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Wedding Ceremony and Reception Tips

Suggested Reception Format 

· Soft music and love songs playing while guests arrive.
· Wedding party assembled in lobby of location in       order of entrance.
· Welcome guests and announcement of wedding party and bride and groom.

· After wedding party is announced, wedding party will mingle with guests (and also  be able to eat) for 30-45 minutes (Times are based on buffet set-ups). 

·Cake cutting and toast by the best man, etc. for bride and groom. 

·Bride and Groom's First Dance
·Bride's dance with Father / Groom dance with Mother. (Optional) 

·Entire wedding party and guests invited to join bride and groom on the dance floor. 

·After about 15 to 20 minutes garter and bouquet to be thrown. 

·Dancing for the remainder of reception (Glow necklaces and bracelets often liven the party).

·Grand Exit of Bride & Groom. (Optional)


Having a DJ you can trust to handle all the MC duties is important, but where most DJ’s really shine is when it comes to knowing what music will get the crowd on the dance floor.

As a general rule, the guests will not dance until after the bride and groom have had their first dance. This may be followed immediately by a dance for the bride and father and one for the groom and his mother. If other special dances are in order, they would be done next.

In most cases, your DJ will kick off the dance portion of your reception right after the special dances. This gets the guests up and on the dance floor so they don’t begin to feel left out. Other festivities such as a dollar dance, or the bouquet and garter toss can take place at appropriate times during the reception. Proper planning for your reception should also include giving your DJ a guideline of types of music (Dance, Country, Rock & Roll or Oldies) that you want to be played.

Keep in mind that you want all of your guests to be satisfied, so make sure your DJ is prepared with a wide variety of music to suit all taste. You may have guests from ages 5 to 95, and you should not offend them with songs they might not like. Also, our rule of thumb is that it is better to play for the older guests first and as they leave you can adjust the music to the remaining guests

Remember to give your DJ a list of songs that you would like to hear during the meal. Just remember that your wedding day is a time to celebrate, so dance and enjoy yourself! 
Tableturnin Media carries over 30,000 songs in its musical inventory. Please remember that a DJ's primary job is to make your guests dance and have a good time. Since this list would be 100's of pages long, we do not provide this list unless the customer requests it to make choices. It is easier for us if you include a list of primary songs you would like to hear. This list will give us a good idea of the type of music you would like.

Requests from guests at the party are always welcome! If you are going to follow the Traditional Reception format, please include your choices for the First Dance and any other Traditional Dances you would like.

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