The LDS bride and groom’s first dance is one of the sweetest moments of the wedding reception. It is symbolic of the new life you’re starting together, so it’s important to do it right.
Traditionally, the bride and groom first dance happens right after dinner is served to warm up the dance floor for the guests. If you aren’t serving dinner, the first dance is held soon after the bride and groom’s entrance to the reception.
Choosing a first dance song is more complicated than it might at first appear. Before you…read more
Depending on the schedule of events during your reception, you’ll probably need an hour to an hour and a half of background dinner music during your wedding reception.
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. Lyrics don’t need to be especially “wedding-y” since they probably won’t be heard or noticed, but screen potential songs for profanity just in case.
The most typical genres for dinner music are easy listening and jazz, but that doesn’t mean you can’t choose current pop music if you do it right. Instrumental music like acoustic guitar or piano works, too.
While the wedding party is taking the last of their pictures or finishing up greeting guests in the reception line, what will be happening inside the reception venue? Sitting in silence in a mood-killer for any party, including your wedding reception!
Though they probably won’t realize they’re doing it, your guests are going to be listening to the reception prelude music to decide what kind of reception this is going to be. Will it be very formal and traditional? Very funky and offbeat? A lot of fast dancing or slow songs?
If you are being married outdoors, in your local chapel, or some other venue, you’ll be responsible for choosing your own LDS wedding songs. Get ideas for all the music you’ll need during your ceremony here, whether you’re having a traditional ceremony or something fun and unconventional. (If you are being married in the temple, there will be no music during the ceremony – you can skip to choosing the music for your wedding reception.)
Before the ceremony begins, your guests will be seated and waiting. Music sets the stage for the ceremony to come, so this might be the most important…read more
When you get down to the nitty gritty details of your wedding reception music, it helps to have a list on hand to make sure you’ve covered everything. Use this article as a guide to draw up your own list of the kinds of music you need for your reception, and make sure to give a copy to your DJ, too.
When guests begin to arrive at the reception, it’s nice for them to have something to listen to. Simple instrumental music without words can set the tone for your reception nicely, especially if you’re having a theme wedding.
Of course you need to pick the right DJ if you want your wedding reception to be a true success, but you also need to know how to communicate with him effectively to get exactly what you want.
First, draw up a contract. Or carefully inspect the contract from your DJ if they have one. A good contract should spell out all the details (date, time, and location of the reception) and outline the exact services the DJ will provide and the number of hours of service. The deposit and remaining balance should be clearly specified. Other fine print issues the contract should deal with…read more
The music you play (and the D.J. you hire to play it) will make all the difference at your wedding reception, so it’s important to know what to look for. There are many different types of wedding disc jockeys, and you want to pick the right one for your reception.
You should book your wedding D.J. 6 months in advance of the wedding. Most event D.J.s will offer itemized wedding “packages” that list exactly what is included and the number of hours of music provided.
Any good professional D.J. will have an online presence, so start your search on the Internet. A professional looking, well-maintained website is what you’re looking for. Also check…read more
Aside from the lighting, the music you play is the biggest determinant in the overall mood of your wedding reception. Your important wedding music decisions include what to play, when to play it, and whether to hire a DJ, a live band, or do it yourself.
Music is an effective, inexpensive way to create a mood. Whether you want your reception to be elegant, upbeat, romantic, fun, or serious – playing the right music is vital to its success. Classic, very formal weddings can’t go wrong with the likes of Harry Connick, Jr. and Frank Sinatra. But more casual, playful weddings can play more unconventional songs like recent pop, alternative, and punk titles and pull it off beautifully.
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