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Thursday
Sep042014

RECENT NJ WEDDING: ASHLEY + SCOTT (DJ: JOE)

DJ Joe Dunn recently provided the music for Ashley + Scott's rustic autumn wedding, held at The Inn at Millrace Pond in Hope, NJ. Photographed by the amazing Kamilla Harris, the day was filled with indie rock, the sounds of motown, classic rock and Top 40 favorites.  Check out more photos on their Carats + Cake feature here.

PRE-CEREMONY As guests were seated for the ceremony amongst fun orange, red and yellow October colors, they were greated with music that complemented the rustic backdrop of the Inn: Bon Iver, Velvet Underground, Tom Waits, Vampire Weekend, Jose Gonzalez and The Rolling Stones:

Parent's Processional: "All I Want Is You" - Vitamin String Quartet

Bridal Processional: "Hoppipolla" - Vitamin String Quartet

Recessional: "Hoppipolla" - Sigur Ros

COCKTAIL HOUR featured more classic rock favorites: Led Zeppelin, The Band, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, The Clash and Van Morrison, as well as indie rock tunes from Arcade Fire and M83:

RECEPTION For dancing, it was a mix of Bruce Springsteen favorites, motown hits from The Isley Brothers, Jackson 5, The Contours, and Top 40 artists Rihanna, Calvin Harris and Katy Perry:

Parents' Introduction: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" - Queen

Bridal Party Introduction: "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" - The Darkness

Bride + Groom Introduction: "Wouldn't It Be Nice" - Beach Boys

First Dance: "Make You Feel My Love" - Bob Dylan

Bride + Father Dance: "I Loved Her First" - Heartland

Cake Cutting: "From Me To You" - The Beatles

Monday
Sep012014

RECENT CT WEDDING: ROBIN + DAN (DJ: ROB)

This was the perfect Connecticut summer wedding - check out these fantastic photos from Robin + Dan's summer wedding at Latitude 41 in Mystic CT, DJ'd by Rob Sicat.  You can see all the photos by Cly Creation here.

We'll be posting their playlist soon but in the meantime, enjoy their feature on Style Me Pretty Connecticut

Friday
Aug292014

PLAYLIST: CEREMONY PROCESSIONAL

Photo by Clean Plate Pictures

Walking down the aisle can be one of the most exciting, beautiful, memorable moments of your wedding day. And if 'Here Comes the Brdie,' isn't exactly your style, here's a list of some of our favorite alternatives...

** "Reign of Love" starts @ 3:57 during "Lovers in Japan"

Friday
Aug152014

RECENT NYC WEDDING: LAUREN + DAVID (DJ: JOHN)

Photo by Paul Francis Photography

How to describe Lauren + David's wedding at Studio 450 other than warm, intimate, fun, awesome, fantastic, exquisite.....and white!  The white walls of Studio 450 were the perfect backdrop of this amazing Saturday New York City wedding.  This was my 4th wedding at this venue....and the 4th time it's snowed.  Maybe a coincidence?  

Lauren + David selected a wonderful selection of warm jazz for cocktail hour: Frank Sinatra, Etta James, Nora Jones, Van Morrison, Glenn Miller, John Legend, Michael Buble + Diana Krall.  Below is a list of their 4-hour reception: a great mix of motown, 80's, 90's and Top 40.  With a little Atlanta love thrown in.

Photo by Caroline Frost Photography

Parents Entrance Song: “Dance to the music” – Sly & The Family Stone

Bridal Party Entrance Song: “Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake

Bride/Groom Entrance Song: “Levels” - Avicii

Bride/Groom First Dance: “Everything” – Michael Buble

Bride/Father Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight” – Frank Sinatra

Groom/Mother Dance: "What A Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong

Cake Cutting Songs: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”  - Marvin Gaye / “How Sweet It Is” – James Taylor

All photos by Caroline Frost Photography

Wedding planning/coordination: Milestone Events by Kristy

Videographer: Red Bicycle Media

Saturday
Aug022014

CLIENT PLAYLIST: DANA + ARTHUR (DJ: ROB)

Photo by Paul Francis Photography

California couple Dana + Arthur returned east for their August wedding at the historic CV Rich Mansion in Westchester County, NY. Coordinated by the always awesome-to-work-with Christine Viola of Exquisite Affairs Productions (the wedding coordinators I used for my own wedding!) & photographed by Paul Francis Photography, the night was filled with great music, spun by Aria Melody DJ, Rob, who covers CT and NYC weddings.  Check out a small sample of their playlist below, featuring Queen, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Jay-Z, Bel Biv Devoe and Justice.

