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Marlin DJ > Wedding DJ > Planning Guide for Selecting Wedding Music

Planning Guide for Selecting Wedding Music

Choosing Music
Music plays a very important part of your reception and we are here to help/assist you in creating the musical mood that you envision. Using our 15 years of wedding experience we can guide/suggest music to make your reception fun and enjoyable for you and your guests. We will help you and give you suggestions for all phases of your event.

Download the entire list of most popular wedding songs

Ceremony
We have provided the music for hundreds of ceremonies over the years. In most cases we can provide you a disc of our favorite background music that creates the perfect mood for your ceremony. We can also suggest a song like Pachelbel Canon in D Major for your bridesmaid to walk into. Our favorite for the bride's entrance is Trumpet Voluntary. After you are pronounced man and wife the classic wedding march is the song of choice for your first walk together as Husband and Wife.

Ceremony Music [+ Show]

Dinner Music
Played at a comfortable level so people can talk at their table. The 3 top formats to play for dinner are Easy Listening love songs, consisting of songs that most people are familiar with, piano music of easy listening popular hits to create a more elegant mood, or classical or Victorian music.

Dinner Music [+ Show]

Grand Entrance Music
When the Bride & Groom and parents and bridal party are introduced into the reception, music plays a great part of creating an emotional moment. The proper music can really add more to the grand entrance than just calling their names out and watching them enter the room. You can choose to have one song played in the background for the parents and bridal party and the bride and groom. Most brides and grooms opt for a song for the parents. It usually reflects an emotion or time era to honor the parents. For the bridal party you would like to have something upbeat and fun. Fort the bride and groom you want to have a song that reflects the Grand Entrance of the Newlyweds. We take the Grand Entrance one step further to make it more unique whereas we offer enhanced introductions that allow a bride and groom to really customize their introduction. We'll edit any part of any song as we introduce each member of the bridal party. We can also announce some comment or factor or something special that reflects the relationship between the wedding couple and the bridal party. This allows the introduction to be totally personal and custom-tailored for each event.

Bridal Party Introduction [+ Show]

Music for the Formalities

Cake Cutting
We will play a song in the background during your cake cutting ceremony. We prefer the Average White Band - Cut the Cake. If the bride and groom want something different that will not be a problem.

Bouquet Toss
We use show tunes or fun stuff that reflects the moment of the event. During the toss we like to use David Letterman's theme by Paul Schaffer.

Removal of the Garter
Some popular choices include "Legs" by ZZ Top, or "In These Shoes," by Krista McColl.

Throwing of Garter
When we call all single gentlemen to the dance floor we often play the Blues Brothers or Peter Gunn. When the recipient of the garter places it on the recipient of the bouquet we like to use "Yello-Oh Yeah."

Please keep in mind these are suggested songs and any substitute of music by the bride and groom is always honored and welcome. We always use good judgement during the bouquet and garter ceremony. We will never do anything that is distasteful or will offend anyone in the crowd.

Bridal Dances

Bride and Groom
The first dance is generally done right after the grand entrance. The song should be one that reflects the special bond between them or it should reflect a special moment in time or a special encounter.

Bride/Groom First Dances [+ Show]

Bride and Father
A very emotional dance usually done after dinner with the other specialty dances. Some of the top favorites for this dance are:

Bride/Father Dances [+ Show]

Groom and Mother
Another very emotional dance done directly after the bride and father dance. Some of the top favorites for this dance are:

Groom/Mother Dances [+ Show]

Bridal Party
This is the dance that the bridal party joins the bride and groom on the dance floor. The song picked should reflect some type of friendship such as:

The bridal dances are a great opportunity to add custom voiceovers to make this part of your event more memorable (or to give it "The Wow Factor"). During the dancing part of your event we try to play a mix of music that will cater to all tastes of music.

Bridal Party Dances [+ Show]

Music List
We try to get a music list from the bride and groom to reflect their personal taste in music and help create the mood that they envision during their reception. Our usual music format is 4 to 5 upbeat songs followed by 1 to 2 slow songs between fast sets.


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