Top Ten Wedding DJ Mistakes Brides and Grooms Make

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The Top Ten Mistakes Brides & Grooms Make When Choosing a Wedding DJ

I read this excellent blog post by a group of Connecticut DJs and wanted to share it with you. The author makes several excellent points and clearly has the same concept of what makes an exceptional Wedding DJ as I share. It is always a treat when I see other Wedding DJs that carry strong professional values and integrity in their work. The real wedding DJ images are mine and wanted to identify to clear any copyright concerns.I look forward to reading your comments and ideas!

Top Ten Wedding DJ Mistakes

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Searching for the perfect DJ for your wedding can be a daunting process. We’re providing you with a list of common mistakes made by Brides & Grooms when choosing wedding entertainment:

10) Not Taking First Impressions into consideration.

The first interaction with your potential DJ is usually made over the phone when arranging a consultation. How well do they speak? How is their enunciation? Do they have a pleasing voice? This person will be the MC of your reception, announcing your introductions and entertaining your guests for the entire evening, so ensure they come across professionally.

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9) Hiring A DJ That Gives The Same Performance At Every Party.

Does your DJ give the same performance at every function for every couple that hires him or does he reflect each couples’ personality and desires? Be sure your DJ can play to your unique set of guests.

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8) Basing Your Decision On Equipment.

Anyone can go out and purchase top of the line equipment. It is very important that your DJ does carry the best of equipment but if that is the focal point of their marketing, find out why it isn’t their reputation or skill set.

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7) Not Going Over Their Back-up Plan

Is his back-up plan organized and does it supply an equally qualified professional? What about his equipment? A catastrophic equipment failure the day of your wedding will not only affect the DJ but your entire reception as well.

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6) Not Guaranteeing Who Your Actual DJ Will Be

Ensure the DJ you want to work with and are meeting is the actual one that shows up to do your wedding.  Some companies book your business then send a “fill in” DJ to perform at your wedding that may or may not be qualified to do so.

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5) Choosing A DJ With A Lack Of Versatility

Does your DJ only do weddings?  Ask if they have performed at corporate events, school functions, or other cultural parties such as Quinceaneras and Bar Mitzvahs.  Versatility is only acquired through experience and this will reflect the depth of your DJ.

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4) Hiring A DJ That Doesn’t Interact With Your Guests

Does your DJ have the experience and ability to interact with your guests and ensure they keep the energy going throughout the entire reception. Your DJ should have an arsenal of tricks up his sleeve to keep the party going even when there is a lull in the party.

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3) Waiting Too Long To Hire The Professional Entertainer You Want

It’s difficult enough finding a DJ you like.  Don’t go through all the trouble of finding the right person and procrastinate on booking them for your wedding.  Most good DJs with a great reputation are booked at least a year in advance.  As soon as you make that connection act on it and secure your date.

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2) Not Checking Your DJ’s References

Are they recommended by facilities in your surrounding area?  If not, ask why.

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1) Hiring An Amateur Or Part Time DJ

Don’t put the most important day of your life in the hands of an amateur offering “amazing deals”, or worse, your “friend that has been DJing as a hobby for 10 years”.  Don’t have your reception ruined by someone that is not qualified or equipped to entertain your guests or provide a variety of great music.  Leave this to a reputable professional that can back up their work with solid recommendations.

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Wedding Confidential: Industry Secrets

A professional Wedding DJ associate sent me an email about how outraged she was that ABC’s “20/20” did an expose called “Wedding Confidential: Industry Secrets” with Elizabeth Vargas. As what many of the high end professional Rhode Island Wedding DJ company call a ‘Lone Wolf’, meaning I run a one-person company myself, I immediately felt a wave of panic go through my body. I am a small Rhode Island Wedding DJ that makes my full-time income from my business and feared the expose may shed a bad light on the wedding industry. This might in turn effect my personal income. Like everybody else who loves their work, I too need to earn a living.


I watched the video of the expose tonight and was surprised that wedding industry professionals are offended by what was presented, most of it is true! There are may great wedding professionals who really care about the Brides and Grooms we work with, but I am sorry to say, we are the minority. They often speak about how easy it is to manipulate a young Brides vulnerability and wedding fantasy to making more money off her. Not all of the wedding industry works this way but there are enough of them for it to have merit. Please be careful when spending yours or your parents life savings away on your wedding. Check with your gut to see if this feels right for you. Your gut won’t lie, your fantasy of the dream wedding night may.

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If you don’t feel right about a certain wedding vendor, follow your instincts and choose somebody else to work with.