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And here are some great photos from the night, courtesy of Paul Francis Photography!

Saturday
Mar222014

PLAYLIST: SPRING COCKTAIL HOUR

Now that winter is officially over, we've defrosted our favorite Spring Cocktail Hour playlist (and added some new favorites) for your delight! Perfect for your patio/outdoor/deck/wherever spring cocktail hour - full of bright, fun, airy, let's-celebrate artists: Pharrell, Jack Johnson, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Portugal the Man, Vampire Weekend and more!

So sit back, sip some lemonade while you put the finishing touches on that seating chart and be happy...spring is here! 

Friday
Feb142014

PLAYLIST: VALENTINE'S DAY

Just in time for Valentine's Day! We present 40+ romance-inducing, make-you-wanna-smooch, love to love ya favorites -- everything from Sade to Marvin Gaye to Adele.  So light some candles, make your favorite guy or girl a nice dinner and enjoy the sounds of Valentine's Day.  On a completely unrelated note, Aria Melody would make a great kid's name.  Just sayin.

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Wednesday
Feb052014

PLAYLIST: PRE-CEREMONY MUSIC

Photo by Clean Plate Pictures

We're in the middle of re-doing our MUSIC section to include big, giant, colossal music playlists for every segment of a wedding or event, to be updated regularly.  In the next few weeks, we'll be posting everything, but for now, enjoy our Pre-Ceremony playlist: whimsical, light, fun songs to set the mood as your guests are seated, ready to hear you say 'I do.'

Listen to some of our favorite picks below. You'll need to sign up (free!) or log in to Spotify here.

Friday
Jan242014

WEDDING WIRE: COUPLES' CHOICE 2014!

Thanks to all the wonderful couples we worked with in 2013 who were kind enough to review us on Wedding Wire! We've been awarded the Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Award for the 5th year in a row! Here's to many more happy couples - we love playing the soundtrack to your special day!

CLICK HERE to read all of our completely unfiltered reviews on Wedding Wire!


Tuesday
Jan142014

PLAYLIST: KERRI + ANDREW

Kerri + Andrew's recent wedding was a perfect Saturday evening at Battery Gardens, overlooking the beautiful New York Harbor. A warm mix of Ingrid Michaelson, Miles Davis, Regina Spektor and Joshua Radin greeted guests for the ceremony.  Kerri walked down the aisle to a custom edit of "The Luckiest" (Piano Instrumental).

Feist, Dizzy Gillespie, Adele, Rilo Kiley + Amy Winehouse filled the downstairs bar for cocktails. Dinner + Dancing was a mix of singer/songwriters, Top 40 with a twist of rock favorites from Bruce Hornsby + Paul McCartney.  View Kerri + Andrew's full playlist here.

Listen to some of their favorite picks from the night below. You'll need to sign up (free!) or log in to Spotify here.

Monday
Dec232013

SONG IDEAS: CUT THE CAKE!

Can you cut your beautiful wedding cake to The Black Keys, Maroon 5, Two Door Cinema Club, Amos Lee or Adam Sandler?  Sure, why not? Below is a playlist of cake-cutting favorites, some slower, some playful + fun.  A lot of clients love to stick with the "sweet" theme so our list if overflowin' with tunes with sweet in the title.  "Pure Imagination" is a pretty popular request - we found a fun Maroon 5 cover.  Not nothing beats an original so we included Willy Wonka for good measure.   Oh, and if you're still looking for a delicious (and affordable) cake or cupcakes, check out Sugar Coated Bakery in Brooklyn!  

Tuesday
Nov262013

BOOKING FOR 2013 HOLIDAY EVENTS!


Aria Melody DJ is now booking for your December 2013 event!  Whether it's a holiday celebration, end-of-the-year corporate event, intimate cocktail party or fun night ringing in 2014, we know how to get your crowd dancing. We'll come equipped with a full-sound system, wireless mic for any speeches or toasts you'd like to make, and a giant library of songs, picked by you, to keep your party going all night long.  Or until it's over.

John, Owen, Joe and Rob are available for selected dates throughout the month of December.  Drop us a line and tell us about your event and we'll be in touch!

Thursday
Sep262013

CLIENT PLAYLIST: PAUL + SHANE (DJ: JOHN)

Gary's Loft in Manhattan is one of NYC's most unique venues: several floors of hardwood, beautiful antiques, charming furniture, crisp-white walls...and one of the few spots in the city where you can get married and dance the night away under the stars. Paul + Shane's September evening wedding was one of the most charming, unique, everybody-looks-like-they're-on-the-best-dressed-list weddings of the year.  Seriously, I've never seen so many guys wearing perfectly-fitting suits in my life.  Officiated by the fantastic Rev. D and coordinated by Dominique Bell of Big Juicy Events, it was a night full of fun people and lotsa, lotsa love everywhere.  

