Spring Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Wedding Entertainment | DJ Brian B

We Love Providing Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Wedding Entertainment…especially for great couples.

This past weekend we were back at one of our favorite venues for a Spring Wedding – Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort for Cindy and Chris’ wedding. When you’re providing Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Wedding entertainment and handling the activities for such a great couple, you want to be sure everything is top notch.

I (Brian B) feel like I have known Cindy forever. We probably chatted at least once a month from the time she booked with us up until the wedding day. I love those types of clients. They actually were already married (Chris is in the military) so this celebration was for family and friends.

Cindy had the complete B-Boy experience. Beyond what Sandestin provides, we covered everything else except for floral and photography. You can’t put a price on having our entire team there. The chemistry with our crew working together is umatched.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Wedding Entertainment

 

Sandestin Photo Booth

Venue: Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort, Sandestin, FL
Ceremony Music: B-Boy Productions
Officiant: Eric Partin, B-Boy Productions
Headliner DJ/MC: DJ Brian B, B-Boy Productions
Photography: Melissa Wilson Photography
Photo Booth: B-Boy Photobooths
Floral: It’s a Perfect Day
Cake: Bake My Day

When we started the planning process, the collaboration with Cindy and Chris was effortless. They wanted to do as many unique things that we could come up with so we did a LOT of them – from bride and groom trivia, to the anniversary countdown, to the garter switch to a celebrity sighting and grand exit!

Reception Formality Music

    • Grand Entrance (Wedding Party): “24K Magic (Instrumental)” by Bruno Mars
    • Grand Entrance (Bride/Groom): “I’m All Yours” by Jay Sean feat. Pitbull
    • First Dance: “I Get To Love You” by Ruelle
    • Father/Daughter Dance: “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
    • Mother/Son Dance: “A Song For Mama” by Boyz II Men
    • Cake Cut: “Sugar” by Maroon 5
    • Bouquet Toss: “Milkshake” by Kelis
    • Garter Removal: “Candy Shop” by 50 Cent
    • Garter Toss: “Big Pimpin” by Jay-Z
    • Celebrity Sighting: “Tearin’ Up My Heart” by N’Sync

 

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Wedding Entertainment

Top Wedding Sing-Along Songs

We love lists and anything music related that can help our clients. With that in mind, we present to you the Top Wedding Sing-along Songs. If you’re looking for song ideas to give your DJ or band to play, consider these on our list. From our personal experience, they go over really well. Your crowd will instantly engage and it will take your event energy to a higher level.

Top Wedding Sing-Along

In no particular order, here are some of our recommendations:

  • No Scrubs – TLC
  • Piano Man – Billy Joel
  • Closer – The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
  • FourFiveSeconds – Rihanna, Kaye West and Paul McCartney
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  • Shout – Otis Day & The Knights
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  • It’s Wasn’t Me – Shaggy feat. Ricardo Ducent
  • Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  • Get Low – Lil Jon & The Eastside Boys feat. Ying Yang Twins
  • This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
  • Shots – LMFAO feat. Lil Jon
  • Dynamite – Taio Cruz
  • I Love It – Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX
  • Old Time Rock And Roll – Bob Seger
  • Yeah – Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris
  • Baby Got Back – Sir Mix A Lot
  • Ride With Me – Nelly
  • Mo Money Mo Problems – Notorious B.I.G. feat. Mase and Puff Daddy
  • Work From Home – Fifth Harmony
  • Poison – Bel Biv Devoe
  • Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds
  • I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
  • Girl Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
  • Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
  • Super Freak – Rick James
  • Hot In Herre – Nelly
  • Blow – Ke$ha
  • Timber – Pitbull feat. Ke$ha
  • Give Me Everything Tonight – Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
  • Danza Kuduro – Don Omar feat. Lucenzo
  • Return Of The Mack – Mark Morrison
  • Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  • Hold On – Wilson Phillips
  • Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks
  • Bust A Move – Young MC
  • Firework – Katy Perry
  • Tuesday – I Love Makonnen feat. Drake
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston

What would you add to this list? Comment below. Need more event or song ideas? Contact us and we’ll be glad to help.

