Archive for January, 2012

First Dance Songs: Indie Alternatives

Yesterday we shared some of our most requested First Dance Songs. They all fit the bill, that’s why they’re popular! But if you’re looking for something a little bit different, off the beaten path, then let us suggest some First Dance Song alternatives.

The music industry is vast, and flooded with great content from established artists as well as budding bands. David Gray is a good, go-to artist with plenty of love songs in his repertoire that aren’t over-played. Or you can look to emerging artists, such as First Aid Kit, for folksy inspiration.  She & Him are a band with a great retro vibe and lovely lyrics.

Check out this compilation of video and audio of ideas and suggestions!

What is the most unusual First Dance Song you’ve heard?

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross


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First Dance Songs: Top Requests

First Dance SongsIt’s the ultimate quest. The search for the perfect song. A song that expresses exactly what you’re feeling in that moment. A melody that evokes emotion and lyrics that speak of love and anticipation. It’s the first time you’ll dance as husband and wife and you want a timeless song that reflects your history and your new life together. It’s your First Dance.

Sounds like a lot of pressure! Many couples know exactly which song reflects their relationship but if you’re looking for a little guidance, let us make some suggestions.

We book all sorts of wedding entertainment from 5 piece bands to 12 piece bands! We book DJs, too. Every day we talk with brides and grooms to discuss the details of their day. While some First Dance song request are mainstays, each year brings a bit of variety. We polled our consultants and here are some of the most frequently requested First Dance songs. Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 where we’ll make some suggestions for lesser known music as well as some unique classic songs!

Some of our top requests:

What are you dancing to for your First Dance? Or what did you dance to?

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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Group Pinning // The ‘Inception’ of Inspiration

Today Kathryn, over at Snippet & Ink, had this great idea to start a community pinboard. We happily handed over our Pinterest handle. And while we have just been too busy to contribute as yet, it hasn’t impacted the oodles of lovely wedding inspiration that’s piling up. Group pinning may become the Inception of the inspiration industry. It’s easy to get obsessed!


Pinterest - Group Pinning


Contact us if you want to contribute, too!


Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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Wedding Wednesday // Centerpieces

When creating your wedding or event centerpieces, the web offers plenty of inspiration. The sky is the limit and creativity is key. You want the table decor to reflect the theme and ambiance of your event and you should, of course, take in to consideration the color scheme. But you really can create a center piece that is ‘just right’.

1. Don’t let yourself feel pressured to stick with the typical. Flowers are beautiful and offer the opportunity to experiment with color and scent. Sure, floral centerpieces may be considered a more traditional option but consider incorporating dried flowers, berries, exotic plants, herbs or other foliage to spice things up. We’re really loving the flower box idea in this inspiration board…

floral wedding centerpieces
Style Me Pretty // Unknown Please claim! // Better Homes and Garden // Eventualities blog //BHLDN // Style Me Pretty // The Knot 

2. Consider the size (and shape!) of your table.  If you’re working with long, sweeping tables, consider using a runner to tie the centerpieces together. You can also use the space to cascade your decor, playing with height and width of objects. If you’re going to be decorating round tables of say, 6 or 8, consider going with smaller, lower table arrangements. Tables that size offer more opportunity for conversation and the centerpieces should reflect that.

3. Centerpieces don’t have to be ‘on the table’. We’ve included a couple of examples of thinking outside the box in this way. Of course, your ability to do this is going to depend on your venue. Take note of the suspended flowers in the first board. It’s definitely more involved but what a dramatic effect… and it’s conversationally friendly. In the board below, we really love the hanging lights. For this you could use light bulbs or terrarium bulbs with tea light candles.

4. Avoid too much height. While it is dramatic, we’ve already mentioned that it may impact your guests ability to converse. Depending on the sort of environment you’re trying to create, decide if this is important. It’s easier to incorporate taller centerpieces on long rectangular tables but if you stick a tall, large centerpiece in the middle of a round table it will be nearly impossible for your guests to talk across the table.

Non-Floral Wedding Centerpieces
Better Homes & Gardens // Edibles Photo by Nancy Neil // Lavender Weddings // Ruffled Blog // Laurie Bracewell Photography // Erin Grace Photography

5. Variety is the spice of life! Your centerpieces don’t have to be cookie-cutter replicas of one another. Consider picking a theme and creating 3 or 4 varieties of table decor. Maybe it’s travel? You can incorporate photographs of spots you’ve been or destinations you’d like to go to. Maybe it’s family? Again, you can add photographs of your parents and grandparents at their weddings, and incorporate sentimental trinkets

Whatever you decided to do, make it a reflection on who you are as a couple and what you want your day to represent!

What are some more alternatives to floral table decor?

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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Client Review – The Jerry Ross Band

The Jerry Ross Band

We so appreciate getting client reviews. They are important not only to us, but to our potential clients.  Here is a recent review for The Jerry Ross Band from a Grand Rapids event planner who booked us for a fabulous wedding at the Grand Rapids Art Museum…

You guys were on FIRE Saturday night! Seriously, you all sounded just amazing! I always know I’m in good hands with the Jerry Ross band and Saturday was no exception. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You make my job so much easier!

If you’re looking to book a band, you can read more reveiws here and here! And of course, on The Knot.

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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Ring in the Year of the Dragon

Music for the Year of the Dragon

Photograph © Lisa Nowacki

Monday, at midnight, cities across the globe rang in Chinese New Year. 15 days worth of festivities are ushered in with fireworks and culminate in a beautiful lantern festival. There are many traditions celebrated during the Spring Festival and most revolve around family and food. Spring Festival is not known for it’s music but today we want to share with you some of the sounds associated with the festivities and give you some musical twists of our own to help you celebrate the New Year!

Here are a handful of traditional songs, including The Lion Dance, that are often heard during Spring Festival.

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Here are some alternative interpretations for ‘The Year of the Dragon’.

Dragon Days Alicia Keys

So happy Chinese New Year Everyone! What songs will you be listening to in celebration?

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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What’s on this Weekend: Live Music and Entertainment

Everyone loves the weekend. After a long, busy week, who doesn’t want to get out and have a good time? Work hard, play hard, right?!

We’ve booked some great gigs for this weekend! Whether you’re looking for live music here in the Detroit area or further afield, chances are there’s fantastic entertainment happening right where you are! Here’s a list of some of the best music this Friday and Saturday has to offer…


Head over to your neighborhood Hamlin Pub to check out these great bands…

ClarkstonHamlin Pub Live Entertainment from Lorio Ross



Lake Orion:


Saturday: LIVE DJ






Van Dyke




Habitat Ultra Lounge Weber's InnThere’s always something fun happening in Ann Arbor. As restaurant week comes to a close, grab your friends and head to Weber’s Inn for this weekend’s awesome live entertainment…

Friday & Saturday



Ocean Prime Troy Live EntertainmentPlanning a special occasion or just looking for something a little swanky? Ocean Prime is your go-to place for the most talented musicians around. Check out the following locations for a variety of live music…


Friday & Saturday: GEORGE MARTIN


Friday & Saturday: ERIC BLUMENFELD


Friday  & Saturday: ALLON SAMS


Friday: SOAP BOX






Friday & Saturday: HERBIE RUSS


Wishing everyone a fun-filled weekend!

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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