How Your MC Can Announce You and How to Choose the Perfect Song
One of my favourite moments in a wedding day is the Bridal Party Reception Entrance. It’s the moment that your MC welcomes you (the bride & groom and often the rest of the bridal party) into the reception where all of the guests are seated and waiting in anticipation. A good MC will start out with a general welcome and some housekeeping before filling the room with expectant energy for the announcement of the newlywed couple. This is the perfect time to make a big bang with your music selection.
The 3 Main Approaches
From our perspective as DJ / wedding singers who have managed hundreds of reception entrances, there are 3 main ways to approach your Bridal Party Entrance and they all can work really well. Your MC can...
Introduce the bridal party couple by couple (ex: bridesmaid & groomsmen, bridesmaid & groomsmen, Maid of Honour & Best Man, then Bride & Groom)
One song for everyone, DJ/Musician turns volume down while the MC talks and back up while each couple walks
Different song for each couple, DJ/Musician fades the song out as the MC talks and a new song in as each couple walks
Introduce the bridal party in groups (ex: all bridesmaids, all groomsmen, then the bride & groom)
One song for everyone, DJ/Musician turns volume down while the MC introduces each group and back up while each group walks
Different song for each group, DJ/Musician fades the song out as the MC talks and a new song in as each group walks
Just bride and groom walk, bridal party is already seated - one song and one intro needed
Note: If your MC is planning on doing longer introductions for each couple or group (for example: Instead of just “Put your hands together for Tommy & Amy” the MC says “A longtime friend of (Groom) from way back in the day, the 2 grew up a stones throw away from each other in Toowoomba, please welcome groomsman, Tommy”) please make sure your MC coordinates this with your DJ / musician and keeps song length in mind, as they have to allow time for their introductions and for each couple to walk and get to their table before the song finishes.
Classics That Never Fail
Here are my top recommendations for tried and true classics that never fail to hit the right tone for your entrance:
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered" by Stevie Wonder
"Crazy In Love" by Beyonce and Jay-Z
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen
"Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO
"This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" by Natalie Cole
"You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates
"I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas
New & Unique Song Ideas
For those looking for something a bit different, here are some of my favourite unique song choices that I have seen used for reception entrances over the last few years:
"Burning Love" by Elvis
"Good as Hell" by Lizzo
"Little Boo Thang" by Paul Russell
"Levels" by Avicii
"What I Like About You" by The Romantics
"S.O.B." by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (skip to 51 seconds in or dance through intro)
"Destination Calabria" by Alex Gaudino and Crystal Waters
"Get Right" by J-Lo
"Starships" by Nicki Minaj
So there you have it! Those are my top song suggestions for your Bridal Party Reception Entrance. I hope that gives you some ideas!
All of that being said, at the end of the day, your wedding is your day, it’s a reflection of who you are as a couple and a celebration of your coming together into one family. So do what you want to do! If you have a favourite song that is meaningful to the both of you, go with that one. Don’t be afraid to ask your wedding singers or DJ to start the song at a certain moment to make it work with your idea.
Making Your Wedding Music Unforgettable with Live Music and DJing
As you finalise the details of your wedding day, selecting the right music is crucial to set the right tone for special moments. Whether you're in sunny Sunshine Coast or vibrant Brisbane, live music and DJing can add a unique touch to your wedding. An experienced wedding singer can make sure your song goes perfectly as you walk down the aisle and having a live music band can set the mood for your evening. If you're looking for something more upbeat, consider hiring a professional DJ. DJ hire offers a wide variety of music options, from classic hits to modern mixes, ensuring your dance floor is never empty. Remember, the right wedding DJ isn't just about playing music, they're about creating memories. So make sure you choose someone who understands your style and can contribute to making your wedding day unforgettable.
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