Graduation 2012 – What is Your Graduation Song?

It's Graduation season!
It’s that time again – Graduation season!

We scoured Twitter by searching “graduation song” to check out the scene that’s going on in the graduation-sphere, as well as which tunes grads will be reminiscing to. From Social Distortion to The Cure, to Jay-Z, the graduation song genres seem to be all across the board, as well as emotions!

Tell us… what is OR was your graduation song AND do you think it fit well with the experience you had? Drop us a comment or tweet us @WeddingMusicPro.

And….if you are a parent, check out our new Graduation Songs Page, for a song to dedicate to your daughter or son grad that says it all! ♥

For Graduation Songs, visit http://www.weddingmusiccentral.com/other-occasions/graduation-songs.html

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Watch the Video For Our New Mother Son Song, “It Happens In A Heartbeat!”

We’re excited to officially release the video for our newest mother son wedding song, “IT HAPPENS IN A HEARTBEAT!” We couldn’t be happier to share this with everyone, after receiving so many requests to have the song made into a video.

“It Happens In A Heartbeat” was written especially for the mother son wedding dance and expresses the feelings that a mother may experience on her son’s wedding day.

Visit the “It Happens In A Heartbeat” page on our NEW WEDDING MUSIC CENTRAL WEBSITE where you can receive 25% OFF all purchases for a limited time, as we celebrate our 11th year online with lower download prices! :)

Visit the page: New mother son wedding dance song – “It Happens In A Heartbeat” Page

Let us know your thoughts on the video and Like, Share, Tweet and Pin away!

“And here you are, everything a man is meant to be. All I ever dreamed of….smiling back at me.”

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Valentine’s Day 2012: Our Favorite Cover Songs of Timeless Classics!

“Valentine’s Day is a chance to celebrate love in all of its wonderfully unpredictable, beautifully diverse forms.”

Yes, it’s that time of the year again! When cuddly teddy bears and delicious chocolates are in fashion and sales of candles have reached their peak. With or without the gifts, and whether you’re single or in a relationship (Facebook-visible or not), one thing is for sure. You can never give or receive too much love. Love is the most beautiful emotion that we are capable of expressing and Valentine’s Day is the day to recognize and celebrate it!

Just like love is a timeless emotion, certain songs are timeless classics. With Valentine’s Day coming up next week, we thought we’d present you with some of our favorite romantic versions of timeless classics covered by modern artists. There’s something special about taking a classic song and putting a “spin” on it. Stemming from many generations, here are some of our favorite romantic cover songs!

ADELE (love her!) covering The Cure’s “Love Song

RYAN ADAMS covering Oasis’ “Wonderwall

BEYONCE covering Etta James’ “At Last

MICHAEL BUBLE covering Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling In Love

The last two songs are timeless wedding first dance classics that simply, “say it all.” Check out our Valentine’s playlist and some more romantic music ideas for that special day. Remember, love is in the air, whether single or taken. We wish everyone many hugs and kisses this Valentine’s Day! ♥

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Ambience: A DJ’s Blog – Wedding Music Central – Company Profile

We are so thrilled that Gregg Hollman from Ambient DJs contacted us for an interview about our company that is featured on his blog! He is a fantastic DJ and wonderful person. Read the the blog article below and let us know your thoughts! :)

In this article, we spoke with Gloria Sklerov and Barbara Rothstein from the Los Angeles-based Wedding Music Central (www.weddingmusiccentral.com). Wedding Music Central offers the only line of unique wedding music CDs and wedding music downloads created by Grammy and Emmy-winning hit writers. In other words, brides are no longer limited to “off the shelf” commercial music, and can now enjoy music composed specifically for weddings.

Ambient DJ initially connected with Wedding Music Central (“WMC”) on Social Media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Impressed by their deep knowledge of wedding music, we were delighted when Gloria and Barbara graciously agreed to be interviewed for a feature story on our blog. Wedding Music Central provides a valuable array of services for couples seeking wedding music that is unique, appropriate, and will maximize the emotional impact of their special occasion.

Tell Us About the History of WMC- Gloria Sklerov learned the art of writing hit songs by taking classes at UCLA. She proceeded to enjoy a long and successful songwriting career, composing hits for film and television. In addition to winning two Emmy awards, her songs have been recorded by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Cher, Dionne Warwick, Peggy Lee, Kenny Rogers and Anne Murray. Gloria co-write the #1 Country Song of 1979, Anne Murray’s “I Just Fall in Love With You.” Her compositions for wedding scenes in soap operas like “The Guiding Light” and “Another World” were critically acclaimed, and the public began asking where these songs could be purchased. With a knack for wedding songwriting, Gloria founded WMC in 1999. The timing of this venture was excellent given the increasing popularity of the internet and ability to sell music directly to the public.

