Eco Caters, your San Diego wedding catering company, was proud to be chosen once again for another beautiful wedding.
Living in southern California we see our fair share of bright, eye-popping colors on display during the wedding season. Alli and Spencer’s wedding is a shining example of bright colors at work. San Diego wedding photographer Sean Walker did an amazing job capturing the bright colors and preserving them for us to share.
Alli and Spencer had their wedding at a private residence here in San Diego, which we feel always makes for the most intimate of weddings. The couple came up with some fun ways to entertain their guests, like spreading out fun blankets and placing picnic baskets on top filled with fresh baked goods and savory treats. The couple also brought together some wild colors by the assistance of Linda Woolcott. All the colors through out the wedding put smiles on guest’s faces, and cohesively work seamlessly together.
We are one of the few San Diego wedding catering companies that serves all organic food, and we take pride in doing it right. When Alli and Spencer came to us for their food tasting, it was something they valued as well. We told them the same thing we tell all of our clients: Everything Eco Caters purchases is fresh, locally farmed and USDA Certified Organic. Not only do we feel that it’s the right thing to do for the environment, and our bodies, it also tastes better! Our clients often comment on how much better our food tastes over other San Diego wedding caterers.
Following a lovely ceremony in the back yard, the bar opened up, the turntables began to spin, and our kitchen started offering fresh Hors D’oevres. Our Chef put together beautifully arranged cheese platters with fresh cheese from the farmers market along with local farmed fruits and an apricot preserve. Friends and family were also offered homemade antipasto with marinated artichoke, grilled sweet peppers paired with wild arugula, marinated cherry tomato with creamy mozzarella, an assortment of mixed olives, and a true crowd pleaser, our Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Slaw and Spicy Aioli (pictured on the right).
We encourage our clients to create custom menus for their wedding and our clients put together a fun one! They started their reception dinner off with a big bowl of wild arugula mixed with other fresh vegetables purchased by our chef the day of at the local farmers market. For protein, Alli and Spencer fell in love with our hardy grilled vegetarian lasagna with House Ricotta. Yumm! For sides our San Diego wedding caterers brought out grilled market vegetables, sesame green beans, and a smoky, grilled Corn on the Cob.
I am really impressed with the photography of Sean Walker. Sean really did an amazing job with Alli and Spencer’s wedding photos! He has a great eye for taking advantage of negative space, capturing his subject’s expression, and making these wedding colors sing. Our San Diego wedding catering team loves receiving photos of weddings like this because they are so fun to share.
As always, a very special thanks goes out to our couple, Alli and Spencer for choosing Eco Caters as their San Diego wedding caterer. We couldn’t have enjoyed being apart of your wedding more, and we wish you to the best!
San Diego Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters
San Diego Wedding Photographer: Sean Walker Photography
San Diego Wedding Location: Private Residence
Want a fun San Diego wedding venue that has a beautiful property surrounded by tropical gardens, a large house ready to be used however you wish, overlooking the ocean? Then say, “hello” to the Soledad Club. Eco Caters was on hand to help Patrick and Maria take advantage of this exciting San Diego event space.
Our San Diego wedding catering team not only catered our popular all-organic cuisine for Patrick and Maria’s wedding, we were also their San Diego wedding coordinator. Our clients love the convenience and simplicity of only having to remember one phone number when planning their wedding, and its Emily Brune’s at our San Diego branch, Eco Caters.
Emily of our San Diego wedding catering company sat down with Patrick and Maria and went over everything with them, so that their San Diego wedding would turn out just as they had dreamed it to be. Here’s the bride in her own words on the day:
“We had the best experience with Eco Caters, everyone loved the food and Emily, Lauren, Adam, and all the servers were fantastic!”
As friends and family arrived, they were offered refreshing organic beverages from our San Diego wedding caterers. Sweet lemonade, sun brewed iced tea, and water infused with some crisp mint sprigs, were displayed in old, glass dispensers. This is staple we serve at all of our San Diego wedding catering events and always goes over so well as guest mingle during those hot summer months.
