Wedding Reception Basics: I need names and how to pronounce them for the Grand Entrance, Welcome Speech, Clinking
Instructions, Table Release Instructions, Line up for Toasts, Shoe Game Ideas, Father/Daughter Dance, Mother/Son
Dance, Bride and Groom First Dance, Group Photo on the Dance Floor/Snowball, Anniversary Dance, Bouquet, Garter,
Dollar Dance, Send Off (I would like to discuss all of these things before the event, but there's much more to discuss if
you have time).
The survey below is not required to be completely filled out. It can be copied and pasted to the body of an email to me, or
printed, handwritten and mailed to me, scanned, or filled out in person in a meeting. Write or type YYY by the must play
songs, and NNN on the ones I should not play, even if requested.
This is a general survey and not a complete list of music I own. I own more music than there is room to list.
Add any requests you can think of to this survey, and I will follow your play lists.
____ ___The Cupid Shuffle (...to the right to the right to the right to the right, to the left....) often confused
____ ___The Casper Cha Cha Slide (...three hops this time, cha cha real smooth, etc.)
____ ___Wobble (lessons available upon request) ____Electric Slide (lessons available)
____ ___Macarena ____ The Wop ____ Watch Me Whip ____ Soulja Boy ___Teach Me How to Dougie
____ Stepper music (Backyard Party, Happy People, Step in the Name of Love)
____ Kiddy music (Gummy Bear, Hampsterdance, Crazy Frog, I Like to Move It, Freeze Game, etc. )
Your guests might ask for music which older guests usually don't like, so should I ask them to wait until a
certain time before I start up tracks like "In My Feelings" by Drake___ "I Like It" by Cardi B ___"Bodak Yellow"
by Cardi B ___"Broccoli" by D.R.A.M. ____"Bad and Boujee" by Migos ____"God's Plan" by Drake
____"Psycho" by Post Malone ____"Better Now" by Post Malone _____"23" by Miley Cyrus ___"Upper
Echelon" by Travis Scott _____"Humble" by Kendrick Lamar ____"Hookah" by Tyga ____"Location" or
___"Young Dumb and Broke" or ____"No Brainer" by DJ Khalid?
Upbeat hits from recent years: ____"Finesse" by Cardi B and Bruno Mars ____"Despacito" by Daddy Yankee
____"Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake ____"Honey, I'm Good" by Andy Grammar ___"Handclap"
by Fitz and the Tantrums ____"Shut Up and Dance" by Walk the Moon _____"Shake it Off" by Taylor Swift
____"Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen ____"Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus
Bruno Mars: ____That's What I Like ___24K Magic ___Uptown Funk ___Treasure
Pitbull:____Time of Our Lives____1,2,3,4 Calle Ocho ____Fireball ____International Love
Lonely Island: ___I'm on a Boat ____Jack Sparrow
Ed Sheeran: ____Castle on the Hill ____Shape of You ____Galway Girl
LMFAO: ___Party Rock Anthem ___Sexy and I Know It ___Shots ___Miami ____Yes ___Sorry
Ke$ha: ___Timber ___Die Young ___Tik Tok ____Blow ___Your Love is my Drug ___We R Who We R
Meghan Trainor: ___All About That Bass ___Me Too ___Dear Future Husband ___No Excuses
Pink: ____Raise Your Glass ____Get the Party Started ____So What
Beyonce: ____Crazy In Love ____Formation ____Put a Ring on It ____Love on Top ____Drunk in Love
Usher: _____Yeah! ____OMG ____More (Remix)
Prince:___Let's Go Crazy ___ Kiss ___DMSR ___ E City ____P Control___Wanna Be Your Lover ___1999
Flo Rida: ___Club Can't Handle ____Low (Apple Bottom Jeans) ___Right Round ____Wild Ones
SLOW DANCE IDEAS:
___"Thinking Out Loud" ___ "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran ____"Turn the Lights Down Low" by MAX
___"Piano Man" by Billy Joel ___"Open Arms" by Journey ___"What a Wonderful World" by Louis
Armstrong ___"All My Life" by KC and JoJo ___"Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden
___ "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Haley Reinhart ____"Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley ____"Die
a Happy Man" by Thomas Rhett ___"Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton ____"Heaven" by Kane Brown
____"A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
BOY BANDS:____"I Want it That Way" by Backstreet Boys ___"Bye Bye Bye" by 'Nsync
___"Everybody (Backstreet's Back) by Backstreet Boys _____"Step By Step" by New Kids on the
Block_____Spice Girls "Wannabe"
SWING: ____Jump Jive 'n Wail by Brian Setzer ___Zoot Suit Riot by Cherry Poppin' Daddies
____The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra ____More by Bobby Darin ____I Won't Dance by Frank
LATIN: __"Danza Kuduro" by Don Omar ___Celia Cruz "La Vida Es Un Carnival" ___Enrique "El Bano"
MOTOWN, SOUL and OTHER UPBEAT 50's 60's "ROCK OLDIES":
___Shout! by Otis Day and the Knights (Animal House); ___Twist and Shout by the Beatles
___Respect by Aretha Franklin, ____Mustang Sally by the Commitments
___Build Me up Buttercup by the Foundations ____Proud Mary by Ike and Tina Turner
___Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) by the Four Tops, ___Mony Mony by Tommy James
___Runaround Sue by Dion ___The Wanderer by Dion ___Do You Love Me by the Contours
___Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison; ___Let's Twist Again by Chubby Checker
___Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison; ___Honky Tonk Women by the Rolling Stones
___Hang on Sloopy by the McCoys ; ___Wipe Out by the Surfaris; ____Tequila by the Champs
___Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley ___Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys
MORE SLOW DANCES: ____When a Man Loves a Woman by Percy Sledge ____Natural Woman by Aretha
Franklin ____Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers ___Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding ____Whiter
Shade of Pale by Procol Harum ___Nights in White Satin by Moody Blues ____Always and Forever by
Heatwave ____Here and Now by Luther Vandross ___My Girl by the Temptations ___Try a Little Tenderness
by Otis Redding ____At Last by Etta James ___Stand By Me by Ben E. King ____Sexual Healing by Marvin
Gaye ___Let's Get it On by Marvin Gaye ____Just My Imagination by the Temptations
COUNTRY: ____"It Ain't My Fault" by Osborne Brothers
Sam Hunt: ___Body Like a Back Road ___House Party ____Leave the Night On
Thomas Rhett: ____Vacation Locash: ___I Love This Life
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: ____Fishing In The Dark Hank Williams Jr, ____"Family Tradition"
Big N' Rich: ____ Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy
Shania Twain: ___Man I Feel Like a Woman ____Any Man of Mine ___Party For Two Country Version
Gretchen Wilson: ___Redneck Woman ____Here for the Party Sugarland: ____It Happens
George Strait: ____Check Yes or No ____All My Ex's Live in Texas ____Here For a Good Time
Luke Bryan: ____That's My Kind of Night ____Country Girl (Shake it For Me) ___Move
Johnny Cash: ____Big River ____One Piece at a Time ____Ring of Fire ___Folsom Prison Blues ____I Walk
the Line ___Get Rhythm _____Cry Cry Cry
Zac Brown Band: ___Toes ___Chicken Fried ___Beautiful Drug ____Sweet Annie ____Free
Eric Church: ___Drink in My Hand
Florida Georgia Line: ___Cruise ___This is How We Roll __Get Your Shine On
Alabama: ____Mountain Music ____I'm in a Hurry ___If You're Gonna Play in Texas
Chris Young: ____Aw Naw Dierks Bentley:_____5-1-5-0
Blake Shelton: ___Footloose ___Honeybee ___Boys Round Here
Jon Pardi: _____Head Over Boots
Garth Brooks: ____Friends in Low Places ___2 Pina Coladas ___Callin' Baton Rouge
Christian Pop has a LOT of wonderful slow songs that any guest will dance to, but the hard part is getting a
large crowd on the floor for up-beat selections.
