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The Last Dance of Your Wedding Reception

The Last Dance of Your Wedding Reception

Hello my name is Jack Barros, a Boston area professional wedding DJ and author of Modern Wedding Ceremony 101. An eBook on American wedding ceremonies available free to you on my website

Welcome to the tenth and final edition of the Wedding Reception Planning Series, a set of articles designed to provide you the information you need to plan the wedding reception of your dreams.

In this article we will discuss the tradition of the Last Dance of Your Wedding Reception. We will be talking about the pros and cons of various ways of ending your wedding reception with a last dance and some insight on how to choose the song for the last dance on your weeding night.

Before you know it the day you have been planning for months, the day you have waited on all your life will be ending. The celebration is coming to a close. How do you end your reception?

Traditionally the newlyweds would drive off under a rainstorm of rice signaling good luck and prosperity in their married life. Leaving the guests to continue the party. That tradition had already faded by the time I started performing for weddings. Newer traditions incorporate a last dance.

The last dance can be done in several ways. The simplest form of the last dance is for your Wedding DJ/Emcee to introduce the bride and groom to the dance for the last time. The couple will dance together and when the song is over, the reception is over.

Many of us prefer to have someone on the dance floor when we dance. In this case your Wedding DJ/Emcee can ask your guests to join you in your last dance.

One popular version of the last dance adds a circle of friends. Done in a couple of different ways depending on how much time you have left. First your Wedding DJ/Emcee asks everyone to form a circle on the dance floor. They would then introduce the newlyweds for their last dance. If you are running short on time you would have the couple dance the whole song. When the music ended the reception ended.

In a longer version of the circle of friends last dance, the bride and groom are welcomed back to the dance floor, but they only dance the first verse and then the Wedding DJ/Emcee will invite them to say goodbye to their guests. The music will continue playing as the couple makes their way around the circle.

The right wedding entertainer can make the last dance as memorable as the rest of the evening by encouraging your guests to come in for a group hug making sure the wedding photographer and videographer get great shots of you and your guests.

After you know how you want to do your last dance, you need to choose the song. Many times the song chosen for the last dance is a slow love song, possibly one of the choices for the first dance.

Slow songs are great for any one of the ways to do your last dance. Many couples choose to use a slow into a fast song. The song will start off slow but end on much more upbeat and faster dance. Examples include Donna Summer’s The Last Dance or the theme from the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack by Bill Medley ‘I’ve Had the Time of My Life”.

There are other ways to end your wedding reception. I suggest that you talk to your Wedding DJ/Emcee for other ideas. Now you have some ideas on how you might want to end your wedding celebration as well as some insight on choosing the song that you will use to end your wedding reception.

What will your last dance be? Thanks for viewing this edition of ‘The Wedding Reception Planning Series’

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Bouquet and Garter Toss at Wedding Receptions

Bouquet and Garter Toss at Wedding Receptions

Hello my name is Jack Barros, professional wedding DJ and author of Modern Wedding Ceremony 101. An eBook on American wedding ceremonies available free to you on my website

Welcome to the ninth edition of the Wedding Reception Planning Series, a set of articles designed to provide you the information you need to plan the wedding reception of your dreams.

.In this article we will discuss the tradition of the Bouquet and Garter Toss at Wedding Receptions. We will be talking about where the bouquet and garter come form, what is done in a traditional toss along with other options for you if you prefer not to toss the bouquet and garter.

The bouquet toss tradition comes from England. It was said that the brides dress and flowers were good luck. So women would try to get their share of good fortune by ripping pieces of the brides dress and flowers! She would then toss the flowers to give herself a chance to escape.

The custom of the garter toss, stems from the tradition of having family and friends witness the consummation of the marriage and that having any article of under garments was good luck. To stop crazed onlookers from snatching it themselves, the groom started tossing the garter

The bouquet used in the toss at a wedding reception is usually not the bouquet the bride uses during the ceremony and introductions. Your florist will usually provide you with a smaller bouquet specifically designed for the toss.

There are a couple of reasons for using a second bouquet. One is sentimental in that you may not want to throw away your wedding bouquet. The second reason is accident prevention. Many times the flower bouquets today are beautiful creations using many gorgeous flowers and floral ingredients that add up to being fairly heavy and the could possibly injure someone in the toss.

The bouquet toss evolved from the bedroom to the wedding reception.  Typically, the bride will toss her bouquet into a group of single women and then the groom would remove the garter from his bride’s leg and toss it into a group of single men. I found a hidden challenge in performing the bouquet and garter toss in this manner.