Following a tear jerking ceremony over looking the San Diego coast line, attendees were offered some savory appetizers during cocktail hour: A homemade hummus trio with cucumber yoghurt, mixed olives, and warm flatbread. Our chefs also prepared three different kinds of fresh salsa, with Organic tortilla chips, and guacamole.
As the sun began to set and guest found their way to their seats, our San Diego wedding caterers opened up the buffet. The all-organic wedding buffet was all food Patrick and Maria loved during their food tasting with us and the couple was just as please the second time around when trying our food as they were the first. The couple decided to open up their feast with a nice large bowl of mixed Farmers Market greens tossed with crisp vegetables and topped off with our homemade Apple Cider Vinaigrette. For protein, the couple went with a Blackened Local Fish with Rice and Refried Beans, and our spicy Chipotle Blueberry Chicken. And lastly the couple picked out a few delicious side dishes to complment the rest of their meal with grilled Farmers Market vegetables (zucchini, bell peppers, leeks, carrots, and squash), and our popular mirepoix quinoa.
A big thank you to Shana Siler of Siler Photography for allowing us to share these wonderful wedding photos with all of you. She was so much fun to work with and we look forward to running into her again at our next encounter! To find out more about Shana Siler’s photography, visit her website www.shanasiler.com
LOOKING TO HAVE A WEDDING AT THE SOLEDAD CLUB?
Soledad Club, 5050 Soledad Road, San Diego, CA 92109
“Located across the street from Kate Sessions Park, the Soledad Club was built in 1963. There are several rooms within the building, useful for different types of functions. The outside deck has a beautiful view of the ocean and bay. Because the building is located in a very quiet residential neighborhood, we are committed to maintaining the serenity and peacefulness of this neighborhood. Next to the building, is a parking lot with space for fifty cars.
Our main room is a 2,500 square feet auditorium, with a stage area. This room can easily accommodate 225 people seated at tables.
On the lower level is the downstairs room, which can accommodate about 80 people. This room is carpeted and furnished with comfortable chairs. There is a small kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave but no stove. One unisex bathroom is located in this room.
Approximates dimensions are:
Main room: 50 feet by 50 feet.
Surf Room: 36 feet by 40 feet.
Downstairs room is approximately 26 feet by 35 feet
There are four bathrooms upstairs and one downstairs. Please insure that your guests do not place diapers, feminine products or paper towels into the toilets; these items should be properly wrapped and placed in the trash cans provided.
View of the ocean and bay from the outside deck
Adjacent to the main room is a kitchen, with a stove, refrigerator and microwave, all of which may be used by renters.
There are four bathrooms upstairs, two of them located on either side of the stage, two located in the Surf Room.”
San Diego Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters
San Diego Wedding Photographer: Shana Siler of Siler Photography
San Diego Wedding Venue: Soledad Club
San Diego Wedding Live Music: Andy Mauser
San Diego Wedding Baker: Kimberly Gafter and Jennifer Duncan
San Diego Wedding Rentals: Raphael’s Party Rentals
San Diego Wedding Transportaion: Eric Talner of Never Tardy Bus
Eco Caters, San Diego’s all-organic wedding caterer put together a delicious wedding feast for our newlyweds Maggie and Jake’s wedding at the Marina Village, here in San Diego.
There’s something romantic and timeless about sunsets over the ocean. Our clients Maggie and Jake had always wanted a wedding on the ocean and Eco Caters not only was hired to cater their special day, but we also were able to work them as their San Diego wedding coordinator!
A lot of our clients are disappointed to discover that Eco Caters can coordinate their San Diego wedding after they have already hired a separate wedding coordinator; since our San Diego wedding catering company already plays such an integral role in a couple’s wedding, its so much easier to have your wedding coordinator and your wedding catering company all under one roof. It’s usually cheaper and just simplifies everything. It’s something Eco Caters offers that most San Diego wedding caterers do not.
Emily, our San Diego wedding coordinator listened to what Maggie and Jake wanted to have in their wedding, and what they valued. She worked with our chef, and some of our preferred vendors to help them find a wedding location, connect them with the right people, and help them pull of their wedding within their budget.
