Current Cocktail Hour and Dinner Music

February 19, 2013 by Aaron

While DJing recent weddings we’ve noticed a lot of different requests for cocktail hour and dinner. It is no longer always the Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis type music, which is, and always will be, perfect for setting the mood at cocktail hour and dinner. For a few years now we have been adding Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Michael Buble, to add some new flavor.

Now it seems there is a trend of going more indie rock with the Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Of Monsters and Men, and more folk with Mumford and Sons, Phillip Phillips, Avett Brothers, and Bon Iver.

No matter what you choose to be played a your wedding it is all about setting a mood, creating an atmosphere. While at the same time playing music that you like and want to hear.

Great views at a great wedding in Sonoma

June 17, 2012 by Ryan Cudia

Everything went perfectly Melissa and Fredrik’s wedding, the reception was lit up by an awesome sunset at the end of the night at Viansa Winery in Sonoma, CA. I was able to snap a quick picture of the sunset with my phone (seen on the right).

Right after dinner we went into the first dance then Father/Daughter and kicked things off with the Hora after that. Everyone joined in the Hora which packed the dance floor, a great start to keep it going all night. It was a lot of fun to DJ and MC their wedding.

Congratulations Melissa and Fredrik!

Santa Rosa Wedding for Kim and Neil

June 5, 2012 by Ryan Cudia

I had a lot of fun last weekend DJing Kim and Neil’s wedding at a private residence in Santa Rosa, CA last Saturday. Working with Emily from ES Photography ( was a pleasure, and can’t wait to see how the pictures turn out.

The wedding went smoothly and guests were dancing all night. Congratulations Kim and Neil and thank you for choosing us to DJ and MC your wedding!

How To Navigate A Bridal Show

January 18, 2012 by Ryan Cudia

Planning a wedding can be a daunting task, trying to find a venue, DJ, caterer, live music, dress, and more, is sometimes overwhelming; which is why a bridal show, or wedding expo, is a great way to see options first hand, and meet the people you may be hiring for your wedding.

Some bridal shows are small intimate affairs, while others can be pretty huge. Regardless of the size, there are a few suggestions for attendees to help get the most out of your experience:

  • Comfortable Shoes
    • This is very important, you will be doing a lot of walking and standing, this is not the time to show off those new 4″ stilettos.
  • Eat something before you go.
    • There’s usually a lot of free samples of food, but like Costco sample dining, most are the best tasting, least nutritional types. Give your body some fuel to burn for a few hours so you don’t get hungry, or go into a sugar/caffeine-filled frenzy.
  • Create labels with: Bride’s Name, Groom’s Name, Address, Phone Number, Email Address and Wedding Date.
    • There will be a lot of “Enter to win” contests, and you don’t want to be wasting your time writing all the same info over and over again. Not to mention getting carpel-tunnel syndrome.
    • Sometimes the organization hosting the Wedding Expo will do this for you, and give you the labels when you arrive.
  • Bring a small planner/personal calendar, or use your smart phone to book meetings.
  • The Multi Bag/Buddy System:
    • You will be handed a lot of promotional material, by the time you leave, you could have more than 100 pamphlets, coupons, etc. It’s a good idea to have a bag for pamphlets from vendors with whom you would like to actively follow-up, and another bag that a buddy can hold, that has all of others. When you get home, it’ll be easier to find the ones you liked.
  • Take your time and have a plan.
    • Bridal shows are busy, and it’s easy to get flustered and skip things, and those things you skip may wind up being a dress you love, or a DJ who’s personality is just what you’re looking for. On the other side, if you’ve already booked a venue for example, try to spend less time looking at venues, and focus on things like narrowing your list of caterers or DJ’s.
  • Have a guest count and budget in mind.
  • Make a Wedding Ideas photo album on your phone and take pictures as you see things you like. This is useful even when you’re not at a bridal show.
    • Try to ask before taking photos, some venders prefer not to have their booths or arrangements photographed.
  • Have Fun!

Holiday Party

October 30, 2011 by Ryan Cudia

Below are a few of the games we play while we DJ and MC a holiday party (Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah, Etc.)


Santa’s Beard

This is a relay game, have your DJ get 2 teams of about 5 people. Have them make team names so the DJ can make play-by-play announcements.

You’ll need Vaseline and a bowl of cotton balls. Have each member apply Vaseline to their chins and have one person from each team run to the bowls of cotton balls, and attach a minimum or 10 cotton balls to their chin. They then run back and allow their next team member to go to the cotton ball bowl.

The first team with every member to have a beard wins.

A variation can include a rule that they can’t use their hands to attach the cotton balls.

