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Your Wedding Soundtrack (reception edition)

Updated: Mar 19

Music can make or break a wedding day! Music can literally be the magic during the ceremony and the energy at the reception! Think about your music selections and your entertainers, they together can paint a memory that you won't soon forget!

Song selections that you should begin to think about RIGHT NOW!

bride and groom entering wedding reception
Kamron Khan Photography

Bridal Party Entrance!

This is the official start of the reception! Some couples choose to introduce their parents, the kids and the bridal party others keep it short and sweet with the bridal party adults. The energy should be high and the start to a great night! The music genre can vary depending on the couple! Pick your favorites and have a good time!

bride and groom dancing in fog
Dale McDonald Photography

First Dance!

I love for a couple to go right into their First Dance! The crowd is excited, the photographer and videographer are ready and the couple is already on the dance floor!

My favorite right now is "You and I" by John Legend.

My other favorite is "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran

bride and groom feeding each other cake
JazzyMae Photography

Let's Eat Cake!

Actually, let's just cut the cake, get the pictures so that the caterer can grab it as soon as dinner is served! You need a song for this too, WE'RE HAVING A PARTY!

Favorite: "Cake" by Rihanna. Your DJ can mix this so that the chorus plays vs the entire song.

Favorite: "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You" by James Taylor.

Favorite: "I Can't Help Myself" by The Four Tops

Father Daughter Dance!

Once dinner and toasts are out of the way, the Father Daughter Dance is a great way to get back into the special events! I love for the dad to do the last toast and then invite his daughter to the floor for their dance.

Favorite, hands down favorite: "The Way You Look Tonight"by Frank Sinatra.

father and bride dancing
Dale McDonald Photography

mother and son dancing
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Mother Son Dance!

This is always a tear-jerker because the moms are so proud and emotional! I've seen moms and sons have an emotional moment and I've seen them literally get the party started! Pick your flavor, there's no wrong answer!

I don't really have a favorite here, but "Momma" by Boyz II Men is a great go to!

Bouquet Toss!

Brides are starting to move away from this tradition, but when they decide to keep it on the timeline my suggestions are.

"Ladies Night" Lil Kim

"Throw Them Bows" Ludacris

bride throwing back bouquet
Stephen Midgett Photography

groom under brides dress removing garter
Kamron Khan Photography

Garter Removal & Garter Toss

This is another tradition that is start to remove itself from the festivities! If you choose to do it there are typically two songs. The first song is something slow and sexy for the Groom to remove the garter from the Bride's leg. The second song is where he actually throws it into the crowd of single guys and the song changes to an uptempo beat that gets the party started! The choices are endless and typically align with the Grooms' taste in music!

There are definitely other items you can add to your reception timeline for your bridal party and guests to enjoy but these are the basics! Have fun creating your wedding day soundtrack!












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