The couple chose Marina Village in San Diego to have their wedding and to celibrate with their family and friends. Our team of San Deigo wedding caterers worked from start to finish to make sure everything was pulled off seamlessly.
Maggie and Jake are conscious of the food they eat, and it was important to them to serve their wedding guests Eco Caters’ organic and locally sourced food. The food our San Diego wedding catering company prepares is all farmed from small, local farms and purchased the day before the event. Our San Diego wedding catering team also worked with Maggie and Jake to help them create a custom wedding dinner menu that fit their budget. Below is a fun wedding sample menu we put together with them bursting with freshness and flavors.
Tray Passed Hors D’Oeuvres
Plantain Chips with homemade Guacamole and Roasted Jalapeno
A bright Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche with Lemon Lime and Coconut Butter
Refreshing Cucumber Cups with Mango, Jicama, Chili, and Lime
Farmers Market Salad includes, Best of the Saturday morning, San Diego Farmers Market greens and vegetables tossed with a house vinaigrette dressing.
Juicy, smoked Chili Rubbed Jidori Chicken Breast
Grilled Farmers Market Vegetables
Taco Bar Includes:
Salsa Fresca, Roasted Salsa, Mango Salsa
Cheddar and Jalapeno Jack Cheese
Grilled Peppers and Onions
Warm Corn and Flour Tortillas
And, last but not least, our Roasted Garlic Guacamole
To pair with our taco bar, our San Diego wedding catering team, put together a few savory side dishes to finish off the feast:
Black Beans with Orange and Mexican Chocolate
Heirloom Tomato Rice with roasted cumin seed and coriander
We wish Maggie and Jake the very best and thank them for choosing Eco Caters as their San Diego wedding coordinator, and organic caterer. We also wanted to share these photographs from San Diego wedding photographer Wedding Bug Studios.
San Diego Wedding Coordinator: Emily of Eco Caters
San Diego Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters
San Diego Wedding Officiate: Ian Williams
San Diego Wedding DJ: Julian Napolitan
San Diego Wedding Flouriest: Rae Florae
San Diego Wedding Hotel: Bahia Hotel & Resort
San Diego Wedding Photographer: Wedding Bug Studios
San Diego Wedding Transportation: Industry Transportation
San Diego Wedding Rentals: Raphaels Party Rentals
Keys Creek Lavender Farm in San Diego is a nature haven for beauty, and wedding parties. Eco Caters, your all organic, San Diego wedding catering team was on hand for Haley and Trevor’s country themed wedding, at this one-of-a-kind venues.
As their name implies, Keys Creek Lavender Farm grows Lavender, and boy do they ever! From May until June (which is the peak season for lavender) these bright purple flowers share their splendor with the world, attracting birds, bees, and brides. Not only are these therapeutic flowers kind on the eyes, their real beauty lies in the flowers delicate fragrance, which tickles the nose everywhere your turn. The farm uses the flowers popular aroma in making tea, perfumes and in the practice of aromatherapy. If you’re looking for a place to tie-the-knot we can’t think of a more beautiful place that tantalizes all the senses than Keys Creek Lavender Farm.
Our San Diego wedding catering company prides itself on our sustainable practices so we are always excited to collaborate with likeminded vendors and venues, like Keys Creek, which is San Diego’s only USDA certified organic lavender grower! Regardless of their organic stature, the Keys Creek Lavender Farm is just an all around great nature destination. And, with fun monthly events like tea parties, private tours, and soup making classes, it’s worth a visit.
It was important for our clients Haley and Trevor to have a green wedding and our San Diego wedding catering company put together a custom, all-organic wedding menu to fit their needs. To start cocktail hour off our San Diego wedding caterers put out a beautiful spread of homemade hummus: a roasted garlic hummus, a roasted bell pepper hummus, and black bean hummus. Guests also enjoyed our cucumber yoghurt, mixed olives, and our grilled flatbread.