New B-Boy Entertainment Option: DJ Furniture

For years, it bothered us. Couples would be spend good money on flowers, linens and other decor items to have a certain aesthetic for the wedding of their dreams.  Then, here we come as the DJ and we’re presented with a 6′ banquet table to set our gear on.  We did our best to mask our cables and gear with a “facade” to present a polished and clean appearance and from the guest point of view, it looked pretty clean but there wasn’t a wow factor.

It also felt much like a kid who hides all their toys under their bed when they know their parents are coming in to do a room inspection or an adult who throws all their clutter in the closet when guests come over. It may appear you’ve pulled one over on them, but inside you know it’s not how you want it to be.  This was the picture (below) that sealed the deal for us that we needed to be better. Making a clean and professional work station is part of what we constantly strive for so now we’ve added it as a New B-Boy Entertainment Option.

New B-Boy Entertainment Option:

The photographer took a picture from our angle of our entertainers and while we love the excitement and look of both of them, we could NEVER use this picture in any of our marketing because it just didn’t sit well with us. It looked messy. Again, the client and guests couldn’t see it from their vantage point but we could. Bottom line, our clients deserved better.

We worked with some designers on some DJ specific furniture to really take our presentation to the next level.  We’ve put together a promo video to showcase it off to you.

Currently, these pieces are only available in our Florida and NYC locations (sorry CA clients). If you’re interesting in ordering a piece for your event, contact us today.  They are in limited supply and booked on a first come, first serve basis.  In our Florida market, we are the only company who offers this.  Have your event stand out from the rest!

Brian B Entertains as Wedding DJ at the Emerald Grande Destin Harborview Room

This year I (Brian B) have been booked more and more as a destination event DJ across the country and abroad while growing our New York City operations. When opportunities now come to perform on the Emerald Coast, I relish them. Saturday was no exception. I got back to our Florida regional office performing as a Wedding DJ at the Emerald Grande Destin in the Harborview Room. The Spring weather was exceptional (very little to no humidity). Paired with the amazing Chris Alvarado who handled the ceremony and cocktail hour music, the entertainment was on another level. For an intimate group of 50 guests, this was an extreme musical treat all night and they were blown away. It’s been a few years since I personally worked at the Emerald Grand. One of the things that impressed me the most about the venue is their “pro” client and vendor approach. Cindy and her team couldn’t have been more nice and accommodating to every request of the vendors and the client. In the event industry, this is something that isn’t as common as one would think. Kudos to the Emerald Grande and their team.

Wedding DJ at the Emerald Grande Destin

Venue: Emerald Grande Harborview Room, Destin, FL
Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Guitarist/Vocalist: Chris Alvarado, B-Boy Productions
Headliner DJ/MC: DJ Brian B, B-Boy Productions
Photography: Kansas Pitts Photography
Videography: Silver Shade Studios

One of the things I now appreciate more than ever is that guests were asked to be “present” and not take any photos at the event. This allowed them to soak in every bit of the wedding experience. I honored their request as well and took my picture pre-event. I brought in our plush white facade which accents that room perfectly. With our clean Bose speaker set-up and production lighting, the event was every bit what the bride and groom, Jenny and Greg, had dreamed it would be and more.

Emerald Grande Harborview Room Wedding

Reception Formality Music

    • Grand Entrance (Wedding Party): “Happy” by Pharrell
    • Grand Entrance (Bride/Groom): “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
    • First Dance: “Every Night” by Tyrone Wells
    • Uncle/Bride & Groom/Mother-In-Law Dance: “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood
    • Mother/Son Dance: “Let It Be” by The Beatles
    • Last Dance: “I Get To Love You” by Ruelle

Band vs DJ – Everything you need to know to find the right music for your wedding

 We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams, wandering by lone sea-breakers, and sitting by desolate streams;—World-losers and world-forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams: Yet we are the movers and shakers Of the world for ever, it seems. Arthur O’Shaughnessy

Choosing a Band or DJ…So, how do you find the right music for your wedding?

