Big shout out to Taylor Swift for supporting the bridal industry! Taylor filmed her latest music video for “Blank Space” (off her platinum album “1989″) at Oheka Castle. Oheka Castle in Long Island is a favorite venue of Hank Lane Music for weddings (and music videos!) Watch the video here.
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Cozy up with Hank Lane Music’s winter wedding playlist, perfect tunes for the upcoming cold weather! A mix of holiday classics and new songs for your listening pleasure.
Winterlude by Bob Dylan
Wintertime Love by The Doors
Baby, It’s Cold Outside by She & Him (awesome cover of a classic!)
Can’t Help Falling In Love by Ingrid Michaelson
White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes (great song by this up and coming indie band)
You’ve Got The Love by Florence + The Machine
Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglov (from the musical “Once”, brilliantly beautiful first dance song)
God Only Knows by The Beach Boys (the jingle bells in this tune are perfect!)
Glasgow Love Theme by Phil Thompson (theme from “Love Actually”, or, the best holiday movie ever)
Sweet Dream by Greg Laswell
Colder Weather by Zac Brown Band
Check out our playlist on Spotify!
Thank you for all of your hard work at Danielle and Chris’ wedding this past Saturday. I appreciate your commitment to making their day special and putting on the game face when we were challenged with the rain.
I was proud to be a part of the team that made their wedding a success and hope to work with you all in the near future.
Tamra Sanford of Ever Swoon LLC
We’ve been brainstorming all week trying to come up with our favorite songs to use for Parent Dances. This is such a special wedding day moment, and choosing a song that reflects your relationship in a unique way can be a challenge! Social media and bandleader input helped us compile this list of Father/Daughter and Mother/Son songs that are memorable and touching.
The Spring issue of Martha Stewart Weddings is now on stands! Pick one up today to read the exclusive interview with Hank Lane bandleaders Erik Marshall and Mike Herman. Get the inside scoop on how to choose the music for your wedding below!
HOW TO HIRE A BAND - As told to Becky Mickel
Music makes or breaks a reception. Bandleaders and co-managers from New York’s Hank Lane Music and Productions spill their secrets on booking musicians.
Go for quality over quantity.
Mike Herman: If your entertainment budget is on the lower end, you best bet is to secure a four-piece group that sings and plays multiple instruments. That versatility will make them sound like an eight-piece outfit.
Don’t limit yourself to one type of music.
Erik Marshall: Years ago, people were more into themed events with music that matched, but now the theme should just be “fun!” The best bands are the ones that think on their feet. You’ll want a group that’s prepared for anything, rather than one that just plays R&B or modern hits off the radio, because it’s tough to predict what guests will like or how the mood might change as the night goes on. If you’ve hired a band whose members are musically flexible, they could maybe play jazz during dinner and then switch to classic rock for dancing.
To save money, opt for any day but Saturday.
EM: Great music is great music, no matter what night it is. Booking a band for a Saturday wedding will likely increase the rate by 15 to 20 percent, because it’s the most popular night for live music. These days, we’re getting lots of requests for Fridays and Sundays, which are more affordable.
Be wary of groups without representation.
EM: Hiring freelance bands won’t always lead to trouble, but you have more guarantees when you use a booking agency, which will have every backup plan imaginable. Simply signing a contract with the band directly isn’t foolproof. They can put anything down on paper, but if the drummer doesn’t show on the day of, you’re out of luck, whereas an agency can just send over another musician.
Read the contract – carefully.
EM: It’s not uncommon for bands to charge for learning new songs or for not taking breaks. And a destination wedding will always be more expensive; besides the extra costs for flights, hotel, and rentals, bands might tack on a charge for traveling the night before, since that could mean the loss of a gig for them.
Use the same musicians in different combos throughout the day.
MH: Not only does this save money – up to thousands of dollars – it means fewer vendors to coordinate with. One of the guys from the reception band could play flute for the ceremony and then sax for the cocktail hour, for example. Or you could pair the sax player with the band’s pianist to perform as a jazz duo during drinks and appetizers.
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, a night that changed history, the Hank Lane Music team assembled our Top 10 Favorite Beatles Hits. The Beatles are a staple at many of the events we help to produce, not to mention an inspiration to many of our performers and staff. We loved the tribute that CBS put together, and it was wonderful to see Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney share the stage again!
One of our favorite pictures that has surfaced over the past few days of celebrating and remembering is this photo at the fountain in front of our neighbors, The Plaza Hotel. Ringo Starr (@RingoStarrMusic) tweeted about that day, and it brought back fond memories for everyone in NYC!
We couldn’t help but reblog these great tips from The Knot!
Top 10 Wedding Ideas To Steal From The Knot Gala!
Every year we host a party at The New York Public library to celebrate all things wedding and wrap upbridal fashion week. This year, the party was designed by Brian Worley from Your Bash! and featured a Hollywood with an Edge theme which means gilded lounges, dramatic red floral arrangements and black and gold invitations! See the photos (and video!) below to see all the detalis and steal inspiration for your wedding.