For the main course friends and family were offered juicy grilled chicken breasts topped with a mango and avocado salsa, our popular coconut sauce spooned over grilled Pacific Fish, steamed quinoa with carrots, and fresh from the local farmers market a hardy bowl of crispy arugula with shaved peaches and our house Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing. Our San Diego caterers received some very nice compliments on the food which our team always enjoys hearing
From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to say, “Thank You!” Haley and Trevor for choosing Eco Caters as their San Diego wedding caterer. We had a wonderful time getting to know you over the wedding process and we wish you two the best! “Thank You!” to Key’s Creek Lavender Farm for sharing their wonderful event space with us. Lastly, we’d like to thank Natalia Robert of Full Circle Images for allowing us to share these wonderful wedding photos. We encourage you to visit Natalia’s website (www.full-circle-images.com) and snoop around; she has some amazing photos to look through!
San Diego Wedding Venue: Keys Creek Lavender Farm
San Diego Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters
San Diego Wedding Photograher: Natalia Robert of Full Circle Images
Kristi and Kevin are always full of smiles. Their whole family is! In fact, they filled an entire canyon with smiles the other weekend when they had their wedding ceremony at the Bandy Canyon Ranch, just outside of San Diego. Our San Diego wedding coordinator, Emily, and her all-organic wedding catering company, Eco Caters, was there to help smile right along with them.
Kristi and Kevin came to our San Diego wedding catering company with no concept of what they wanted for their wedding. “A lot of couples come to us in search of wedding catering, but are pleasantly surprised when they discover Eco Caters also does wedding coordinating. Kristi and Kevin where so relieved when we told them. A lot of couples are!” Says Emily Brune, Senior Event Coordinator at the San Diego wedding catering company. “We often hear from couples that choose Eco Caters as their catering company that they wish they would have known before they picked their wedding coordinator. Combining your San Diego wedding caterer with your San Diego wedding coordinator just make it that much simpler.”
Emily, our San Diego wedding coordinator was able to help them figure out a budget, she walked them through some options to help them meet that budget, and she showed them ways they could save money, but still achieve the wedding they wanted.
“When we found The Ranch at Bandy Canyon, we knew it was our venue. It was absolutely perfect! From there, everything just came together.” Says Kristi with a warm smile on her face.
The Ranch at Bandy Canyon has always been a popular San Diego wedding location. With 144 acres of mountainous beauty tucked away in the heart of San Pasqual Valley how could it not! The ranch starts off with a gorgeous Eucalyptus-lined driveway leading to a pool and spa, vineyard, terraces, and quant little cottages. Weddings at the Ranch at Bandy Canyon are perfect for anyone who enjoys the tranquility of nature and the romance of history.
We would like to thank Kristi and Kevin for choosing Eco Caters as their San Diego wedding caterers and for being so much fun to work with. We really mean it. Your entire family was so much fun and we felt so special to play such a big role in your wedding day. We’d also like to thank the staff at the Bandy Canyon Ranch for being so hospitable and for sharing your beautiful ranch. Lastly, we wanted to share the beautiful wedding photography of Houston Costa, of Purple Flower Media. Please take the time to look through all of these wonderful photos. They capture the smiles and hearts of everyone.
San Diego Wedding Catering & Wedding Coordination: Eco Caters
San Diego Wedding Venue: The Ranch at Bandy Canyon
San Diego Wedding Photography: Houston Costa
San Diego Wedding Cupcakes: Maegs Bakes Cakes
San Diego Wedding Dress: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner
Wedding shoes: Flounce
San Diego Wedding Hair and Makeup: Friend of the bride
Invitations: Rosie Beans Designs
San Diego Wedding Flowers: San Diego Wholesale Flowers & Bouquets
Entertainment: A&G Mobile Sounds
Meet Open Air Bistro: the fun, growing concept known as the “Pop-Up Restaurant.”
On a cool evening in the Point Loma Heights neighborhood of San Diego, an outdoor, makeshift restaurant is bustling with laughs, appetizers, and plenty of beer. What was merely a quiet urban garden just a few hours ago is now an open air, temporary restaurant, just as busy as any other establishment on a Friday night.
