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The Bridal Party Entrance should be fun and energetic. It is the beginning of your celebration and should set the mood for the rest of the night. Some of our favourite selections for this include "I Got a Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas, "Celebration" by Kool & The Gang and "Now That We Found Love" by Heavy D.
For your entrance you can use the same song as the Bridal Party or choose something entirely different to make your entrance that little bit extra special. Some of our favourite selections for this include "Crazy In Love" by Beyonce, "Lets Get Married" by Jagged Edge and "We Found Love" by Rihanna and Calvin Harris.
Speeches can be a nerve wracking experience for some people. A great way to calm the nerves and lighten up the atmosphere is to give each person a personalised theme song. It could be their favourite track, a song that characterises them, or a confidence builder like "Eye of the Tiger". Ask your speech makers what songs they would prefer, or instead, you can keep it a secret and we'll surprise them on the night! Some of our favourite selections for this are "Bootylicious" by Destiny's Child, "Mr Boombastic" by Shaggy and "Shy Guy" by Diana King.
The Cutting of the Cake is a wedding tradition that can either be sweet and charming, or playful and fun. Your song choice should reflect the mood you wish to create. Whether you opt to romantically slice the cake hand-in-hand, playfully dab icing on each other's noses, or take a full meringue to the face (yes, it has happened!), the song playing at this moment tells us as much about your personality as the flavour of the cake! Some of our favourite selections for this include "Sweet Lovin" by Sigala, "How Sweet It is to be Loved" by Marvin Gay and "Sugar Pie Honey Bunch" by The Four Tops.
Your First Dance should be to a song that’s sentimental to the both of you. It may remind you of your first date, a special moment you shared or simply symbolise the love you have for eachother. It doesn’t matter if it isn't popular or recognisable by your guests, just as long as it means something to you and you can dance to it. Some of our favourite selections include "I Belong To You" by Lenny Kravitz, "The Greatest Love" by Musiq Soulchild and "Lets Stay Together" by Al Green.
These dances traditionally follow the first Dance. The song can be the same as the First Dance or change into something more significant to the relationship between you and your parents. Some of our favourite selections include "Can't take my eyes off of you" Franky Valli, "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong or "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" by Prince.
The Tossing of the Bouquet is the traditional "pass-the-torch" moment of the wedding. It’s fun, competitive, and when done right, is a good laugh. The right music really sets the tone as the single ladies assemble onto the dance floor. It’s meant to be an energetic slice of the wedding reception and so the music should reflect that. Some of our favourite selections include "Dear Future Husband" by Meghan Trainor, "Put a Ring on it" by Beyonce and "Xs and Os" by Elle King.
The Garter Toss is an old tradition that is naughty, raunchy, and always "goes down" with a laugh. Two songs are required for this, one for the retrieval of the garter and the other for the actual toss to the single males. Our favourite selections for the retrieval of the garter are "Lets get it On" by Marvin Gay, "Whatta Man" by Salt N Pepa, "Freak Me" by Silk and the "Mission Impossible" Theme Song.
Our favourites selections for the actual tossing of the garter are "Im The Man" by Aloe Blacc, "Bad Boys" by Inner Circle, "Big Pimpin" by Jay Z and "Like a Sex Machine" by James Brown.
The last few songs of the evening should be upbeat or fun to ensure the night ends on a high note. It is not uncommon to use the same songs as your entry, or to choose entirely different songs that encompass celebration or departure. How do you plan to say your farewell's and thankyou's? Through an archway created by your guests? or maybe in a circle for a more personal and intimate goodbye? Some of our favourite farewell selections include "Time of My Life" by Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley, "We are Family" by Sister Sledge, "Hold On (I'm Coming Home)" by Drake and "One Love" by Bob Marley.