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BRIDES New Jersey: Highest Rated Wedding DJs For Your Big Day

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Oct 152016
 

Selecting the musical entertainment for your big day can be a bit overwhelming. After all, everyone knows a DJ can make or break your party with their energy and musical selections. While many brides rely on word of mouth or hire DJs they've experienced as wedding guests themselves, others find comfort in selecting wedding DJs and MCs with rave and plentiful reviews. To help you out, we've compiled a list of the highest-rated wedding DJs in the Garden State.

Elite Sound Entertainment (5 stars, 1008 reviews)

This full-service DJ company aims to provide the ultimate experience for all New Jersey couples. Guaranteeing a unique musical variety that each and every wedding guest will enjoy, Elite Sound Entertainment customizes their approach for each couple and works closely with the bride and groom in preparation for the big event. Also offering an assortment of "extras" from decor to plasma displays and confetti, Elite Sound Entertainment has won numerous awards for excellence. Averaging 400 weddings per year and with over 14 years in the business, this company employs over a dozen emcees and DJs with an average of 8-10 years of experience. Read real brides' reviews here!

SCE Event Group (5 stars, 1106 reviews)
Standing for "Super Cool Events," SCE Event Group guarantees to pack dance floors while raising the bar when it comes to weddings. They use a boutique-style approach to entertainment and service, and offers a variety of packages and options to customize your experience, ensuring attention to detail and excellence. All SCE DJs have made full-time careers out of helping celebrate life's milestones and are ready to add unique flare to your event with party enhancement services including projected monograms, lighting, and musicians. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Elite Entertainment (5 stars, 1183 Reviews)
Having curated the jams for "tens of thousands of weddings," Elite Entertainment believes that charisma, passion, and training are all equal parts of a perfect party. With over 20 entertainers exclusively employed by the company and ready to make their mark on your celebration, their award winning DJs, emcees and singers promise to help you throw a wedding to remember from your first entrance as Mr. & Mrs., to your last dance. Elite Entertainment also offers photography, videography, photo booths, and lighting, too. Read real brides' reviews here!

Dash of Class Entertainment (5 stars, 541 reviews)

Providing DJ services in Staten Island, New Jersey, Brooklyn, and Long Island, Dash of Class Entertainment boasts over 25 years of experience in the music industry. With a hands-on approach that includes consultations and guidance throughout the entire planning process, this DJ company promises to bring the party and entertainment whether you're throwing the party of the year, or a classic affair. Believing that every event, couple, and venue are different, the DJ company builds custom packages for each couple, with the shared idea that one-size-fits-all preset packages are a thing of the past. Each of their 11 emcees brings their unique personality and energy to your event, ensuring a memorable and fun time is had by all. Read real brides' reviews here!

NJs Best DJs (5 stars, 306 reviews)
Owners Dave Nase and Joe Marino have partnered together to bring their experience and professionalism to their passion — weddings. With a shared belief that your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, they promise to help plan, organize, and perform your version of the perfect wedding — regardless of what that might be. Combining their musical knowledge and experience with high energy and magnetism, this company also offers additional services spanning up lighting, photo booths, band/DJ combinations, and more. Read real brides' reviews here!

Still haven't found the perfect way to get your guests on the dance floor? We have even more awesome DJs on our Local Vendors page!

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BRIDES New Jersey: The Best Live Bands for Jersey Weddings

 Entertainment, Local, Music, New Jersey, NY, NJ and CT, Wedding Music  Comments Off on BRIDES New Jersey: The Best Live Bands for Jersey Weddings
Sep 232016
 

When it comes to wedding day music, couples are often torn between deciding on a DJ or a live band. The one thing everyone can agree on? Music can make (or break) a party. To make the decision process a bit easier, we've compiled a list of our four favorite New Jersey wedding bands, sure to get your guests on the dance floor "All Night Long" (...see what we did there?).

Brian Kirk & The Jirks
This 9-12 piece band with Jersey Shore origins has been bringing the music to weddings for the past 10 years, and averages over 60 weddings a year. With an unbelievable horn section, talented vocalists, and dynamic party-presence, Brian Kirk and The Jirks are certain to blow you away with their energy. For your big day, they provide a full production of sound and lighting. With a unique "interactive band" mentality, BK&J offer personalized, one-on one attention and communication with all of their couples to ensure they provide them with the music vibes of their wedding dreams. Read real brides' reviews here!

