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Toe-Tappin’ Reception

While your wedding ceremony is both special and crucial (it’s when you’ll actually get married!), the reception is probably what you and your guests are most looking forward to—who doesn’t want to eat, drink and dance? The best celebrations incorporate personal, fun and unique touches to keep guests smiling and talking about it long after the last dance.

Wedding reception music is funny in that there are some songs that rule our reception charts for a year or so before disappearing and others that go on to be forever-classics. So at the beginning of each year, we sit down and ask ourselves, which song will be the biggest “banger” for this this year and which one will still keep those toes tapping. Below is a brief breakdown of a reception party and some great songs for the special events.

While your wedding ceremony is special, the reception is probably what you and your guests are looking forward to the most. Who doesn’t want to eat, drink and dance? The best receptions incorporate personal, fun and unique touches to keep guests smiling and talking about it long after your last dance. The less formal part of the day, the reception serves a dual purpose as it allows the friends and families of the wedding party to get acquainted, and to allow the couple to share their joy and celebrate the new marriage. Receptions also have several parts…

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(Below is an example of a traditional wedding reception/dinner. You can do yours however you like!)

Cocktail Hour and Grand Entrance
THIS IS HOW WE DO IT

Once the doors to the reception are opened, the guests begin to fill the room and start to mingle. They become acclimated to the room, find their seats and make their way to the bar for that first cocktail, hence the name. At this time our goal is to provide some background music that will help “break the ice” without becoming overbearing, as some people are meeting for the first time and others are getting reacquainted. Central Oregonians love country music and with so many country barns and rustic-themed venues, it can be a perfect genre for a high desert wedding reception.

Grand Entrance songs are songs played as a particular group of people or special couple enter the reception area. You can make it as upbeat or as traditional as you want.

Dinner Set
BON APPETIT

Whether you’re planning a daytime affair with a scrumptious lunch or a more formal evening reception serving a multi-course dinner, you’ll probably need an hour to an hour and a half of background dinner music during your wedding reception. The ambiance relies largely on the kind of music played as guests chow down, with conversation taking the spotlight.The music should be played softly so that guests can comfortably talk over the music and aren’t encouraged to hit the dance floor just yet.

Toasts and Cake Cutting
HOW SWEET IT IS

Think about the best wedding toast you’ve ever heard. Chances are there was nothing especially earth shattering about the toast itself, but the warm emotions that it stirred have had a long-lasting impact. This clearly illustrates the purpose of a wedding toast, to be simple, charming and sentimental, all in honor of the Bride and Groom and the life they are starting together.

The cutting of the cake symbolizes the Bide and Grooms future together as a married couple. After all this is why they both share a piece of the cake they cut together. I like to start the cake cutting song before the first slice and keep the sweet tunes rolling until the dessert is served.

First Dance
STAND BY ME

The newlyweds first dance often takes place after the cake is served. It is the event that begins the chronological order of the formal dances. It’s usually followed by the father daughter dance, mother son dance, and finally ends with a bridal party dance or an invitation for the guests to begin dancing on the dance floor. Another option is to have the first dance immediately following the grand entrance with the bridal party circling the dance floor around the bride and groom.

Father-Daughter
I LOVED HER FIRST

The father daughter dance is the dance between the father(s) of the bride and the bride herself. The bride should choose one of her favorite melodies. If you have more than one father in your life, one can tap the other on the shoulder in the middle of the dance so you can dance with both of them. You can always choose two father daughter wedding songs and reserve a special dance for each of your fathers. That way you can choose a song for each man, that will fit his personality and be representative of your relationship – your father-in-law song or step-father song. The songs aren’t required to be about a daddy giving away his little girl. They don’t even have to be about a father or a daughter! They can simply be songs about love, dedication, or even something silly. Many fathers and daughters would rather do something fun than something serious.

Mother-Son
A SONG FOR MAMA

The mother-son dance is the dance between the mother(s) of the groom and the groom. Grooms, if you have more than one mother in your life, one can tap the other on the shoulder in the middle of the dance so you can dance with both of them. If you do not have a mother, a common substitute is a mother figure or even your sister would make a very nice gesture. Some bridal couples combine the father-daughter dance with the mother groom dance into just one song to dance.

Bridal Party
CELEBRATION

The bridal party dance is a fun way to say thank you to your wedding party by giving them a special dance song that’s just for them and a way to show them off to your guests! Also, it makes a fabulous photo opportunity! The bridal party dance traditionally is the last of the formal dances and can bring energy and excitement to the dance floor as the bridal party invites the guests to come join the fun. If you have a large bridal party, you can kick things off with the grand entrance and turn it into the bridal party dance.