The Pop-Up Restaurant phenomenon started back in early 2000’s when talented British and Australian chefs would put together special menus for special, one-time events in local neighborhoods, to show off their cooking skills. Since then, the Pop-Up Restaurant bug has caught the likes of local San Diego caterers Nick Brune and Adam Hiner, Co-owners of Eco Caters, an all-organic San Diego catering company, with a passion for all things local.
“All the food for the Open Air Bistro was sourced 100% from Herb En Routes urban farm, as well as our own backyard gardens,” says Adam Hiner, Co-owner and chef of the all-organic San Diego catering company, Eco Caters. “The only outside ingredients for the Open Air Bistro was a local olive oil (Bellavado), and yellowtail that was caught locally the day prior to the event. We love the Open Air Bistro concept and we can’t wait to do more of them!”
The menu for this San Diego pop up dinner was a simple yet flavorful tomato salad with micro greens tossed with a garlic avocado oil, an eggplant pared with smoked jalapeño, stuffed squash blossom with a creamy Summer Squash Nage, and lastly, local yellowtail tuna with a carrot emulsion and a basil lemon verbena vinaigrette. For the vegetarians who opted out of the fish our San Diego caterers prepared a grilled cucumber with beets, carrots & brown butter. For desert guests were treated a refreshing Cucumber Mint Granita, and our popular Lemon Verbena Panna Cotta.
Over the last few years Eco Caters, San Diego’s all-organic catering company, has grown a passion for urban farming. Some of the fruits and vegetables they grow in Nick and Adam’s own back yards have been enjoyed on the plates of many of the corporate events and weddings the San Diego caterers cater for. Over the next few years they hope to expand this into their own locally grown honey, and goats cheese from a few their goats.
Our San Diego caterers would like to give a special “Thanks!” to My Local Habit for bringing a spectacular selection of local beers, Herb En Routes for sharing their urban garden. We purchase lots of produce from Herb En Routes for our San Diego catering events and we love their service and dedication to freshness. Lastly, we want to give a special thanks to San Diego Photographer Leylla Badeanlou for sharing her photographs. She did a spectacular job capturing the warmth we all experienced at the Open Air Bistro. Until Next time!
Ask any Ex-Angelino what they miss most about La-La-Land, and the first thing out of their mouth is, “Tacos”. They’re cheap, they’re delicious, and they’re everywhere out here. Here’s our list of best tacos in Los Angeles.
If you live in Los Angeles, you live on tacos. They are the perfect, spontaneous, late night snack, requiring no reservations, no dress code, and no celebrity status. All you need is an empty stomach, a few dollars to your name, and a desire to treat yourself.
With so many taco trucks and taco stands in Los Angeles it can be daunting to even pick one. For the past few years now I’ve spent my nights driving all over the city, from one taco joint to the next, trying to narrow down the best of the best. While admittedly I still have a few left to hit, here are the select few that stand out above the rest as the best tacos in Los Angeles.
Guisados is relatively new, but without reservation, thee best tacos in Los Angeles. Hands down. Man, do they make killer tacos! I had a friend take me their for lunch a few months back and I have since been back so many times, that it would be embarrassing to admit. Every single meat option has it’s own unique, stand along flavors, with deep smoky braises, traditional ingredients, and all on fresh homemade tortillas. If it’s your first time, I highly recommend the sampler ($7.99), and let the cooks at Guisados pick out your taco options for you.
Boyle Heights: 2100 E. Cesar E Chavez Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90033 Echo Park: 1261 W Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. 90026 Down Town location coming soon! 541 S. Spring St., Los Angeles CA 90013
LEO’S TACO TRUCK
If LA were a jungle, Leo’s Taco Truck would be the popular watering hole. All walks of life come out of the woodwork to mingle, eat tacos on the hoods of their cars, and have a few laughs. If you want to try the best traditional Mexican-street-vendor-style tacos, Tacos Leo’s is the truck. Leo’s Taco is a family owned and operated taco truck with delicious tacos, burritos, and my favorite, molitas. Their prize is the Al Pastor, which is a rotisserie of juicy pork goodness and pineapple that they shave off onto warm tortillas. You can see the marinade and fat drip from the rotisserie and it sells itself. Leo’s Taco Truck also has a great selection of self-serve salsa’s, cilantro, pickled carrots with peppers, and freshly chopped onions. It’s a great place to people watch and cure a hang over.
