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How to Light Up Your Wedding Reception

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Lighting can instantly transform the look and feel of a space. In fact, the right lighting can set the tone at your wedding and make your guests feel welcomed into your big day and ready to party. Here are five ways to use lighting at your wedding reception.

Colored lighting amplifies your wedding theme. Perhaps one of the most important details at any wedding is the theme or color scheme you choose. Lighting can help boost that theme or scheme! Plus, EBE offers pattern lighting that can illuminate a personalized design on your wedding venue’s ceilings, dance floors, or walls. From leaf patterns to stars and even custom designs, patterned colored lighting can instantly make the appearance of your wedding venue feel more elaborate and modern.

Lighting can draw attention to the most essential parts of your wedding. Couples spend hours choosing the intricate details of their special day. From the wedding cake to the gift table, sign-in book, and wedding party table, pinspotting can help draw attention to the most important aspects of your wedding reception. Pinspots focus a pin-sized ray of light onto the vital elements of your choice to make them really pop! You won’t have to worry about guests looking over any of these items or tables.

Uplighting can draw attention to the beauty of your wedding venue. If you’re hosting your wedding reception at a historic venue or a location with intricate architecture, the proper lighting can magnify those features. Don’t pay all of that money to have your guests miss out on the beauty of the space! With uplighting, you can use light to illuminate your venue’s architecture or, if your wedding is outdoors, the entryways and other areas your guests need to see.

Lighting can amp up the party at your wedding. Think back to the last time you were at a concert or club. There’s typically a light show involved that elevates the performance and energizes the space. The same goes for your wedding reception! The right lighting can make or break the vibe on the dance floor. Our lighting experts can use controlled LED fixtures to highlight the dance floor and draw in your guests for a night they won’t soon forget.

Downlighting can amplify the romance. Typically, wedding venues turn down the general lighting during dinner. Often, those lights are left down for the remainder of the reception until your event is over. Downlighting can help combat the otherwise dim lighting at your wedding venue! EBE offers professional wedding reception lighting in Philadelphia that can help you re-light or enhance certain areas to bring attention to them.

For the best in wedding reception lighting in Philadelphia, trust EBE. When you are ready to decide the entertainment that will perform at your wedding, EBE is here to help. Learn more about our upcoming showcases.

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Party Enhancements for Different Occasions

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Special events like weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, birthdays, and corporate events can often feel typical. Generally, the same things happen at these events, whether it’s a cake cutting or a celebratory toast. But with party enhancements, you can make your next event the talk of the town! If you’re looking for party enhancements in Philadelphia, these extra additions will make any event more memorable.

Wedding. The right DJ or musical act can instantly make any wedding feel different than the last one a guest attended. But you can make the event even more memorable by incorporating unique entertainment like magicians and caricature artists into your special day. Let guests commemorate the occasion with a customized caricature in their best wedding attire. At EBE, we also offer airbrush T-shirt artists who can hand-create your wedding favors on-site!

Bar/Bat Mitzvah. If you’re looking to entertain the kids at the next bar or bat mitzvah celebration, there are plenty of party enhancements that can keep the fun going. A video game package including an X-Box 360 Kinect and 42″ HD Monitor will keep any gaming crowd entertained, just like our Rock Band Experience and various other games, including Skeeball and Dome Hockey. If you’re looking for party enhancements to keep the adults entertained, we’ve got those as well! From horse racing to fortune tellers, game show hosts, and karaoke, there are plenty of party enhancements that will make any bar or bat mitzvah exciting for every guest.

Milestone Celebration. Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, retirement, or notable birthday, milestone events can also benefit from party enhancements. If you’re feeling nostalgic, consider adding an arcade featuring classic floor games like Mrs. Pacman to pinball and everything beyond. Arcade games are the perfect way to transport guests back to any era. Additionally, air hockey and giant board games are great for crowds of all ages. But if you’re looking for entertainment for an older group, casino games are the perfect solution. Transform the room into a life-like casino floor with authentic gaming tables for Blackjack, Roulette, and more.

