Music plays such a huge role in the success of a wedding. Have you ever been to a wedding where the reception is just starting to take off; the bride and groom have cut the cake, they’ve had their first dance, the toasts have been made; and the DJ starts playing and – uh oh – it’s awful and no one is on the dance floor. That is the last thing that you want to happen at your wedding! You want the dance floor to be packed with people and everyone to have a great time!
We’re here to help! Here is a breakdown of all of the major categories for music that you will need to decide on, as well as other parts of your day that you may not have even considered yet!
Ceremony Processional – The processional music is what you walk down the aisle to at your ceremony. You make choose to pick one song for your wedding party and a different song for yourself as the bride, or you can have everyone walk to the same song. It is completely up to you! We recommend something soft and romantic, but pick something that fits your style and the theme of your wedding. Keep in mind if you are having a religious wedding, as some churches are more strict as to what songs you may use.
Ceremony Recessional – The recessional music is what you walk to when the ceremony is complete. Here, we would recommend something a little more upbeat and joyous sounding. You did, after all, just get married!
Cocktail Hour – Cocktail hour is traditionally hosted after the ceremony and before the reception. This is the ideal time for guests to get settled in and ready for your reception. It’s also the time for them to mingle, therefore, the music should be soft and in the background. We recommend instrumental music to make sure conversations can be had without any strain to hear.
Reception Entrance – The reception entrance is a fun thing to choose! Again, here you have the choice to choose an individual song per couple that enters or have everyone walk into the same song. Whatever you choose, be sure that the song is upbeat and fun and, of course, can be danced to.
First Dance – I am sure you know what the first dance song is, but I do want to stress that this song is SUPER important. It’s the song that defines who you are as a couple. Choose wisely, my friend.
Father/Daughter and Mother/Groom Dance – These songs can be very special and should be meaningful to your relationship with your mother and your groom with his mother. You can also go traditional with these songs and choose something that speaks to the relationship.
Reception – Many songs will be played throughout your reception so you might not have an opinion on every song that is played, but you do have the right to talk to your DJ and what songs you want played and what songs you don’t want played. Speak up on this! It’s your big day so be sure it is 100% what YOU want.
We want to hear from you! What songs did you pick to be played during the big moments at your wedding?