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 with:

____   The Casper Cha Cha Slide (...three hops this time, cha cha real smooth, etc.)
____    Wobble  (lessons available upon request)   ____Electric Slide   (lessons available)
____   The Macarena     ____Copperhead Road    ____Thank God I'm a Country Boy
____   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. )

Down-tempo Recent Hits:  ___ "I Like It" by Cardi B ___"Bodak Yellow" by Cardi B   ___"Broccoli" by D.R.A.M.  
___"Freaky Friday" by Lil Dicky ft. Chris Brown___"I'm the One" by Justin Bieber and DJ Khalid ____"Bad and
Boujee" by Migos  _____ "Black Beatles" by Rae Sremmurd   ____"Rolex" by Ayo & Teo  ____"Mask Off" by
Future ____"God' Plan" by Drake   ____"Psycho" by Post Malone   ____"Better Now" by Post Malone

Upbeat Recent Hits:    ____"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
Other:________________________________________________________________________

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
Ke$ha: ___Timber ___Die Young ___Tik Tok  ____Blow   ___Your Love is my Drug   ___We R Who We R
Miley:  ___Party in the USA  ____23   ____We Can't Stop
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

More ideas:___________________________________________________________________

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
___"Can't Help Falling in Love"  by Ingrid Michaelson    ____"Die a Happy Man" by Thomas Rhett ___"Wonderfu
l Tonight" by Eric Clapton    ____"Heaven" by Kane Brown
  ____"A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
 
Other: ____________________________________________

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
Sinatra   


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 M
e by Ben E. King  ____Sexual Healing by Marvin
Gaye    ___Let's Get it On by Marvin Gaye  ____Just My Imagination by the Temptations   ___I'll
Be There by
Jackson 5    

COUNTRY:  ____"It Ain't My Fault" by Osborne Brothers  
Chris Stapleton:   _____Millionaire   ____Hard Livin'   _____Midnight Train to Memphis
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
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
Other:__________

Fun Rap:  ___Project X version of Kid Cudi Pursuit of Happiness___Tipsy (JKwon)  ____Party Up In Here (DMX)  
___No Diggity (Blackstreet) ___Regulators (Warren G) ____Boombastic____It Wasn't Me (Shaggy)
___All I Do is Win  (DJ Khaled)  ___Lip Gloss (Lil Mama)    ___Shoop (Salt N'Pepa)
___Baby Got Back by Sir Mix A-lot   ____Temerature (Sean Paul)
  ____Switch (Will Smith)
___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) ____Here Comes the Hot Stepper (Ini Kamoze)
___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  
Flo Rida:  ____Low   ___My House  ____GDFR     ____Right Round   ____Good Feeling  ___Wild One
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
Kanye West:   ___Good Life ___Gold Digger  
OTHER:_______________________________________________________

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
OTHER________________________________________________________________________

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 McL
ean   ___"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen   ____"Paradise by the
Dashboard Light" by Meatloaf   ____"Stairway to He
aven" 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)
___Musical Chairs
___Scavenger Hunt
___Wedding Party Dance Off
___Slide Show  
___Other: ____________________________

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
guests.  

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.

____Dollar Dance   

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?