Gloria’s business partner, Barbara Rothstein, left a successful law practice to follow her love of music and songwriting. She has since received a number of songwriting awards, with her songs being recorded by numerous pop and R&B artists in Europe, Japan and the United States. In the early days of Wedding Music Central, Gloria and Barbara produced their first wedding music CD Set Your Wedding to Music and co-authored the popular companion book, How to Set Your Wedding to Music (The Complete Music Guide and Planner)

What Are Your Most Popular Products?- Wedding Music Central’s most popular products are its custom wedding songs. These songs, composed with weddings in mind, are available for wedding ceremonies (Prelude, Processional, Recessional) as well as for receptions (First Dance, Father-Daughter, Mother-Son, Mother-Daughter). Regarding special dances for weddings, it is sometimes problematic to find a song from the American songbook that offers the proper lyrics and mood. WMC’s custom compositions bridge this gap. For a sample, see this very special Father-Daughter Dance:

Other popular products at WMC include Wedding Music CDs, Playlists (for those planning iPod weddings), Sheet Music and various creative Gift CDs. The Wedding Music Central website also contains a wealth of planning tips regarding music at a wedding.

Wedding Music Central sells its products across the United States as well as internationally.

What is Your Top Tip For Couples Planning a Wedding?- The ladies from WMC strongly recommend that couples create a “script” for the wedding so that all details are spelled out. This script should be shared among the musicians, DJ, wedding planner, photographer and maitre d’. Even when a team of seasoned professionals has been assembled, it is important for couples to adopt a hands-on, proactive approach so that no mishaps occur. Another important area that is sometimes overlooked is acoustics. Musical performers need to understand their physical surroundings and bring the proper equipment so that clean sound at an appropriate volume level is the result. Outdoor events or those held in exotic locations (such as on a loud boat) can provide additional challenges.

What is your stance on iPod Weddings?- While Gloria and Barbara recommend that a professional handles the music and sound at a wedding, when budgetary factors cause couples to do it themselves, it is essential that appropriate preparations are made in order to ensure a smooth event. To this end, WMC offers an iPod package (i.e., pre-selected set lists) and a list of tips. To read more about WMC’s stance on iPod weddings and the distinction between weekend warrior DJs and professional wedding DJs, click here.

Tell Us About Your New Website- Gloria and Barbara are extremely excited about the upcoming launch of their new and expanded website. The site will contain new songs as well as limited time special offers! Disc jockeys and other wedding professionals are also recommended to explore Wedding Music Central’s Affiliate Program, that provides financial rewards to those who refer customers to WMC.

WMC is also excited by the growth in its Social Media Accounts. Donna, who handles Social Media, does a great job of engaging the community. We always enjoy giving @WeddingMusicPro a #WeddingWednesday shout-out on Twitter!

To Learn More About Wedding Music Central

To get connected with Wedding Music Central, visit these following sites:

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Facebook

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We advise brides-to-be and fellow wedding professionals to explore Wedding Music Central for its excellent planning tips and unique products.

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is a full-service mobile DJ entertainment company based in Central New Jersey. We specialize in providing customized music and entertainment services for clients who care deeply about music. For more info, visit us on the web at www.ambientdj.com

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Our Tribute in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. (Video)

In honor of MLK day, we’d like to take this time to celebrate a man whose activism has shaped our country through countless positive and groundbreaking contributions. And what better way to pay tribute than through the gift of music!

In the words of Martin Luther King Jr. himself, “At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.” ♥

Best regards,
Barbara and Gloria

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And the Grammy Record of the Year Goes To…

This year’s Grammy nominations are out and the word is that it’s going to be a great show! All the nominees for record of the year are unique ranging from pop to folk to R&B. Taking a cue from our Oscars blog post, we’ve dug deep and chosen a song from each nominated artist that we think will be perfect for certain parts of the wedding ceremony and reception. As Grammy-Emmy award winning professionals, we just couldn’t pass up this opportunity! Throughout your wedding, music will be flowing, highlighting moments of your wedding and heightening the emotions of the most important day of your life! Take a look and listen to our picks, courtesy of this year’s “Record of the Year” nominees.

ADELE – MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE

With soft piano chords playing continuously, Adele’s, “Make You Feel My Love” makes the perfect prelude song. Her graceful voice enhances the emotions that are already there, before the ceremony starts. Written by Bob Dylan, the lyrics naturally compliment the moments that will shortly follow!

BON IVER – HOLOCENE

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When you listen to Bon Iver’s Grammy-nominated, “Holocene,” you can’t help but notice the steady wave of feelings that come up. From calm, to reflective, to warm, the song opens the door to memories and emotions. This song would be great for a slide show presentation featuring the bride or groom. Get the tissues ready!

BRUNO MARS – REST OF MY LIFE

The title of the song says it all! Bruno Mars, aka Mr. Ballad, will not only ‘catch a grenade’ in the name of love, but will be in love for the rest of his life. This is a great record and we’re sure you and your guests will never forget this moment as the song plays during your first dance.

MUMFORD & SONGS – SHE SAID YES

What better way to kick off the very first moments as man and wife than with a song that literally celebrates your union! Your guests will enjoy it as much as you do, since “She Said Yes” was written to be played right after the ceremony for the wedding recessional. The energy of the song is perfect to get everyone ready for the fun and vibrant reception to follow!

KATY PERRY – CALIFORNIA GIRLZ

Welcome to your wedding reception! Now you and your guests are free to mingle and dance the night away in celebration. “California Girlz” is a consistent hit with wedding DJs, being featured on multiple Top Played lists, and we have a feeling that it’s a hit with bridesmaids too. Whether you’re in California or New York, you can’t help but sing along and have a blast with this song!

There you have it! We hope you’ve enjoyed our choices and don’t forget to tune in to the Grammy’s on February 12. If you’re still searching for music for your special day, check out our website http://www.weddingmusiccentral.com for more wedding song suggestions and original wedding songs from Grammy and Emmy winning hit writers, for all parts of the ceremony, reception and special moments in between!

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Black Friday Starts NOW! 50% Off Everything!

Black Friday and Thanksgiving go together like mashed potatoes and gravy, turkey and stuffing, bad economy and savings! This year, we decided to do it BIG — 50% off Everything! Starting NOW through Monday. All wedding music downloads, all wedding music CDs (for ceremony, reception), all Gift CDs (great stocking stuffers!), Save the Dates, Thank You’s, iPod Packages, Discount Packages…..we mean everything, no product left behind!

So if you’re looking for that perfect bride’s entrance song, that charming father daughter song to dance to, or just looking for Christmas gifts, hop on to our website and take a look! http://www.weddingmusiccentral.com

*Discount Details: Your 50% Black Friday discount is good towards ALL items on our website. Just enter coupon code WMCSAVE in the ‘Discount Coupon’ box when you’re checking out. We can substitute, “On Your Wedding Day” with “On This Special Day,” “Merry Christmas,” or “Happy New Year.” If you would like to include a more personalized brief phrase, simply enter your phrase in the ‘comments field’ upon checkout.

Wishing you a wonderful Thankgiving Holiday! ♥
Barbara and Gloria

Share this Black Friday offer with your friends! :)

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Top Fall 2011 Wedding Trends

How do you know when Fall is here? When you look out the window and see vibrant leaves falling. When you step outside and feel the crisp air against your face. And of course, the aroma of pumpkin spice when you step into your favorite coffee shop (mmm….).

The free-spirited summer weddings give way to a wave of heartwarming Fall weddings. With each new season, there are new trends. So in honor of the best apple-picking season of the year, we bring you our Top Fall Wedding Trends!

TREND #1:
GREEN, GREEN, GREEN

This Fall, the biggest wedding trend we see is the incorporation of eco-friendly aspects into weddings . This is a trend that we only see growing and eventually becoming a staple in most weddings in the future. The best thing about being eco-friendly is that it’s easy to do! For example, one of the trends we see is holding the ceremony and reception in the same venue. This helps to cut down driving and gas emissions. Isn’t it easier not to have to transport your guests back and forth.

Consider using eco-friendly materials such as invitations and place cards that are made from recycled paper. Feeding your guests organic, pesticide-free locally farmed meals during your reception is a great eco-friendly idea which helps farmers and the environment. Another green trend we see is offering pretty packets of seeds as wedding favors for guests. Getting guests involved like this is a great way to promote a positive environmental cause. And think about all those plants and trees that can grow! Also, the seeds symbolize the beginning of your marriage, as you have planted the seeds of the future at your wedding.

Check out these articles from Organic Beauty Talk and Green Weddings by The Knot for more info and advice on going green for your wedding!

TREND #2:
VIDEO IS LOOKING WAY BETTER THAN IT EVER HAS!

They say that nowadays, music and video go hand in hand, and as a wedding music company, we couldn’t agree more! The music in your video sets the tone and emotion throughout each scene. We’re seeing a brand new trend: unique proposal videos and beautifully shot day-of wedding ceremony time lapse videos. Most of the ceremony videos are shot and edited by professional videographers, while the proposal videos are usually done in a more personal style by the groom or bride to be themselves. Both type of videos are generally filmed in HD and this really enhances the viewing quality. Many couples are posting their videos on sites such as YouTube and Vimeo to share with the world. Video is definitely on the rise and looking better than ever before in HD!

Hailed as the “greatest marriage proposal ever,” this groom-to-be made a whole movie trailer with a surprise at the end!

Check out this fabulous day-of wedding video shot and edited by Epic Motion!

TREND #3:
GOING HAND IN HAND, DIY /VINTAGE STYLE IS HERE TO STAY

You’ve heard these three letters all year and you’ll keep on hearing ‘em – DIY. Yes, DIY is currently the popular trend in 2011, continuing into 2012. Do-It-Yourself is a creative outlet for self-expression as well as a more cost effective alternative for your wedding. Going hand in hand with DIY, a wedding style we see on the rise is Vintage. By recreating something old, you’re creating something new! Vintage wedding inspirations can range from the dresses and suits you wear, to the overall style of the wedding including table centerpieces, place cards, invitations, fabrics, etc. Vintage weddings achieve the look and feel of a part of the past, a timeless period full of its own unique charm. Bohemian, War Time, Big Band Era, ‘50s Rock & Roll, Southern and Rustic are popular vintage wedding themes. Vintage and DIY go together naturally because they both allow the freedom to create handmade designs. So if you’re on a budget, are detailed oriented or artsy & craftsy, you may just want to consider the DIY route for your wedding!

Check out this Bohemian Vintage wedding inspiration board from Style Me Pretty by clicking on the image below!

Tell us what your favorite trend is and if you’ve incorporated any of these three into your wedding! Also, fill us in on any other trends you’ve spotted that are on the rise. Take care and enjoy that pumpkin spice latte :)

Best Wishes,
xoxo

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Sneak Peak of our NEW Mother Son Song, “It Happens In A Heartbeat”

Wow, summer did just pass us by. Time to change those clocks and wardrobe! Well, we’ve been working long and hard on our new site, which will feature many more special songs for those special moments, as well as *psst* new purchase features, such as creating your own customized CD/playlist!

In anticipation of our new website launch, we are releasing a sample for our NEWEST mother son song, titled, “It Happens In A Heartbeat!” The song was written by our very own, Gloria Sklerov and Barbara Rothstein and sung by Teresa James (who also sung our mother daughter song, “Every Mother’s Dream”). The song was written for the mother son wedding dance and can also be used for various occasions, including a son’s bar mitzvah or birthday. Take a listen below!

It Happens In A Heartbeat (NEW Mother Son Song)

As always, we will be announcing the news ahead and keeping you updated here on our blog, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. *Psst again* Make sure to Like us on Facebook, where we’ll be launching a new promo in no time, just for our fans! In the meantime, let us know what you think about the song by commenting or sharing!

Best Wishes,
xoxo

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How Will You Make Your Summer Musically Magical?


With 4th of July right around the corner, there is no better time than NOW, to celebrate the brightest season of the year! With the fabulous weather, the increase of frozen drinks, vibrant styles – it is safe to say that it is officially Summer! (Oh yeah, and don’t forget the sunglasses and flip-flops!) The summer is one of the most desirable times to wed. The beach, the grass, the sunshine, and oh-those-sunsets, all encompass a free-flowing attitude that makes celebrating with loved ones even more relaxed and fun.

Outdoor weddings are definitely on the rise, but even if you’re not having one or attending one, the summer is still one of the most romantic seasons to spend with your sweetheart. Imagine those warm summer nights, basking in the ambiance of the sun setting as you lay with your sweetheart on a hammock, softly swinging side to side. And what would make that moment even more romantic? (Other than a bottle of vintage Chardonnay,ahem)…Music, of course! Adding music to your summer scene will definitely enhance your occasions and make them more memorable.

Below are songs that we think are perfect to add to your summer playlist for your wedding or just to have playing in the background on those special summer nights with your love. Take a listen and let us know which one is your favorite by adding a comment!

If You Do – “Here with friends and family all around.” Great for those warm summer nights, surrounded by all those you love. Also works as a great pop song for your wedding ceremony, written by Grammy-winning songwriters.

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Anywhere You Go – “I come alive, when I look in your eyes, and see what my future will hold.” Commitment in love is apparent right from the first strum of the guitar to the chorus. Also can be used as a Unity Candle ceremony song or wedding reception song.

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If This Isn’t Love – “It must be fate, that brought you to me that night.” This Emmy-nominated song is perfect to celebrate the miracle of finding one another, while watching the summer sunset with your sweetheart. Also great for wedding receptions.

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Happy Summer!

Barbara and Gloria ♥

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