Orange Grove Blvd was once called “Millionaire’s Row”.
Look to “tradition” for wedding ideas.
It is true that people get inspired and amazing things “just happen” at a celebration. When working out ceremony music with a couple I sometimes suggest inserting a tradition like a Wine Ceremony, Sand Ceremony, or Flowers to Mothers… This sets the stage for the couple and or guests to express themselves. And yes, amazing things happen!
Christina and Ket wanted to acknowledge their parents during their wedding ceremony.
A tea ceremony is an Asian tradition dating back to the 9th century where the Bride and Groom serve tea to their parents as a way of honoring them. The “tea ceremony” is literally translated as “way of tea” in Japanese, and “art of tea” in Chinese.
Elegant Music Quartet – Creative Wedding Ceremony Music
Usually done as a separate private ceremony the tea ceremony can be easily inserted into a wedding ceremony.
In addition to wanting contemporary music for her wedding ceremony Christina chose a traditional Chinese song called “The Moon Represents My Heart” to be performed during the Tea Ceremony. There are words to this beautiful melody. See: Tea Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony Program @ Pasadena Museum of History
Groom with 1 Groomsmen
Parents of the Groom
Mother of the Bride with Escort
Music: Home, Philip Phillips
Music: Hey Ho, Luminares
Music: Moon Represents My Heart, Traditional Chinese
Music: Dog Days are Over, Florence & The Machine
Wedding Reception and DJ Dance Music
There are three parts to my DJ Service:
- DJ Dance Floor Surround Sound
Surround sound focuses music on the dancers away from seated guests. Also, for outdoor locations dance music is not bouncing all over the neighborhood; it’s on the dance floor where it belongs. See: DJ Dance Floor Surround Sound
- Professional Announcing
Professional announcing starts with an itinerary SKETCH. This is really just a logical sequence that the event could take for that location. This sketch is further developed to include scripted announcements. See: A Full Evening of Entertainment
- Choosing Dance Music
Choosing dance music is a lot of fun. One great song leads to another. See: Song Lists and Choosing Your Favorite Dance Music
Here is a partial list of dance music I played for Christina and Ket as their DJ/MC.
Don’t Stop Believing, Journey
Feel This Moment (feat. Christina Aguilera), Pitbull
Danza Kuduro, Don Omar
It’s Tricky, Run-DMC
Teach Me How to Dougie, Cali Swag District
Baby Got Back, Sir Mix-a-Lot
Fancy (feat. Charli XCX), Iggy Azalea
Bye Bye Bye, NSYNC
No One, Alicia Keys
Gangnam Style, PSY
Like a G6 , Far East Movement
Cake by the Ocean, DNCE
CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!, Justin Timberlake
Turn Down For What, DJ Snake & Lil Jon
California Love, 2Pac, Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman
All of Me, John Legend
Un-thinkable (I’m Ready), Alicia Keys
Wagon Wheel, Old Crow Medicine Show
Naughty Girl, Beyonce
Bust A Move, Young MC
Shout, Isley Brothers
Shake It Off, Taylor Swift
Love On Top, Beyonce
The Edge of Glory, Lady Gaga
Fireball (feat. John Ryan), Pitbull
Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough, Michael Jackson
Treasure, Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars), Mark Ronson
Shut Up and Dance With Me, WALK THE MOON
Happy, Pharrell Williams
Girl On Fire, Alicia Keys
Harvest Moon, Neil Young
Crazy Love, Van Morrison
Your Love Is King, Sade
Count On Me, Bruno Mars
Trouble, Ray LaMontagne
Babel, Mumford & Sons
This I Promise You, NSYNC
You Belong With Me, Taylor Swift
Biggest Part of Me, Ambrosia
Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Dinner and Dancing. It all came together beautifully.
Congratulations Christina and Ket!
Sincerely, Eric Zimmermann
Elegant Music 626-797-1795
PS: Pasadena, California is rich in history and has many beautiful locations for weddings and celebrations. I look forward to talking with you about your ideas for your special event.
PPS: Also see: Chariot Races @ Rose Parade, Pasadena Celebrates!
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