Music is an integral part of any wedding reception. It sets the mood, creates a sense of unity among your guests, and provides entertainment for all ages. But there are so many songs out there- how do you know which ones to choose? For this blog post, I will give you some ideas on what type of music to play during different parts of your reception.
If you’re having a formal religious ceremony followed by a cocktail hour with family members before the reception starts: “Here Comes The Bride” or another traditional processional song would be fitting as guests arrive at the church or synagogue; it’s also nice to have something instrumental playing in the background while everyone mingles during cocktail hour.
1. Choose your wedding song
The first thing to do is to choose a song that has special meaning for the bride and groom. It could be a song they have danced to before or it could be a song from their favorite band or artist. Once you’ve chosen your wedding song, make sure it’s appropriate for the type of ceremony. There are many different types of ceremonies from small intimate gatherings to big lavish weddings, so make sure you know which type of ceremony you’re having.
2. Find a DJ or band to play the music at the reception
For many brides and grooms, the decision of whether to hire a DJ or a band is the most important aspect in planning their wedding reception. The choice can often depend on what you’re looking for. When deciding between hiring a DJ or a band, take into consideration the cost, type of reception, number of guests, and your personal preferences. For example, if you are having a small intimate gathering with close friends and family members, hiring a DJ would be more appropriate than hiring a band. This is because it will be cheaper than hiring musicians for your event and it also allows you to customize your music choices by using an online music service like Spotify or Pandora.
3. Decide on an entrance song for you and your future spouse
There are many songs that can be used for an entrance song. Here is a list of some popular choices: “Always and Forever” by Luther Vandross, “At Last” by Etta James, “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” by Elvis Presley, and “The Prayer” by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli.
A good choice would depend on the couple’s taste in music or if they have any special song from their past.
When looking for an entrance song, we recommend choosing something soft to start with so it doesn’t overwhelm guests when they first walk into the reception hall. If you’re also having a musical introduction or a processional, you may want to consider an upbeat song that’s going to get your guests excited and pumped up.
4. Select songs that are appropriate for different parts of the night – dinner, dancing, cake cutting, etc.
How do you choose the perfect entrance song?
Your entrance song sets the tone for your reception and can make or break the mood. It’s important to think about what emotion you want to portray and then choose a song that most accurately represents that feeling. Here are some examples of different types of songs that will help set your tone:
If you’re looking for something upbeat and lively: “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake, “Jump Around” by House Of Pain, “C’Mon ‘N Ride It (The Train)” by Richie Valens, “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
If you’re looking for a slow romantic ballad: “I by Tracy Chapman, “All I Have To Do Is Dream” by The Everly Brothers, “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers”, “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
It’s important to know your guests in order to figure out what type of music they will most enjoy. Don’t underestimate the power of an entrance song when it comes to setting the mood for your reception. Once you decide on the perfect song, make sure it’s appropriate for the time of day and type of ceremony.”
For dinner: any instrumental jazz music is good for background music while guests eat. Dinner music should be light and not too loud so everyone can enjoy their meal without distractions. Songs like “Quiet Nights” by George Benson or “Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra are great choices.
After dinner when you’re ready to dance: It’s important to transition from the more serious tone of dinner to something lighter and more upbeat in order to get people on the dance floor moving again. This is where your entrance song comes in because it sets the mood for your reception once people finish eating.
5. Consider adding some other entertainment like a photo booth or live musician
Live musicians and a photo booth are great additions to help keep your guests entertained.
Photo booth: for a more interactive element, consider inviting someone to take pictures in an instant photo booth. It’ll be fun for guests and the bride and groom since they’ll have their own copies of all the photos.
Live musician: adding in live music is also a great idea if you want to have something unique that your guests will remember. They can perform during dinner, the cake cutting ceremony, or after dinner when everyone is on the dance floor.
If you want to get the most out of your wedding reception, choose music that will make it memorable. Ask yourself what you and your guests like to listen to – then pick a few songs from each category that have similar genres or themes in order to keep things cohesive. Remember that there are no wrong choices! You’re getting married so relax and enjoy this time with family and friends before starting a new life together as husband and wife. Good luck on finding the perfect song for every moment of your big day!