The question as to whether to hire a band vs DJ for a wedding reception isn’t a new one. Let’s be honest – the band was and still is king of wedding entertainment as far as most couple’s perceptions go.  The DJ has been playing catch-up since making a significant presence in the wedding industry during the 1980s and the gap is definitely closing. Though our company’s bread and butter is our DJ service, we have two bands on our roster that we book out regularly.

find the right music for your wedding

There are a few different factors that you should consider when deciding on your type of wedding entertainment:

BUDGET: Most wedding bands will be composed of at least 4 pieces but will more likely be a minimum of 6-7 pieces. Based on the sheer amount of people in the band, plus rider requirements, there is often a wide margin between the cost of a live band versus a DJ/MC for your wedding. Depending on the amount of production (including a lighting tech, separate MC, etc.) and the talent level/name recognition, a DJ could get close to the band rate but often this is not the case.

THE LIVE ELEMENT: There is something to be said about the “live” element of a band. The music can feel more alive and the great bands have vocalists that are fantastic at interacting with the crowd. That is a huge positive for a band. One drawback, however, is that bands typically will take breaks throughout their events utilizing an iPad or house music to fill the time they’re gone. DJs don’t require breaks and live-mixing tracks can give guests the feeling that the entertainment never stops. Couple this with great crowd interaction from a talented DJ/MC and you can have an entertainer that feels every bit as present.

SPACE: Depending on the size of both the band and the venue, this should not be overlooked. Bands aren’t just the talent and their instruments.  There is significant more “backline” (amps, monitors, staging, etc.).  If you have a big ballroom with a modest crowd size, this is no doubt a positive as it’ll fill the space and make it feel like a packed house. However if your venue has limited space. the live band may take up too large of a footprint. Conversely, a DJ has lower space requirements, only needing enough room for speakers, lighting and their DJ equipment.

MUSIC LIBRARY: For some, this is a deal breaker.  A band will provide the couple with a playlist of what they can play at their wedding. This is fantastic if you like everything on their list.  Another advantage is that you know the boundaries of exactly what they will/won’t play. The negative is having guests ask for songs not on their list or if you want a specific song for your formality dance(s) and need the band to learn some material.  Not all bands are willing to learn new music and those that do, may charge for it (understandable, as it may be a song they will only ever play for your event).  A DJ, on the other hand, should have more music on hand than can possibly be played at your event. This advantage has your wedding DJ ready for any request that may come their way or if they sense a shift in where to take the crowd and need to make adjustments during the reception.

MC VALUE: Not always talked about, the MC component is critical. The great bands have a lead vocalist trained in wedding protocol to make the traditional announcements.  The same could be said for DJs.  The great DJs should have gone through an MC course to know how to segue through formalities and lead the evening. Our entire staff goes through an 18 week MC course before ever stepping in front of a wedding crowd. It’s that important to us. As an entertainment expert, let me say this: The MC component will make or break the entertainment portion of your event. Worst case scenario, the DJ or band loses power, are they trained to deal with being able to keep the party going somehow? One wise person I know said, “You should entertain as if the whole crowd is blind and can’t see what’s happening on the dance floor.  If you’re leading them with your voice and not just the music, they’ll know how good the party is.”  There’s a lot of truth in that. The best way to check the skill set is to ask for video. Here’s a simple video from a go-pro of one of our DJs and within 2 minutes you can tell this MC is extremely proficient.

Band or DJ: Why not BOTH?!

