A wedding is a special occasion. It represents love,
unity, fidelity and togetherness. The music selected
for the reception should therefore reflect this. Music
is amongst the most important factors at any wedding
and reception ceremony. It helps set the mood for the
whole event. The wedding music is one of the most important
factors that contribute towards the success of the wedding
ceremony or the reception and wedding songs are a lovely
addition. There are many ways to include wedding songs
into the wedding day.
A reception is a party or a celebration held for the
bride and groom after the nuptials have taken place.
The music played at the reception should be vibrant
and entertaining and should help create a festive and
happy atmosphere amongst the guests present.
Ideas for the reception
At the reception, choose a great song while entering
after being announced to the guests. For the reception,
always consider music for entertainment. For afternoon
receptions, there are various kinds of entertainment
like orchestras, ensembles, live bands, pianists or
other types of instrumentalists. For evening receptions,
live bands, pianists and other instrumentalists are
perfect. A vocal soloist can add meaning and intimacy
to the wedding. A group can also sing wedding songs
at the reception. Make sure that the groups wedding
attire has a neat and polished look to it. Another lovely
addition is when the bride or the groom plans to sing
one of the wedding songs. The experience can have a
touching and sentimental effect on the guests. Currently,
the most popular form of musical entertainment are Disc
Jockeys or DJ’s.
The guests are of different age groups and have varied
musical interests. So while selecting a DJ, make sure
that he or she is versatile and will play various genres
of music to keep all the guests happy. It is a good
idea to give the DJ a list of songs to be played and
allow the guests to make requests. The DJ will know
how to keep the guests dancing and motivated.
Before hiring a live band, always listen to their music
and make sure it suits your taste. Once the type of
musical entertainment is chosen, contact several professionals
and attend their performances or listen to their tapes.
Ask around for references and make lists of favorite
songs to be played at the reception.
When it comes to dancing, the guests will follow the
bride and groom’s lead. For different dances the
choice of music changes. Some of the most popular songs
played at receptions are-
- Bride and Grooms first dance- should be a song
chosen by the bride and the groom or their ‘special’
song. This is generally a slow and romantic number.
- Father-Bride/Father-Daughter dance- Unforgettable
by Natalie Cole and Landslide by Fleetwood Mac.
- Mother-Groom/Mother-Son dance- a song for mama
by Boyz 2 men or A song for my son by Vickie Mereck.
- Mother-Daughter dance- because you loved me by
- Bridal party dance- footloose song track.
- Cutting of the cake- Love and marriage by Frank
- Bridal bouquet toss- the DJ will play something
special for the event.
- Garter Toss- the DJ will play something special
for this event too.