The Nerds
Behind the thick-rimmed glasses and plaid shirts, this New Jersey-born band specializes in soul and classic rock. For over 25 years, The Nerds have brought music, dancing, and fun to weddings and events throughout the state and country. Loosely based on an SNL skit, The Nerds are exclusively booked through S.T.A.R.S. Productions and call themselves "America's Rock and Roll Fun-Omenon." Their celebratory and sometimes silly vibes combined with their musical flair makes the band the perfect wedding entertainment for the couple looking to celebrate, laugh, and dance the whole night through. Read real brides' reviews here!

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The Benjamins
This popular NJ band performs at over 200 live events per year, making them a powerful force in the music industry. The Benjamins combine oldies, classics, pop, rock, swing, and more to bring the party to your party. With a high energy yet sophisticated style, this band brings a one-of-a-kind experience with them as they aim to keep your guests dancing and partying all night long. With mesmerizing stage presence and an impressive vocal range and repertoire, The Benjamins have also won WeddingWire's Couple's Choice Awards for the past three years, and it's no surprise why. Read real brides' reviews here!

Platinum Band Music
With 10 musicians playing together to bring high-energy dance music to your celebration, Platinum Band consists of experienced and skilled musicians ready to share their talents with you and your wedding guests. With performance options spanning across Top 40, Classic 80s, Motown Hits, Standards, and everything in-between, this band is sure to rock your party, in whichever way your hearts desire. Whether you want to rock out all night to hits inspired by Bon Jovi and Springsteen or prefer the likes of Pitbull and Calvin Harris, Platinum Band Music has got you covered. Read real brides' reviews here!

These bands not quite striking a cord with you? We have more to choose from on our Local Vendors page!

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Sep 222016
 

What's a wedding without music? Whether you go traditional or choose pop songs that speak to your story, the right music will really help your wedding day flow. And that goes for your wedding ceremony, too! So how do you pick the perfect songs to get everyone down the aisle (and back!)? Here are a few tips from our experts.

Before you start building playlists, check in with your ceremony venue. Some, particularly more strictly religious venues, have limits on what types of music you can choose. That might mean you can only choose from a set of traditional options, or you can get creative as long as it's instrumental and doesn't have any words at all. Once you've got a grasp on what's okay, it's time to proceed.

Think about the feeling you're trying to create. Of course, you want the main focus to be "love"! But do you want something calm and subdued, upbeat, or a fun surprise your guests might barely pick up on, like an instrumental version of that rap song the two of you can't help but dance to? Don't be afraid to pick an unexpected genre, especially if there's an acoustic or instrumental version that will nod to your favorite tune without busting out the hard rock on your way down the aisle.

Of course, there are three big moments to pick music for: Both of your processionals (one song each) and the recessional. Your groom's processional could also be the song the wedding party walks down the aisle to, or you could give him a tune all his own, like you'll have. You can choose the songs together, or decide to surprise one another as the first notes are played. Choose songs you love now that you'll also love playing on future anniversaries (or just as you reminisce!). For the recessional, pick something upbeat and happy, as this symbolizes the start of the party! You may also need to choose processional songs for your families or the wedding party. Keep these in a similar tone and style as the songs you've chosen for yourself so everything flows together nicely.

Really need some inspiration? Check out the BRIDES Spotify for ideas!

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BRIDES Florida: 8 City-Centric Tunes for Your Miami Wedding Playlist

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Sep 042016
 

Brides all over the world know that the key to getting guests up and dancing at a wedding is fun, catchy tunes. Luckily, Miami brides have a variety of hits to choose from. These fun, beachy melodies are the perfect Miami-themed songs to make sure every guest at the wedding is having a wonderful time. From nostalgic fun beats like "Miami" by Will Smith to classic songs like "Beyond the Sea" by Bobby Darin, the dance floor will be the place to be if you add any of these to your playlist.

