Bridal Club Magazine
Choosing Music For The Beach Wedding Reception
Selecting music for your beach wedding reception is something
you don't want to put off until the last minute. A successful
wedding reception is the result of a team effort between the DJ and
the bride and groom. Here are some tips to help you make your
reception something your guests will talk about for years to
1. Think in terms of a train that gains speed. It starts out
slowly but quickly gains momentum. Your reception should build in
terms of volume and pace of the music.
2. Select all your "must do" songs as early as possible. This
would include entrance music, first dance, father daughter and
groom mother dance. The wedding party dance is optional and many
brides are choosing to include all the wedding party in their dance
3. First Hour (Cocktail Hour). Select music that sets the tone for
the reception. We recommend that the first hour include, Frank
Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, and perhaps
some big band like Glenn Miller. Keep the music upbeat so that
people don't fall asleep during the cocktail hour while waiting for
4. Second Hour (Dinner). Continue in the Frank Sinatra jazz mode,
but then change to perhaps Jimmy Buffet, Bob Marley and John Mayer.
Your younger guests will love this and your older guests will be
pleased that you played classy jazz tunes before picking up the
tempo. If you are doing your first dances after dinner, you will
definitely want to kick into high gear or dance music immediately
following these dances.
5. Third Hour (Dance Music). 80's music, disco and classic rock 'n
roll works well during this hour. You'll want to play something
that everyone can dance to.
6. Fourth Hour (Dance Music). Continue same music and reserve the
last hour for group songs like YMCA, conga lines (if you want one).
Also this is the time to use top 40 or hip hop songs. We don't
recommend playing hip-hop too early, because it can discourage some
of the older crowd from dancing.
7. Let the music do the talking. Advise you DJ that you want "less
talk and more music." It works on the radio and it definitely works
at wedding receptions. People want to hear good music and not a
8. Submit your music list no later that 30 days before the
reception. Ask the DJ to let you know what "must do " songs (like
for the first dance) he has in his library and those he does not
have on hand. Those selections that are not available can be
brought by the bride and groom if it is in their library. (If it is
your favorite, most likely you'll have it.) While most DJ's have
several thousand songs, they don't always have everything
9. Be neat. When submitting your music, keep your list be as neat
as possible. Sometimes brides will make changes and use arrows to
determine a change in songs. If the list is confusing or the DJ has
to work at reading your writing, you could end up with the wrong
song, at the wrong time. No need for this to happen, if you are
neat and tidy with your music submissions. Also be sure that your
music titles are accurate. If you give the DJ a wrong title, it
ultimately will not be the song you wanted to hear.
10. Enjoy your wedding reception. A good DJ will have everything
written out in an hour by hour format. He or she will prompt you
for certain things to happen. It's their job to keep track of these
things, so you don't have to worry about what happens and when at
your wedding reception.
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