The truth is that one of the aspects that Elizabeth Vargas touched on, needs further exploration. She seemed disturbed that event industry professionals like Wedding DJs, photographers, florists and videographers charge ore for wedding than for other events. Well, DUH! The amount of work that goes into a wedding compared to a birthday party, sweet sixteen, anniversary or graduation party are immense differences. I typically invest anywhere from three to ten hours preparation for wedding. A wedding involves meeting with the Bride and Groom, many email exchanges and phone calls, creating a playlist, coordinating Bridal Party Introductions, First Dance, Father-Daughter Dance, Mother-Son Dance,  Cake Cutting, Toasts, Blessings and oh yeah, producing great music and energy for friends and family to dance all night and have tons of fun! That is not even including probably the most important aspect, supporting and helping dissipate the Bride and Groom’s stress and concerns. A good Wedding DJ knows how to calm and guide a Bride and Groom towards their wedding,while making sure everything is planned to a “T”. As I say to my Brides and Grooms all the time, “We do not get a redo of your wedding. If we screw it up, we don’t get to do it again and provide a make-good”.

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I love being a Wedding DJ. That does not mean there is not a lot of effort and focus involved with making your day just as you want it. A party that is not a wedding, typically requires just a few hours of prep and minimal, if not no stress and intensity the night of the party. Weddings take a total commitment. An exceptional Wedding DJ cannot just show-up, we need to be totally prepared for whatever twists and turns your wedding may produce; rain, power failures, plane delays, ill family members, birth of babies and who knows what else may transpire? The exceptional Wedding DJ needs to be the one that pulls it all together when the rain comes out of nowhere at an outdoor wedding. The exceptional Wedding DJ needs to have a back-up portable PA that operates off battery if the power fails suddenly. We must be ready with extra cables and microphones if the Bride and Groom forgot to tell me that they are having a family member sing songs on my DJ equipment during dinner.

I hide nothing and want you to know how much more I will dedicate to your wedding compared to a birthday party.

I have no problem charging more money for weddings compared to other parties. In fact, I list the rates of mypackages both on the same page for all to see. I hide nothing and want you to know how much more I will dedicate to your wedding compared to a birthday party. It should be that way.


I invite you to watch the video of “Wedding Confidential: Industry Secrets” below. Let me know what you think!

Wedding Confidential: Industry Secrets



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Wedding DJ Mother-Son Dance Songs

As I continue to explore all the traditional elements and Dance Songs for Wedding DJs, it is time for the Mother-Son Dance Songs!  I wanted to get a list out there for Brides and Grooms looking for a list of popular Mother-Son Dance Songs.

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31 Popular Wedding DJ Mother-Son Dance Songs

1.  You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

2.  How Sweet It Is – James Taylor

3.  Letter to my Mother – Edwin McCain

4.  Thank You Mom – Good Charlotte

5.  My Mom – Tony Bennett

6.  You’ve Got A Friend In Me – James Taylor

7.  A Song For Mama – Boyz II Men

8.  God Only Knows – Beach Boys

9.  You Raise Me Up – Josh Grobin

10.  Through The Years – Kenny Rogers

11.  Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker

12.  Moving On – Rascal Flatts

13.  I Hope You Dance – LeAnn Womack

14.  I’ll Be – Edwin McCain

15.  Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison

16.  What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

17.  Here Comes The Sun – Beatles

18.  I Wish You Love – Natalie Cole

19.  Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel

20.  Sea Of Love – Honeydrippers (Phil Phillips and Del Shannon too)

21.  Romeo and Juliet – Dire Staits

2.  I’ll Have To Say I Love You With A Song – Jim Croce

23.  Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding

24.  Mother – Julian & Fortune

25.  Bridge Over Troubled Waters – Simon & Garfunkel

26.  Blessed – Elton John

27.  Lovely Day – Bill Withers

28.  Go On – Jack Johnson

29.  My Wish – Rascal Flatts

30.  Mama – BJ Thomas

31.  Barbie Bandaids – Isaacs

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Another list of Popular Wedding DJ Mother-Son Dance Songs (many overlap)

  • A Song for Mama – Boys II Men
  • A Whole New World – Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle
  • Anyway – Martina McBride
  • Beautiful In My Eyes – Joshua Kadison
  • Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
  • Blessed – Elton John
  • Blessed – Martina McBride
  • Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John
  • Child of Mine – Carol King
  • Don’t Know Much – Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
  • Edelweiss – Sound of Music
  • Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  • God Bless the Child – Tony Bennett
  • Greatest Love Of All – Whitney Houston
  • Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
  • Hero – Mariah Carey
  • How Do You Fall In Love – Alabama
  • How Sweet it Is – James Taylor
  • I Hope You Dance – Leann Womack
  • I’ll Remember – Madonna
  • In My Life – The Beatles
  • In This Life – Collin Raye
  • It’s Your Song – Garth Brooks
  • Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel
  • Let It Be – The Beatles
  • Love is a Beautiful Thing – Phil Vassar
  • Moon River – Andy Williams
  • Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World – IZ
  • Stand By Me – Ben E. King
  • Sunrise, Sunset – Fiddler On The Roof
  • Sunshine on My Shoulders – John Denver
  • Teach Your Children Well – Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • The Gift – Collin Raye/Jim Brickman
  • The Rose – Bette Midler
  • Then They Do – Trace Adkins
  • There You’ll Be – Faith Hill
  • Through The Years – Kenny Rogers
  • Time of Your Life – Green Day
  • Unforgettable – Nat King Cole / Natalie Cole
  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  • Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  • You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
  • You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
  • You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins

 Wedding DJ Unique Mother-Son Dance Songs

  • 112 Cupid
  • 112 Sweet Love
  • 311 Amber
  • 311 Love Song
  • 12 Stones Crash
  • 3rd Eye Blind Anything
  • 6 a.m. Life Is Beautiful
  • Adele Make You Feel My Love
  • Aerosmith Angel
  • Air You Make It Easy
  • Al Kaline Trio Buried
  • Alanis Morrisette Head Over Heels
  • Alexi Murdoch All Of My Days
  • Alice Cooper You & Me
  • Alicia Keys If I Ain’t Got You
  • Alicia Keys No One
  • Alicia Keys Butterflies
  • Alicia Keys Never Felt This Way Before
  • Alive With The Glory Of Love Say Anything
  • Allison Krauss Baby Now That I Found You
  • Alter Bridge In Loving Memory
  • Amel Larrieux Makes Me Whole
  • Amos Lee Colors
  • Amos Lee Arms Of A Woman
  • Amy Winehouse Cupid (Sam Cooke Cover)
  • Anberlin Cadence
  • Anita Baker Body & Soul
  • Anna Nalick Forever Love
  • Annie Lennox Stay By Me
  • Antony & the Johnsons Fists Of Love
  • Aqualung Brighter Than Sunshine
  • Aqualung I’ll Put A Spell On You
  • Aretha Franklin United Together
  • Ashanti Baby
  • Ashley McEwen Soul to Soul
  • Athlete Half Light
  • Avenged Sevenfold Warmness On The Soul
  • Babyface For The Cool In You
  • Barry White Between Now & Forever
  • Belle & Sebastian Piazza New York Catcher
  • Ben Folds Five The Luckiest
  • Ben Harper Forever
  • Ben Harper Will To Love
  • Ben Harper Beloved One
  • Ben Harper Sexual Healing
  • Ben Harper Not Fire Not Ice
  • Ben Taylor (1st dance @Dave Grohls wedding) I Will (Beatles Cover)
  • Beverly Knight Angels
  • Beyonce Halo
  • Beyonce Dangerously In Love
  • Beyonce Speechless
  • Beyonce/Luther Vandross Closer I Get To You
  • Big Mountain Baby I Love Your Way
  • Big Star/Garbage Thirteen
  • Billy Bragg The Fourteenth Of February
  • Bjork Like Someone In Love
  • Blackstreet Joy
  • Blake Morgan Maybe I’m Amazed (a little rockier version)
  • Blind Melon Soul One
  • Blue You Make Me Wanna
  • Blue October Calling You
  • Blue October Everlasting Friend
  • Blue Rodeo Lost Together
  • Bob Dylan Lay Lady Lay
  • Bob Dylan/Guns n Roses Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
  • Bob Marley One Love
  • Bon Jovi Thank You For Loving Me
  • Bon Jovi Always
  • Brandy Everything I Do
  • Bret Michaels All I Ever Need
  • Brian McKnight Back At One
  • Brian McKnight Crazy Love
  • Bright Eyes First Day Of My life
  • Bruce Springsteen Secret Garden
  • Bruce Springsteen I’m On Fire
  • Bush Inflatable
  • Cake Love You Madly
  • Cary Brothers Blue Eyes
  • Cascada Everytime We Touch
  • Case Happily Ever After
  • Cat Power I Found A Reason
  • Cat Power Sea Of Love
  • Catherine Wheel Black Metallic
  • Catman Cohen My Key To The Stars
  • Chantal Kraviasuk It Feels Like Home To Me
  • Cheap Trick The Flame
  • Chris Brown With You
  • Chris Cornell Thank You (Zeppelin Cover)
  • Chris Isaak Wicked Game
  • Chris Rice When Did You Fall
  • Christina Aguilera I Turn To You
  • Citizen Cope Every Waking Moment
  • City & Colour The Girl
  • Climax Blues Band I Love You
  • Coheed & Cambria Wake Up
  • Cold When Heaven’s Not Far Away
  • Coldplay Green Eyes
  • Coldplay Sparks
  • Coldplay The Scientist
  • Coldplay Yellow
  • Coldplay Till Kingdom Come
  • Colin Hay Waiting For My Life To Begin
  • Collective Soul The World I Know
  • Cure Love Cats
  • Cure Love Song
  • Cure Plainsong
  • Damien Leith Nite Of My Life
  • Damien Rice Cannonball
  • Damien Rice The Blower’s Daughter
  • Daniel Bedingfield If You’re Not In It For Love
  • Darren Hayes So Beautiful
  • Dave Barnes More Than A Man
  • Dave Barnes On A Night Like This
  • Dave Mathews Steady As We Go
  • Dave Mathews Crash Into You
  • Dave Mathews Band Crush
  • Dave Mathews Band So Right
  • David Bowie Heroes
  • David Bowie Wild Is The Wind
  • David Cook The Time Of My Life
  • David Grey Be Mine
  • David Grey Grey Blue Eyes
  • David Grey Sail Away
  • David Grey This Years Love
  • Death Cab For Cutie I Will Follow You into The Dark
  • Default The Memory Will Never Die
  • Depeche Mode Somebody
  • Depeche Mode To Have & To Hold
  • Devine Brown Old School Love
  • DHT Listen To Your Heart
