Wedding Reception Songs
Coming up with a list of wedding reception songs is something that you may want to do. During the reception, music is played the entire time and it helps to set the mood for your event. You don't have to choose every single song that is played during your reception (it would be very time consuming to come up with 4 or 5 hours of music). But you should develop a list of songs to be played during specific parts of the evening.
You'll want to pick wedding reception music for:
- The introduction of the bridal party. This music should be upbeat and festive since you are getting the celebration started.
- The first dance. Most couples go with something slow and romantic (I danced to "At Last" by Etta James). But if you have a song that is of some significance to both of you, then you should play that song even if it's fast.
- Mother & Son and Father & Daughter dances.
- Bouquet and garter toss.
- Dinner. You don't have to choose all of the songs for this part of the evening but you may want a list of 2 or 3 songs to be played sometime during dinner.
- Dancing. You can specify the type of music that you want played (country, rock, disco, R & B, Hip Hop). You can also choose specific songs like the Electric slide or the Chicken dance to get everyone out of their seats.
You also need to think about who will play the wedding reception songs.
You should listen to some samples of wedding reception songs to help you get started making your reception song list.
- A band. Live music is great and adds the feel of being at a dance or concert.
- DJ. Less expensive than a live band but should have a large collection of music to play.
- AV Equipment. If you are working with a really tight budget you could put together CD's of music yourself and play them through a stereo system.
- Other Entertainment. You might also want to add professional dancers to your event or maybe do some karaoke to liven up the party.
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