Some LDS brides and grooms hire a professional wedding photographer and rent a reception hall with professional catering and DJ services for their special day; others let family and friends handle the pictures and serve homemade food at a wedding reception in their backyard or at a local LDS chapel. Which way is best for you depends on your circumstances, preferences, and of course your budget.
First, let’s take a look at the reasons why people hire professionals – and why they sometimes choose not to. Many people like professional wedding services because they…read more
With all the expenses and costs of a wedding and reception, you may be considering DIY options like you never thought you would. Are you ready for a do-it-yourself job on your reception music, otherwise known as an “iPod wedding”?
Like any DIY wedding option, handling your own reception music has a big list of pros and cons. The biggest benefit is of course the hefty savings once you cut out hiring a DJ or wedding band to provide your reception music. Others like it because you get complete control over the song selection. Being your own wedding DJ is…read more
It’s true that while DJs seem to be the most popular choice for your wedding reception music these days, have you considered hiring a live band? It’s hard to find something that will instantly transform your reception as dramatically as live entertainment during your reception. Have you ever noticed that movies like My Best Friend’s Wedding and The Time Traveler’s Wife have live bands? Nothing is as amazing and classy as a live band.
When booking a wedding band, size is an important consideration. Most bands have between 5 and 7 members, but the band you choose should roughly correspond to the size crowd at your reception.
Some theme weddings come with a ready-made soundtrack. A Phantom of the Opera or Lord of the Rings themed wedding, for example, is easy to pick songs for. But most of us aren’t so lucky. What about those of us with theme weddings who don’t have a clue what music to choose?
– if you have a tropical or Hawaiian theme, you can choose songs with a bubbly reggae feel like Israel’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “It Must Be Love” by Madness, “Cupid” by Amy Winehouse or “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash. If those aren’t for you, opt for songs with beachy lyrics like “Walk on the Ocean” by Toad the Wet Sprocket or “The Ocean” by U2.
For the single girls at your wedding reception, the bouquet toss is one of the most looked-forward-to events of the reception. Make it perfect with a bouquet toss song that celebrates girl power and all things feminine.
This One’s for the Girls by Martina McBride
I Feel Like a Woman by Shania Twain
It’s Raining Men by The Weathergirls
Just a Girl by No Doubt
Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Ani Difranco
One Way or Another by Blondie
Another One Bites the Dust by Queen
Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) by Beyonce
Independent Women by Destiny’s Child
Where My Girls At by 702
Luck Be a Lady by Frank Sinatra
Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
Diamonds Are…read more
Whether your wedding reception features a big cake or a small one, chocolate or vanilla, you’ll need to select the right music for the bride and groom cutting of the first slice.
These songs about sweetness and sugar run the gamut from ballad to up tempo, silly to romantic. There’s got to be a perfect cake cutting song for you here.
Recipe for Love by Harry Connick, Jr
Sugar, Sugar by The Archies
How Sweet It Is by James Taylor
The Sweetest Thing by U2
Ice Cream by Sarah McLachlin
Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard
Savoy Truffle by The Beatles
I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow (or punk remix by Good Charlotte)
I Can’t Help Myself by the Four Tops
Cherry Pie by Skip and Flip
Cut the Cake by Average White Band
If I Knew You Were Coming I’d Have…read more
After the bride and groom’s first dance, the bride’s dance with her father, and the groom’s dance with his mother, you could open the floor up to everyone. Or you could include a fun tradition that not all weddings include in the reception: a special dance just for members of the wedding party.
Everybody does the wedding party dance a little bit differently. Some have each bridesmaid dance with one of the groomsmen, while others allow each wedding party member to dance with their spouse or significant other. Your preferences and the preferences of your…read more
The mother-son dance at the reception is the mother of the groom’s big moment, and the song you choose can say “thank you” for everything she’s done.
That said, it can be really hard to pick a song. There seem to be a lot less songs about mothers than fathers (we don’t know why), making it difficult to find one that says exactly what you want it to say.
If you’ve got a close relationship with your mom and really want your mother-son song to say what she means to you, try one of these songs on for size…read more
Choosing the right father-daughter song for your wedding reception can be one of the most difficult music decisions to make. It can be hard to find just the right lyrics to express the relationship you have with your dad, and even then the tune has to be something easy to dance to.
Most of the wedding and reception is about you, but for the duration of the father-daughter dance it’s his moment in the spotlight. So it’s ideal to find a song you both love, but in the end it’s most important that…read more
Believe it or not, five or ten years from now you won’t quite be able to recall the taste of your wedding cake, the colors in your bouquet, or the way the bridesmaid’s dresses looked. But you’ll still get teary-eyed when you hear the song that you chose for your first dance of the wedding reception.
So how do you go about choosing “your song,” the one you will remember forever? Write down five adjectives that describe the atmosphere of your ceremony, and find the correct category on this list. It will point your feet in the right direction and help you make the best decision possible.
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