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Wedding Entrance Music
Time to choose your wedding entrance music! Your ceremony is over and it is time for the celebration to begin. After you have had your photographs taken and your guests have mingled and had a drink during cocktail hour, it is time to sit down for the reception.
On your way over to the reception venue, give your MC or best man a call so that they can get all your guests to move to their seats.
Alternatively, arrive quietly during the cocktail hour, mingle a little, have a drink and do the formal grand entrance once your guests have taken their seats.
Or you could also enter while the guests are still having cocktail hour. It depends on how much of a grand entrance you plan to make.
Your wedding entrance music or grand entrance song (as it is also known) is a tradition meant to announce you for first time as husband and wife. It is also tradition to announce the rest of the bridal party, but it is not always necessary with smaller weddings where everyone will know one another or with less formal events.
The wedding entrance music you choose should reflect that the fun and celebration is about to start. You can of course choose something more epic if you wish, but generally it should be an upbeat, well-known song to get your guests enthusiastically clapping and welcoming you.
How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Entrance Music
Here are a few questions to ask yourselves to help you decide on the perfect wedding entrance song to use for your grand entrance, and to decide how you want this important event to play out:
1. Will your guests and wedding party recognize the song, or is it too new or obscure to be appreciated?
2. Does it reflect your personalities as a couple and your wedding party?
3. Is this wedding entrance music appropriate for the wedding reception? – even with the most formal of occasions it is appropriate to have a fun and upbeat song for this occasion, but it is never appropriate, no matter how informal the reception is, to play an offensive song with explicit lyrics.
4. Do you want to use an instrumental song or version of a song, or one with lyrics too?
5. Is your wedding party to be announced too, or will it just be the bride and groom?
6. How would you like to be announced – as Mr & Mrs Jones, the Bride and Groom or simply John and Mary?
7. Keep in mind that you will only use a small part of the song (the first minute or so), so choose something that has impact in the first 30 seconds.
8. Enhance your grand entrance further with some special effects – ask your dj or band if they can provide a bubble machine or a smoke machine, or hire one in from an audio visual company.
Once your best man or MC has asked all your guests to be seated, he will gather up the two of you and your wedding party (if they are to be announced as well) outside of the reception area. He must make sure that the DJ or band leader is aware that you are about to do the grand entrance and should have the appropriate music ready.
Choose an entrance song for your wedding party. The grandparents can be acknowledged and introduced where they are seated in the reception area. The bride’s parents will then be introduced followed by the groom’s parents, the bridesmaids and groomsmen, the flower girls and ring bearer, the maid/matron of honor and the best man.
Choose a second wedding entrance song for yourselves, the Bride and Groom.
Wedding Entrance Music Suggestions:
Good Times – Owl City ft. Carly Rae Jepsen
Pound The Alarm – Nicki Minaj
Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
Good Feeling – Flo Rida
Dynamite – Taio Cruz
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Yeah (3x) – Chris Brown
Firework – Katy Perry
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Say Hey – Michael Franti
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
Raise Your Glass – Pink
Get Up Off Of That Thing – James Brown
Get Ready For This – 2 Unlimited
Sandstorm – (Originally by Darude)
Rock and Roll Part 2 – Gary Glitter
St Elmo’s Fire – David Foster
Peter Gunn Theme – Henry Mancini
Love Walks In (Intro) – Van Halen
Praise You – Fatboy Slim
Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer
It Had to Be You – Various Artists
Gonna Fly Now – Original Rocky Movie Soundtrack
Lets Get Ready To Rumble – Jock Jams
Austin Powers Theme Song – Austin Powers Soundtrack
Walk This Way – Aerosmith
Ain’t That A Kick In The Head – Dean Martin
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Who Let The Dogs Out – Baha Men
I Feel Good (I Got You) – James Brown
Groove Is In The Heart – Deee Lite
Let’s Get Loud – Jennifer Lopez
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
Celebration – Kool and the Gang
Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen or Michael Buble
Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
Tequila – The Champs
Puttin’ on the Ritz – various artists, including Frank Sinatra or Benny Goodman
Joy To The World – Three Dog Night
I’m A Believer – The Monkees or Smashmouth
Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas
Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung
Breezin – George Benson
Wipeout – Surfaris
Banana Wind – Jimmy Buffett
Top Of The World – Van Halen (cued up to chorus)
1999 – Prince
The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Various
Beautiful Day – U2
Here Comes The Hot Stepper – Ini Kamozie
All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
20th Century Fox Studio Theme
Love Train – The O’Jays
Party Like A Rock Star – Shop Boyz
Batter Up – Nelly
Shake Your Booty – KC & The Sunshine Band
Do Your Thing – Basement Jaxx
Right Here, Right Now – Fatboy Slim
Battle Without Honor or Humanity – Tomoyasu Hotei
Breathe Your Name – Sixpence None The Richer
Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder
via Wedding Music Help.