"Miami" by Will Smith
Smith's 1997 single off of Big Willie Style brought us an infectious dance beat and a celebration of Miami's rich diversity. "Miami" won the MTV Video Music Award for "Best Male Video" in 1999. Play this popular hit at your wedding for a little nostalgia with girlfriends as you reminisce about your TRL years.

"Miami" by the Counting Crows
Another throwback, "Miami" by the Counting Crows, is a great low-key, laid-back song to play at cocktail or dinner hour as guests are sipping their drinks, eating, and mingling.

"Move Shake Drop" by Pitbull featuring Flo Rida
The ultimate merge of Florida rappers, this one should be played late in the night as it has quite the club feel. Listen to it once — and you'll be dancing in your seat. But let's be serious — any song by Pitbull is pretty fitting for a wedding in the 305.

"Miami" by Bob Seger
Previously heard on an episode of Miami Vice, this song celebrates the hope and optimism many have when they move to this vibrant city. A great pick for holding your glass high and toasting to the newlyweds post-speech.

"Only in Miami" by Bette Midler
This song is sure to please parents and grandparents alike. The tropical feel of the song has a true Floridian vibe, and the song — which tells the story of a girl who longs to be back in her native Cuba — was also previously featured on Miami Vice.

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"Kokomo" by The Beach Boys
The quintessential beach song, this one is sure to invoke memories among every wedding guest over five. The 1988 song from their album Still Cruisin' is one to be remember, that's for sure.

"Beyond the Sea" by Bobby Darin
An ideal song to slow dance to, Darin's single was released in 1959 — just as swing style was fading. Little ones may remember the song from Disney's Finding Nemo, but after listening to the song, people of all ages will be excited to be in a city so close to the ocean.

"Under the Boardwalk" by The Drifters
If your wedding guest list has a lot of native Floridians, this needs to be on your must-play list. Essential for a beach wedding, this popular summer song by will get everyone in a mellow vibe pre-ceremony.

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The 3 Kinds of Songs to Keep Off Your Wedding Playlist

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Aug 292016
 
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I'm a huge advocate of brides and grooms choosing and using the music they like for the wedding and wedding and reception, regardless of what anybody else's opinion might be. It's your wedding day and nobody else can tell you what you should, or should not, listen to while you're celebrating.

I certainly followed my own advice for my wedding, choosing songs that were significant to us, and to our loved ones, with little regard for the lyrics, and a zero care-factor about whether anybody was offended. There was some teasing when Shaggy's "Wasn't Me" started playing, but the dance floor was totally full.

With that said, despite the fact it's your wedding, you may want to think twice before choosing music that could actually offend some of your wedding guests. There are a LOT of obscene lyrics in some of the most popular hits today. And while it's so common that you might not even notice them anymore, odds are your grandmother and her friends will be shaking their heads. You have to be especially careful if you've invited a lot of children to the wedding because you don't want to make their parents angry.

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As a general rule, there are three themes to be avoided. Unless, of course, they're your favorite songs and you don't care what your guests think.

1. Songs About Anger or Revenge
Think Alanis Morisette, Papa Roach, Avril Lavigne... unless it's really danceable, you're just creating an awkward moment where it didn't exist. Pretty much everything by Pink has something in it about Carey Hart, most of it not very nice.

2. Depressing Ballads
Love songs are one thing, but songs about loves lost are entirely different. If you're a Clapton fan, go with "Wonderful Tonight" in lieu of "Tears in Heaven." George Straight lovers are better off using "I Cross my Heart" than "All My Exes Live in Texas." Unless, of course, you're actually from Texas and your guests will find it hilarious.

3. Bitter Jams
"You Give Love a Bad Name," "Tainted Love," "I Will Survive," and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" may actually draw your friends to the dance floor, but they don't convey the loving vibe you want your day to have. There are just as many happy dance tunes to work into your playlist.

Remember, it's your wedding and even if your favorite music isn't popular or necessarily appropriate, you can still use it. Just remember to ask the DJ to sandwich anything potentially controversial between typical wedding standbys, like a Michael Jackson mix, or the Grease mash-up.

