Dance Music and Your Guests

Ok, so you made it through the actual wedding ceremony . . . now what? It’s time to cut loose, relax, and have some fun at your wedding reception! And what better way to do that than by getting all of your guests up and partying with you on the dance floor?

No matter what type of wedding you have . . . no matter what type of guests are there . . . (even the most uptight ones), people from all walks of life enjoy music, and with a little coaxing, can be enticed to get out on that dance floor and “shake that booty”.

And it doesn’t matter if you have a traditional orchestra, a pop or rock band, or a mad cool party DJ . . . the quicker and easier you can get your wedding guests up off their back sides and out on that floor . . . the more fun (and fond memories of your wedding) everybody will have!

First Things First . . .

OK, OK– before you get everybody up and boogying, you can go ahead and get your “traditional dances” out of the way . . . After all, your father daughter dance probably won’t be to Led Zeppelin (unless your Dad is REALLY COOL). And I guess your first dance with the new hubby shouldn’t be to Nirvana (unless he really does Smell Like Teen Spirit) . . . so pick appropriate songs for those dances and enjoy them!

Now Engage Your Guests

So now, your music choices really will set the tone for the rest of the evenings festivities. Pick high energy, feel good songs that won’t offend anybody (no songs full of curse words or negativity).

Give your musicians or DJ some songs you like in advance of the wedding . . . so they can be prepared to deliver them for you. Or, just leave it up to their professional expertise.

The goal is to quickly and easily get Grandma up and ready to “bust a move”. Once the other guests see that . . . they will be sure to throw away their own inhibitions and let loose for some fun! Everybody wins.

Party On!

Here are some music suggestions that are most requested and popular at wedding receptions. It’s your day, so just have FUN!

Celebration by Kool and the Gang

I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas

Happy by Pharell Williams

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen

ABC by the Jackson 5

Let’s Groove by Earth Wind & Fire

Love Shack by the B52’s

Single Ladies-Put a Ring on it by Beyonce

Twist and Shout by the Beatles

Dancing on the Ceiling By Lionel Ritchie

Marry You by Bruno Mars

Don’t Stop Believing by Journey

Sugar by Maroon 5

Footloose by Kenny Loggins

September by Earth Wind & Fire

Boogie Shoes by KC & the Sunshine Band

We Are Family by Sister Sledge

Dance to the Music by Sly & The Family Stone

My Girl by the Temptations

All Night Long by Lionel Richie

I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston

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Planning Your Big Day

 

So, you’ve decided to get married. That’s a big decision, but it is only the first of many important decisions you will have to make in order to make your special day a successful one.

In fact, you should start planning the details of your wedding well in advance of the wedding day- – as early as a year in advance if possible. It will take work . . . so plan your work, and then work your plan–and all will end well.

Everyone is different, and individual weddings are different . . . so not everyone will need to plan in the same way. Having said that, here are some useful tips to help you plan for your special day. Use what applies to you and enjoy it — look at your wedding planning as a life changing adventure!

General Wedding Planning Guidelines

Set a Budget –make your budget realistic and practical for yourself. Once set, stick to it as much as possible. Use your head and not your emotions. Be considerate of others that are helping you with paying for certain aspects of your ceremony as well.

Set Your Timeline for Your Plan — Plan your plan. Use a calendar and give yourself enough time to get it all done. Set this up correctly first, and you will save yourself from a lot of worry and anxiety later as you proceed along.

Choose the Size and Participants of Your Wedding — Right from the get go, you really need to know how many people will be attending and who the key people are going to be. Who is going to be the best man, the maid of honor, the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and ushers?

Choose Your Date and Venues — this will take proper coordination . . . so your people, your wedding venue, and reception venue will all be available. Remember to send out “save the date” notifications to your guests as well–giving them plenty of notice to arrange their schedules around your special day.

Choose Your Wedding Theme– It’s your dream day, so be sure to make it unique and special to you. You can go traditional “white wedding” or get creative and “out of the box” with something meaningful to both of you. . .like Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, etc.

Choose and Send Your Wedding Invitations — you can make these as simple or elaborate as you wish. You can do them yourself, making them very personal, or . . . hire professionals to do these for you.

Choose Your Wedding Officiant — of course, this will depend on the type of wedding you are having, and could range from a judge to a religious minister.

Pick Your Perfect Wedding Dress or Outfit — the choices, prices, and styles are as variant as the brides who will glowing in them. You know you best and what will delight you! 471

Select Your Wedding Rings — share this experience as a couple, and make your ring selections more meaningful.

Hire Your Entertainment and Photographer — Again the correct choices should be uniquely you and fit in with the wedding theme you have chosen

Pick Your Cake, Food and Refreshments — all of these should be chosen from your personal tastes, but keeping in mind your guests as well. You want your wedding to be a great experience for all involved.

Of course, there are other things to plan concerning your wedding. We have just touched on some basic ones here. You might be brave enough to venture out and get all these things done yourself . . . or, you might choose to just turn it all over to a professional wedding planner! Your wedding. . .your choices. . . Enjoy!