NEWSBOYS: ____Breakfast ____Shine ____Something Beautiful (Live)
THIRD DAY: ____Kicking and Screaming MERCYME: ____Happy Dance MARY MARY ____Shackles (Praise
___No Diggity (Blackstreet) ___Regulators (Warren G) ____Boombastic____It Wasn't Me (Shaggy)
___All I Do is Win (DJ Khaled) ___Shoop (Salt N'Pepa)
___Baby Got Back by Sir Mix A-lot ____Temerature (Sean Paul)
___Let Me Clear My Throat (DJ Kool) ___It's Tricky (Run DMC)
___Jump Around (House of Pain) ____Jump (Kriss Kross)
___Ice Ice Baby (Vanilla Ice) ___Bust A Move (Young MC) ___Rapper's Delight ___Jump On It (Sugar Hill Gang)
___Get Back (Ludacris) ___Can't Touch This (MC Hammer)
___This is How We Do It (Montell Jordan) ____Whoomp! There it Is (Tag Team)
Notorious B.I.G.: ___Hypnotize ___Juicy ___Mo Money ___Going Back to Cali
Eminem: ___My Name Is ___Forgot About Dre ____Shake That * For Me ___Lose Yourself
Macklemore: ____And We Danced ___Thrift Shop ____Can't Hold Us ___Downtown ___Good Old Days
2 Pac: ____Keep Ya Head Up ___Thug Passion ___California Love
Jay Z: ___Big Pimpin ____Dirt off Your Shoulder ___Show Me What You Got ____On to the Next One
Wiz Khalifa: ___We Dem Boyz ___Black and Yellow ___Medicated ___The Plan ___Paperbond
R Kelly: ___Ignition (remix) ___Step in the Name of Love ___Happy People ___Backyard Party
Nelly: ____Country Grammar ____Shake Ya Tailfeather ____Ride Wit Me ____Hot in Herrre
Missy Elliot: _____Work It ___We Run This ____Pass the Dutch ____Get UR Freak On
Lil Jon: ___Get Low ____Turn Down For What ____Snap Ya Fingers ____Outta Your Mind
50 Cent: ____Candy Shop ____In Da Club ____Fire
Rob Base: ____It Takes Two ____Joy and Pain Petey Pablo: ____Raise Up ____Freek a Leek
Drake: ____Started From the Bottom ____Hotline Bling ____Jumpman
DISCO and FUNK 70's - 90's :
___Brick House by the Commodores ___Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry
___She's a Bad Mamma Jamma by Carl Carlton ____Atomic Dog by George Clinton
Earth Wind and Fire: ___September ___Groove Tonight _____Marvin Gaye: Got to Give it Up
Kool and the Gang: ___Celebration ___Get Down On It ___Jungle Boogie ____Spirit of the Boogie
Michael Jackson: ___Beat It ___Billie Jean ___Thriller ___Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
___The Way You Make Me Feel __Black or White ___PYT ___Rock With You
___We Are Family by Sister Sledge ____Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees ____I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
___Get it Right Back by Maxine Nightengale ___Y.M.C.A by the Village People
Abba: ___Dancing Queen ___Take a Chance on Me
Donna Summer: ___Hot Stuff ___Last Dance
KC & the Sunshine Band: ____ Boogie Shoes ___Get Down Tonight ___That's The Way ___Keep it Coming Love
Stevie Wonder: ____ I Wish ___Superstition ___Higher Ground ____Reggae Woman
ARENA ROCK ___"I Believe in a Thing Called Love" by the Darkness
Motley Crue: ____Kickstart My Heart ___Home Sweet Home ____Girls Girls Girls
Sweet: ___Ballroom Blitz ___Little Willy ____Fox on the Run
Journey: ____Don't Stop Believing ____Open Arms ____Faithfully ____Any Way You Want It
AC/DC: ___You Shook Me All Night Long ___Back in Black ___T.N.T. ___Thunderstruck ___Hells Bells
Bon Jovi: ____Living on a Prayer ___You Give Love a Bad Name ___Bad Medicine
Def Leppard: ____Pour Some Sugar on Me ____Photograph
Bob Seger: _____Old Time Rock and Roll
Poison: ___Talk Dirty to Me ___Nothin' But a Good Time
G N'R: ____Welcome to the Jungle ___Paradise City ____Sweet Child O' Mine
Billy Idol: ____Dancing with Myself _____Rebel Yell ____Mony Mony ____Hot in the City
Blink 182: ____All the Small Things ____What's My Age Again?