If you like line dances, you should do them no matter how much flack you get from your less coordinated friends. Ignore anybody who doesn't like country music if that's your fave. At the end of the day, the wedding music you choose should reflect the taste and personality of the wedding couple, even if that taste isn't the current trend.

Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events and author of How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional. Sandy is the star of TLC's reality show Wedding Island, about her destination wedding planning company, Weddings in Vieques.

BRIDES Florida: Miami Wedding Bands That Will Please Every Wedding Guest

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Aug 042016
 

After saying your vows and eating an incredible meal, the perfect wedding is usually accomplished with a full night with your friends and family dancing under the stars. Top 40 bands have some catchy beats and latin flare can get the dance floor grooving, but sometimes a couple is begging for songs from another era — that guests across generations will know and love. Whether you're the couple that prefers Frank Sinatra's well-known hits or the couple that wants the vintage rock of '70s Rolling Stones, the below bands provide you with the best of Miami while celebrating your wedding reception in the way you've always dreamed.

Jerry Wayne's Private Party Band
Jerry Wayne's Private Party Band has years of experience and performance knowledge, meaning that they have the background necessary to perfectly deliver the classic wedding of your dreams. They pride themselves on avoiding a "cookie cutter" approach to weddings. Rather, the group much prefers to be open to any changes you may request to make your wedding customized to your tastes and preferences. Included on this list because of their unique, fun take on classic singles, the group enjoys mixing in some current trends with the goal to achieve a memorable wedding that your guests will be talking about for years to come. Read real brides' reviews here!

Jeff Grainger & The Hoboken 11
If the swinging styles of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin are your cup of tea, then Jeff Grainger & The Hoboken 11 are the band for you. Fully clad in tuxedos, the group's deep baritone voice and incredibly skilled musicians will make you feel instantly transported through time. While the group is full of youthful energy, their fun vibe is matched only by their professionalism and musical talent — as many of the band-mates played in the Symphony Orchestra together in Cuba prior to coming to Miami. Whether you're interested in Jeff playing a solo show over your cocktail hour or you'd prefer a full 17-piece band complete with a string section, Jeff Grainger & The Hoboken 11 will set the scene perfectly for your classic event.

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The Cat Daddies
The Cat Daddies are Miami's premier band for the classic rock-loving couple. After playing together for the past 11 years, these four band-mates are incredible musicians that still love to have a lot of fun on stage. While willing to be accommodating to any couple, The Cat Daddies pride themselves on playing the top songs on the B side of albums — the songs that you love, but you forgot how much you loved them. Being a group of two guitars, one bass, and one drummer, this group can fit perfectly in any size venue, from a small space to 500-person weddings.

Dancing to the beat of a different drummer? Browse our Miami Bands page to find dozens of other wedding musicians in the sunshine state!

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These Are the Top 10 First Dance Songs in the World, According to Spotify

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Jul 122016
 

Some brides and grooms opt for a first dance song that is uniquely tailored to their love story. As adorable and thought-provoking as that may be, for some other couples, they just simply don't have a go-to love song to call their own. While there's no right or wrong first dance choice for your wedding, if you're struggling to pick a tune that'll blow all of your guests away we suggest taking a look at Spotify's recently released Top 50 First Dance Songs.

After analyzing thousands of playlists named 'first dance,' the music-streaming service found that Ed Sheehan's Thinking Out Loud came out on top as the most popular first dance song (in the entire world!). And with lyrics like, "When my hair's all but gone and my memory fades and the crowds don't remember my name...when my hands don't play the strings the same way, mm I know you will still love me the same" is that really that much of a surprise?! Before the most romantic song of our ~generation~ was released though, Etta James' 1960's hit At Last consistently topped the first dance charts.

Can you guess the rest of the top ten first dance tunes? Check them out below:

1. Ed Sheehan — Thinking Out Loud
2. Etta James — At Last
3. Ray LaMontagne — You Are The Best Thing
4. John Legend — All of Me
5. Christina Perri — A Thousand Years
6. Adele — Make You Feel My Love
7. Jason Mraz — I Won't Give Up
8. Michael Bublé — Everything
9. Jack Johnson — Better Together
10. Lonestar — Amazed

Here's the full Spotify list:

And if you need a little more music inspo for your wedding reception, look no further than Spotify's Top 50 Wedding Reception Songs. Obviously Don't Stop Believin' by Journey is number one. Hey, ya can't mess with the classics, brides!