Leo’s Taco Truck is located evenings on the northwest corner of La Brea Avenue and Venice Boulevard, Mid-City.
BEST FISH TACOS
It might seem suspect for a restaurant to brag about having “the best fish tacos” in its name, but cocky as it sounds, the name holds up. I know there are fancy five star restaurant that serve $16 fish tacos that have to potential to be better, but that wouldn’t that defeat the point entirely? Best Fish Tacos sells the best fish tacos. Their menu sells three things: Fish Tacos ($1.50), Shrimp Tacos ($2), and Drink ($1). Doesn’t get any simpler than that. Their fish and shrimp tacos are battered, fried, and handed to you within seconds of ordering. They usually have a nice selection of four to six homemade salsas at their salsa bar, along with sour cream (a must for me when eating fish tacos), limes and fresh cilantro. They have a little out door patio set up for you to scarf down your spicy goodness while debating whether or not you should go back in and order more tacos.
BEST FISH TACOS: 1650 Hillhurst Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027
KOGI BBQ TACO TRUCK
What quietly started out as an insane idea to meld Korean flavors through the vehicle of Mexican street food, within a few short months, quickly became one of LA’s iconic food trucks. No matter how odd it may sound, the flavors really work! With several trucks they bring merry folks to new neighborhoods all over the city. They often have a lines so make sure you arrive with plenty of time to order your food before they’re off to their next location. And yes, it is worth the wait.
For current locations visit their Twitter feed
It seems like every other weekend our Los Angeles catering team is catering a wedding at the Smog Shoppe. This weekend was no different. We are in love with the Smog Shoppe! (And we’re not just saying that because our office is right across the street.) It’s one of the coolest venues in town. Hands down.
Our clients, Citadelle and Victor had a beautiful traditional wedding ceremony at the St. Timothy Catholic Church (which is just a few short miles from the Smog Shoppe on Pico), with their family and friends. Once they kissed, they all raced back to the Smog Shoppe to get the party started with cocktail hour and music by DJ Eric Tandoc.
Our Los Angeles wedding catering team opened up our organic wedding buffet with a fresh tossed salad of wild Arugula, fresh fruit and our house Apple Cider Vinaigrette. The produce for the salad was hand picked and purchased by our chef, the day before the wedding, at our local Farmers Market. Freshness is something we pride ourselves on.
Since Blueberries were in season, our Los Angeles wedding catering team served a sweet and spicy Chipotle Blueberry Chicken (which Citadelle and Victor’s raved about during their food tasting with us). The couple also enjoyed our locally caught Halibut topped with Mango Salsa so our catering team worked out a budget for them to serve both at their wedding. Paired with the two proteins were sides of our crowd pleasing Gouda Mac & Cheese and a colorful selection of grilled farmers market vegetables that included roasted red pepper, carrots, zucchini, and green onions.
Our Los Angeles wedding caterers also prepared a flavorful feast for the kiddies, which entailed baked chicken fingers served with carrots, green beans and our house ranch dressing. We are happy to report that all the kids ate their vegetables that night! Where as the adults… Well, they did a, “pretty good job” on their vegetables.
Once the plates were cleared the guests tossed their napkins aside and hit the dance floor. DJ Eric Tandoc did a spectacular job of keeping the energy flowing. In order to keep the friends and family of Citadelle and Victor fueled and jiving, our Los Angeles wedding catering team brought out some delicious late night snacks: organic beef sliders with smoked cheddar, caramelized onions on adorable little sesame buns.
