Wedding Reception Music Checklist

Here is a complete checklist of different musical moments for your wedding reception.

This is music that is played in between the ceremony and reception. The music should set the mood and put people in good spirits, but you’re not trying to get anyone to dance yet.

This is music that is played as your guests arrive, as they settle into their seats and while they enjoy the meal.

A celebratory song to mark the couple’s entrance into the reception and set the tone for the party. If you plan to introduce your wedding party first, be sure to choose a separate song for them.

A song that is meaningful to the bride and groom.

Traditionally, the father of the bride dances with his daughter after the first dance between the bride and groom. Some couples also have a mother/son dance or simply integrate that into the father/daughter dance at the end.

Even if you give the DJ or wedding musicians complete freedom with the song selections, it’s still a good idea to make a “do-not-play list” of songs that you want to avoid hearing.

If you make your cake-cutting a ceremonial event, pick out an upbeat song for this sweet part of the evening.

An upbeat, lively song is played for this entertaining part of the wedding. The same applies for the garter toss.

It’s up to you whether you want something slow and sentimental, or something fun and buoyant. Just be sure to end the night by making a statement!