Wedding planning can be quite challenging, since there are numerous details to consider. There are so many details and things you never thought about. Luckily, Jason and Diana, of Austin's Best DJs, are also certified wedding/event planners and we’re here to help you every step of the way!
Wedding Ceremony Tips
Cocktail Hour Planning Tips
5. What songs are best for the cocktail hour?
After the ceremony is complete, Cocktail Hour begins, to allow the couple and wedding party to take pictures. Most couples choose soft, background music to be played for the hour (sometimes 1.5 hours). Cocktail hour is the perfect time to play all of your favorite songs that perhaps may not be "danceable" or slower songs. Many people choose their favorite songs, but acoustic versions, Country love songs, Bluegrass remakes, Jazz, Big Band, etc. Be sure to check out our Country Wedding Songs article, or our Cocktail Hour Wedding Songs article for more great song ideas.
Grand Entrance & Dinner Tips
6. The Grand Entrance
Once Cocktail Hour is complete, the wedding party will make their grand entrance. Some couples choose to announce their parents and the entire wedding party, while others choose to introduce the newlyweds, only. A song can be chosen for the wedding party and usually, a different song is chosen for the couple’s introduction.
7. Wedding Dinner Tips & Playlist Ideas
After the couple has been introduced, dinner usually begins. Some couples will choose to do their first dance as soon as they enter, while others may wait until after dinner. We see about an even 50/50 split of couples doing this.
For dinner, most couples play a mix of soft, background music, but any music/genre can be played, depending upon the couple’s taste and preferences. Check out our 21 Awesome Wedding Dinner and Cocktail Hour Song Ideas article, for great song ideas. Toasts are usually done towards the end of dinner, as well. Most couples do this, so that no one is missing or has to find the person doing toasts. Other couples may wait until the cake cutting time to then do toasts.
Wedding Reception Planning Tips
8. Now the fun begins! :)
After dinner concludes, the dance floor will open. As we mentioned earlier, some couples will then do their first dance, and parent dances at this time. For the couples who already did their first dance after the grand entrance, they will then do their parent dances after dinner.
Couples should choose the genres of music they wish to hear, along with other genres that their family and friends may enjoy. A good mixture of music works best, to ensure everyone will have an enjoyable evening. Be sure to check out our Top 200 Wedding Songs article for great wedding reception song ideas! Other moments where songs will need to be chosen are: cake cutting, bouquet/garter toss, the last dance, and the send-off song.
This is the basic timeline of how most weddings are done, but of course every wedding can be changed, according to the couple’s needs and wishes. We hope to have provided you with some helpful advice. Please feel free to email us, if you have any additional planning questions and we’ll be happy to help, congratulations!
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Wedding & Event Planning Tips - Written By Certified Wedding/Event Planners!
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