Wedding Reception Songs Make Your Party

A day will come when your wedding reception songs will be remembered only for how they made people feel - whether they danced, laughed and enjoyed themselves.

That’s why planning your wedding reception songs is so important. But there’s good news. By using the suggestions here to help you build the memories you want, there is no reason to panic.

Just think - if your demanding teenage cousins and your not-quite-up-to-date grandmother find songs that entice them onto the dance floor – everyone wins. (Hint: click for Transitions that Work)

So – how do you go about planning such a successful event?

Help may be closer than you think:

  1. Realize others love to share their wedding experiences and offer advice. Check out this link for help planning a cheap wedding reception.
  2. Ask for advice from: parents, friends, wedding planner, ceremony musicians, or even the place you’re having your reception.
  3. Check with other facilities that hire musicians for their recommendations.
  4. Small budget? Church musician, friend or family member might work too. (Tip: If you use someone you know – make sure they are comfortable playing weddings. Expectations, and nerves, can be sky high.)
Select three or four musicians to contact:
  1. Go hear them perform live – yes, even DJs.
  2. Ask bands for sample demo recordings of their wedding reception songs.
  3. Ask for and follow up with references to ensure that the musician(s) not only do a great job, but are also prompt and responsible.
After you make your selection:
  1. Make sure you communicate which songs are to be played (as well as those which should not). Don’t forget the special songs.

  • Work out a mutually agreeable contract.
  • Set the stage:
    1. Get an idea of what equipment will be needed to play your wedding reception songs
    2. Ask yourself, does the music type I’m planning fit the space?
    3. Karaoke? Make sure that DJ provides a book of songs
    4. Band or DJ would plan well to have about 50 songs for wedding reception music
    5. DJ or band leader should work with you to produce a music program for wedding reception songs that reflects your preferences. And be someone whose insights you trust.

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    The Art of The Slow Transition

    After dinner music, combining selections of soft rock, jazz or classical, begin the dancing portion of the reception with a mix of more romantic songs, leaning more toward the big band and 50's crooners.

    As the evening progresses, build toward a faster, contemporary mix. The mood of the music should match the crowd which is evolving with the music choice, from mellow to more exciting wedding reception songs.

    With a smooth transition, you'll be surprised at how well the not-quite-up-to-date folks adapt to the new music. Artfully staged, nobody really notices the evolution in progress. Each guest, however, will recall that they "played my type of music."

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    The Special Wedding Reception Songs in the Mix

    These "special songs" include your Father/Daughter songs, bride & groom first dance, father/bride dance, mother/groom dance, bridal party entrance, cake cutting, departure dance, and perhaps others. Most important before committing to a song is to consider the true lyrical content to make sure its meaning matches the moment.

    Often, what makes a song special is the memory associated with it. A great first-dance song might be the one playing on the car radio during the couple's first date. The father/bride dance could be performed to the song dad sang when he tucked in a five-year-old future bride. Even if the meaning is lost on the rest of the group, a special moment forms on the dance floor. And that is what guests will feel and appreciate about your wedding reception songs.

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    Father Daughter Songs - wedding reception songs

    Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlisle

    My Girl - The Temptations

    Wind beneath My Wings - Bette Midler

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    Lyrics - wedding reception songs

    There's two things I know for sure:
    She was sent here from heaven and she's
    daddy's little girl.
    As I drop to my knees by her bed at night
    She talks to Jesus and I close my eyes and
    I thank God for all the joy in my life
    Oh, but most of all
    For butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer;
    sticking little white flowers all up in her
    hair; "Walk beside the pony, Daddy, it's my first ride."
    "I know the cake looks funny, Daddy, but I sure tried."
    In all that I've done wrong I know I must
    have done something right to deserve a hug
    every morning and butterfly kisses at night.

    Sweet 16 today
    She's looking like her mama a little more everyday
    One part woman, the other part girl.
    To perfume and make‑up from ribbons and curls
    Trying her wings out in a great big world.

    But I remember
    Butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer; sticking
    little white flowers all up in her hair.
    "You know how much I love you, Daddy, But if you
    don't mind I'm only gonna kiss you on the cheek this time."
    With all that I've done wrong I must have done
    something right to deserve her love every morning
    and butterfly kisses at night.

    All the precious time
    Like the wind, the years go by.
    Precious butterfly.
    Spread your wings and fly.

    She'll change her name today.
    She'll make a promise and I'll give her away.
    Standing in the bride‑room just staring at her.
    She asked me what I'm thinking and I said "I'm not
    sure‑I just feel like I'm losing my baby girl."
    She leaned over...gave me butterfly kisses with her mama there,
    Sticking little white flowers all up in her hair
    "Walk my down the aisle, Daddy‑it's just about time."
    "Does my wedding gown look pretty, Daddy? Daddy, don't cry!"

    Oh, with all that I've done wrong I must have
    done something right.
    To deserve your love every morning and butterfly
    kisses‑I couldn't ask God for more, man this is what love is.

    I know I gotta let her go, but I'll always remember
    every hug in the morning and butterfly kisses.


    Lyrics - wedding reception songs

    I've got sunshine
    On a cloudy day.
    When it's cold outside,
    I've got the month of May.

    Well, I guess you'll say
    What can make me feel this way?
    My girl. (My girl, my girl)
    Talkin' 'bout my girl. (My girl)

    I've got so much honey
    The bees envy me.
    I've got a sweeter songThan the birds in the trees.

    Well, I guess you'll say
    What can make me feel this way?
    My girl. (My girl, my girl)
    Talkin' 'bout my girl. (My girl)

    Ooooh, Hoooo.

    Hey, hey, hey.
    Hey, hey, hey.

    I don't need no money,
    Fortune or fame.
    I've got all the riches, baby,
    One man can claim.

    Well, I guess you'll say
    What can make me feel this way?
    My girl. (My girl, my girl)
    Talkin' 'bout my girl. (My girl)

    Talkin' bout my girl.
    I've got sushine on cloudy day
    With my girl.
    I've even got the month of MayWith my girl. 


    Lyrics - wedding reception songs

    Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.
    It must have been cold there in my shadow,
    to never have sunlight on your face.
    You were content to let me shine, that's your way.
    You always walked a step behind.

    So I was the one with all the glory,
    while you were the one with all the strength.
    A beautiful face without a name for so long.
    A beautiful smile to hide the pain.

    Did you ever know that you're my hero,
    and everything I would like to be?
    I can fly higher than an eagle,
    'cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

    It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
    but I've got it all here in my heart.
    I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it.
    I would be nothing without you.

    Did you ever know that you're my hero?
    You're everything I wish I could be.
    I could fly higher than an eagle,
    'cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

    Did I ever tell you you're my hero?
    You're everything, everything I wish I could be.
    Oh, and I, I could fly higher than an eagle,
    'cause you are the wind beneath my wings,
    'cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

    Oh, the wind beneath my wings.
    You, you, you, you are the wind beneath my wings.
    Fly, fly, fly away. You let me fly so high.
    Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings.
    Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings.

    Fly, fly, fly high against the sky,
    so high I almost touch the sky.
    Thank you, thank you,
    thank God for you, the wind beneath my wings. 


    Bridal Party Entrance - wedding reception songs

    Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky) - Bill Conti

    Get The Party Started - Pink

    Hallelujah - Rufus Wainright