Offspring: ____Pretty Fly for a White Guy Killers: _____ Mr. Brightside
Fallout Boy: ____Sugar We're Going Down
Glow Stick Style: ____Cascada "Every Time We Touch" ____La Bouche "Be My Lover"
___DJ Otzi "Hey Baby" ____ Basshunter "Dota" ____Hermes House Band "Take Me Home Country Roads"
___"Ghosts and Stuff" by deadmau5 ___"Dragonista" by Ozone ____ "A Little Party" (dance mix) by Fergie
___"Ding Dong Song" by Gunther ___"Real Love" by Clean Bandit ___"Gummy Bear"
___"Hampsterdance" ____"Axel F" by Crazy Frog ____"I Like to Move It" ____"Who Let the Dogs Out"
___"Barbie Girl" by Aqua ____"Peanut Butter Jelly Time" ____ Cascada "Evacuate the Dance Floor"
___"Clarity" by Zedd
EPIC: ____"American Pie" by Don McLean ___"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen ____"Paradise by the
Dashboard Light" by Meatloaf ____"Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zepplin ___ "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
___"Tiny Dancer" by Elton John ___"Africa" by Toto ____"Hold On" by Wilson Phillips
___"Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen
FUN 80's: ___"Jesse's Girl" by Rick Springfield ___"Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen
___"Take on Me" by A-Ha ___ "You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates ____"My Sharona" by the Knack
___"Footloose" by Kenny Loggins ____"Your Love" by the Outfield ____"Love Shack" by B-52's
___"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston ___"Whip It" by DEVO
Sing Along 70's: ____"Cecelia" by Simon and Garfunkel ___"Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond
___ "Brandy" by Looking Glass ___"Hooked on a Feeling" by Blue Suede
IRISH FEEL: ____"Shipping up to Boston" by Dropkick Murphies .....____"Drunken Lullabies" by Flogging Molly
____"Come on Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners ____"500 Miles" by the Proclaimers
___Birdie Dance (Chicken Dance) ____Polka (If you only want one polka, I suggest "Beer Barrel Polka")
___Slow Waltz (I suggest "Hello Darling" by Conway Twitty or "Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page)
___Ballroom Slow Waltz (Moon River played by an Orchestra) Other Ballroom:________
___Old Time Waltz (Tuba) ____Hora (I have a version of Hava Nagila that starts slow and speeds up)
___Take turns dancing w/the bride to "I Knew the Bride When She Used to Rock and Roll" by Nick Lowe
___Hokey Pokey ____Bunny Hop ____Freeze Dance ____Conga Line
THEATRICAL: ____I'll Make a Man Out of You (Donnie Osmond) ___Prince Ali (Robin Williams) ___High
School Musical _____Let It Go (Idina Menzel) Other:_____________________________
Checklist: Will the venue be able to provide a banquet table for me to set up on?
Will I have access to the room at least 2 hours before guests arrive?
What does your contract with the venue state regarding the time music must end?
Do they have a deadline for having all equipment removed?
Are there rules about the volume level?
Will I be able to dim the lights for the dance, or will venue staff need to do this?
Social hour music is usually Sinatra-style jazz standards and big band for a classy, upbeat mood.
There are many options, including bluegrass covers of classic rock (look up Iron Horse for examples)
GRAND ENTRANCE: Are there any names that I'll need to learn how to pronounce?
GRAND ENTRANCE FOLLOW UP: Will someone say grace? Will there be a welcome speech?
Clinking Routine Ideas: ___Provide me with a list of other couples who will be there, so I have one of them
get up and show you how to kiss each time the guests start clinking ___Tables rise and sing a song with the
word "love" in it ___Tables rise and dance for 20 seconds to anything I play Other:________
Cake Cutting Song Ideas:
___"How Sweet it is to be Loved by You" (James Taylor) ___ "Sugar Sugar" (Archies)
___"Sugar" by Maroon 5, ____"Pour Some Sugar On Me" ____ "Yummy Yummy Yummy" or
Toast Timing: It is best to wait for all guests to have food before starting it. If I am served last, then I use that
as my cue to walk up to the head table and ask if they are ready to start. I then bring them my cordless
microphone and I go back, bring down the dinner music, and introduce the person starting the toasts using
my second microphone. Will there be a champagne pour to wait for?
