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Wedding Reception Music Checklist

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Typical wedding reception dances to choose specific songs for.

As you work with a band or DJ on your reception music, it’s a good idea to be as prepared as possible and have songs already chosen for the key parts of the wedding reception – from your entrance music to the last dance.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a song in mind for one or more of these more typical reception events; your DJ/MC should be more than able to help you come up with ideas for songs that might be meaningful to you as a couple.

Here are the most common parts of the reception that couples choose specific songs for:

  • Parents’ Entrance
  • Bridal Party Entrance
  • Bride and Groom Entrance
  • First Dance
  • Bride and Father Dance
  • Groom and Mother Dance
  • Cake Cutting
  • Bouquet Toss
  • Last Dance

Once you have selected your key songs, you’ll also want to compile a wish list of other songs or genres that you might like to hear during the reception. Your musicians may not be able to play everything on the list, but this is a great way to ensure that the reception is filled with music that you actually want to listen to. 🙂 Whether you hire a wedding band or a DJ, it’s also a good idea to compile a “Do Not Play” list so that you can spare yourselves from hearing music that really doesn’t match your individual tastes.

Lastly, keep in mind that (most likely) you’ll have several different generations of musical preferences in attendance at your wedding reception, and even within those groups not everyone appreciates all types of music. Yes, it is your day–but thinking about what types of music would make the day fun and memorable for your friends and loved ones will make it all the more special for everyone.