Bouquet Toss
SINGLE LADIES

The bouquet toss song sets the tone for a fun and energetic part of the day, and is why it’s selection is very important. The bouquet toss traditionally takes the shape of the bride assembling all her un-wed friends and tossing her bouquet to one lucky gal. Meanwhile, the groom is tossing a garter to all his un-wed friends. The tradition behind this event is that you will be bringing two people together who may have not met otherwise in the hopes that your love will transcend into them, they fall in love, marry and repeat.

Garter Toss
LET’S GET IT ON

The garter toss is definitely the naughtiest, sexiest, funniest, and usually most embarrassing moment of the reception. This old time tradition simply cannot go down without laughs, cheers, ohh, ahhs, and bright red faces. The recipe is classic and simple: Make the newly-appointed husband reach up the dress of his beautiful wife in front of their parents, extended family, friends, and maybe even a bunch of people they are meeting for the first time. Then have the groom throw it at all the single guys in the room! A moment like this encompasses a lot of emotions and reactions within a very short time, so you better make sure the music is right.

Anniversary Dance
UNCHAINED MELODY

The anniversary dance is introduced by the Master of Ceremonies (MC) and is a beautiful way to recognize the couples that have been married the longest at your wedding reception. The MC will get you and all of the married couples on the dance floor, then announces: 12 hours (you), 1 year, then 2 year ext. and who has ever been married for said amount of years, will join in a circle around the dance floor and clap for the remaining married guests. Slowly the dance floor will dissolve until the only remaining people is the couple that has been married the longest. This only works well if there are many married couples attending the reception.This tradition makes a perfect opportunity for the MC to ask the longest married couple if they have any grand advice for you.

Money Dance
IF I HAD $1,000,000

The money dance can also be referred to as the honeymoon dance at a wedding reception. The concept behind the money dance is that the men pay for the opportunity to dance with the bride and the women pay for the opportunity to dance with the groom. The money is typically saved for the newlyweds honeymoon. There are many ways the money dance can be orchestrated. Men can bring dollar bills to the bride in which they can pin the dollar bills onto the bride’s wedding dress, the bride can tuck the money into her money dance apron, or tuck the money into her purse. Women can pin the dollar bills onto the groom’s lapel or he can tuck the money into his pockets. The smoothest option is to have the maid/matron of honor and best man each manage the money and the two lines of the guests who will cut in during the dance. Multiple songs are needed.

Last Dance
DON’T STOP BELIEVING

It’s the last song of the night on your wedding day, and it’s more important than you think!

Music is such an integral part of any wedding. It provides the soundtrack and sets the tone to the biggest day of your life. Most brides and grooms will spend time carefully selecting the music to represent key moments of their day. How much thought goes into the last track of the night though? Is this last dance really as important as the first? As a Wedding DJ I can categorically say that yes, the last dance is of utmost importance. The last song of the evening is an opportunity to get everyone off their seat and onto the dance floor.

When you choose this track you need to make sure it is upbeat and uplifting, it should be a song that gets everyone’s arms in the air, their feet stomping, and their singing voices booming. It is your chance to celebrate the success of the day with your nearest and dearest standing next to you, shoulder to shoulder.

Cocktail Hour and Grand Entrance
THIS IS HOW WE DO IT

Once the doors to the reception are opened, the guests begin to fill the room and start to mingle. They become acclimated to the room, find their seats and make their way to the bar for that first cocktail, hence the name. At this time our goal is to provide some background music that will help “break the ice” without becoming overbearing, as some people are meeting for the first time and others are getting reacquainted. Central Oregonians love country music and with so many country barns and rustic-themed venues, it can be a perfect genre for a high desert wedding reception.

Grand Entrance songs are songs played as a particular group of people or special couple enter the reception area. You can make it as upbeat or as traditional as you want.

Dinner Set
BON APPETIT

Whether you’re planning a daytime affair with a scrumptious lunch or a more formal evening reception serving a multi-course dinner, you’ll probably need an hour to an hour and a half of background dinner music during your wedding reception. The ambiance relies largely on the kind of music played as guests chow down, with conversation taking the spotlight.The music should be played softly so that guests can comfortably talk over the music and aren’t encouraged to hit the dance floor just yet.

Toasts and Cake Cutting
HOW SWEET IT IS
Think about the best wedding toast you’ve ever heard. Chances are there was nothing especially earth shattering about the toast itself, but the warm emotions that it stirred have had a long-lasting impact. This clearly illustrates the purpose of a wedding toast, to be simple, charming and sentimental, all in honor of the Bride and Groom and the life they are starting together.

The cutting of the cake symbolizes the Bide and Grooms future together as a married couple. After all this is why they both share a piece of the cake they cut together. I like to start the cake cutting song before the first slice and keep the sweet tunes rolling until the dessert is served.

First Dance
STAND BY ME
The newlywed’s first dance often takes place after the cake is served. It is the event that begins the chronological order of the formal dances. It’s usually followed by the father daughter dance, mother son dance, and finally ends with a bridal party dance or an invitation for the guests to begin dancing on the dance floor. Another option is to have the first dance immediately following the grand entrance with the bridal party circling the dance floor around the bride and groom.