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BRIDES Chicago: 7 Chi-Town Tunes You Need to Add to Your Wedding Playlist

 Chicago, Illinois, Local, Music, Wedding Music, Wedding Receptions  Comments Off on BRIDES Chicago: 7 Chi-Town Tunes You Need to Add to Your Wedding Playlist
May 132016
 

You have your dress picked out, hair and makeup artist on call, and your bridesmaids assembled. But when it comes to the reception, you need to make sure your guests rockin' out to the best tunes — keeping the party going all night long. And if you're a Chicago bride, chances are you want to pay homage to the Windy City. That's easy to do when it comes to your wedding playlist, as there are tons of Chicago-focused songs, perfect for any Chi-town bride. Behold, the ultimate Chicago song playlist.

1. "My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)" by Frank Sinatra
"New York, New York's" cousin, "My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)" was originally part of the musical score for the 1964 movieThe Rat Pack Robin and the 7 Hoods starring Frank Sinatra. It lost to Mary Poppins in both the Academy and Grammy Awards that year but now is the ultimate homage to the Windy City.

2. "Dancing in the Street" by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Not only is it the perfect summer anthem, "Dancing in the Street" mentions Chicago in its lyrics, They're dancin' in Chicago, down in New Orleans, in New York City. Play this at your wedding, and you'll please everyone — from your grandparents to your teenage cousins.

3. "Chicago" by Michael Jackson
This song was released on Jackson's posthumous album Xscape. It's old-school MJ and perfect for dance floor dance-offs.

4. "Homecoming" by Kanye West
This song is a perfect pick for later in the evening after grandparents and other elderly family members head to their respective hotel rooms for the night. And since it's Mr. Kim Kardashian's tribute to Chicago, which happens to be his hometown, you know it'll be a Chicago-loving crowd-pleaser.

5. "All the Way" by Eddie Vedder
Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder created this song as a tribute to the Chicago Cubs, and it's ideal for a sing-along once the champagne is flowing. Chances are if you've grown up in Chicago, your entire family knows every word.

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6. "The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace
Recorded in 1974, this song will bring some major nostalgia to your parents and their friends — while simultaneously getting everyone on the dance floor. Fun fact: it's not just cool to Chicagoans; it reached number one on the Billboard charts during the summer of '74.

7. "On the South Side of Chicago" by Freddy Cole
This song is an excellent dinner hour choice, as it is jazzy, relaxing, and perfect for getting everyone ready for the romantic and fun evening ahead. Fun fact: Freddy Cole is Nat King Cole's brother and the late Natalie Cole's uncle.

Now that we have your ultimate Chicago playlist for you, you'll need a DJ. Read about who we named the five most popular DJs in Chicago, including Music by Design (read real brides' reviews here!) and White Label DJs (read real brides' reviews here!).

And for even more Chicago-centric wedding fun, head to our local vendors page to find Chi-Town experts who'll make your big day dream come true!

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BRIDES Chicago: 6 DJs for Your Multicultural Playlist

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Apr 062016
 

The wedding DJ you choose can make or break the tone of your reception. As a bride, you know that to keep your guests dancing all night long, it's important to have the right energy and tunes that fit your family's culture. Here are some of the best Latino, Polish, and Indian DJs spinning the best beats in Chicago.

Latino: DJ Patufiesta
The DJ Patufiesta team offers a unique experience and atmosphere that's elegant, professional, and exciting. They are committed to helping your vision of a perfect wedding come alive, and their bilingual DJs/master of ceremony will make sure that your night runs smoothly and on time. At your pre-event consultation, the team will work with you to perfect all your details and choose the best blend of Latin and American music — that will keep your guests dancing throughout the night.

Latino: DJ Buena Beats
DJ BuenaBeats has a wide variety of Latin music for your wedding reception, with over 80,000 available titles. As a Latin wedding DJ, Jorge will help you locate traditional music for your ceremony, personal and time-honored favorites for your reception, as well as provide lighting and atmosphere for both. He has 3 packages for couples to choose from — ranging five to six hours of music for up to 250 people.

