WEDDING MUSIC, SONG LISTS, AND USEFUL INFORMATION

Bride & Groom First Dance Suggestions

Some Wedding Reception Tips

 

Father Daughter Dance Suggestions

Mother Son Dance Suggestions

Cake Cutting Song Ideas

Garter Removal Song Ideas  

BRIDE & GROOM FIRST DANCE SUGGESTIONS
Amazed - Lonestar
A Moment Like This - Kelly Clarkson
A Whole New World  (Alladin) - P.  Bryson & R. Bell
After All - Cher & Peter Cetera
All My Life  - KC & JoJo
All The Way - Celine Dion & Frank Sinatra
Always - Atlantic Star
Always & Forever - Heatwave
Annie's Song - John Denver
At Last -  Etta James
Because - The Dave Clark Five
Because of You - Tony Bennet
Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
Bless the Broken Road - Rascal Flatts
Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You - Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons
Caught up in The Rapture - Anita Baker
Chances Are - Johnny Mathis
Cheek To Cheek (Heaven, I'm in Heaven)  - Fred Astaire
Cherish - Kool & the Gang
Close To You - Carpenters
Color My World - Chicago
Could I Have This Dance - Anne Murray
Dance With Me - Anthony Carter
Don't Know Much - L. Ronstadt & A. Neville
Don’t Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin
Feels So Right - Alabama
First Dance - Corey Smith
Forever and Always - Shania Twain
Forever and Ever, Amen - Randy Travis
From This Moment - Shania Twain & Bryan White
Groovy Kind of Love - Phil Collins
Here and Now - Luther Vandross
Here We Are - Gloria Estefan
How Deep Is The Ocean - Vic Damone
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You - James Taylor
I Cross My Heart - George Strait
I Do (Cherish You) - Mark Wills
I Got You Babe - Sonny and Cher
I Finally Found Someone - Bryan Adams & Barbra Streisand
I knew I Loved You (Before I Met You) - Savage Garden
I Love You Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
I Swear - John Michael Montgomery
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
It Had to Be You - Harry Connick, Jr.
It's Your Love - Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
Keeper of the Stars - Tracy Byrd
Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
Me and You - Kenny Chesney
My One And Only Love - Nancy Wilson
Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
Only You - The Platters
Saved The Best For Last - Vanessa Williams
Sea of Love - Honeydrippers
Something - The Beatles
Suddenly - Billy Ocean
Sweet Love - Anita Baker
Take My Breath Away - Berlin 
Taking You Home - Don Henly
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
The Way You Look Tonight - Tony Bennett
Their Hearts Are Dancing - The Forester Sisters
Through The Eyes of Love - Melissa Manchester
Time After Time - Frank Sinatra
To Make You Feel My Love - Garth Brooks
Together Forever - Rick Astley
Tonight I Celebrate My Love - Peabo Bryson/Roberta Flack
True Companion - Marc Cohn
Truly - Lionel Richie
Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
We're in this Love Together - Al Jarreau
We've Only Just Begun - Carpenters
When I Fall In Love - Celine Dion & Clive Griffin
When I'm Sixty Four - The Beatles
When You Say Nothing At All - Allison Krauss
Wonder of You - Elvis Presley
You Are My Special Angel - Bobby Helms
You are the Sunshine Of My Life - Stevie Wonder
You Decorated My Life - Kenny Rogers
You Send Me - Sam Cooke
You're in My Heart, You're In My Soul - Rod Stewart
You're Still The One - Shania Twain


FATHER DAUGHTER DANCES  
A Song For My Daughter - Ray Allair
A Whole New World - Peabo Bryson & Regina Bell
Angel In My Arms - Wedding Music Central
Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlisle  
Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Elton John
Cinderella - Stephen Curtis Chapman
Daddy's Hands - Holly Dunn
Daddy's Little Girl - Al Martino
Daddy's Little Girl - Kippi Brannon
Daddy's Little Girl - The Mills Brothers
Daughter of Mine - John McDermott
Father's Eyes - Amy Grant
Have I Told You Lately - Rod Stewart
Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison
Hero - Mariah Carey
I Loved her First - Heartland
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Lullabye - Billy Joel
Memories - Elvis Presley
My Girl - The Temptations
My Little Girl - Steve Kinvan
My Little Girl - Tim McGraw
Sunrise, Sunset - Fiddler on the Roof
Thank Heaven for Little Girls - Gigi
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
Through the Years - Kenny Rogers
'Till Death Do Us Part - White Lion
Times of Your Life - Paul Anka
Unforgettable - Natalie Cole
Walk With You - Edwin McCain
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
When I Needed You Most (Stepftaher Tribute) - Kimaya Seward
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker
You're My Hero - Teresa James  