Corporate event. Turn your next corporate event into something all of your employees will want to relive with enhancements like an Escape the Room Challenge. We also offer other activities that will encourage team building like musical aptitude tests, karaoke, trivia, and Scene It? Specialty actors are also available to bring life to your next corporate event. From historical figures to celebrity impersonators, our talented pool of performers is ready to amp up your next event.

Elevate your next big event with these party enhancements. And when you are ready to make decisions about the entertainment that will perform at your wedding, EBE is here to help. Learn more about our upcoming showcases.

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How to Keep Your Wedding Guests Entertained During Cocktail Hour

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Your wedding day is all about you and your significant other. But the big day should also be about your guests! Many people invite friends and family from near and far to their weddings, so the occasion needs to be as memorable as possible from beginning to end. That includes your cocktail hour. These are four of the best ways to keep guests entertained during the cocktail hour portion of your wedding.

Include interactive elements. Whether it’s tailgating games, a photo booth, or a donut wall, including interactive features into your cocktail hour can keep your guests busy while you take photos behind the scenes. Most venues offer interactive food stations you can work into your cocktail hour. Consider a make-your-own drink station or a mashed potato bar. These small touches give your guests something to talk about, and they’re activities that help pass the time before the real party starts.

Offer plenty of food and drink options. For your guests, one of the most critical elements of any cocktail hour is the food and drink available to them. Be sure your cocktail hour offers hot and cold appetizer stations as well as butlered hors d’oeuvres, so your guests feel welcomed and well-fed. Consider having at least one or two specialty cocktails as well as plenty of soft drinks for those guests who don’t consume alcohol or aren’t of age.

Hire an ensemble. There’s nothing worse than a cocktail hour without entertainment. Whether it’s a DJ playing music or a live performance from talented artists, music is a must-have for any wedding cocktail hour. EBE offers the highest quality cocktail hour entertainment in Philadelphia. From solo guitarists to harpists, string trios and quartets, jazz trios, and more, there’s entertainment for weddings of all tastes at EBE. Plus, you can schedule a showcase before you book, so you know exactly what kind of entertainment you’ll be providing your guests during cocktail hour.

Join your cocktail hour. You can still have a special entrance to your wedding, even if you participate in cocktail hour. Taking part in your cocktail hour is one of the best and most significant ways to make this time entertaining for your guests. If you and your bride or groom can get photos out of the way quickly, aim to be part of your cocktail hour. After all, your guests have come to celebrate this momentous occasion with you. As such, you should aim to spend as much time as possible with them.

When you are ready to make decisions about the entertainment that will perform at your wedding, EBE is here to help. Learn more about our upcoming showcases.

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Why You Should Attend a Showcase Before Booking Your Wedding Entertainment

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If you’re planning a big event like a wedding or bar/bat mitzvah, entertainment is a must. Whether you want to book a band, DJ, or both, it’s vital to see the entertainer you’re considering before you hire them. Getting a sneak peek gives you the best idea of what you’re paying for and what to expect the day of your event! Here are three other reasons you should attend a showcase before you book your wedding entertainment.

You get to see multiple performers at once. Are you still trying to decide what kind of entertainer you want to book for your wedding? Attending a showcase is the perfect way to figure out if you want a DJ to play music or the energy that a live performance evokes. You may even discover new entertainment options, like a DJ accompanied by a drummer.

Showcases are free to attend. EBE is the premier place to find the best entertainment for weddings in Philadelphia. We have an eclectic group of entertainers, so you’ll be able to find something for every music lover, from rock to R&B and Top 40. Our showcases make it easy to find talented musicians, bands, and DJs — and the best part is that these showcases are free to attend! All you need to do is register for the showcase of your choosing on our website.