  • Dido Thank You
  • Dinosaur Jr. Show Me The Way
  • Dire Straits Romeo & Juliet
  • Divine Comedy Commuter Love
  • Divine Comedy Songs Of Love
  • DJ Sammy Heaven (Candlelight Remix)
  • Don Henley For My Wedding
  • Don Henley Taking You Home
  • Donnel Jones Where I Wanna Be
  • Doolittle Monkey Gone To Heaven
  • Dramarama Haven’t Got A Clue
  • Dramarama Give Anything Anything
  • Drop Kick Murphys Forever
  • Dru Hill Come Share My World
  • Eagle Eye Cherry Save Tonight
  • Early November Power Of Love (Huey Lewis Cover)
  • East Mountain South So You Are To Me
  • Edwin McCain I Could Not Ask For More
  • Elliot Smith Angel In The Snow
  • Elliot Yamin You Are The One (acoustic)
  • Elvis Costello She
  • En Vogue Don’t Let Go
  • Enrique Iglesias Hero
  • Enya Only Time
  • Enya Orinoco Flow
  • Evanescence My Immortal
  • Evanescence Solitude
  • Evanescence Anywhere
  • Ewan McGregor/Nicole Kidman Come What May
  • Explosions In The Sky Your Hand In Mine
  • Faber Drive When I’m With You
  • Faith Evans I Love You
  • Faithless We Come One
  • Feelers Nothing’s More Real
  • Feist Mushaboom
  • Firehouse Love Of A Life-time
  • Five For Fighting 100 Years
  • Flaming Lips Do You Realize
  • Fleetwood Mac The Chain
  • Floetry Say Yes
  • Foo Fighters Best Of You
  • Foo Fighters Miracle
  • From Romeo & Juliet Kissing You
  • Fugees Killing Me Softly
  • Gavin Degraw We Belong Together
  • God Speed You Black Emperor Storm
  • Goo Goo Dolls Iris
  • Goo Goo Dolls Slide
  • Great Big Sea Charming & Graceful
  • Green Day Time Of Your Life
  • Guns N Roses November Rain
  • Guns N Roses Patience
  • Gwen Stefani Real Thing
  • Hello Goodbye Oh, It’s Love
  • Hellogoodbye Baby, It’s Fact
  • Hellogoodbye Oh It’s Love
  • Hellogoodbye Here In Your Arms
  • HIM Bury Me Deep Inside Your Heart
  • HIM Heaven Tonight
  • HIM You Are The One
  • HIM Gone With The Sin
  • Hinder Lips Of An Angel
  • Hoobastank The Reason
  • Incubus I Miss You
  • Incubus (Acoustic) Stellar
  • Ingrid Michaelson Good Old War
  • Ingrid Michaelson The Way I Am
  • Ingrid Michaelson We’ve Come A Long Way
  • INXS Never Tear Us Apart
  • Iron & Wine Lion’s Mane
  • Iron & Wine Love & Some Verses
  • Iron & Wine Such Great Heights
  • Jack Johnson Better Together
  • Jack Johnson Flake
  • Jack Johnson Angel
  • Jacqui Naylor Celebrate Early & Often
  • Jagged Edge I Wanna Be
  • Jagged Edge Promises
  • Jagged Edge/Donnel Jones Knocks Me Off My Feet
  • Jaheim Never
  • Jamelia Superstar
  • James Just Like Fred Astaire
  • James Blunt You’re Beautiful
  • James Morrison Better Man
  • James Morrison You Give Me Something
  • Jamie Cullum What a Difference a Day Makes
  • Jamiroquai You Give Me Something
  • Jann Arden Make You Feel My Love
  • Jason Mraz I’m Yours
  • Jason Mraz Lucky
  • Jason Wade You Belong To Me
  • Jayhawks All The Right Reasons
  • Jayhawks Two Hearts
  • Jeff Buckley Hallelujah
  • Jem Maybe I’m Amazed (McCartney Cover)
  • Jessica Simpson Take My Breath Away (Berlin Cover)
  • Jessica Simpson I Wanna Love You Forever
  • Jets To Brazil Sweet Avenue
  • Jewel You Were Meant For Me
  • Jim’s Big Ego Music Of You
  • Jodeci You & I
  • Joe I Wanna Know
  • Joe No One Else Comes Close
  • John Legend Stay With You
  • John Lennon Love
  • John Mayer Your Body Is A Wonderland
  • Johnny Gill You For Me
  • Josh Radin Only You
  • Josh Turner In My Dreams
  • Joshua Raden Someone Elses Life
  • Joy Division Love Will Tear Us Apart
  • Joy Division/New Order Ceremony
  • Joy Wants Eternity From Embrace To Embrace
  • Jump Little Children The Way They Dance
  • Katherine Mcphee Each Other
  • Katie Melua Ten Million Bicycles
  • Keith Sweat Make It Last Forever
  • Keith Sweat I’ll Give All My love To You
  • Keith Sweat Nobody
  • Kelly Clarkson A Moment Like This
  • Kelly Clarkson Because Of You
  • Kelly Clarkson Anytime
  • Kelly Rowland United
  • KT Tunstall Universe & You
  • Lauryn Hill Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
  • Leona Lewis A Moment Like This
  • Levert I’ve Been Waiting
  • Liberator Tell Me Tell Me
  • Lifehouse You & Me
