Jan 252015
 

Maroon 5′s new video for their song “Sugar” is taking the internet and Bride’s wish lists by storm. The band and “Wedding Crashers” director David Dobkin crashed real weddings and surprise Brides & Grooms by singing the song. Guests are confused at first until they realize that it truly is Adam Levine and Maroon 5 right in front of them.

Maroon 5 Sugar Video Philadelphia Wedding DJ

The reactions are priceless and the video includes audio of their reactions along with the music. This is a must-see video to a perfect pop love song. Just think of it as “Wedding Crashers Pt. 2 starring Maroon 5″.

Sep 232014
 
Appleford Estate Wedding DJ from The Masters Group DJ Entertainment

Appleford Estate in Villanova, PA is one of  our all-time favorite Philadelphia area wedding venues. The Masters Group has been a preferred Wedding Disc-Jockey there for the last 7+ years. At Appleford, we provide both Ceremony music and sound systems along with wedding reception planning and DJ entertainment.

Below are a few recent Appleford wedding client reviews from our Facebook page.

Appleford Wedding DJ reviews, Philadelphia Wedding DJ in Villanova, PA at Appleford Estate

 

Appleford Wedding music, Villanova wedding DJ at Appleford Estate

 

Jul 022014
 
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There is nothing better than a surprise choreographed dance at a wedding. Most times it is the bride & groom, sometimes a bride & father, or the groom & mother. This dance includes a medley of hits by Beyonce, Destiny’s Child, The Backstreet Boys, along with a Persian number performed by the groom and his groomsmen. Sean Rajaee is the groom who pulled this number off for his lucky bride Ariana.


These are always fun to see and are usually entertaining. This group really had it together as some of the groomsmen who flew in had to learn it via YouTube and last minute instruction before the wedding. A terrific job done by all and the crowd went wild!

Sep 192013
 
Bride & Groom First Dance

Trying to narrow down your choices for your First Dance as husband and wife? Then check out this Spotify playlist of the Top 10 First Dance Songs as of September 2013. This list is compiled by DJ Intelligence which tracks music played by Disc-Jockeys across the USA.

It’s always a good idea too know what is popular at the moment. That way you can either go with one of these songs or select something totally different and unique.

My advice to brides and grooms has always been to select a song that has some sort of meaning for them… the night they first met, the first kiss, the moment they knew they wanted to spend the rest of their life with them.

Enjoy and Share!

Aug 122013
 

A trend that has been popular over the last few years is the “Surprise” First Dance. This is when the bride and groom begin by dancing to a slow song and then the music switches to a fast song and they begin a choreographed routine. Some are very intricate in their choreography while others are freestyle with the couple just having fun.

Even though the trend has slowed a little, there are still some great choreographed First Dance performances out there. There is no reason why a couple can’t do whatever they want… something silly, funny, awkward.

What really makes it special is when the song that they dance to has some sort of meaning as well. For instance, Raquel Kelly, E! Fashion Police Producer & Creator of the Wedding Blog “I Guess I Do”, recently wrote an article on HuffPost Weddings about her own “Surprise” First Dance and the meaning behind it. Not only does she do a fantastic job of explaining it’s meaning, she has the awesome routine with her husband on video to go along with it.

So, I think that if a bride and groom want to do a “Surprise” First Dance, then go for it. Don’t worry about if it’s not the hottest trend right now or what others may think. Just go out, have fun, and make a memory that you and your spouse will remember for the rest of your lives!

Jun 062013
 

One of the best parts of my job as a wedding DJ is that I get to meet all kinds of great people, from all walks of life, at different stages in their journey to getting married. I met with Michelle & Bobby in the summer of 2012 to discuss their vision for their wedding and how The Masters Group works to make it fun, easy to plan, and memorable. I knew when I met the young couple that this would be a fantastic event and I was right!

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The color theme was black and white with pink accents to match the bridesmaids. It looked classy and elegant.

The Wedding Ceremony and Reception was held at The Brandywine Manor House Inn in Honeybrook, PA. A beautiful open setting with multiple outdoor and indoor ceremony sites, the spacious main ballroom, and the new Manor House Barn circa 1794. The Masters Group provided music for the ceremony which was held at The Lakeview site. Once the ceremony was over everyone headed indoors to the main ballroom to enjoy butlered hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from the event’s caterer, Sage Catering. I have been lucky enough to work with the team at Sage at many events and I can truly say, they are the best of the best!