Here’s an idea: why not combine the two and get the best of both worlds?  In this scenario, the band generally takes the lead (at least in the beginning of the night). Here’s a few ideas of how this could work:

BAND PLUS MC ONLY: As stated above, the great DJs should be polished MCs.  If nothing else, hire someone for this element along with the band.  They will take off the pressure from a band where this may not be their strong suit.  The MC can handle the grand entrance, formality dance(s), and other necessary announcing as needed in an articulate, professional manner. With no DJ gear necessary, this could potentially warrant a discounted rate as well.

BAND PLUS DJ/MC: The advantage to this is not only can you address the MC concern mentioned above, but now you have the DJ to fill in the gaps musically when the band goes on breaks or they need to play songs that the band doesn’t know. The shift back and forth in energy from band to DJ can be a good thing with excellent entertainers that know know how to work off one another. NOTE: It’s critical for the DJ to get the band song list ahead of time and not step on toes and play music that the band is planning on playing. DJs have more flexibility music-wise and should adjust around the band’s song list.

BAND PLUS AFTER PARTY DJ: For those that don’t want the party to stop and are looking to add a twist to the entertainment, this is a great option. As soon as the band is done, the guests walk to a different room or venue and a DJ is there ready to rock the hardcore party crowd.  Add in some late night snacks and beverages and it has the potential to be what everyone is talking about the next day.

 

Every couple is unique and your wedding entertainment should fit what you’re looking for. We offer both Bands and DJs for that very reason. Need more ideas? Contact us and we’ll be glad to talk through what your vision is for your wedding day and guide you as best we can.

Fort Walton Beach Wedding Venue, WaterVue At Brooks Street | Keith & Jennifer

Wedding season is upon us again, and 2017 started off with a BANG for me (DJ Dan Davis) at WaterVue At Brooks St. for Keith & Jennifer Bivins’ wedding. Watervue is such a great Fort Walton Beach Wedding Venue. The weather was absolutely perfect. We had met the bride and groom at a wedding showcase of ours over a year ago at this very location. This venue is one of our favorites in the Fort Walton Beach area and I got a chance to work with an amazing group of vendors (some for the very first time).

Watervue At Brooks Street Wedding

 

Venue: WaterVue at Brooks Street, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Coordination: Jeanie Scott, Swiss Luxeries
Florals/Design: The Bloomgirl Destin
Headliner DJ/MC: DJ Dan Davis, B-Boy Productions
Photography: Alexandria White Photography
Caterer: Culinary Catering 365

I had a career first happen at Jennifer and Keith’s wedding. Keith’s mother, unfortunately, had passed away recently so instead of a traditional Mother and Son formality dance, Keith and his step-daughter, Lydia, shared a dance together to…. “Everything is AWESOME!” from The Lego Movie!” Their crowd had great energy, and it wasn’t long before we were dancing the night away!”

Fort Walton Beach Wedding Venue

 

Reception Formality Music

    • Grand Entrance (Wedding Party): “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
    • Grand Entrance (Bride/Groom): “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada
    • First Dance: “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker
    • Father/Daughter Dance: “Unforgettable,” by Nat & Natalie King Cole
    • Step-Father/Step-Daughter: “Everything is Awesome” by Teagan & Sara and The Lonely Island
    • Cake Cut: “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies
    • Bouquet Toss: “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies
    • Garter Removal: “You Can Leave Your Hat on” by Joe Cocker
    • Garter Toss: “Sexy And I Know It” by LMFAO

Fort Walton Beach Wedding

Spring Wedding At The Henderson Wedding Venue In Destin

The Radigan-Noonan Spring wedding At The Henderson in Destin, FL was an affair to remember. This is the hottest new property in the area and definitely the hottest new Wedding Venue in Destin. There was a bit of cloud cover lingering above the horizon before the prelude and I (Josh, the DJ/MC) mentioned to Mike, the groom, that the sunset pictures were going to be amazing. I was not wrong!

Wedding Venue In Destin

Venue: The Henderson, Destin, FL
Coordination: Sherri Kuhn, Destin To Wed
Florals/Design: Bella Flora 30A
Officiant: Barry Carpenter, B-Boy Productions
Headliner DJ/MC: DJ Josh Woeckener, B-Boy Productions
Photography: Michael K Photography
Cake: Bake My Day
Photo Booth: B-Boy Photo Booths

The ceremony was a classical/classy moment with the Wedding Party walking into “Canon in D”, the bride came down the aisle to “Marry Me” by Train and the recessional was “The Arrival of Queen Sheba” by Handel. Transitioning to the Terrace for cocktail hour, the guests were serenaded by a large array of selections from artists including The Goo Goo Dolls, Frank Sinatra, Adele, and The Police.

Reception Formality Music

      • Grand Entrance: “I Gotta Feelin” by Black Eyed Peas
      • First Dance: “All Of Me” by John Legend
      • Cake Cut: “Sugar” by Maroon 5
      • Last Dance: “Signed Sealed Delivered” by Stevie Wonder

With very few formalities, it was a night full of dancing. My favorite musical transition of the night was “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran into “Faith” By George Michael. “Faith” was one of their ‘must plays’ and it was cool to be able to blend the older with the new and the tempos and keys seemed to go together perfectly. It was a GREAT dancing crowd. As guests enjoyed dancing, they also took full advantage of the photo booth. What a way to set the tone for the first wedding of the Spring season at The Henderson.

B-Boy Photo Booths

How Long Should Your Reception last and What You Can do Without

With wedding season here, we thought we’d address 2 topics that have been huge conversation pieces with our brides and grooms during our sales consultations and creative planning meetings. The first is “How Long Should Your Reception last”. This is based on two things: your attendance count and the meal type (buffet or plated). With large guest counts, this typically means large families and wedding parties. Photos can take a bit longer, there are more toasts, and dinner will take longer regardless of meal type. The ideal wedding reception ends with a packed dance floor and the bride/groom having to decide whether or not to go a little longer. Some guidelines would be for 50-150 people, a 3-4 hour time frame is generally perfect. For every 50-100 people over, add an hour. So if you had between 200-250, you’re looking at a 4-5 hour time frame. If you have a plated dinner as opposed to a buffet, add 30 minutes for each additional course to the times listed above. The extra 30 minutes accounts for taking orders and the extra course delivery/clean-up. Anything less than a 3 hour event for 50+ attendees would feel rushed so give yourself at least that amount of time.

How Long Should Your Reception last

We also get couples asking us what they can take out of the formalities to have more time for dancing because they have a real party crowd. Let this be your rule of thumb: there are no rules. In this day and age, you can do whatever you want so don’t feel restricted by tradition or what everyone else is doing. That said, here’s a few suggestions:

*Grand Entrance: Just introduce the couple of honor. This can shave anywhere between 5-10 minutes from the beginning of the reception.

*Formality Dances: Combine 2 or all 3. Obviously, you want each person to feel special and get those important photos. We’ve had a dance start with just the bride/groom and then we ask the parents to join them about half way through. Going this route, you take 9 minutes worth of dances and get it down to 2-3 minutes. If you want to have the first dance with just your spouse, another way is to combine just the parents dances. Start with the father/daughter and then ask the groom and his mom to join halfway in.

*Move Toasts To The Rehearsal Dinner: Generally most rehearsal dinners don’t have time limits and everyone can be given a platform to speak. Toasts these days can go anywhere from 10-20 minutes so this is a great way to recoup some time.

*No Cake Cut: This has really started to trend with going away altogether in lieu of tiered cupcakes or donuts or a dessert station and just having the DJ/MC announce when it’s open. This is a 5-10 minute formality time saver.

*No Tosses: Another trend starting to develop is no garter removal/toss. We’re seeing this less and less. If you remove the bouquet toss as well, you’re looking at a pick-up of at least 10-15 minutes. If you want to give away the bouquet, think about having the DJ/MC honor the longest married couple and give it to them. It’s a cool moment that can be created during dinner with no time taken away from dancing.

If you incorporate these tips, you’re looking at giving you and your guests anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour of extra dance time. Want more ideas? Don’t hesitate in contacting us. We’d be glad to help.

Intimate: NYC Wedding Entertainment at The Little Beet Table

Djing and providing NYC Wedding Entertainment always makes for some fun experiences. You see, New York City is known for its over the top weddings and we have definitely entertained our fair share of them. However, every now and then, we get an amazing couple who wants to go for a very intimate wedding experience. That was certainly the case for Adam and Courtney, one of our clients who had their wedding earlier this month. One of our favorite things about the City is the fact there is no shortage of venue spaces that have their own charm and and feel. They selected “The Little Beet Table” in the Flatiron District. They rented out the entire space and it worked perfectly for the 100 or so guests they had in attendance. With a fantastic vendor team, we were able to put together a very memorable experience for our couple of honor.

The Little Beet Table Wedding

Venue: The Little Beet Table, New York, NY
Coordination: Jacqueline Vazquez, Lifetime Events by Jacqueline
Hair And Make-Up: Glam Squad
Florals/Design: Fleurs Du Mois
Headliner DJ/MC: DJ Brian B, B-Boy Productions
Photography: Bobbi Photo
Cake: Billy’s Bakery

Adam and Courtney had an eclectic list of cocktail hour and dinner songs which I sure did appreciate. It spanned the spectrum – pop to indie to R&B to eletronica to some oldies. However, once the dancing started, the genre of choice was definitely 90s Hip Hop and R&B. That is a favorite era of mine so I was up for the challenge to throw down. The dance floor stayed pack the entire night. Such a great time!

 NYC Wedding Entertainment

Reception Formality Music

    • Grand Entrance: “Today” by Smashing Pumpkins
    • First Dance: “The Promise” by Sturgill Simpson
    • Father/Daughter Dance: “Heart Of Gold” by Neil Young
    • Mother/Son Dance: “Love Me Like A Rock” by Paul Simon
    • Cake Cut: “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies
    • Last Dance: “Little Person” by Jon Brion

A Spring Rosemary Beach Wedding Venue: Town Hall

Although technically still Winter, we’re going to consider this past weekend a Spring Rosemary Beach wedding. The weather was absolutely perfect and no sign of humidity (stay in hibernation, my friend). Amey and Alexndra gathered 100 or so of their closest family and friends to celebrate with them. Being one of the premier locations for weddings, it’s no surprise that this is a popular wedding venue along 30A. The Town Hall has much to offer. This gorgeous venue is the only spot you’ll need for ceremony and reception, with vendors that move like clockwork transforming the hall from ceremony to reception in under an hour while guests enjoy cocktails on the lawn.

Uplighting Rosemary Beach Wedding

Venue: The Town Hall, Rosemary Beach FL
Coordination: Madison Smiedendorf, Shelby Peaden Events
Hair & Make-Up: Katie Russo Beauty
Rentals: The Big Day Rentals
Florals/Design: Myrtie Blue
Officiant: Officiant Doug
Ceremony Sound Technician and Headliner DJ/MC: DJ Shawn Frady, B-Boy Productions
Decor Lighting: B-Boy Rentals & Event Design
Photography: Lauren Kinsey Photography
Catering: Paradise Cuisine Catering
Cake: Bake My Day

DJ Shawn Frady

DJ Shawn Frady had this group dancing non-stop. Songs of the night were “Formation” by Beyonce and “Antidote” by Travis Scott. Yup, lots of current hip hop and dance tracks on the playlist for this couple!

Reception Formality Music

      • Grand Entrance (Bridal Party): “Cake” by FloRida & 99 Percent
      • Grand Entrance (Bride/Groom): “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
      • First Dance: “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
      • Cake Cut: “Formation (edited version)” by Beyonce
      • Garter Toss: “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran
      • Last Dance: “Love On The Brain” (edited version) by Rihanna

Rosemary Beach Town Hall Wedding

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