Find Your Partner

Before the party, take Wire Garland and cut them into two pieces of various lengths. Be sure that you have two of every length! When the guests arrive, their objective is to find the other person at the party that has the same length piece of garland. When it comes time for a gift exchange, the pairs give their gifts to each other!


Hanukkah Anagrams

Good to play during dinner, give everybody pen and paper and then give them a word related to the holiday: anything from the word Hanukkah to dreidel or Menorah. Instruct players to create as many words as possible using only the letters from that specific word. The winner is the person or group with the larger number of words. Your MC can announce the winners after dinner.

Musical Chairs

Have the DJ play traditional songs while guests dance around the chairs, of course one chair fewer than the number of guests, the DJ will stop the song intermittently, the last person standing is eliminated. Repeat until you have a winner!


Costume Contest

A fun easy way to get a crowd involved is to plan a costume contest, just have some prizes planned out for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, and pick a couple secret judges. Have the judges tell your DJ who the winners are about half way through the night, and we’ll announce the winners and prizes. This is a great way to make sure everyone’s dressed up.


This really works for any party, have your DJ announce certain words throughout the night that aren’t allowed to be said (candy, punch, etc.) , have a punishment for saying the word(s), something like the person who gets caught has to take drink orders for the people that heard him or her say the restricted words.

Contact Us to book your holiday party today!

Wedding in Marin County

October 19, 2011 by Ryan Cudia

DJing Christine and Travis’ wedding at the San Geronimo Golf Course in Marin County was a lot of fun, the wedding took place outside with a nice mountain backdrop, then moved inside for dinner and dancing.

Christine opted to allow me to take table requests from her guests during dinner, so I got a good idea of what her guests wanted to listen to. Those requests, plus the ones Christine and Travis filled out made for a full dance floor!

Contact Us to book your Wedding DJ today.

Josh and Ellen’s Wedding in Napa

September 11, 2011 by Ryan Cudia

Had a great time DJ and MCing Josh and Ellen’s wedding out in Napa yesterday. One of their family friends was nice enough to let them use his house for the event, and even planted sunflowers specifically for the wedding. The weather was not too hot, and cooled down just in time for dancing.

Jennifer from Silverado Brewing Company made sure everyone was happy with some delicious food and drinks.

Josh and Ellen really knew what their guests liked to dance to. When we met up for their consultation, they requested a lot of Oldies, Motown, and Rock and Roll. The dance floor was packed all night.

Contact Us to book your Wedding DJ today.

5 Most Requested Wedding Songs September 2011

September 7, 2011 by Ryan Cudia

It’s time again to look at the top 5 requested songs for Weddings we’ve had here at A. Long Music.

In no particular order:

1) Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO

This song has been a top request for some time now. It’s fast paced, fun, and energetic, no wonder that it’s one of our most played wedding reception dance songs.

2) Knee Deep (Feat. Jimmy Buffett) – Zac Brown Band

An easy-going, fun, country song, regularly played during dinner reception.

3) Country Girl (Shake It For Me) – Luke Bryan

Another country song on the top 5 list, this one bringing a nice fast beat, to which anyone, but specifically, “Country Girls” can “Shake It”.

4) Mr. Saxobeat – Alexandra Stan

An up-tempo eurodance song with elements of house, great song to get people dancing. Interestingly, Alexandra Stan is a Romanian artist, the song came out last November in Romania, but just started getting real airplay in the US a couple months ago.

5) Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5

A collaboration of disco-pop, and a little rock. Great song to dance to.

Santa Rosa Wedding

August 24, 2011 by Ryan Cudia

One of the benefits of being a Wedding DJ in Northern California is enjoying the outdoors and nice weather, last Saturday was no exception.  The wedding was at Mark West Creekside at Mark West Lodge in Santa Rosa, California

A very unique setting, with a filled in pool converted to a sunken dance floor and stage, which was perfect for keeping the guests dancing the whole time.

Street-Eatz did a great job catering the wedding, they made sure the guests had delicious food and were very good at coordinating with me to make sure everything was ready on time for my announcements.

All in all, a great wedding, with a fun crowd in a nice outdoor Sonoma County location.

Contact Us to book your Wedding DJ today.

5 Most Requested Wedding Songs July 2011

July 8, 2011 by Ryan Cudia

Greetings, I’ve compiled a short list (in no particular order) of some of the most requested songs so far this July.

1) Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not – Thompson Square

This has been a very popular song this season, good for any time in the reception, and also a popular first dance song.

2) Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO

An up-tempo, sure-fire dance starter.

3) Give Me Everything – Pitbull

Another great dance song to get the party started.

4) Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum

Another good first dance song, or romantic song for the couples on the dance-floor.

5) Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) – Katy Perry

The epitome of a party song, and a popular wedding party dance song. You can’t go wrong with a saxophone solo!

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