After cocktail hour, the large bridal party was introduced and the bride & groom made their entrance. They danced to Bryan Adams – All For Love for their first dance. The toasts followed by the Maid of Honor (sister of the bride who is a wedding planner and helped plan the event) and Best Man (brother of the groom). Both were entertaining, touching, and from the heart. After dinner the dancing begun as I played a mix of great music selected by the bride & groom along with some dance floor faves that I felt would work after reading the crowd. The group was energetic, fun, and everyone had a great time on the dance floor!

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The pink uplighting really added a magical touch to the dance floor as the bride & groom and guests danced the night away.

I want to thank Michelle & Bobby for letting me be a part of their wedding. It was an honor and a lot of fun working with them. Also, thanks to Nancy, Gordon, and Dan at BMHI for a wonderful evening. And last, but not least, to Sage Catering for another fantastic event. We love working with Dana, Ed, Greg, Liz and the team at Sage!

Wedding Ceremony and Reception Music: The Masters Group DJ Entertainment

Wedding Caterer: Sage Catering

Wedding Venue: Brandywine Manor House Inn

Wedding Flowers: Domenic Graziano Flowers

Wedding Cake: The Master’s Baker

May 132013
 



Here are the Top 50 Bride and Father Dance songs as of May 1, 2013. This list is compiled from weddings across the USA and is updated every month and can be found in our Online Music Database.

What song are you dancing to with your Father? If you’re already married, what was your Bride and Father Dance song?

Click to hear song samples.

# ARTIST SONG
1 Heartland I Loved Her First
2 Mcgraw, Tim My Little Girl
3 Temptations My Girl
4 Carlisle, Bob Butterfly Kisses
5 Armstrong, Louis What A Wonderful World
6 Rascal Flatts My Wish
7 Chapman, Steven Curtis Cinderella
8 Sinatra, Frank The Way You Look Tonight
9 Simon, Paul Father And Daughter
10 Beatles In My Life
11 Wonder, Stevie Isn’t She Lovely
12 Mccain, Edwin Walk With You
13 Kamakawiwo’ole, Israel ‘Iz’ Over The Rainbow
14 Dion, Celine Because You Loved Me
15 Natalie Cole, Nat King Cole Unforgettable
16 Adkins, Trace Just Fishin’
17 Fleetwood Mac Landslide
18 Vandross, Luther Dance With My Father
19 Morrison, Van Brown Eyed Girl
20 Mayer, John Daughters
21 Rucker, Darius It Won’t Be Like This For Long
22 Wicks, Chuck Stealing Cinderella
23 Joel, Billy Lullabye
24 Womack, Lee Ann I Hope You Dance
25 Clapton, Eric Wonderful Tonight
26 Hill, Faith There You’ll Be
27 Wainwright Iii, Loudon Daughter
28 King, Ben E. Stand By Me
29 Stewart, Rod Forever Young
30 Stewart, Rod Have I Told You Lately
31 Cocker, Joe You Are So Beautiful
32 Grant, Natalie I’ll Always Be Your Baby
33 Joel, Billy Just The Way You Are
34 Mcbride, Martina In My Daughter’s Eyes
35 Martino, Al Daddy’s Little Girl
36 Taylor, James How Sweet It Is
37 Tyrell, Steve The Way You Look Tonight
38 Chesney, Kenny There Goes My Life
39 Petty, Tom Wildflowers
40 Beach Boys God Only Knows
41 Paisley, Brad He Didn’t Have To Be
42 Adkins, Trace You’re Gonna Miss This
43 Morrison, Van Tupelo Honey
44 Adkins, Trace Then They Do
45 Carey, Mariah Hero
46 Rogers, Kenny Through The Years
47 Allan, Gary Tough Little Boys
48 Dunn, Holly Daddy’s Hands
49 Groban, Josh You Raise Me Up
50 John, Elton Your Song

 

Apr 172013
 

Bride and Groom First Dance

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Here are the Top 50 Bride and Groom First Dance songs as of April 2013. This list is compiled from weddings across the USA and is updated every month and can be found in our Online Music Database.

