Earth, Wind & Fire

  7. For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder

  8. Keep It Comin’ Love - KC & The Sunshine Band

  9. Get Ready - The Temptations

  10. What A Fool Believes - The Doobie Brothers

  11. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes

  12. Come See About Me - The Supremes

  13. Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me, Girl - The Spinners

  14. Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters

  15. (What A) Wonderful World - Sam Cooke

  16. Cheek To Cheek - Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong

  17. My Girl - The Temptations

  18. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell

  19. Wishin’ And Hopin’ - Dusty Springfield

  20. You Send Me - Sam Cooke

  21. Everyday People - Sly & The Family Stone

  22. Baby Love - The Supremes

Soultones + The Belasco Theater

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It was a packed house house at The Belasco Theater for this end-of-the-year party, and Soultones brought it down by doing what they do best - see for yourself in the gallery below:

Gold Standard + SKY Studio LA

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It was a busy holiday season for Downbeat LA, and Gold Standard closed out 2018 by performing at a private event planned by We Crush Events at SKY Studio in Downtown LA. Aerialists soared, specialty cocktails were sipped and the band kept guests singing and dancing all evening in celebration of a successful year!

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Dolce + SmogShoppe

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String quartets are a great way to set the mood for a romantic wedding celebration. Dolce performed for the newlyweds at SmogShoppe in Downtown LA during the al fresco cocktail hour and provided the perfect soundtrack as guests mingled, sipped cocktails and celebrated!

Venue: SmogShoppe | Planner: Orange Blossom Special Events | Photography: Jenn Emerling | Florals: The Little Branch | Band: Downbeat LA (Dolce) | Catering: Made By Meg Catering | Makeup: Makeup Therapy

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Tom Oakley and Missy Peregrym | Photo Credit: Jenn Emerling

Tom Oakley and Missy Peregrym | Photo Credit: Jenn Emerling

Playlist: Wedding Cocktail Hour Favorites

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Music is an integral part of every wedding day! As entertainment specialists, we always have songs ready when couples ask for suggestions on important music moments for the big day, like the first dance, parent dances, ceremony recessionals and more, but one of the most important wedding playlists you need is for the cocktail hour!

A mix of styles is key to keeping the mood light and happy while guests are mingling and enjoying drinks and hors d'oeuvres. The Downbeat LA music team has compiled a list of songs you can find by following the Cocktail Hour Favorites playlist on Spotify, or you can check out the songs below in a range of categories, including Contemporary, Motown/Soul, Country, Classic, Reggae and more (Updated for 2019!)

CONTEMPORARY WEDDING COCKTAIL HOUR SONGS:

  1. All of Me - John Legend

  2. Alaska - Maggie Rogers

  3. Everything - Michael Buble

  4. Better Together - Us The Duo

  5. Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

  6. You Are The Best Thing - Ray La Montagne

  7. Latch (Acoustic) - Sam Smith

  8. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars

  9. Perfect (Duet) - Ed Sheeran, Beyonce

  10. I Do (Cherish You) - 98 Degrees

  11. I Choose You - Sara Bareilles

  12. Valerie - Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse

  13. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

  14. Come Away With Me - Norah Jones

  15. Collide - Howie Day

MOTOWN/SOUL WEDDING COCKTAIL HOUR SONGS

  1. Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing - Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell

  2. Baby Love - The Supremes

  3. For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder

  4. You Make My Dreams - Daryl Hall & John Oates

  5. The Way You Do The Things You Do - The Temptations

  6. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) - Natalie Cole

Follow our special Motown/Oldies Cocktail Hour Playlist here!

WEDDING COCKTAIL HOUR SONG COVERS

  1. I Believe in a Thing Called Love - Branches

  2. Havana (Acoustic) - Matt Johnson

  3. What's Going On - John Legend

  4. XO - John Mayer

  5. Let Me Love You - Fitz and The Tantrums

CLASSIC WEDDING COCKTAIL HOUR SONGS

  1. Dream A Little Dream Of Me - Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong

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

  3. Someone To Watch Over Me - Ella Fitzgerald

  4. Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles

  5. By Your Side - Sade

COUNTRY WEDDING COCKTAIL HOUR SONGS

  1. God Gave Me You - Blake Shelton

  2. God, Your Mama, And Me - Florida Georgia Line, Backstreet Boys

  3. Wanted - Hunter Hayes

  4. Tennis Shoes - Nashville Cast, Lennon & Maisy

REGGAE WEDDING COCKTAIL HOUR SONGS

  1. Is This Love - Bob Marley & The Wailers

  2. Better Together - Jack Johnson

TruBlu + Fairmont San Jose

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Jazz band TruBlu brought its crooner female vocals and world class musicians to The Fairmont San Jose for a private event for our corporate client, Zoom. The stage was set beautifully for a night of live jazz and guests loved every second of the performance from the quartet.  

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Midnight Hour + Hangar 21 South

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There was great music flying around Hangar 21 South with these guys on stage! Midnight Hour made sure everyone had the best time just by doing what they do best.

Venue: Hangar 21 South

Gold Standard + Alexandria Ballrooms

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This was a beautiful evening at Alexandria Ballrooms in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Gold Standard had a blast celebrating the newlyweds, dancing with guests and providing the music for both the cocktail hour and reception!

Venue: Alexandria Ballrooms