From Start to Finish: Your Wedding Reception Music

All couples seem to take tremendous care in selecting a song for their First Dance, but very few spend the same amount of time choosing music for the last. Perhaps because, traditionally, the new Mr. & Mrs. made their exit early, dressed in spiffy travel outfits and headed for the airport to be whisked away on their honeymoon.

In contrast, couples today are partying until the last guest cries "Mercy!"
To begin and end your big night with a bang, this page is designed to help guide you in making the all-important First and Last Dance song choices. The First Dance is a significant part of the Reception. The song that you choose sets the tone for, and is one of, the evening's most sentimental high point's. It's also a premium photo opportunity and may actually be one of the few times the two of you are "alone" together during the Reception.

The timing of your First Dance is obviously dependent on when the dancing starts: right after you make your grand entrance or after dinner. Although your First Dance is traditionally the first song played that night and "officially" kicks off the festivities, it is also acceptable for music to be played while guests and family members are waiting to whet their appetite to loosen them up. If you want to start the dancing after dinner, it is usually appropriate to wait until most people have finished the main course.

The following will hopefully give you some ideas for choosing those all important "Special Dance" songs you wish to include for making your evening one that you and your guests will remember for a lifetime! If the songs listed below still don't give you the needed inspiration, scroll down to the bottom-left of the page and click on the links provided.

If you find yourself stumped about which songs to choose for those "Special Dances", perhaps some of these will help give you inspiration.

For a Timeless Classic, consider "As Time Goes By" (from the movie soundtrack Casablanca) "Chances Are" (Johnny Mathis), or "When I Fall In Love" (Nat King Cole or Celine Dion).
Are you and your betrothed "True Romantics" at heart? Then consider "Crazy For You" by Madonna, "Just The Way You Are" by Billy Joel, or "Love Me Tomorrow" by Chicago.Or maybe the old crooners rock your world – "All The Way" by Sinatra, or "I'm In The Mood For Love" by Ella Fitzgerald.
For a more contemporary twist, "Ice Cream" by Sarah McLachlan or "She" by Elvis Costello and "Tonight, Tonight" by The Smashing Pumpkins are good choices.
If you prefer more Schmaltz-free, tongue-in-cheek selections, then "Ain't That A Kick In The Head" by Dean Martin, "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher, or "I Think I Love You" by The Partridge Family are suggestions that might work.
Whatever your tastes may be, I encourage you to be as "creative" as possible as it reflects your own personal style. Should you need help on other suggestions, I am always available and at your disposal.

Whatever your tastes may lead to in music, remember the most important thing --
The Beginning of the most incredible Journey of your life......together.