  • Lifehouse Hanging By A Moment
  • Lil’ Maw First Day Of My life
  • Live Lightning Crashes
  • Live I Alone
  • Live Dance With You
  • Lorena McKennit The Mummer’s Dance
  • Lou Reed Perfect Day
  • Macy Gray I Try
  • Madness It Must Be Love
  • Magnetic Field Book Of Love
  • Magnetic Fields It’s Only Time
  • Mariah Carey Forever
  • Mariah Carey Vision Of Love
  • Mariah Carey Always Be My Baby
  • Mariah Carey/Boys 2 Men One Sweet Day
  • Mario Let Me Love You
  • Mark Anthony My Baby You
  • Mark Anthony When I Dream At Night
  • Mark Cohn True Companion
  • Marques Houston Beautiful Day
  • Marshall Crenshaw Whenever You’re On My Mind
  • Massari Real Love
  • Massive Attack Live In Me
  • Matchbox 20 Push
  • Matchbox 20 (Cyndi Lauper Cover) Time After Time
  • Mathew Sweet I’ve Been Waiting
  • Maximo Park Postcard Of A Painting
  • Maxwell – Marvin Gaye Sexual Healing
  • McFly About You
  • Metallica Nothing Else Matters
  • Metallica Nothing Else Matters
  • Micheal Buble Everything
  • Mint Royale Don’t Falter
  • Mirah Words Cannot Describe
  • Modest Mouse Little Motel
  • Modest Mouse Sleepwalkin’
  • Modest Mouse Float On
  • Monica For You I Will
  • Morrissey You’re The One For Me Fatty
  • Motley Crue Without You
  • Motley Crue If I Die Tomorrow
  • Mouldy Peaches Anyone Else But You
  • Muse Unintended
  • Muse Uno
  • Muse Endlessly
  • Muse Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
  • Muse You Get Me Lost
  • My Chemical Romance Famous Last Words
  • Nada Surf Always Love
  • Natalie Merchant One Fine Day (Chiffon’ Cover)
  • Natasha Bedingfield Love Like This
  • Natasha Bedingfield These Words
  • New Pornographers Go Places
  • Nick Cave Straight To You
  • Nick Cave Into My Arms
  • Nick Drake Time Has Told Me
  • Nick Lachey This I Swear
  • Nickelback Far Away
  • Nickelback Never Gonna Be Alone
  • Nina Gordon Tonight
  • Nina Simone I Put A Spell On You
  • Nine Inch Nails Something I Can Never Have
  • Nirvana Heart Shaped Box
  • Nora Jones Those sweet Words
  • Nora Jones Love Me Tender
  • Oasis Let There Be Love
  • Oasis Wonderwall
  • Old 97’s Question
  • One Republic Won’t Stop
  • Otis Redding I Love You More Than Words Can Say
  • Panic At The Disco I Write Sins Not Tragedies
  • Paul Weller You Do Something To Me
  • Paulo Nutini Loving You
  • Peabo Bryson I’m So into You
  • Pete Doherty/Wolfman Song For Lovers
  • Peter Gabriel Blood Of Eden
  • Peter Gabriel In Your Eyes
  • Peter Gabriel Book Of Love
  • Phish Waste
  • Pink Floyd Shine On You Crazy Diamond
  • Placebo/David Bowie Without You I’m Nothing
  • Plain White T’s Hey There Delilah
  • Porcupine Tree Trains
  • Postal Service Brand New Colony
  • Postal Service Such Great Heights
  • Pretenders I’ll Stand By You
  • Prince If I Was Your Girlfriend
  • Prince Forever In My Life
  • Pulp Something Changed
  • Pure Soul We Must Be In Love
  • Pussy Cat Dolls Stickwitchu’
  • Queen You’re My Best Friend
  • Queens Of The Stone Age I Wanna Make It Witchu’
  • Quiet Drive Time After Time
  • R Kelly Happy People
  • R Kelly Forever
  • R Kelly/Celine Dion I Am Your Angel
  • R.E.M. At My Most Beautiful
  • Raconteurs Together
  • Ramones Baby I Love You (Ronettes cover)
  • Ray Lamontagne Let It Be Me
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers Hard To Concentrate
  • Reindeer Section If Everything Fell Quiet
  • REM You Are My Everything
  • Renee Olmstead A Love That Will Last
  • Replacements Within Your Reach
  • Rise Against Swing Life Away
  • Robbie Williams She’s The One
  • Robbie Williams Angels
  • Robin Thicke I Need Love
  • Ryan Adams Crazy Love
  • Ryan Adams Wonderwall
  • Ryan Adams When The Stars Go Blue
  • Sade Kiss Of Life
  • Sara McLachlan Elsewhere
  • Sara McLachlan Ice Cream
  • Sara McLachlan I Love You
  • Sara McLachlan Possession
  • Sara McLachlan Fumbling Toward Ecstacy
  • Savage Garden I Want You
  • Savage Garden Truly Madly Deeply
  • Scandal w. Patty Smyth Love’s Got A Line On You
  • Screaming Headless Torsos Something (Beatles cover … Rock)
  • Second Hand Serenade Stranger
  • Second Hand Serenade Awake
  • Seether Broken
  • Shaun Barrowes When I Take Your Hand
  • Shaun Barrowes You’re All Of My Reasons
  • She & HIM Sweet Darlin
  • Silverchair Miss You Love
  • Simply Red You Make Me Feel Brand New
  • Sinai 48 Life Will Be
  • Sinead O’Connor Nothing Compares To You
  • Six Pence None The Richer/New Found Glory Kiss Me
  • Skid Row I Remember You
  • Skillet Better Than Drugs
  • Skillet Yours To Hold
  • Slipknot Vermilion Pt. 2
  • Smashing Pumpkins Luna
  • Smashing Pumpkins Tonite Tonite
  • Snow Patrol Chasing Cars
  • Snow Patrol You Could Be Happy
  • Soltero Communist Love Song
  • Something Corporate Konstantine
  • Spiritualized (Pachabel’s tune rocked out) Ladies & Gentleman We Floating In Space
  • Spoon Something To Look Forward To
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers Meant To Be
  • St Augustine Band Of Horses
  • Stabbing Westward Sometimes It Hurts
  • Staind Fill Me Up
  • Staind Far Away
  • Stars Heart
  • Stars Elevator Love Letter
  • Stars My Favourite Book
  • Stephanie Mills So Good So Right
  • Stereophonics First Time
  • Sting/Sheryl Crowe Always On Your Side
  • Stone Roses 10 Storey Love Storey
  • Style Council You’re The Best Thing
  • Styx Babe
  • Sufjan Stevens To Be Alone With You
  • Sugababes Too Lost In You (Love Actually Strk)
  • Sum 41 With Me
  • Suzanne Vega Rosemary
  • SWV Anything
  • SWV Use Your Heart
  • Talking Heads This Must BeThe Place
  • Tara Mclean You
  • Taylor Hicks Hold On To Your Love
  • Taylor Swift Love Song
  • Tears For Fears Head Over Heels
  • Teddy Geiger For You I Will (Confidence)
  • Teddy Pendergrass You’re My Latest My Greatest Inspiration
  • Tegan & Sara I Know I Know I Know
  • Tegan & Sara Take Me Anywhere
  • Teiter You’re The Ocean
  • Teiter One & Only
  • Tesla Words Can’t Explain
  • Texas I’ll See It Through
  • The Calling Wherever You Will Go
  • The Cure Just Like Heaven
  • The Damnwells I Will Keep The Bad Things From You
  • The Darkness (Rock) I Believe In A Thing Called Love
  • The Decemberists Red Right Ankle
  • The Decemberists Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect
  • The Decemberists The Engine Driver
  • The Decemberists 15 Military Wives
  • The Eels Fresh Feeling
  • The Features The Idea Of Growing Old With You
  • The Feeling Rose
  • The Flaming Lips With You
  • The Fray Look After You
  • The Get Up Kids Don’t Worry I’ll Catch You
  • The Get Up Kids Crazy Love
  • The Killers When You Were Young
  • The Plain White Tees Hey There Delilah
  • The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Your Guardian Angel
  • The Shins We Will Become Silhouettes
  • The Smiths There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
  • The Steinways Don’t Leave Me Hanging On
  • The Sundays Wild Horses
  • The The This Is The Day
  • The Used Smother Me
  • The Used I Caught Fire
  • The Wannadies You and Me Song
  • The Wrens She Sends Kisses
  • The Zombies This Will Be Our Year
  • Theory Of A Deadman Since You’ve Been Gone
  • Three Days Grace Never Too Late
  • Three Doors Down Here By Me
  • Three Doors Down Landing In London
  • Three Doors Down Kryptonite
  • Tilly & the Walk Pictures Of Horses
  • Tina Turner Simply The Best
  • Tom Waits Little Trip To Heaven
  • Tom Waits Picture In A Frame
  • Tomi Swick A Night Like This
  • Toni Braxton How Many Ways
  • Tonic Count On Me
  • Trail Of Dead It Was There That I Saw You
  • Travis Flowers In The Window
  • Trivium This World Can’t Tear Us Apart
  • Turin Brakes Fishing For A Dream
  • U2 Night & Day
  • U2 All I Want Is You
  • U2 With Or Without You
  • U2 Beautiful Day
  • U2 One
  • Uncle Kracker Drift Away
  • Van Morrison Sweet Thing
  • Velvet Revolver Fall To Pieces
  • Velvet Underground I’m Sticking With You
  • Wallflowers – Colin James Into The Mystic
  • Ween Stay Forever
  • Weezer Island In The Sun
  • Westlife More Than Words
  • Will Young Evergreen
  • Wolf Parade This Hearts On Fire
  • XTC Wonderland
  • yeah yeah yeahs Maps
  • Yellowcard Oh My Love (John Lennon cover)
  • Yellowcard How I Go
  • Yo La Tengo You Can Have It All
  • Zero 7 Destiny