Father Daughter Dance Routines: Entertaining Clips

MOTHER SON DANCES
A Mother's Song - Anthony Carter
A Song For Mama - Boyz II Men
A Song For My Son - Mikki Viereck
Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
Blessed - Elton John
Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Rod Stewart
Hero - Mariah Carey
I Will Always Be Your Mother - Lynn Leoniti
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
I Wish You Love - Natalie Cole
I'm Blessed to Call You Mother (Stepmother Tribute) - Molly Pasutti
In Your Eyes - David Chamberlin
Man You've Become, The - Molly Pasutti
On This Day - Scott Wesley Brown

Sunise, Sunset - Fiddler on the Roof
Through the Years - Kenny Rogers
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler


CAKE CUTTING SONGS
All My Life - JoJo & K.C.
Cut the Cake - Average White Band
Eat It - Weird Al Yankovick
From This Moment - Shania Twain/Bryan White
Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) - Marvin Gaye
I Don't Want to Miss A Thing - Aerosmith
I Got You Babe - Sonny and Cher
I Swear - John Michael Montgomery
In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
It Had To Be You - Harry Connick, Jr.
It's Your Love - Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
Love and Marriage - Frank Sinatra
Main theme from "Jaws" - John Williams
Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
That's Amore - Dean Martin
This Guy's In Love With You - Herb Alpert
Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
When I'm Sixty-Four - Beatles


GARTER SONGS
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Bad Boys - Inner Circle
Curly Shuffle - Jumpn' the Saddle
Do Ya Think I'm Sexy - Rod Stewart
Fever - Peggy Lee
Freak Me - Silk
Hungry Eyes - Eric Carmen
Jaws - Movie
Legs - ZZ Top
Let's Get it On - Marvin Gaye
Macho Man - Village People
Oh Yeah - Yello
Pink - Aerosmith
Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
The Stripper - David Rose
Theme from Mission Impossible - Danny Elfman
U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
Wild Thing - The Troggs
You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate



TEN TIPS TO HELP ENERGIZE YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION

"At a fun-filled, smooth-flowing wedding reception, there is a certain energy that develops and intensifies as events unfold and your guests experience the facility you've selected, the menu you've planned and the entertainment you've chosen." Phoenix DJ Billy James offers ten tips to help energize your wedding reception.
 
1.  Place your DJ next to the dance floor.
Your DJ's location in relation to the dance floor is a critical factor in creating a high energy reception. Avoid placing your DJ in a corner far removed from the dance floor. Sound and lighting will be compromised, or cables and wires will need to be placed between tables to locate speakers and lights at the dance floor. And that's impractical with guests and servers moving about. Also, your DJ should have a complete view of the room in order to MC reception events effectively. If you tuck your DJ away, your reception's energy level will suffer because your DJ will have a hard time seeing and hearing what's happening.
 
Also, avoid seating guests between the DJ and the dance floor. Guests who are forced to sit directly in front of the DJ table will inevitably complain about how loud the music is even before the dancing begins. Your DJ needs to monitor sound levels and interact with the dancers to create and maintain a high-energy reception. He can provide his best service and maintain the energy of your reception when he is located adjacent to the dance floor.
 
The DJ's set-up location described above assumes that the dance floor is large enough and centrally located in the reception area. Some country clubs and restaurants have been known to book more guests than they can comfortably accomodate and then reduce the size of the dance floor, seat guests in separate rooms, or even locate the dance floor in an adjacent room. Such arrangements are guaranteed to diminish if not destroy the energy of your reception no matter where your DJ set-up is located. Insist that the dance floor is centrally located and of sufficient size to accommodate the number of guests you anticipate.

2.  Dim the lights when it's time for dancing.
Dimming the lights after dinner creates a more relaxed atmosphere and will motivate your guests to dance. Determine the desired lighting levels during dinner and for dancing when you meet with your reception facility's coordinator. Consider lighting levels that will compliment any candles you plan to use.  Ask that your lighting preferences be included in your contract. This is an important but often overlooked aspect of your reception. Lighting that is too bright will discourage your guests from dancing and compromise your DJ's light show. The best resorts and country clubs get the lighting right while lesser facilities pay little attention to this issue.
 
3.  Don't let pictures and videos dominate your day.
Select a photographer with a confident and relaxed style who will capture your special moments in an efficient and stress-free manner. Don't be held hostage by an overbearing photographer who will dominate your time while your guests become bored. We've witnessed a photographer interrupt the best man's toast to get the perfect close-up of your champagne glasses. We've seen the bride and groom pulled away from their just-served dinner by an over-zealous photographer who insisted it was the perfect time for the sunset picture.
 
Choose a video company willing to use comfortable lighting unless you and your guests want to be squinting and shielding your eyes throughout the reception. In short, photos and videos are important, but not more important than the event itself.
 
