Before and After: Reception Music

20 Feb

Songs for shaking your wedding groove thang

First DanceTrying to figure out which songs to play for which important moments on your wedding day? Get some inspiration as The Reflective Bride shares what her and her groom chose for their big day, and how it turned out.

For our reception we hired a DJ, which meant that we could play any song of our choosing, and of course any version of that song. And here’s what we came up with!

Guests getting seated – “My Girl” by The Temptations, and “You Can’t Hurry Love” by Phil Collins: I adore music from the 1950s and 1960s, and wanted to share these kinds of tunes to add our personality to the day, and start off the reception with a nice atmosphere.

Bridal party entrance – “You and Me” by The Wannadies: The Reflective Groom loved how the first part of the song sounds like muzak, perfect for the formal entrances our bridesmaids and best man, but then has a big rocking build-up where he and I could enter on a crescendo to big applause! We wrote a script for our DJ so that he could introduce everyone in the bridal party, timed perfectly to the song. (The DJ was a few seconds off with the timing on the night, but my groom and I managed to get our part right anyway, and it was a big hit!

Dinner music: Again, we selected our favorites from our DJ’s list of songs from the 50s and 60s. This included songs like “Tell Him”, “Build Me Up Buttercup”, “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” and a whole lot of Sinatra and Nat King Cole! Several people came up to us during dinner and told us how awesome the music was, and asked whether we’d chosen it ourselves. 😀

117784-wedding-cake-of-the-day-2 Cake cutting – “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies: Hmm, seeing a theme with the 60s songs? A fun song, and one that matched dessert time! I definitely recommend a song for the cake cutting… it would have been a bit dull and awkward to do with silence!

First dance – “Come Fly With Me” by Michael Bublé: We chose this as our song after finding a great wedding first dance to it on YouTube, which we then learnt ourselves! It suited as though, as an international couple living on the opposite side of the world to where we had our wedding in my home country. It was a great start to our party, and who doesn’t love a Sinatra tune?

Bridal waltz – “Vienna Blood Waltz”: It is traditional in my groom’s country for the first dance to be a formal waltz, and we thought this would be a great way to get our bridal party, family and guests to join us on the dancefloor (ahead of the real boogying!). A problem with most waltzes is that they start slow but then become very fast, which can be difficult for the uninitiated! We asked our DJ to play only a one-minute section (from 1:35-2:26 of his version) on loop until most of the guests had joined us. (Only about two-thirds did, but I guess formal waltzing scared some people off.)

Song to get everyone dancing – “The Twist” by Chubby Checker: Yeah yeah, 60s again, but we actually chose this song because it appeals to all ages (grandmas all the way to little kids), and it’s a fun and easy dance to kick off the party. Everyone stayed on the dancefloor for this number!

Toss Bouquet toss – “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé: It’s almost getting a little cliché as a bouquet toss song, but this one is definitely my jam, and I love the dance so much that I have taught myself all of the choreography to it – so it was a natural choice for me! I introduced it on the night by taking the microphone and saying “Can I please have a certain kind of lady on the dancefloor”, and then simply got the DJ to start the song. Everybody understood right away and I was astounded by how many girls got up to join in!

Final song of the night – “You’re The One That I Want” by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. We had discussed for a while what to end the night on, so that we went out with a bang. I had suggested the final song from “Grease” (“We’ll Always Be Together”) as it would be appropriate for a couple and for seeing our friends and family, but my groom vetoed saying no guys would know it. He suggested “You’re The One That I Want” as an alternative (not quite sure why based on his previous reasoning), which is also near the end of that classic film. However, I will say this did not work so well on the night. What would have been an amazing song in a similar vein is “Grease Megamix”… and I know this for a fact as the DJ played it earlier in the night, and it had everyone on the dance- floor and singing along at the top of their lungs!

Sparkler send-off – “We Are Young” by Fun: This one we chose because we really like the song (and a recent song was a nice break after all our 50s jives), because it refers to going home at the end of the night and has the line “so we’ll set the world on fire, we can burn brighter”… perfect for a sparkler exit! The beginning of the song was great as people started to leave the room, but once we were all outside we could no longer hear the music anyway!

(Second image from JL Entertainment Services.)

What songs are you choosing for the key moments during your wedding reception?

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One Response to “Before and After: Reception Music”

  1. mikeslayen February 20, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    Reblogged this on Mike Slayen Studios and commented:
    This post may be interesting for the couples I work with. I often play guitar for the ceremony and cocktail hour. Some weddings I play the reception, as well. But, for those of you with a DJ for your reception this article may give you some good ideas!

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