Here are other posts that may be helpful to you Top 50 DJ Wedding Last Dance Songs, How To Hire The Best Wedding DJ, Popular Garter Toss Songs, Wedding DJ Father-Daughter Dance Songs, Wedding DJ Mother Son Dance Songs, Top 50 Wedding Cake Cutting Songs, Popular Bridal Party Introduction Songs for Wedding DJs and Popular Bouquet Toss Songs.
What is your favorite Wedding Entrance Music or Bridal Party Introduction Song?
DJ Mystical Michael Rhode Island DJ & Boston DJ
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The Top Ten Mistakes Brides & Grooms Make When Choosing a Wedding DJ
|I read this excellent blog post by a group of Connecticut DJs and wanted to share it with you. The author makes several excellent points and clearly has the same concept of what makes an exceptional Wedding DJ as I share. It is always a treat when I see other Wedding DJs that carry strong professional values and integrity in their work. The real wedding DJ images are mine and wanted to identify to clear any copyright concerns.I look forward to reading your comments and ideas!
Top Ten Wedding DJ Mistakes
Searching for the perfect DJ for your wedding can be a daunting process. We’re providing you with a list of common mistakes made by Brides & Grooms when choosing wedding entertainment:
10) Not Taking First Impressions into consideration.
The first interaction with your potential DJ is usually made over the phone when arranging a consultation. How well do they speak? How is their enunciation? Do they have a pleasing voice? This person will be the MC of your reception, announcing your introductions and entertaining your guests for the entire evening, so ensure they come across professionally.
9) Hiring A DJ That Gives The Same Performance At Every Party.
Does your DJ give the same performance at every function for every couple that hires him or does he reflect each couples’ personality and desires? Be sure your DJ can play to your unique set of guests.
8) Basing Your Decision On Equipment.
Anyone can go out and purchase top of the line equipment. It is very important that your DJ does carry the best of equipment but if that is the focal point of their marketing, find out why it isn’t their reputation or skill set.
7) Not Going Over Their Back-up Plan
Is his back-up plan organized and does it supply an equally qualified professional? What about his equipment? A catastrophic equipment failure the day of your wedding will not only affect the DJ but your entire reception as well.
6) Not Guaranteeing Who Your Actual DJ Will Be
Ensure the DJ you want to work with and are meeting is the actual one that shows up to do your wedding. Some companies book your business then send a “fill in” DJ to perform at your wedding that may or may not be qualified to do so.
5) Choosing A DJ With A Lack Of Versatility
Does your DJ only do weddings? Ask if they have performed at corporate events, school functions, or other cultural parties such as Quinceaneras and Bar Mitzvahs. Versatility is only acquired through experience and this will reflect the depth of your DJ.
4) Hiring A DJ That Doesn’t Interact With Your Guests
Does your DJ have the experience and ability to interact with your guests and ensure they keep the energy going throughout the entire reception. Your DJ should have an arsenal of tricks up his sleeve to keep the party going even when there is a lull in the party.
3) Waiting Too Long To Hire The Professional Entertainer You Want
It’s difficult enough finding a DJ you like. Don’t go through all the trouble of finding the right person and procrastinate on booking them for your wedding. Most good DJs with a great reputation are booked at least a year in advance. As soon as you make that connection act on it and secure your date.
2) Not Checking Your DJ’s References
Are they recommended by facilities in your surrounding area? If not, ask why.
1) Hiring An Amateur Or Part Time DJ
Don’t put the most important day of your life in the hands of an amateur offering “amazing deals”, or worse, your “friend that has been DJing as a hobby for 10 years”. Don’t have your reception ruined by someone that is not qualified or equipped to entertain your guests or provide a variety of great music. Leave this to a reputable professional that can back up their work with solid recommendations.
Which statements do think are true and which do not share your experience with exceptional Wedding DJs?
I was updating my listing on Gigmasters tonight, and noticed this helpful piece of information on hiring your Wedding DJ:
Booking Wedding DJs
“Booking the right wedding DJ can make a huge difference in your wedding reception. The right wedding DJ service can make the difference between a boring wedding reception and one that your wedding guests talk about for years.