Showcases can inspire other fun party elements. Attending a showcase isn’t only about the music. They can also help inspire you with new ideas to make your celebration as memorable as possible for you and your guests. From MCs to event lighting, party favors, photo booths, and more, there are so many ways you can elevate your event to make it as interactive as possible. live band showcase

Listen before you book! Join EBE for one of our live or virtual showcases where you can listen and see the available entertainment. Whether you’re booking a wedding, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, or another exciting event, selecting the perfect entertainment doesn’t have to be time-consuming. In one evening with EBE, you can see all of the best MCs, musicians, and bands in the area in a relaxed, comfortable setting.

You’ll get the whole experience, including lighting, DJs, and more. Our dynamic talent is super fun, interactive, and ready to show you what they’ve got! Remember that our entertainment packages can be tailored to the needs of your event. Experience one of our Philadelphia wedding showcases!

When you are ready to decide about the entertainment that will perform at your wedding, EBE is here to help. Learn more about our upcoming showcases.

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Best Tips for Planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

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Becoming a bar or bat mitzvah is an important milestone for young Jewish people. But planning the big celebration is a considerable undertaking for their parents! Fortunately, you can plan a fun bar or bat mitzvah in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas with these tips and tricks.

Choose a theme for your bar/bat mitzvah. Think about what your child’s bar or bat mitzvah means to you and what your child’s interests are. This process can help influence the theme of your big day. From the decor to the type of entertainment you want to have down to the food you’ll serve; a theme can be extremely helpful when planning a major event like a bar or bat mitzvah.

Book your bar/bat mitzvah venue. Typically bar and bat mitzvahs are held in country clubs, hotels, or wedding venues. Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, people have started to get creative to host events safely. When booking a location, consider the outdoor venues in your area. You can also connect with the more traditional venues and see if they’re offering covered outdoor options. The number of people and time of year your bar or bat mitzvah takes place will greatly influence your venue choice.

Decide on the vendors who will bring your bar/bat mitzvah to life. The vendors you hire are responsible for the food, drinks, and fun at a bar or bat mitzvah. Food and drink are of paramount importance, of course. But the entertainment you have at a bar or bat mitzvah is just as important! Whether you’re looking for a DJ or a live band, or a cool combination of the two, trust the Philadelphia bar and bat mitzvah MCs at EBE to combine music, video, lighting, and dance entertainment.

Hire a photographer that specializes in bar and bat mitzvahs. Your big day isn’t going to last forever, but that’s where photo and videographers come in. EBE can provide a talented Videographer as well. To choose a great photographer, ask friends and family who have held bar or bat mitzvahs before for recommendations. Before making a final decision, make sure you’ve seen their previous work and express clearly what kind of shots you want to be taken on the big day to make sure everyone is on the same page.

When you are ready to decide about the entertainment that will perform at your bar or bat mitzvah, EBE is here to help. Contact us today to find out more information about our DJs and live bands!

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Working with Your Vendors During COVID

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Planning a wedding with coronavirus (COVID-19) in mind can be stressful — but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of ways for couples to work with their wedding vendors to host the wedding of their dreams safely. Here are a few tips on how to work with your vendors to plan a wedding during the pandemic.

Change up the type of ceremony. Maybe your initial wedding was going to be a big ceremony with all of your friends and family. In light of the pandemic, those large celebrations aren’t the safest option. Fortunately, you can still celebrate your nuptials and keep your guests safe. One wedding venue in Montgomery County came up with the idea of a “minimony” — a small onsite wedding ceremony followed by cocktails and reception of hors d’oeuvre. The typical size for the minimony has been about 25 guests.

Host your wedding on a different date. Thursday and Sunday weddings have become increasingly popular over the years, mostly because of the reduced price. But with the pandemic at play, these dates have become even more valuable to engaged couples. If you originally had a Friday or Saturday wedding planned, connect with your venue to see about changing the date. Holding your ceremony on a Thursday or Sunday could help reduce the number of guests you have at your wedding (a pandemic win) and be cheaper for you in the long run (a personal win).

See if your wedding DJ or band is flexible. Not every venue is open to having DJs play music and encouraging people to gather on the dance floor. If your wedding has been moved to a remote location, see if your DJ can play music over Zoom. Several local wedding bands have perfected performing remotely — you may be able to strike a deal with a local musician, even if you weren’t planning on having music in the first place.

Review your contracts. Whether it’s your florist, caterer, or another small business you’ve decided to use for your wedding, take the time to review your contract. Pay close attention to those vendors who are flexible with dates. Ultimately, this can help you decide whether moving your wedding or minimizing the guest list is the best option. In some cases, certain vendors may be more flexible than others in terms of credits. Connect with your vendor to learn more about their policies and how they’re willing to work with you during these trying times.

Remember to be gracious and understanding. This time is just as challenging for couples planning a wedding as it is for the businesses who rely on said occasions to stay afloat. Only when both parties are flexible can you make the best of the situation!

When you are ready to make decisions about the entertainment that will perform at your wedding, EBE is here to help. Contact us today to find out more information about our DJs and live bands!

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Where to Take Engagement Photos in the Philadelphia Area

Where to Take Engagement Photos in the Philadelphia Area

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Are you one of the lucky couples who got engaged over the holidays? Congratulations! Even though we’ve entered the new year, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic still leaves wedding planning up in the air. Forget thinking about the guest list and venue for now. Instead, soak up the joy of being engaged. If you’re planning to have engagement photos taken to share your big news with friends, there are plenty of beautiful places in and surrounding Philadelphia that will make for some great engagement shots.

These are the top five locations to take engagement photos in the Philadelphia area.

Old City. If you and your significant other were born and raised in Philadelphia or frequent downtown, Old City is an ideal location for your engagement photos. Get candid outside of your favorite Old City bars, restaurants, and hot spots. Then, take a few posed shots in some of the area’s more iconic locations. From the old cobblestone paths of Elfreth’s Alley, the nation’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street, to the Merchant’s Exchange Building and the 18th Century Garden, there’s a location for every couple hidden within Old City.

The Navy Yard. Are you an adventurous couple? Have your engagement photoshoot in Philadelphia’s bustling Navy Yard. Several businesses operate out of this location, including the very contemporary Urban Outfitters. As such, there are a wealth of landscapes and backgrounds to choose from, including historical buildings and, of course, Urban’s photogenic campus.

Longwood Gardens. If you consider yourself an outdoorsy couple, Longwood Gardens is the perfect location for your engagement photoshoot. The botanical gardens are beautiful all year round, but you may be able to get some extra special shots depending on the time of year you schedule your shoot.

Covered Bridges. For a romantic engagement photoshoot, visit one of Bucks County’s 12 covered bridges. They’re the perfect location for the couple that enjoys the farmhouse style vibe. With locations in New Britain, Erwinna, and Tinicum, and Springfield townships, you have plenty of options to get the perfect shot. Choose the destination that speaks to your relationship or the one that’s closest to where you live.

Lambertville. While Lambertville is technically in New Jersey, it sits right on Pennsylvania’s border and offers some pretty amazing views of the Delaware River. Pro tip: have your engagement photos taken near the bridge to New Hope — this way, you can have a few shots taken in each quaint town! From railroad tracks to antique shops and canal waterways, there are a ton of unique locations to have engagement photos taken in Lambertville.

Choose any of these Philadelphia engagement photo locations for some beautiful shots! And when you are ready to make decisions about the entertainment that will perform at your wedding, EBE is here to help. Contact us today to find out more information about our DJs and live bands!

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Dani Ostroff Bat Mitzvah – The First of our Hall of Fame Series

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Our brand new Bar/Bat Mitzvah Hall of Fame series spotlights families of Bar/Bat Mitzvahs who have thrown some of the most AMAZING events we have ever seen and gives you a behind the scenes look at how they made it all happen. All of the information and photos were submitted directly from each family, so we are sharing their first-hand experience. We hope this helps you find inspiration and ideas to make your own event Hall of Fame worthy!

Dani’s Bat Mitzvah was an easy choice for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Hall of Fame (her Dad is an industry pro after all). What really made her tropical colored, survivor themed, event stand out was the level of detail and thoughtfulness they used to plan each and every aspect of the day. Dani and her family’s genuine excitement and appreciation for all of their guests created a warm, welcoming atmosphere and of course, they had a dance floor that NEVER stopped! Mazel Tov, Dani, on being inducted to the EBE Bar/Bat Mitzvah Hall of Fame!

Dani’s Bat Mitzvah Details

Parent: Ben Ostroff

Bat Mitzvah: Danielle (Dani)

Event Date: 11/16/19

Bat Mitzvah Project: Making custom blankets for dogs in dog shelters

Service Location: Temple Brith Achim – King of Prussia, PA –  https://www.brithachim.org/

Reception Location: Radnor Valley Country Club – Villanova, PA – https://radnorvalleycc.com/special-events/

Afternoon or Evening Affair: Evening 

Guest Count: 100 Adults, 100 Young Adults

Theme and/or décor color palette: Survivor/Tropical Island

Who/What did you hire from EBE? What didn’t we have?! Dreamtime, MC Josh Smilk, DJ, 3 Dancers, 2 photo booths, Lighting, A/V screens, Videography and more. www.ebetalent.com

I cannot say enough great things about everyone! From top to bottom, everyone made an effort to understand our needs, learn our vision, and then did everything they could to turn that vision into a reality. This could be as simple as the bandleader Andriana playing the perfect pop versions of songs on violin for our cocktail hour, Josh and the DJ keeping the kids entertained and the evening on schedule throughout, the band learning a few new songs for us, etc. Who really stood out was EBE’s Lighting and Production Director, Tara Buchanan. She coordinated all of EBE’s lighting and production. She even met me onsite the day before the party as she oversaw all the installation of everything, met many of the venues quirky challenges (such as a low roof), and made sure everything was setup as I expected. The band was on fire throughout the party, and the dancers made every effort to keep kids and adults alike active and involved all night long. Cannot say enough great things about everyone involved. Thanks again for everything!

Who was your Planner? Planned everything myself

Who was your Caterer? Radnor Valley CC provided the food

Who was your Photographer? Jordan Cassway Photography – http://casswayphoto.com/mitzvah/. 

He was amazing! Danielle’s was actually our second Mitzvah. For our first (for our twins) we actually hired a different photographer. That’s photographer’s photos were OK at best. Nothing bad, but not one photo that made me say, “Wow!” Was the total opposite experience with Jordan. He took the time to learn what specific photos we wanted and made sure that he captured them all. I had even mentioned to him offhand one time how that first photographer didn’t get a single picture of my older daughter with her friends at her Mitzvah. Jordan went out of his way to make sure to get these shots as well, and it wasn’t even her party! We literally just last week printed and framed some of Jordan’s pictures, so I get to appreciate his work every time I’m in my living room.

Who was your Videographer? EBE Talent – www.ebetalent.com

For videography we actually used EBE (as we did for both of our parties). Was a perfect capture of the day. Was wonderful getting to not only relive all of the great moments of the night, but also to experience all of the things that we missed. Plus, his drone shots were amazing!

Who was your Decorator?  Vito Russo. www.xtraordinaryevents.net

At the time he was with another company, but he has since opened Xtraordinary Events. Cannot recommend him highly enough. Everything looked beautiful, and he went above and beyond to come up with ideas to match the theme that we had in mind. He gave us that wow moment that we were hoping for when all of our guests entered the ballroom. Cannot recommend Vito highly enough!

Did you include any fun extras?

We gave hoodies to the kids (OK, I have one too and actually wore it just yesterday!), gift cards for prizes, dance floor hand outs, and had two photo booths (one for green screen and one traditional enclosed booth).

Where did you find your family’s formal wear?

Ben (Dad) wore a custom suit from haberdasher Tom McKendry – https://www.tomjames.com/shop/

Allison (Mom) wore a black, beaded knee-length dress from Berta Sawyer –  https://bertasawyer.com/

Dani’s pink knee-length dress was from Party Girls – http://www.partygirlsnewtown.com/

Who were your hair and makeup artists? Angelic Hair + Makeup Designs (Angel Simpkins) – https://www.facebook.com/Angelic-Hair-Makeup-Designs-318721998578934/.

 Have never seen my wife and daughters look so beautiful!

Who made your cake? Sweet Jazmine’s Bakery – www.sweetjazmines.com

Who created your invitations? Invitations of Distinction: Invitations of Distinction | Facebook 

What was the most meaningful/memorable part of the whole thing to you and your family?

You only get a handful of moments like this throughout your lifetime. Particularly coming just a few months before COVID hit, you really just appreciate celebrating life’s moments with family and friends. So thankful to everyone involved for doing so much for my family.

What was your favorite part of the event?

It’s a family tradition where we jump on stage and sing Springsteen with the band. My curse in life is that I LOVE singing, but am so bad at it! Despite how bad we were though, LOL, you could really see how much the band enjoyed celebrating with us in this way. Watching the video you could see that they were having just as much fun as we were!

What was your least favorite part of planning?

I love planning, so my least favorite part was when the party ended. You put so much time and effort into planning the night, and then at the snap of a finger it’s all over. Need another occasion so that I can plan something else!

What is the best advice you received during the planning process?

Don’t wait until the last minute. The best vendors always get booked quickly, so make sure to procure your entertainment, etc. right away. If there’s anything you cannot envision your event without, grab it before someone else does.

What tip or advice you would give to anyone else planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

More than anything else, see how hard a vendor is willing to work to earn your business. If it takes days and days and multiple attempts to get a hold of somebody, no matter how good their product is, they aren’t worth your time. If that’s how hard they’re willing to work to earn your business, expect that they will work even less hard for you once they have it. One of the best things about EBE was that I never went more than one business day for someone to reply to me.

Top Wedding Songs of 2020

Top Wedding Songs of 2020

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This year, the wedding industry was entirely disrupted by COVID-19. There were cancellations, postponements, and downsized receptions. However, those who did have the chance to celebrate were able to use music to keep some of the best wedding traditions alive. From the couple’s first dance to the reception entrance and last song of the night, our Philadelphia wedding bands and DJs have compiled a list of the top wedding songs of 2020.

Top 10 Couple’s First Dance Song 2020

1. You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
2. At Last – Etta James
3. Perfect – Ed Sheeran
4. All of Me – John Legend
5. Speechless – Dan + Shay
6. Beautiful Crazy – Luke Combs
7. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
8. Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur
9. Yours – Russel Dickerson
10. Make You Feel My Love – Adele

Top 10 Last Dance Songs for a Wedding 2020

1. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
2. Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
3. Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon
4. Ho Hey – Lumineers
5. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
6. History – One Direction
7. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
8. Rain On Me – Lady Gaga
9. Love On Top – Beyonce
10. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore

Top 10 Bridal Party Entrance Songs 2020

1. Good as Hell – Lizzo
2. Higher Love – Kygo, Whitney Houston
3. This What You Came For – Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna
4. You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
5. Crazy in Love – Beyonce ft. Jay Z
6. I Don’t Care – Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber
7. Sucker – Jonas Brothers
8. Timber – Pitbull ft. Kesha
9. Cake by the Ocean – DNCE
10. Raise Your Glass – Pink

Couples chose everything from classic ballads to timeless party songs, new country, and top 40 hits for their first dance, last dance, and bridal party entrance songs this year. If you’ve moved your 2020 wedding to 2021 or later, take a look at this list and see if any of your favorites made the cut. Although these hits may not be from the year of your wedding, they’ll still resonate with your family, friends, and guests and put a smile on their faces.

When you are ready to make decisions about the entertainment that will perform at your wedding, EBE is here to help. Contact us today to find out more information about our DJs and live bands!

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How to Choose a DJ for Your Wedding

How to Choose a DJ for Your Wedding

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