As befitting the occasion, the music played at a Wedding Reception would normally be varied to accommodate the range in ages and tastes of the guests. Typically, the music would be of a background nature initially before kicking into dance mode after dinner. Music played on the night will be a combination of your choices, requests taken at the time, and the DJ’s experienced selections.
Key moments in the evening occur when specific songs of your choice may be important. These include the Entrance of the Bridal Party, the Cutting of the Cake and especially the first dance or ’Bridal Waltz’, if these are part of your plan. You may also wish to choose songs for the tossing of the bouquet and garter, and for the farewell.
Warren Read is an experienced professional MC, who can compere some or all of your Wedding Reception.
If required, DJ Woz can also play music at your Wedding Ceremony. Usually, the DJ service is only at the Reception.
An extensive song list can be sent to you if you wish. If you have some preferred songs that aren’t on the list, DJ Woz will supply them if told of them in advance.
DJ Woz can also play any of your favourite songs from your own smartphone or iPod.
DJ Woz is happy to accommodate your particular ideas for any part of the occasion, but a typical wedding scenario is as follows:
DJ Woz will set-up in advance, and have background music playing, with a soft lighting effect, when the first guests arrive and as they mingle, eat and drink. Typically this is while the Bride, Groom and wedding party are at a photo session.
MC invites guests to find their places at the tables. MC announces the entrance of the Groomsmen & Bridesmaids, then the Bride & Groom. (DJ plays chosen or suitable ‘entrance song’.)
MC welcomes everyone to the reception. Dinners served to bridal party, then other tables. (DJ plays background dinner music.)
MC starts speeches.
Cutting of the Cake. (DJ plays chosen or suitable song.)
Dessert served. (DJ plays background music.)
"Bridal Waltz” - the first dance as husband and wife. (DJ plays chosen or suitable song.)
Dance time! (DJ plays suitable music, with dance-floor lighting.)
Tossing the Bouquet: MC gathers all single women on to the dance floor. Bride tosses bouquet, to be caught by one of the women. (DJ plays chosen or suitable song.)
Tossing the Garter: Bride sits on chair on dance floor. Groom removes Bride’s garter (with his teeth?). MC gathers all single men – Groom tosses garter, to be caught by one of the men. (DJ plays chosen or suitable song.)
Farewell Circle: MC gathers guests into a circle, as Bride & Groom say a personal ‘thank-you’ and ‘goodbye’ to each guest. Guests form an arch through which the Bride and groom make their exit. (DJ plays chosen or suitable music.)
Suggested order of speeches
Toast to Bride & Groom.
Groom responds; toast to Bridesmaids.
Best Man responds on Bridesmaid’s behalf; speaks of Bride & Groom.
Someone speaks of Bride’s parents; toast to Bride’s parents.
Bride’s father responds.
Someone speaks of Groom’s parents; toast to Groom’s parents.
Groom’s father responds.
Toast to grandparents.
Groomsmen read any ‘telegrams’, emails, apologies etc.
MC provides an opportunity for other guests to say something.