Polish: DJ State of Mind
State of Mind is one of the top Polish-American DJs in Chicago. Karol takes every request, plays a wide range of genres from today's radio hits to forgotten favorites — including Disco Polo and Moombahton. His song selection — along with his sophisticated sound equipment — will keep your guests happily dancing on the dance floor. A bonus for those with Polish-speaking relatives: Karol speaks both English and Polish fluently and can readily accommodate both types of audiences, offering packages that include Polish folk dances and a Polish folk band. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Polish: DJ Mark Skorusa
DJ Mark Skorusa is a bilingual Polish-American DJ who has been DJing for over 10 years, specializing in weddings. Skorusa has an extensive library of music ranging from the 1920s to current hits. As far as equipment, Mark carries two mixers, two dual CD players, two amplifiers, and two microphones to every event, so he has a backup system regardless of the situation.Read real brides' reviews here!

Indian: DJ Prashant
DJ Prashant has been a professional DJ since 1996, and is one of the premiere Indian wedding DJs in the Chicago, Milwaukee, and Indiana area. Prashant's company, Indian Sunrise has just received the WeddingWire Couple's Choice Award 2016, and has a wide collection of music — including Hindi Bollywood, Bhangra, Hip Hop, Telugu, Tamil, Arabic, and Indian Classical in addition to Top 40 hits. His company offers professional entertainers, DJs, dhols players, and state-of-the-art sound system and lighting with special effects. Read real brides' reviews here!

Indian: DJ Harsh
DJ Harsh has been providing "sonic ambience" for special events since 1998. Harsh's business is run exclusively through preferred vendor lists and referrals. Before your wedding, Harsh has an in-person consultation. He has DJed at many popular wedding venues throughout Chicago — from quirky venues such as Carnivale to huge ones such as the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier. For the bride that doesn't want to worry about anything regarding playlists — he handles everything from soup to nuts when it comes to music selection, and does so with the knowledge of a highly experienced professional. Read real brides' reviews here!

Want to see more Chicago DJs? Check out our Chicago DJs page to find the perfect sound for your wedding!

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The Ultimate Wedding Playlist for the Empire-Obsessed Couple

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Mar 312016
 
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As obsessed with Empire as we are? Were you counting the minutes to the show's return last night? Are you constantly jamming to Jamal and Hakeem Lyon's incredibly catchy tunes ("No Doubt About It" we're looking at you!)? Maybe it's time to bring a little bit of Empire into your wedding planning.

If you're looking for a wedding playlist that will quickly get your guests out on the dance floor look no further than Empire!

The show has taken the country by storm and now it's time to fuel your late-night dance party with the Lyon family's best hits. With a wide range of phenomenal hip-hop hits, it's no wonder Empire is one of the most beloved shows on TV. And by beloved, we actually mean people are absolutely, positively obsessed with the insane drama that surrounds Lucius, Cookie, and the rest of the Lyon family. But, drama aside, it's all about the music, and these jams have been seriously stuck in our heads since the series debuted. So naturally, Empire's best hits are sure to make a perfect playlist to get yourreception party started stat.

We've chosen a mix of Hakeem's rap hits, Jamal's sensitive and moving R&B songs, Tiana's sexy, dance-worthy beats, and we even threw in a song featuring the whole Empire cast (aka the Lyon family) for good measure. Just try not to shake your hips to "Adios" or "You're So Beautiful." It's impossible! And chances are, your guests are just as excited as you are to incorporate this truly addictive show into your wedding playlist. Now excuse us while we indulge in some bottomless mimosas. Bottoms up!

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Playlist (in order):


  1. "Drip Drop" Hakeem & Tiana

  2. "Adios" Tiana

  3. "No Apologies" Hakeem & Jamal

  4. "Mimosa" Tiana

  5. "Conqueror" Delphine & Jamal

  6. "Bad Girl" Tiana

  7. "Power of the Empire" Hakeem & Empire cast

  8. "Live in the Moment" Hakeem & Jamal

  9. "You're So Beautiful" Jamal

  10. "No Doubt about It" Jamal & Pitbull

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