While both Paul + Shane worked together on crafting their playlist, Shane was "in charge" of the cocktail hour/dinner music which had undertones of indie rock, light house + lounge sounds, while the dancing playlist for the roof was full of Paul's favorite Top 40 remixes.  Here's a small sample of some of their pretty awesome tunes.

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Thursday
Sep262013

Playlist: Cocktail Hour - Ladies of Soul Funk

Keisha + Jessica recently asked for some suggestions for a female soul/funk-centric cocktail hour, reminiscent of the Motown Diva sound of the 60's & early 70's, with a modern twist. They wanted to start off with some upbeat funk, then slow it down and end cocktail hour with a big finish to set the mood for their grand entrance (Beyonce's "Run the World")...

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Thursday
Sep262013

CLIENT PLAYLIST: SARINA + HENRY (DJ: OWEN)

Photo by STAK Photography Duo

Sarina + Henry were married at 'Cesca Enoteca + Trattoria on West 75th Street on a beautiful Saturday evening last month.  Here' a small sample of Owen's playlist from the evening - featuring classics from Joao Gilberto and Rhythms Del Mundo to dance favorites from The Jackson 5, Robyn, Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia.  You can see Owen knows how to build the energy as he smoothly transitions from the funk of Parliament and Gap Band to Afrojack and David Guetta.

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Tuesday
Jul232013

REVIEW/CLIENT PLAYLIST: DAN + RENEE

Photo by Clean Plate Pictures (Erica Beckman)

Recent wedding clients Dan + Renne wrote us a nice email recently, saying how much they enjoyed Owen's music selections at their summer 2013 wedding:

"Many of our guests are still raving about the music at our wedding that Owen DJ'd. We really enjoyed being on the dance floor and I thought Owen kept the flow going the whole night even considering the international music that we had thrown into the mx of event.

It was a pleasure dealing with Owen and John as we were planning the event. They we both very responsive and helpful in terms of making song suggestions and walking us through the process. Thanks again Aria Melody DJ for making our wedding an amazing night!

Do you have a list of the songs played during the cocktail hour?  We missed most of it and would like to include some in our wedding video."

Here's a Spotify playlist of Dan + Renee's cocktail hour, which was a jazz classic / Night in Paris-themed mix.

Tuesday
Jun042013

PLAYLIST: THE ORIGINALS

You probably don't know these by name but give 'em a listen and you'll probably instantly recognize some of your favorite songs.  Bonus points if you can ID the last one...

Friday
May312013

PLAYLIST: OLD SCHOOL FAVORITES

By request -- some of our old school favorites from the 80's, 90's & early 00's!  A little Rob Base, Montell Jordan or Humpty Hump is guaranteed to move your guests to the dancefloor.  And when the dude a chump pump points a finger like a stump, tell him step off, I'm doin' the Hump. 

Tuesday
May282013

PLAYLIST: SUMMER WEDDING COCKTAIL HOUR

Summer's officially here!  Just in time for your outdoor or beach wedding, is our Summer Cocktail Hour Playlist - a little funky, a little quirky, we bring Robin Thicke, Joe Cocker, The Cure, Matt Costa, Bill Withers, Sia, Emeli Sande & Colbie Caillat together to create a fun, relaxed mood so summer you can smell the SPF-30.  

As your guests are sipping Sangria & refreshing summer cocktails, add some tunes from this playlist, handpicked for their bright feel, acoustic rhythm piano, funky percussion, with a twist of guitar or banjo.

Monday
May132013

PLAYLIST: FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE

It's tough to find that perfect song to dance with Dad - you want something special, touching, meaningful...but not romantic.  Often, there's a song that's almost perfect -- then there's that one verse that makes it borderline creepy. Ask your DJ to edit it out.  Frank Sinatra's "I Wish You Love" is a great suggestion -- if the first 30 seconds are cut.

Over the years, I've compiled some of my favorite father/daughter dance suggestions from my library, blogs and client playlists - everything from Metallic, Ozzy and Tom Petty to Lulu and Bob Marley.  If "Daddy's Little Girl" is your thing, Michael Buble does a fantastic version you can preview here.

My new favorite is Nancy Sinatra's "It's For My Dad."  It captures the sentiment perfectly.

Maybe there's a favorite childhood memory?  Heather (January 2012 bride) has seen Les Miserables with her dad 10 times so they danced to "Master of the House." Perfect.

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