Feature A Coordinated Candy Bar
Obviously almost everyone enjoys candy, and tying the bar into the decor with linens and complementary colors like this one designed by Couture Candy Buffets means the dessert will double as decor!
Serve Cake Pops
Everyone already knows that cake pops are amazing, and they’re wedding-ready wearing a chocolate tux and frosting frills for a bride and groom theme like these cake pops by Fabipops.
Provide Interactive Food Stations
Watching this gourmet cotton candy from Fluff Pop is half the fun of eating it. Whether you have a hand-rolled sushi station or a breakfast for dinner customizable omelette bar!
Remind Guests To Share The Love
If you love the idea of having your whole wedding featured instantly on Instagram then make sure to have reminders for guests to use their hashtag. Pretty reminders throughout that tie in with the decor, like these signs by Ceci New York do the trick!
Define The Dance Floor With Luxe Lighting
Take this display from Fusion Lighting for inspiration. Creative lighting like this floral motif let guests know where the party is going down. Especially in a large space like the New York Public Library, lighting is an easy way to create a feeling of separation between different parts of the party. Double up on floor AND ceiling lights to set the tone for a glamorous affair.
What better way to remind your guests of the fabulous time they had than with a subtle nod to the venue or theme. Take these bookmarks for example, they matched the invitations also designed byCeci New York and remind guests of their night at the library.
Serve Appetizers With Dipping Options
Abigail Kirsch took party favorites like pigs in a blanket to the next level with gourmet dipping sauces like cheddar ale fondue!
Candles add warmth to modern monochromatic floral arrangements by David Beahm Design and a mirrored table.
There’s so much more to champagne mixed drinks than just mimosas or even bellinis like theChandon Scene Stealer which mixes together Chandon bubbly, Raspberry liquer, cranberry juice and fresh berries to create a pink cocktail with sparkle. St. Germain also makes a mixer that’s subtle and sophisticated, and pairs well with champagne too!
Venue: New York Public Library | Photography: Carla Ten Eyck | Videography: I Do Films | Event Planner: Brian Worley, YourBash! | Floral Design: David Beahm Design | Paper Bouquets: Anna Fearer |Caterer: Abigail Kirsch | Lighting: Fusion Lighting |Entertainment: Hank Lane Music| Furniture Rentals: Taylor Creative, Luxe Event Rentals |Stationery: Ceci New York | Cocktails:Chandon USA, St. Germain | Candy Bar: Couture Candy Buffets | Cotton Candy: Fluff Pop | Dessert Bar: Fabipops |Photo Booth: TapSnap | Dresses: Rent the Runway | Transportation: Camelot Specialty Limos
Our feature on YourBASH Creator and Event Designer Brian Worley’s blog went live today, which we are so happy to share with you all! Here is a sneak piece of the advice we gave to his readers about picking unique wedding music. Click below for the full article on Brian’s blog!
One of the biggest decisions every couple has to make when planning their wedding is what kind of music to have at both the ceremony and reception. And just like any good party, the wrong kind of music can really ruin a wedding. So when I recently came across a company that makes this decision a no-brainer for couples by providing the best of the best in terms of wedding entertainment, I knew that I had to share! Introducing Hank Lane Music, the talented folks behind the entertainment for this year’s Knot Gala and one of The Knot‘s 2013 “Best of Weddings” picks.
For the full post, click here.
Here is a decade’s worth of summer hits that are bound to bring back fond memories of summers past. These songs will have you dancing whether you are in your office chair or on the beach.
- Carly Rae Jepsen- “Call Me Maybe”
- Maroon 5- “Payphone”
- Gotye- “Somebody That I Used to Know
- LMFAO- “Party Rock Anthem”
- Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer- “Give Me Everything”
- Adele- “Rolling in the Deep”
- Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg- “California Girls”
- Eminem ft. Rhianna- “Love the Way You Lie”
- B.o.B. ft. Hayley Williams- “Airplanes
- Black Eyed Peas- “Boom Boom Pow”
- Kerri Hilson ft. Kanye West & Ne-Yo- “Knock You Down”
- Black Eyed Peas- “I Gotta Feeling
- Katy Perry- “I Kissed A Girl”
- Rhianna- “Take a Bow”
- Jesse McCartney- “Leavin’”
- Fergie- “Big Girls Don’t Cry”
- Rhianna ft. Jay-Z- “Umbrella”
- T-Pain ft. Yung Joc- “Buy You a Drink”
- Gnarls Barkley- “Crazy”
- Daniel Powter- “Bad Day”
- Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean- “Hips Don’t Lie”
- Mariah Carey- “We Belong Together”
- Gwen Stefani- “Holla Back Girl”
- Black Eyed Peas- “Don’t Phunk With My Heart”
- Usher- “Confessions Part II”
- Hoobastank- “The Reason”
- Juvenile ft. Soulja Slim- “Slow Motion”
- Beyonce ft. Jay-Z- “Crazy In Love”
- Lil Kim ft. 50 Cent- “Magic Stick”
- Matchbox 20- “Unwell”
- Nelly- “Hot in Herre”
- Eminem- “Without Me”
- Jimmy Eat World- “The Middle”