Not all wedding DJs are created equal. Just because a DJ has a great collection of wedding DJ music does not mean the he or she is the perfect fit for your wedding entertainment. Talk to potential wedding DJs about what you need and want for your wedding reception and make sure to find a wedding DJ with a style you enjoy.
Your wedding DJ is a big part of the mood and feel of your wedding reception. You’ll want to make sure you research your options and find a wedding DJ that will work well with you and your party.”Gigmasters
Your Wedding DJ is a Big part of the Mood and Feel of Your Wedding Reception
This is the essential fact I wanted to draw attention to. Your Wedding DJ is who sets the mood and ‘vibe’ of your Wedding. It appears from the outside that the Wedding DJ that scratched and make cool sounds is the one that will give you the best value and entertainment for your Wedding. This is not always so, in fact, I would say that a Wedding DJ that focuses on ‘WOWing’ you and your guests has forgotten that you are the spotlight and should be, not the Wedding DJ
What Makes An Exceptional Wedding DJ?
An exceptional Wedding DJ has mastered the art of providing the music and entertainer but still not take the shine from The Bride or Groom. It is your Wedding and you are the what and why everybody is gathered. An exceptional Wedding DJ knows how to stay out of the way while keeping the pulse on what music, genre and vibe is next for the unique and fun Wedding you are expecting. A good Wedding DJs are not cheap like we were years ago. Many top notch Rhode Island Wedding DJs, and even more so for New York Wedding DJs, cost anywhere from $850-$2700 today. Even more if you are into all the bells and whistles that can at times take the focus off you and your Wedding.
Find a Wedding DJ that is excited about working with you to co-create an exceptional Wedding together. If you are looking for a simple and elegant Wedding that expresses you and your fiancé, talk with your Wedding DJ and make sure they are right for you. I invite you to follow your gut and not let price differences one way or the other of 10-15% distort your decision. You will know when you have the right Wedding DJ for you. Trust yourself.
Your Party, Your Music, Your DJ
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With all the attention and focus on Brides, many Grooms these days feel left out and a desire to be more involved in the wedding process. Several Grooms have expressed their interest in participating further in their wedding than they are given credit for. It us iot that they wantto take any of the attention fromthe Brides, they just feel left out sometimes in their own wedding and would like to contribute.
Happy Groom During Beautiful Wedding Ceremony
Grooms have alway had the unique experience of being one half of the wedding equation but typically end-up just showing-up at their wedding without really knowing what or how it all was put together. This was partially based on the fact that Bride’s mothers were the primary wedding planners until recent years. Now that Brides have taken control of their wedding planing and coordination, Grooms also want to experience the whole event from, beginning to end. Other factors int he shift of whom is planning weddings has been the increase in weddings happening at a later age and Brides and Grooms paying for their wedding themselves. Women’s rights also plays a part int he shift as well. Women today are not as willing to just be ‘the good little daughter’ and let their mothers plan the whole process. Today,women want a voice in the wedding process and often plan the whole event from their computers at work! As a professional Wedding DJ, I am aware that most of my contact through email and even phone with Brides is experienced while they are at work. As we move even further forward in our technological advances, this trend can only increase. Many Grooms want this too!
It is fairly common for the Groom to be the one who is responsible for finding, hiring and working with the Wedding DJ. I find they are very willing and excited to co-create the music and entertainment for their wedding. Of course, many Brides and grooms have very contrasting tastes in music. This may even be more on display when Brides and Grooms share their individual vision of what the post-diner partying and dancing music will sound like and what songs they want for the First Dance, Father-Daughter Dance, Mother-Son Dance, Cake-Cutting, Bouquet Toss and Garter Toss. We are always able to find a nice mix of both their tastes and styles to create a fun and unique wedding experience for them and their friends and family together. This is one of m favorite aspects of being a professional Wedding DJ, the planning and coordination along with the Bride and Groom.
Grooms, I encourage you to let your Bride know that you want to contribute more in your wedding.
Brides, I invite you to let them and take some of the responsibility off your shoulders. Remember, it is their wedding too.
DJ 80’s Dance Party Mix was created due to receiving more requests for 80’s Music than usual. I am getting the feeling that 80’s Music is becoming the choice of music for folks who want to find a happy medium between music of today for younger people and music that those who were born earlier will still appreciate and be able to party and have fun with.
I have to say, there were many songs I wanted to include in this mix that just didn’t make it. Maybe there will be a DJ 80’s Dance Party Mix II…
DJ 80’s Dance Party Mix