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What is the ‘meaning’ behind many of the wedding traditions?

Did you ever wonder how the tradition of the bride and groom kissing at the end of the ceremony ever come about?  (It’s not what you think.)  Why was rice thrown after the ceremony?  Why does a bride carry a bouquet?

These are just some of the traditions that just about every wedding observes but do you know the meaning behind these traditions.  Well, if you are curious, read on!

Traditionally, rice was thrown after the ceremony to signify, are you ready, FERTILITY.

White wedding cakes symbolize what?  That’s right, FERTILITY.

Flower girls represent what at a wedding?  You might recognize a theme right now, it’s FERTILITY.

Why do brides and grooms kiss at the end of the ceremony?  No, it’s not about FERTILITY (although kissing may play a part in that later), it’s because in old Roman times, the belief was that the bride and groom exchanged a piece of their souls during the kiss.

Why does the bride carry a bouquet?  Again, in old Roman times (do you know any old Romans?) the belief was that the bouquet ‘warded off evil spirits.’

Did you know that 40% of brides marry the first man they ever fall in love with!

This is just an example of how Desert Music Entertainment’s DJ entertainers can keep your guests entertained during the release of the tables for the buffet or during cocktails.  For more information about our DJ entertainment or Videography service for your wedding, CONTACT US NOW at 480-967-7333 (Arizona) or 855-967-788 (San Diego) or check out our website at www.DesertMusicEntertainment.com (Arizona) and www.DesertMusicDJs.com (San Diego.)


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Song Suggestions for the 1st Dance

Planning a wedding can be a daunting experience with all of the details big and small you must address and picking the music for the ‘special’ dances at a reception seems to fall to the end of the planning cycle.  So we get a lot of requests from brides and grooms for suggestions for appropriate songs for their first dance together as a married couple.

One thing you may want to consider when selecting your 1st Dance Song is stay away from ‘trendy’ songs that don’t have any staying power.  When you celebrate your 25th Anniversary and you want to re-live that special moment of your 1st Dance, if you picked a ‘trendy song’ that was only on the radio for about a month during your wedding planning and you haven’t heard it since then, you may not even remember what it was since you haven’t heard it 25 years.  You may also want to check out the song a little closer so you don’t pick a song that has a less than romantic theme like Norah Jones’ ” I Don’t Know Why,” Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go” (do you remember how the movie ends?!) and Elvis’ “Suspicion Minds” are just a few that come to mind that we have played at one time or another as a 1st Dance Song.  Picking a classic is generally the best way to go when picking your 1st Dance Song.

To help out, here’s a list of some of the more popular 1st Dance songs.

From This Moment On/Shania Twain


All My Life/KC & JoJo

Have I Told You Lately/Rod Stewart or Van Morrison

I Do (Cherish You)/98 Degrees or Mark Wills

Can’t Help Falling In Love/Elvis

You’re Still The One/Shania Twain

At Last/Etta James or Beyonce

Love My Life/Jim Brickman & Michael W Smith

Love Me Tender/Elvis

I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing/Aerosmith

It’s Your Love/Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Wonderful Tonight/Eric Clapton

My Best Friend/Tim McGraw

What A Wonderful World/Louie Armstrong

Unforgettable/Nat & Natalie Cole

I Cross My Heart/George Strait

Making Memories Of Us/Keith Urban

To Make You Feel My Love/Garth Brooks

Bless The Broken Road/Rascal Flatts

Unchained Melody/Righteous Bros.

Because You Loved Me/Celine Dion

The Way You Look Tonite/Sinatra/Bennett/Buble’

It Had To Be You/Harry Connick Jr.

Everything I Do (I Do It For You)/Bryan Adams

Heaven (Candlelight version)/DJ Sammy

I’ll Be/Edwin McCain

Beautiful In My Eyes/Joshua Kadison

Marry Me/Train

I hope this helps.  If you need additional song suggestions for your 1st Dance or if you need some song suggestions for other reception events like the cake cutting, Grand Entrance, Bride/Father Dance.  Contact us at 480-967-7333 at your earliest convenience.