Kids: Before the dance, they could be brought to the dance floor, and instead of me playing dinner music, I
turn on fun lights and play music (softly) for the kids to bounce around to.
The PRE-DANCE segment can ALSO feature these:
___Shoe Game (see video demo under the routines tab above)
___Wedding Party Dance Off
SPOTLIGHT DANCE REVERSE ORDER OPTION: Starting with the Father/Daughter, then Mother/Son, then the
Bride and Groom 3rd, in order to build interest and allow the photographer to establish the best angles
-Should I arrange the first 3 dances in this "reverse order?
How to announce your names: "Let's welcome_____________________________________________to the
dance floor for their first dance as a married couple."
Let me know the song title, artist and version of the song you'd like for your first dance.
Second and Third spotlight dances are usually a Father/Daughter then Mother/Son dance.
Mother/Son Music Ideas: "A Mother's Song" by T Carter Music, "A Mother's Prayer" by Melissa Duvall, "The
Man You've Become" by T Carter Music, and "It Happens in a Heartbeat" by Wedding Music Central.
Father/Daughter Music Ideas: "I Loved Her First" by Heartland Either or a combination F/D M/S: "The Way
You Look Tonight" "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong, "Have I Told You Lately" by Rod Stewart,
"Forever Young" by Rod Stewart. Feel free to mix up bit of fast songs in the parent dances to surprise the
After the "Spotlight" dances, I could #1 play a slow song for everyone, #2 play a fast song for the wedding
party who would go out and bring more guests to the dance floor each time I say "Snowball" #3 introduce the
photographer, get her to stand up on a ladder or chair and take a group photo on the dance floor, or #4 play
the latest upbeat hit for everyone ("Uptown Funk" has been the best dance party kick off song since it came
out, but you can go in any direction you like).
Later on, after 5 to 10 dance songs, would you like to do any of these?
____Anniversary Dance Routine:
I ask all married couples to dance-and gradually eliminate them
until the couple that has been married the longest remains on the floor. I then run out and interview the
oldest couple on the cordless microphone and ask their name, how many years they have been married and
what advice they have for the new couple.
____Bouquet Toss: After the Anniversary Dance, the dance floor is cleared, so the timing is perfect to get the
single ladies out there and toss the bouquet. I usually play Beyonce "Put a Ring on It" as they come out.
Your choice:________ (Would it be OK if the catcher of the bouquet leads a conga line around the room?)
____Garter Removal: I have a "sexy approach" routine with special music so the groom will need to try out
different songs as he walks toward the new bride so we can see his "sexy walk" - I set this up so the bride is
in a chair on one end of the floor and he starts on the opposite end. Would that be OK?
____Garter Toss: I play a TV Football theme as we gather bachelors to catch the garter. If you prefer to
auction it, I can act as auctioneer as well.
Send-off Last Song Traditions? Ideas: Piano Man, Shout, Take Me Home Country Roads Techno Version, Owl
City "When Can I See You Again?"
Are you adding any extra full-room up lights, or a monogram projection, gobo projection
(autumn leaves, snowflakes, etc), video / slide show projection, karaoke, or ceremony services?
Other uncommon add-ons: Mirror Ball on 7' Stand, Extra Speakers, 10' Truss, Fog, Bubbles
Did you hire me to do your ceremony?
If so, click on the CEREMONY tab above.
If you have more time for finer details, here are some more quick questions that are not as important:
Will the venue have a loud party going on in an adjacent room while your event is scheduled, which would
require us to turn the volume down? Would your venue allow a full hour for me to have all gear removed
after the last song? Will I be able to dim the lights in the room, or would the venue staff need to do it? Would
your photographer like to use my 500 watt par 56 spot light during your first dance? Would your
videographer need a special audio output? (I have XLR, RCA and 1/4" phone plug outputs) If you are hiring
ceremony musicians, how many channels on my mixing board would they need? (I have 3 XLR and 4 RCA or
1/4" phone plug) I offer battery powered speakers for ceremonies, and more additional items. W
Would you be bringing things for guests to use during the dance, such as glow sticks, funny hats, photo
booth props for your own selfie area, etc.? Will there be any social media info for me to announce?