4.   Beware of the problems caused by sharing your facility with others.
Some restaurants will book a wedding reception in an area right next to their public dining room. Some resorts will book multiple wedding receptions in a large ballroom separated by cardboard wall dividers. Some golf clubs have homes that are directly adjacent to the reception facility. The result is inevitable. As your reception starts gaining momentum, the manager tells the DJ to turn the volume down because the music is disturbing other guests or neighbors.
 
Music for dancing is louder than music for dinner. Normal dance music volume would be terribly annoying to a couple having a romantic dinner a few yards away. If you and your guests plan to dance, avoid choosing a facility that imposes sound and volume restriction on your reception. Such restrictions are guaranteed to hamper your DJ's performance and diminish the energy of your reception.
 
5.  Invest quality time in planning your Grand Entrance.
The Grand Entrance sets the tone and establishes the energy for the entire reception. Work closely with your DJ to stage a Grand Entrance that reflects your style and personality. Decide who will participate, where they will assemble and in what order, where they will go after being introduced. Clarify pronunciation of names, determine appropriate introductions for blended families and, of course, select the perfect music. All of this planning is usually completed when you meet personally with your DJ a few weeks before your wedding. Your DJ can offer suggestions and will take charge of the Grand Entrance at your wedding reception.
 
6. Let your Catering Director know when you plan the toast to allow for timely pouring of the chosen beverage. Also, consider welcoming your guests following the toast. Your guests are still attentive and focused on you and the microphone is available. This is an excellent but often overlooked opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings and thank your guests for attending.
 
7.  The First Dance - don't wait forever to do it and don't do it forever.
One of the special moments of the reception is the bride and groom's first dance. Having your first dance immediately following the grand entrance is a great way to start the party with a flourish. As you are introduced, all of your guests are seated and more focused on the two of you than at any other time during the reception. Entering the room and going directly to the center of the dance floor for your first dance is sure to create what we call the "wow factor." Delaying your first dance until after dinner or after you visit each table of guests will deflate the energy of your reception. You can further enhance your first dance by adding a Sweetheart Gobo to your dance floor.
 
Once you've selected your favorite romantic ballad, practice dancing to it until you're comfortable. Of course, your first dance doesn't have to be a romantic ballad. A recent couple dazzled their guests by dancing to the upbeat Michael Buble version of 'Save The Last Dance For Me.' Consider having your DJ fade out the song at a designated time if it is exceptionally long (over 3 min.). All of this applies as well to the newlyweds' dances with their parents. If you are uncomfortable at the prospect of dancing before all of your guests, consider taking a few dance lessons. Your DJ can usually recommend dance instructors who specialize in this service.
 
8.  Don't try to select every song your DJ will play.
Choose the song for your first dance and songs for specific reception events like the cake cutting and bouquet toss. Tell your DJ what artists and styles of music to feature or avoid, but don't micro-manage your DJ's performance. A professional wedding DJ can read the crowd and knows what to play and when to play it to keep the party going. More importantly, your DJ knows which requests will clear the dance floor and deflate the energy of your reception. You're paying for your DJ's knowledge and experience. Take advantage of it.
 
Most professional wedding DJ's will hesitate taking on your wedding if you intend to present them with a complete playlist for the reception. On the other hand, most skilled wedding DJ's will have no problem accommodating your list of 10 'must play' songs. If you're planning to burn your own CD's and just have the DJ play them, don't waste your money on a professional wedding disc jockey. Just rent some equipment and have a friend press the play button. Would you go to a nice restaurant, hand the chef a bag of groceries, and tell him that's what he must cook for you?
 
9.  Consider using party props and don't rule out the 'cheese.'
A few colorful leis or party hats can have an amazing way of energizing your guests. Doing the YMCA with all the right hats is always a crowd pleaser and provides for great photo opportunities. Professional DJ's can provide party props at reasonable expense.
 
Before you reject those so-called cheesy group dances like the Chicken Dance or Hokey Pokey, remember that these dances may be the only opportunity some of your guests will have to get on the dance floor and have some fun. These speciality dances are frequently requested, are very popular with your youngest guests and often create some of the most memorable moments. These dances may not be at the top of your list, but let the DJ play them if your guests so request.
 
10. Lead the way to the dance floor!
Most brides and grooms want to see their guests on the dance floor having a great time. One way to create that energy is to lead by example. When the newlyweds set the tone by dancing, guest will follow. Ask a favorite uncle or grandmother to dance. Cameras will flash. Family will applaud. Guests will join in. When the bride and groom  actively participate in the dancing, the energy level of the reception dramatically increases.
 
Copyright 2007 DJ Billy James
This information is intended exclusively for clients of DJ Billy James and cannot be copied,
reproduced, linked to or utilized for any other purpose without written permission from Billy James.

     

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