What are you dancing to for your First Dance?

If you’re already married, what was your First Dance song?

# ARTIST SONG
1 Mraz, Jason I Won’t Give Up
2 James, Etta At Last
3 Paisley, Brad Then
4 Shelton, Blake God Gave Me You
5 Perri, Christina A Thousand Years
6 Lamontagne, Ray You Are The Best Thing
7 Rascal Flatts Bless The Broken Road
8 Train Marry Me
9 Hayes, Hunter Wanted
10 Lonestar Amazed
11 Adele Make You Feel My Love
12 Mcgraw, Tim My Best Friend
13 Presley, Elvis Can’t Help Falling In Love
14 Mraz, Jason & Colbie Caillat Lucky
15 Buble, Michael Everything
16 Johnson, Jack Better Together
17 Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling
18 Strait, George I Cross My Heart
19 Matthews Band, Dave You And Me
20 Aerosmith I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
21 Green, Al Let’s Stay Together
22 Chesney, Kenny Me And You
23 Clapton, Eric Wonderful Tonight
24 Sinatra, Frank The Way You Look Tonight
25 King, Ben E. Stand By Me
26 Urban, Keith Making Memories Of Us
27 Paisley, Brad She’s Everything
28 Adams, Bryan (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
29 Mcgraw, Tim With Faith Hill It’s Your Love
30 Buble, Michael Hold On
31 Urban, Keith Only You Can Love Me This Way
32 Young Band, Eli Crazy Girl
33 Mccain, Edwin I’ll Be
34 Morrison, Van Crazy Love
35 Bright Eyes First Day Of My Life
36 Jones, Norah Come Away With Me
37 Krauss, Alison When You Say Nothing At All
38 Mccain, Edwin I Could Not Ask For More
39 Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody
40 Snow Patrol Chasing Cars
41 Lynch, Dustin Cowboys And Angels
42 Morrison, Van Someone Like You
43 Gray, David This Years Love
44 Journey Faithfully
45 Morrison, Van Into The Mystic
46 Armstrong, Louis What A Wonderful World
47 Big & Rich Lost In This Moment
48 John, Elton Your Song
49 Thompson Square Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not
50 Newsong Duet With Natalie Grant When God Made You

 

Mar 252013
 

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since that magical performance of “Billie Jean” introducing “The Moonwalk”on Motown’s 25th Anniversary special.

I can still remember watching it on TV as a 13 year old kid who was raised in a musical household. With a father who was a multi-talented musician, singer, and songwriter, who played in a wedding band for many years, along with my older brothers and sisters musical influences, I was well versed in many genres and styles of music.

My earliest musical memories were of my sister Diane’s 8-track player that she had with “The Beatles” cartridge blairing away. Being the oldest of the bunch, she was the go-to person for what was happening in music, and not just what was on the radio either.

It was the “Off the Wall” album released in 1979 that she had that introduced me to Michael Jackson as a solo artist. With it playing in heavy rotation, I would first hear “Don’t Stop til You Get Enough“, “Rock With You“, and “Off the Wall“… all future Top 10 singles.

In 1982, the “Thriller” album came out around Christmas and was a must have for the holidays. “Billie Jean” was the second single released and the album just exploded. Followed by “Beat It” and “Thriller“, the album became and still remains the best selling album of all time. At that time, music videos became the biggest thing for the music industry. Those three videos were seen everywhere… on TV, in stores, at the mall, skating rinks, etc.

On March 25, 1983 I was watching Michael perform with his brothers, The Jackson 5, on the Motown special and thought that it was good. But then he uttered “Those were some good songs, I love those songs a lot. But I especially… like the new songs”. The beat from “Billie Jean” kicks in and he begins. I’m watching in disbelief as it comes to the part where he magically glides backwards across the stage… and the “Moonwalk” is born.

So, my brothers and I, along with the rest of the world, would try to figure out how he did it and practice it. Even today, there isn’t an event that I’m DJ-ing where I’m playing “Billie Jean” that somebody, whether they’re 7 or 70, is trying to do the “Moonwalk”.

Watch the full clip below of that memorable night via YouTube: