DIY Reception Blog

Cake Cutting Song Recommendation for Spring 2015

Many of the couples that we work with want a Cake Cutting Song recommendation that is on the newer side, but they also like the ‘sweet’ references that songs like ‘How Sweet it is’ and ‘Sugar Sugar’ make, because it fits well with cutting a cake. We’ve been asked to do this song recently for the cake cutting and we wanted to mention that it works really well as a cake cutting song, because it’s … Read the rest

Wedding Reception Dance Song Recommendations, April 2015

Hey all! Just wanted to make sure that we checked in to let you know what kinds of songs we’re using to make the dance floor packed and hopping at the weddings we’re DJing professionally. These songs are particularly good later in the evening when most of the older guests have left, and we’re releasing a new update to the DIY guide later this week that will include these songs during the top-40 dance times … Read the rest

Our Favorite Party Tracks of 2014!

The end of the 2014 Wedding Season has just ended for Mike and Eric and DIYReception. We had an awesome first year and look forward to 2015!

Today’s post is an opportunity to share our favorite party tracks of the year – here are our favorites:

4) All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

3) Happy – Pharrell

2) Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

1) Fancy – Iggy Azalea

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Eric’s Favorite Albums of 2014

Hozier – Hozier – My 2014 Album of the Year

Beck – Morning Phase – 2014 Album of the Year Runner Up

The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream – Honorable Mention

St. Vincent – St. Vincent – Honorable Mention

Future Islands – Singles – Honorable Mention


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Mike’s Favorite Albums of 2014

Beck – Morning Phase – My 2014 Album of the Year

Beck came out of the gate swinging this year. The entire album is a home run. The final track in particular, Waking Light, really made me smile. 

Bleachers – Strange Desire – 2014 Album of the Year Runner Up

Shovels & Rope – Swimmin’ Time – Honorable Mention

Bonus: St. Lucia – When The Night – My 2013 Album of the Year
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Eric’s Favorite Tracks of 2014

1) Budapest – George Ezra

This is by far, my favorite song of 2014.

The gist of the song: the narrator will leave all of his earthly possessions (his house in Budapest, hidden treasure chest, golden grand piano, a beautiful castillo [castle and furnishings]) for his beloved.

This really speaks to me in my life in 2014.

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Mike’s Favorite Tracks of 2014

1) Bleachers – Rollercoaster

This song chokes me up because it makes me think of my wife Jenny and I when we were first dating. She was such a, and still is, a wild spirit and brings out whatever spontaneity my poor heart can muster. The energy, the reckless speed of the song gives you the feeling like you’re going off the rails, and that’s exactly what falling in love with her felt like.

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Interview Podcast with Blissful2Be Magazine!

For those that have been tracking our progress, one thing you’ll know right away is that we love talking to people about what we’re working on, why we’re working on it, and how it can help couples get the most out of their reception once they’ve chosen to do the music themselves. This week, we spoke with Kay at Blissful2Be Magazine, who had some questions and feedback on what we’re working on – check … Read the rest

Huffington Post Feature!

We wanted to share with the group and our readers that recently we were featured in the Huffington Post in an article called “10 Ways to Cut the Costs of Planning Your Wedding” by Scott Taylor. Scott talks about ways to save time and money when planning your own reception, and we’re honored that he included our service and products as worthy of being mentioned in this who’s who of DIY powerhouses. We’re … Read the rest

A Note From the Trenches of a Wedding – Cupcakes!

As I type this, Eric and I are working at a wedding in our hometown and we thought we’d take a moment and give you a quick tip about how you might be able to save time and money when it comes to your dessert. This tip is a little different than our standard music tips, but we think that it might be valuable nonetheless. We’re seeing cupcakes more and more often at the weddings … Read the rest