As always, I invite you to contact me for suggestions for your Wedding DJ Mother-Son Dance Songs. Here are other blog posts that may be helpful to you Top 50 DJ Wedding Last Dance SongsPopular Garter Toss Songs, Wedding DJ Father-Daughter Dance SongsTop 50 Wedding Cake Cutting SongsPopular Bridal Party Introduction Songs for Wedding DJs and Popular Bouquet Toss Songs.


Which was your Mother-Son Dance Song? Of the lists above, what are your favorite Mother-Son Dance Songs or do you have one that I need to add to the list of Mother-Son Dance Songs?


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Winter Wedding DJ at Highlawn Pavilion

This Saturday Night I will be Wedding DJ & MC for a really nice couple at The Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange, New Jersey. It is a fabulous venue that overlooks Northern New Jersey and New York City! Highlawn Pavilion is situated on Eagle Rock Reservation. I remember when I was younger and lived in West Orange, we used to go to Eagle Rock Reservation for its amazing views, fresh air and tress. I still go for a walk there when I am in the area and enjoy looking at New York City from so far away and see it so clearly.

Wedding at Highlawn Pavilion View of New Jersey & New York City with Rhode Island Wedding DJ

Rhode Island Wedding DJ at The Highlawn Pavilion

I remember in December of 1986, when The Highlawn Pavilion first opened its doors. We knew it was a special place and were so glad to see it renovated and made into such an elegant and simple venue for Weddings, Parties and Events with Wedding DJs. This from their website:

“Situated at the top of Eagle Rock Reservation, the building today known as Highlawn Pavilion, and the property around it, has a storied past.

In 1909, an open masonry shelter affixed with a series of arches dubbed “the casino” was built on the crest of the Reservation and to this day serves as the bones of the structure that is Highlawn Pavilion.

The term “casino” refers to an Italian style county dwelling or summer house. As the Reservation became a popular spot where week-enders congregated the Italian term proved to be an accurate description.

Automobile enthusiasts of that period held races up the cobblestone roadway of Eagle Rock Avenue with the finish line in Eagle Rock Park, near where Highlawn is situated today.

After years of neglect, the casino was acquired by the Knowles family whose extensive renovation resulted in the creation of the restaurant known today as Highlawn.”


I always look forward to all my Weddings as a professional Wedding DJ and Party DJ, but in venues like the Highlawn Pavilion, it is even more exciting to be the Wedding DJ. The Bride and Groom are very nice people and have put together a really interesting and fun playlist of music for their Cocktail Hour and Reception. It is a creative mix of Contemporary Jazz, Classic Rock, Hip Hop, Love Songs, Pop, Dance and some Rat Pack Music! Should be a fun night for this Wedding DJ!


I also am glad we received some snow to add to the atmosphere of the Winter Wedding. Winter Weddings have a feel all their won that is distinctly ‘Wintery’. There is the freshness in the air that is unique to Winter.

