Weddings have so many elements – big and small – to attend to that it’s often easy for the bride and groom to get distracted by the details. There’s food, flowers, cake, dresses, seating charts…the list just goes on and on. But, according to Michael Spinnato, the owner of Bernardsville-based entertainment company Eclipse Events, there is really only one area where you should never, ever skimp: the music.

“Music will one-hundred-percent make or break your wedding,” says Spinnato. “A video, even a professional photographer or elaborate flowers are all optional. But music is never an ‘option.’ You always have to have really good music to make it a successful party.”

If you want to guarantee a good time is had by all, try personalizing your wedding with songs that pay tribute to your hometown. “If you’re in New York, at some point, you play ‘New York, New York,'” says Spinnato. “If you can find music that fits the locale, it becomes a fun, themed event.”

Not sure where to start? Thankfully, countless chart-topping artists hail from New Jersey. Here are a few of the award-winning deejay’s top picks for Garden State wedding songs.



The Processional
“One of my favorite songs is a Whitney Houston song called ‘Saving All My Love For You.’ To me, it’s like she’s walking down the aisle telling her groom that all the while she’s been saving all of her love for him.”

First Dance
“‘I’ll Be There For You’ by Jon Bon Jovi is an anthem. When you do a wedding, you want people to know the song. I invite everybody to encircle the dance floor and, if it’s a recognizable song, I literally have people singing along or swaying side-to-side to the music.”

Father-of-the-Bride Dance
“One of my all-time favorites is Frankie Valli’s ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.’ There’s a whole section that people like to sing along and belt out. They sing, ‘I love you, baby!’ then go on and on from there. It’s a feel-good song.”

Mother-of-the-Groom Dance
“Believe it or not, there’s only one song that comes to mind. It’s a Dionne Warwick song called ‘I’ll Never Love This Way Again.’ Dionne Warwick is Whitney Houston’s aunt and she’s also a native of New Jersey. Technically, it’s a love song but, when you use an edited version of it, you can make it seem like the love from a mother to her son is unmatchable.”

Grand Entrance
“I’m a big fan of Bon Jovi’s ‘Living On a Prayer.’ It’s a really high-tempo, fun song and, again, people can sing along. Everybody knows the words.”

Last Dance
“Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing In the Dark’ is a fun Jersey song. Everybody can dance to it and it’s a good goodbye song. I always like to end the night on a high note.”

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