Father-Daughter
I LOVED HER FIRST
The father daughter dance is the dance between the father(s) of the bride and the bride herself. The bride should choose one of her favorite melodies. If you have more than one father in your life, one can tap the other on the shoulder in the middle of the dance so you can dance with both of them. You can always choose two father daughter wedding songs and reserve a special dance for each of your fathers. That way you can choose a song for each man, that will fit his personality and be representative of your relationship – your father-in-law song or step-father song. The songs aren’t required to be about a daddy giving away his little girl. They don’t even have to be about a father or a daughter! They can simply be songs about love, dedication, or even something silly. Many fathers and daughters would rather do something fun than something serious.

Mother-Son
A SONG FOR MAMA
The mother-son dance is the dance between the mother(s) of the groom and the groom. Grooms, if you have more than one mother in your life, one can tap the other on the shoulder in the middle of the dance so you can dance with both of them. If you do not have a mother, a common substitute is a mother figure or even your sister would make a very nice gesture. Some bridal couples combine the father-daughter dance with the mother groom dance into just one song to dance.

Bridal Party
CELEBRATION
The bridal party dance is a fun way to say thank you to your wedding party by giving them a special dance song that’s just for them and a way to show them off to your guests! Also, it makes a fabulous photo opportunity! The bridal party dance traditionally is the last of the formal dances and can bring energy and excitement to the dance floor as the bridal party invites the guests to come join the fun. If you have a large bridal party, you can kick things off with the grand entrance and turn it into the bridal party dance.

Bouquet Toss
SINGLE LADIES
The bouquet toss song sets the tone for a fun and energetic part of the day, and is why it’s selection is very important. The bouquet toss traditionally takes the shape of the bride assembling all her un-wed friends and tossing her bouquet to one lucky gal. Meanwhile, the groom is tossing a garter to all his un-wed friends. The tradition behind this event is that you will be bringing two people together who may have not met otherwise in the hopes that your love will transcend into them, they fall in love, marry and repeat.

Garter Toss
LET’S GET IT ON
The garter toss is definitely the naughtiest, sexiest, funniest, and usually most embarrassing moment of the reception. This old time tradition simply cannot go down without laughs, cheers, ohh, ahhs, and bright red faces. The recipe is classic and simple: Make the newly-appointed husband reach up the dress of his beautiful wife in front of their parents, extended family, friends, and maybe even a bunch of people they are meeting for the first time. Then have the groom throw it at all the single guys in the room! A moment like this encompasses a lot of emotions and reactions within a very short time, so you better make sure the music is right.

Anniversary Dance
UNCHAINED MELODY
The anniversary dance is introduced by the Master of Ceremonies (MC) and is a beautiful way to recognize the couples that have been married the longest at your wedding reception. The MC will get you and all of the married couples on the dance floor, then announces: 12 hours (you), 1 year, then 2 year ext. and who has ever been married for said amount of years, will join in a circle around the dance floor and clap for the remaining married guests. Slowly the dance floor will dissolve until the only remaining people is the couple that has been married the longest. This only works well if there are many married couples attending the reception.This tradition makes a perfect opportunity for the MC to ask the longest married couple if they have any grand advice for you.

Money Dance
IF I HAD $1,000,000
The money dance can also be referred to as the honeymoon dance at a wedding reception. The concept behind the money dance is that the men pay for the opportunity to dance with the bride and the women pay for the opportunity to dance with the groom. The money is typically saved for the newlyweds honeymoon. There are many ways the money dance can be orchestrated. Men can bring dollar bills to the bride in which they can pin the dollar bills onto the bride’s wedding dress, the bride can tuck the money into her money dance apron, or tuck the money into her purse. Women can pin the dollar bills onto the groom’s lapel or he can tuck the money into his pockets. The smoothest option is to have the maid/matron of honor and best man each manage the money and the two lines of the guests who will cut in during the dance. Multiple songs are needed.

Last Dance
DON’T STOP BELIEVING
It’s the last song of the night on your wedding day, and it’s more important than you think!

Music is such an integral part of any wedding. It provides the soundtrack and sets the tone to the biggest day of your life. Most brides and grooms will spend time carefully selecting the music to represent key moments of their day. How much thought goes into the last track of the night though? Is this last dance really as important as the first? As a Wedding DJ I can categorically say that yes, the last dance is of utmost importance. The last song of the evening is an opportunity to get everyone off their seat and onto the dance floor.

When you choose this track you need to make sure it is upbeat and uplifting, it should be a song that gets everyone’s arms in the air, their feet stomping, and their singing voices booming. It is your chance to celebrate the success of the day with your nearest and dearest standing next to you, shoulder to shoulder.