The music at your wedding reception can play a big part in how much your guests enjoy the reception. Every song played brings on a unique emotion and memory for every person in the room and the mood of the room as a whole. Some people love a certain song whilst others might find it nostalgic. Songs that are chosen during the reception can reflect your own style of music taste and the type of atmosphere you want to create. The right song selections will have your guests relaxed during the formalities and partying when it's time to get their groove on!
Below is a general wedding reception timeline. It is entirely up to the Bride & Groom which traditions and music they want to incorporate into their wedding.
I have listed 5 songs for each wedding event to give you an idea of what has been popular at past weddings. . .
Cocktail / Pre Dinner Drinks Music
This is best as classical, jazz or various modern music usually at a quiet and relaxing volume. Some song title suggestions are.
Jack Johnson - No Other Way
Jamie Cullam - I Get a kick out of you
Eva Cassidy - Fever
Norah Jones - The Long Day is Over
Van Morrison - Into the Mystic
Bridal Party Introduction
This works well as an upbeat styled song that people can clap & make some noise to as the Bridal Party, Bride & Groom make their entrance into the reception venue. Some song titles would be. .
U2 - Beautiful Day
Jagged Edge - Let's Get Married
The Monkees - I'm a Believer
Dire Straits - Money for Nothing
James Brown - I Feel Good
Dinner & Easy Listening Music
If there is a mixed generation of guests, all genres of easy listening music works well during dinner. These can be the favourite easy listening songs of the Bride and Groom.
Some song suggestions would be. .
Sting - Fields of Gold
Ray Charles - I Got a Woman
Crowded House - Don't Dream it's Over
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
Elton John - Your Song
The cake cutting song can be a favourite of the Bride and Groom. A slow tempo, romantic song works well for this part of the reception. Songs that have sugar and sweet references have been popular at previous weddings. Some songs used at past weddings include. .
Marvin Gaye - How Sweet it is
Archies - Sugar Sugar
K-Ci and Jojo - All my Life
Queen - You're my best friend
Michael Buble - The way you look tonight
First Dance / Bridal Waltz
The first dance is traditionally the most important song of your wedding reception. This is the first dance of the newly married couple as husband and wife. You can learn a specific dance for this song be it a traditional waltz or the Bride & Groom's favourite slow dance song. If you are using live entertainment for your first dance, make sure you hear a rehearsal / recording of the song that way you know what to expect. Their version may sound a lot different to the original if it's a cover. Some song suggestions are. .
Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply
Etta James - At Last
Van Morrison - Have I Told you Lately
Enrique Iglesias - Hero
Nick Cave - Into my arms
Father and Daughter Dance and the Mother and Son Dance
The Father and Daughter Dance and Mother and Son Dance represents a dance with the Bride and her Father and Groom and his Mother. This can be made as a “parents of the bride and groom's dance" after the Bride and Grooms first dance. Some song titles include. .
Elvis Presley - Memories
Temptations - My Girl
Paul Simon - Father and Daughter
Natalie Cole - L-O-V-E
Elvis Presley - Always on my mind
A Good DJ or Party band will keep a nice balance between tactful (not so cheesy) and fun songs to keep the dancefloor moving. It's a good idea to give the entertainment a few “must plays", “play if you cans" and “do not play" songs. Some dance floor song titles include. .
Outkast - Hey ya
Bob Sinclair - Love Generation
Beatles - Twist and Shout
Elvis vs JXL - A little less conversation
Michael Jackson - Blame it on the Boogie
The longest married couple at the wedding reception can have their own special slow dance tribute. This is great to recognise their length of marriage and an opportunity for a another slow dance.
Traditionally, the single and un-married ladies gather around as the Bouquet is tossed by the bride. Whoever catches the bouquet is the next in-line to get married. This can accompany a game of some sort where the winner receives the bouquet also. Some song ideas for the Bouquet Toss are. .
Cheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do
Pussycat Dolls - Don't Cha
Shania Twain - Man I Feel like Woman
Ani Difranco - Wishin & Hopin
No Doubt - Just a Girl
Garter Removal & Toss
As the Garter is removed by the Groom, a sexy song can be played. This can also accompany a game of some sort where the winner receives the Garter. Once the garter is removed it is tossed to the single and unmarried men and whoever catches it is traditionally the next in-line to get married.
Jimi Hendrix - Foxy Lady
Weather Girls - It's Raining Men
Inner Circle - Bad Boys
ZZ Top - Legs
Marvin Gaye - Let's get it on
Last Dancing Songs
These last couple of songs for the night should be a climax to a great celebration that everybody can dance to.
The farewell music can be 2 or 3 of the Bride and Grooms favourite songs. These are the songs played whilst the Bride and Groom farewell their guests via a circle or bridal archway (Made by the guests). Some song suggestions are. .
Extreme - More than words
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Somewhere over the Rainbow
Green Day - Time of your life
Jack Johnson - The Sharing Song
Lior - This old love
Whatever songs and genres you choose for your wedding reception, make sure they reflect your own style and at the same time will be appropriate for your guests to enjoy themselves at the celebration of your wedding. Good luck with your planning!
Cheers, Adrian Makarov
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