Can’t wait!

DJ Mystical Michael Rhode Island DJ & NY DJ

The StoryBook: DJ Tells A Sweet Sixteen Story

The StoryBook is a live performance created from your personal and family experiences at your Wedding, Sweet Sixteen, Birthday or Anniversary Party. We professionally create a story from your stories that are rewritten for a sensational oral production live with musical choreography at your event! The StoryBook is fun, funny and personal. Your friends and family will love it and talk about it for years to come.

The StoryBook Video

This particular The StoryBook video has clips from The StoryBook at the Sweet Sixteen Party that our team were DJ and MC in October of 2011 for a wonderful young lady and her family. We produce The StoryBook special live performances anywhere in the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania area that we are hired as your DJ and MC team for Weddings, Sweet Sixteens, Birthdays and Anniversaries.

DJ Mystical Michael Rhode Island DJ & NY DJ

A Live Wedding StoryBook

Last Sunday I was hired as professional Entertainer and Wedding DJ by a really nice Korean couple.  We spoke several times before meeting in person. Since I had recently spent a year teaching in South Korea and was still missing my time there, I was really excited to work with them and help plan their wedding day.


We had agreed in advance to turn their unique love story into The StoryBook, which I would present at the reception during the dinner. It was fun hearing each of them share the individual stories that documented their lives before meeting each other. First we let James tell his story and then Sung Hee told hers. Then the real fun began – hearing how they met, what their first date was like and their shared experiences as a couple leading up to their impending marriage.

Wedding DJ Story at Ceremony

I spent the next few nights putting together The StoryBook in written form. The next step was brainstorming what music and songs would perfectly compliment  The StoryBook live.  After getting the selections exactly right, my assistant and I discussed choreographed the timing and impact of each musical clip. Now we were ready!


I wasn’t sure how many of their guests would be proficient enough in English to fully understand The StoryBook,but it turned out that almost everyone got it! The applause, laughter, and collective ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ were the perfect final ingredient. James and Sung Hee laughed and smiled right along with their guests, as this was also their first time hearing The StoryBook live and with accompanying music. . After I finished, I bowed and thanked everybody for their time, and then we were ready to raise the volume and fill the dance floor.

Wedding DJ at First Dance


They say a picture can tell a thousand words. When I looked at Sung Hee’s face and saw her holding back tears of joy, I knew we had successfully presented The StoryBook, just as she had hoped, and more. This Wedding DJ was very happy.

DJ Mystical Michael Rhode Island DJ & NY DJ

Your Story Told For You By The Professional DJ

I am very excited to be offering my new service for the first time this weekend to two clients at their events. I have been working on this project for a while and can’t wait to be able to show it off for the first time Saturday night! We are a culture that shares our stories as a form of strengthening our families and communities. I wanted to offer a service for my clients that presented their story at special events like Weddings, Sweet Sixteens, Birthdays and Anniversaries, and other important dates in our lives.


Happy Bride and Groom Kissing Their Wedding Story


What we do is interview beforehand the individual or individuals that are celebrating their event. They share with me their story or collective stories. We continue our conversation until we all feel there is enough material to showcase the unique and essential parts of your lives leading up to this moment. In the case of a Wedding, both the Bride and Groom share stories of your lives before you met, how you met and while you were dating. Finally, why you are choosing to get married and what you love about each other. If it is a Sweet Sixteen like Saturday night, I meet with the girl and her family and together we weave together the special moments in her life that have brought her to this day.


I take all this information and go home to create your “fairy tale” , your unique story.  Of course, it is not completely non-fiction – I add in some spice to make it even more fun.  While creating your story, I include the songs that have bookmarked some of your essential experiences and make them part of The StoryBook.


Happy Bride and Groom First Wedding Dance Story


At your wedding or event, I share your story with your friends and family for all to celebrate your life with you. While telling your story live, my DJ Assistant will be playing the perfect songs from your past and present to enhance the experience for everyone!


A live StoryBook for friends and family to celebrate together!


On Saturday night, I am presenting this at the Sweet Sixteen of a fabulous young lady who is jumping out of her skin with anticipation. On Sunday afternoon, a loving couple will get the chance to invite their friends and family to share their journey with them on this special day.


Happy Couple on Dance Floor at Wedding Story


At first, I was a little anxious about offering this professional service. Then I remembered that my beginnings as a DJ were in radio. After almost twenty years as a teen and family counselor, I certainly have experience interviewing and supporting families and skills to encourage them to share and reflect on how amazingness of our lives. The writing is probably the part I am enjoying the most. I am a budding writer and appreciate any opportunity to put on my writer’s cap and create something beautiful out of real life through words and music. Tomorrow night, I get my first chance to share my new service for the first time!


Bridal Party Introductions at Wedding

DJ Mystical Michael Rhode Island DJ & NY DJ