A special thanks to Citadelle and Victor for choosing Eco Caters as their Los Angeles wedding caterer, Porto’s Bakery for their devilishly good cakes, and to photographer Andria Lo for capturing the mood of this joyous calibration. Andria Lo is based out San Francisco and we enjoyed working with her. Please, take the time to give her photos a look! She does amazing work: http://www.andrialo.com
We’ll see you next week, Smog Shoppe!
Los Angeles Wedding Ceremony: St. Timothy Catholic Church
Los Angeles Wedding Reception Location: Smog Shoppe
Los Angeles Wedding Caterer: Eco Caters
Los Angeles Wedding Planner: Melissa Pearson
Los Angeles Wedding DJ: Eric Tandoc
How to put together the best wedding dance songs for the best wedding playlist.
Our Los Angeles and San Diego wedding coordinating team coordinate and design lots of weddings and have witnessed of our fair share of wedding dances over the years. Though it may be hard to let go of, the days of the chicken dance, Y.M.C.A. and ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ have long since passed. So, I wanted to put together the best wedding dance playlist of what we currently see on today’s wedding dance floor. I have collected a popular list of songs that will get your wedding party up and boogying.
It’s really easy to have a listen to any of songs below on Sportify. If you don’t already have a free music account on Spotify, DO SO RIGHT NOW! (www.spotify.com) I highly, highly recommend Spotify to anyone out there who hasn’t taken the plunge yet. It’s free to sign up. Super easy to sign up. And, it gives you free access to every song, album or artist you can think of. (The only band I have not seen on there that I was interested in listening to was The Beatles.) Spotify is a splendid place to have a listen to the wedding dance songs below and to snoop around a bit and find more to add to your wedding playlist. If you want to add a jazz playlist for dinner, an upbeat funk playlist for cocktail hour, or put together a list of your favorite dance songs, I would highly recommend Spotify to search through songs, and create playlists on your account to purchase at a later date, or, just to play directly through your Spotify account. The month of your wedding you can easily pay the $9 fee to make your account commercial free.
An app for Apple products called DJay (http://www.algoriddim.com/djay) is also an awesome way to skirt around paying a DJ for your wedding. Simply make your playlist on your laptop, iPhone or iPad, and you can program DJay to match all the beats and seamlessly transition from one song to the next without any breaks between your songs. It’s an awesome app. Honestly, it’s the exact same app all the DJ’s you’ll pay to DJ your wedding will be using anyway. Seriously! It’s also just a really fun and powerful application to play around with. Though, I would recommend trying it out a few times and listening to your playlist around the house so you know how it all works.
BEST FIRST DANCE SONGS
Something to keep in mind when picking out your first dance song is to keep it short. One of my best friends played a 6 minute long song for his first dance and he later told me how it felt like an eternity. “You can only smile and kiss your spouse so many times in front of your wedding party before you start to feel everyone growing board watching you.” Don’t get me wrong, the first dance is a very special occasion but believe, from my experience as well, those few minutes will feel like an eternity as all eyes are on you two along on the dance floor. Its nice to find a song that’s more in the 2 to 3 minute range. Its just as special and you’ll gladly agree with me when its you up there.
I think the first dance should be a classic song, nothing new or trendy. Keep it classy. Here are a couple gems you can’t go wrong with (and that are also short!).
My personal favorite and the one that I played for my first dance was A Kiss To Build A dream on. Such a great song.
A Kiss To Build A dream On by Louis Armstrong (3:01)
At Last by Etta James (3:02)
As Time Goes By by Frank Sinatra
Close To You by The Carpenters
Dream A Little Dream by the Mamas & The Papas
BEST WEDDING DANCE SONGS
I know this is in no way a complete wedding dance playlist but it does have a great collection of songs to get you started. A good rule of thumb is to have a little for everyone. Play some of the hits for the older folks and mix in a few beats for the youngsters. To have the best wedding dance playlist your going to want to get everyone on the floor, not just the songs you and your spouse enjoy.
