In general though, you will want traditional, big band, swing or light pop music for the first half of the reception. You will want something light and enjoyable during dinner. After dinner, you will want to pick the party up a notch by playing something your guests can dance to – whether it be popular pop music, top 40 music, R&B, or group dance music. In other words, your reception should have a good mix of styles and ranges, something to please everyone who is attending.
As soon as you have confirmed your wedding date, your location and booked your band or DJ, you may want to make a list of events you will need songs for during your wedding and select songs for those events. You may also want to make a list of songs to play, songs not to play, and special songs for certain people.
Here are some things you may want to jot down and present to your music entertainment for your wedding. Confirm the following songs for special moments or blocks of time during your reception.
Reception Music Songs You'll Need - Printable List
- Introduction Song
- First Dance Song
- Bridal Party Dance
- Father Daughter Dance
- Mother Son Dance
- Songs for any other special dances (grandparents, ethnic dances, group dances)
- Song for the Cake Cutting
- Song for the bridal bouquet / garter toss
- Anniversary song for married couples
- A closing song for the end of the reception
- Confirm a list of songs you definitely want played
- Confirm a list of songs you definitely do not want played
- Discuss what type of music you want played before dinner, during dinner and after dinner
- Discuss what genres of music you like and dislike
Preview of the printable checklist: