If you've ever imagined a beautiful building on the edge of the water, with amazing indoor and outdoor spaces all focused on an incredible bayfront and skyline view, then Tom Ham's Lighthouse is probably what you were thinking of. At the end of Harbor Island rises this gorgeous site, and from both it's lower event spaces to its upper restaurant, the views of downtown San Diego and of San Diego Bay are just phenomenal.
The Left Coast Quintet has had a number of opportunities to perform here, both for weddings and corporate conferences, and we always love coming back. Sure their location is impressive, but it's the people that work there that make Tom Ham's Lighthouse just the best place as a performer. Their staff, from management down to service workers, are incredibly nice people whose main goal is to make sure their clients are taken care of and happy. They are even so thoughtful as to continually ensure that our group has what we need, whether it is chairs or equipment, or just snacks and water. We don't see that in most places, but it is so generous and a reason we love performing here.
Tom Ham's is perfect for those seeking a nautical themed wedding or special event. They have more boating history than some museums, with artifacts from ships, waterway maps, models, and other really fun items. You won't need much additional decoration to make guests feel like you're getting married on the open seas!
If you are searching for a beautiful, well appointed space to host your wedding, corporate event, or holiday party, be sure to check out Tom Ham's Lighthouse, and of course let us know how we can bring some excellent music to the event!
It seems like historically, couples have chosen very traditional wedding music for musicians to perform at their wedding. You know the songs I'm talking about:
Honestly, those are beautiful and timeless pieces of music, but that's not what we are going to discuss today! Unique couples call for unique music, and we all know that cute duo out there that absolutely loves Star Wars, Game of Thrones, or Harry Potter - this information is for you!
Over the past few years, more and more of our couples have chosen to hire our group because we play music that is non-traditional. We've had grooms walk down the aisle to the Imperial March, also known as Darth Vader's theme, from the Star Wars universe. Disney has been a big hit too, and every princess wants to hear Tale as Old as Time from Beauty and the Beast as they enter their wedding ceremony. These songs bring up so many emotions that many people might not even consider, but they are so incredibly important for setting the mood of your wedding and conveying a feeling of whimsy, wonder, or comedy into what otherwise could be a very starchy and serious occasion.
Here are some ideas for wedding prelude, processional, and recessional music that have worked well at many weddings that we've been honored to perform at, and that might give some inspiration while working on your wedding playlist:
Wedding Prelude, from Monsters Inc to Infinity, and Beyond!
Disney and Pixar music are absolutely wonderful inclusions in your wedding day, and what better way to welcome guests to the ceremony while they are seated than by hearing some of their favorite tunes from these iconic movies, like:
-You've Got a Friend in Me, Toy Story
-Can You Feel the Love Tonight, The Lion King
-For the First Time in Forever, Frozen
-The Muppet Show, main theme
Ceremony Processional, Triumph and Beauty
The processional is the first introduction of the wedding party, and allows for some pretty spectacular grand entrances. Whether you are thinking of heralding grandeur or beautiful melodies, movie and TV theme music is perfect for setting the scene.
Here are some of our favorite exciting and heroic theme choices for your processional:
-Indiana Jones, main theme
-Back to the Future, main theme
-Game of Thrones, main theme
-Hook, The Flight to Neverland
...if you're a sucker for the "sweep me off my feet" romantic feel, these songs are sure to be right up your alley:
-Tale as Old as Time, Beauty & the Beast
-Only Us, Dear Evan Hansen
-A Whole New World, Aladdin
-Part of Your World, The Little Mermaid
-Married Life, Up
-The Planetarium, La La Land
...and sometimes, you want to be that evil mastermind or cunning double agent, and these songs are perfect to set that mood:
-Imperial March, Star Wars
-James Bond, main theme
-The Incredibles, main theme
-Superman, main theme
Finale and the Grand Recessional
The end credits to your wedding ceremony comes at the recessional, once all of the official business of vows and inside jokes have been shared, and you are ready to ride off into the sunset together! Some of the best music for this comes from movie themes like:
-Star Wars, Throne Room march
-Harry Potter, Hogwarts March
-Pirates of the Caribbean, He's a Pirate
-Jurassic Park, main theme
-How to Train Your Dragon, Flying Theme
-Olympic Fanfare, John Williams
Dan is the bassoonist & one of the founders of the LCQ.