Thriller by Michael Jackson
All My Friends by LCD Sound System
It’s Your Thing by The Isley Brothers
Single Ladies by Beyonce
And I was A Boy From School by Hot Chip
Jump by The Pointer Sisters
Matchbox by the Beatles
Mess Around by Ray Charles
Dancing Queen by Abba
Green Onion by Booker T and The MG’s
Open Eye Signal by Jon Hpkins
Home by Edward Sharp and The Magnetic Zeros
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher by Jackie Wilson
Do Your Thing by Jaxx
Lucky Tonight by Daft Punk
Just What I Need by the Cars
Baby You’re A Rich Man by The Beatles
Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journy
Bad Romance by Lady Gaga
Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
Sex Machine by James Brown
I Love It by Icona Pop
Over And Over by Hot Chip
Dance! By Jamericoi (from Napoleon Dynamite)
Showdown by Electric Light Orchestra
American Boy by Estelle (and Kanye)
Party Man by Prince
Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
Sexy Back by Justin Timberlake
ABC by The Jackson 5
Lanzarote by Lindstrom, Todd Terje
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head by Kylie Minogue
House Of Cards by Radiohead
Float On by Modest Mouse
Miss You by The Rolling Stones
Sister Jack by Spoon
Sharpeshifter Blues by Pilote
BEST LAST CALL DANCE SONGS
For my wedding, my wife and I had two songs on a reserve playlist for the last few minutes of the night before the bar closed. They were, I Did It My Way, and One For My Baby (And One More For The Road), both by Frank Sinatra. The first song gets everyone on the dance floor singing along, and the second song is probably the greatest closing song ever written. It’s a great song to hold on to before the nights all over. Give them a listen.
STRUCTURING YOUR WEDDING DANCE PLAYLIST
There are no rules to the layout of your wedding playlist but if you do decide to go without a DJ, I strongly recommend listing to your completed playlist a few times around the house from start to finish. When I created my wedding playlist we decided to put two or three slow songs at the begginging, and then Michael Jackson’s Thriller as the first upbeat dance song. We felt it would be everyones favorite and it would keep the most amount of people on the dance floor after the slow songs. From there we played tried to keep a nice mix of old and new so that everyone was happy.
We also found that if we put more of the sing along songs like, All The Single Ladies, Jump, Bon Jovi’s Livin On A Prayer, towards the end when people had more to drink that everyone would sing along.
And then lastly we played a few slow songs as the last two songs of the night. This brought everyone back out on the dance floor and was a great way to set the mood as we all said our good byes for the evening.
There’s no right or wrong way to through a wedding dance so do what works best for you and what you think your guests will really enjoy. Even though I gave suggestions on doing your own DJ don’t be afraid to still go with a DJ. Nothing can really replace an actual DJ. Just be sure you give him the list of songs you want him to play and he’ll fill the rest! Have fun!
We’re starting to see more companies like Reebok’s CrossFit Games offering organic cuisine at their events.
This weekend, July 26 – 28th, Reebok’s international 2013 Crossfit Games will be held in Carson, CA. Athletes from all over the globe will gather at StubHub Stadium to compete in a variety of track and field events, vying for the grand prize of $275,000. To feed these highly tuned bodies, Eco Caters, a fun, environmentally friendly Los Angeles based catering company, will provide all-organic and locally sourced food. Organic food is not just for professional athletes and Prius drivers anymore; companies across the country are starting to go the organic route when it comes to catering.
“We’re still a young company, but the response we get from clients tasting our food for the first time is exciting,” says Adam, co-owner of Eco Caters. “We’re starting to see more companies like Reebok’s CrossFit Games offering organic cuisine at their events. Clients can actually taste the difference in our food quality, and it also boosts work moral. People take pride working for a company that looks out for their wellbeing.”
With branches in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Washington D.C., Eco Caters is dedicated to providing the highest quality catering experience. 100% of their handcrafted foods are made from fresh, local, organic produce. Eco Caters works directly with the farms to guarantee a very high quality in fresh produce that is sourced right here in Southern California. The organic catering company also maintains the highest level of service at every event to ensure that their clients can sit back and simply enjoy the food. Eco Caters can provide catering services for private events, or full service event along with wedding coordinators to help clients plan from start to finish. To find out more about Eco Caters, visit their website: www.ecocaters.com