What I discovered is that if a less than attractive women or girl caught the bouquet, then the already hesitant single guys would not catch the garter. At one unfortunate wedding, I had the groom toss the garter twice and still no guys caught the garter.

Quickly I picked up the garter and having a bridesmaid take over for me at the DJ table, I made a show of putting the garter on the girl. The circumstances were right for this to work out and we avoided further embarrassment. I had seen this happen one time to many and devised a plan to keep that from ever happening again.

Now I will start the tradition by having the groom remove the garter from the bride and toss it to the single guys before I have the bride toss her bouquet. The single ladies are less likely to be as petty as the men were in the past.

An option for those of you that do not want to do the wedding Bouquet and Garter Toss is to do an anniversary dance. An anniversary dance is where your Emcee brings all married couple on to the dance floor including the bride and groom.

Then as the couples are dancing the Emcee would ask couples to leave the dance floor by the amount of years they have been married. An example here; First to go, anyone other than the bride and groom that have been married less than a year are still newlyweds. A nice round of applause please as they leave the dance floor.

Your Emcee would continue to eliminate couples until there is only the bride and groom and the longest married couple in the room.

You would then present your bouquet to the longest married couple. This is also a great chance for your

Emcee to get words of wisdom from the longest married couple to the newlyweds. The anniversary dances reinforce marriage in our society.

You could revive an old tradition of auctioning off the bouquet and garter. Help pay for the wedding. Some brides will only toss the bouquet, while many other couples will not do either the bouquet or garter toss.

Will you be doing the bouquet and garter toss at your wedding reception? You now have a better understanding of where the tradition comes from, how it was done here in America traditionally and also some alternative ways of tossing your wedding bouquet and garter.

Thanks for joining me for this edition of the wedding reception planning series. In the next and final edition of the wedding reception planning series we will be discussing your last dance of the wedding reception.

Until we meet again, keep on dancing and Have a Great Day!

 

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Wedding DJ Jack ‘Jacky B’ Barros

Great Music Great Fun Class Act

Boston, Worcester, Newport Wedding DJ

Wedding receptions, wedding introductions, wedding toasts, wedding blessing, wedding DJ

 

 

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Pop Postlude Songs

Pop Postlude Songs

The postlude part of the wedding might not have the same grandeur as the prelude or the solemnity of the processional. But being the part when the guests exit the ceremony area, it’s the perfect time to inject some more upbeat music. And this collection of Pop Postlude Songs definitely fits the bill.

Who can deny the musical wit of Walter Murphy with his modern, disco adaptation of the 19th century melody genius Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony? Although this rendition was released back in 1975, it has never lost its touch.

Or how about the ‘Frank Sinatra’ of the modern generations, Michael Buble. Although known for his revivals of old classics from the ‘ol blue eyes’ himself, Ray Charles, and other timeless voices, the song ‘Everything’ brings to mind how the spouse is all we need.

The young and very talented Gavin DeGraw might have sung a lot of songs but three of them are pretty perfect for the wedding postlude. “Chariot” talks about admiration with words such as ‘Oh chariot your golden waves are walking down upon this face’. “Follow Through” is a song about how the relationship grows after the big I Do’s – ‘Since you wanna be with me, you’ll have to follow through with every word you say’. It’s about making promises and keeping them. “In Love With A Girl” is a mellow rock song that expresses how the guy is in love with a girl who knows him well.

The tale of Romeo and Juliet might seem tragic but at its core is a story about a love that can withstand all. Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” certainly carries on with that theme. It’s catchy and it’s memorable. Just like what pop postlude songs should be. Another catchy Taylor tune would be “Our Song”. It tells of memories, sweet nothings, escapades, and other things that make you look back and smile. That’s what a theme song should be.

Colbie Caillat with her soothing voice has got plenty of proper tunes, too. “Brighter Than The Sun” tells of new beginnings and how fate brings people together. The lively melody and rhythm has just enough upbeat and doesn’t go too far. It’s a wedding, after all. “I Do” might sound like a song that should be sung during the processional but Colbie puts a fun twist to the rhythm. There’s plenty more from her discography, but these two are the top pics for cheerful postlude music.

A couple of ‘I do’ songs from two different groups of two different eras make up this ensemble. 98 Degrees might have made you swooning with their looks but you can never deny their great voices, too. “I Do” has become a staple song in many weddings and you can hear it being played even during the prelude or processional portions. ‘In a world torn by change, still with all my heart, ‘til my dying day.’ No other song could have said that better.

For lovers of the classics out there, Abba takes it up a notch—as expected from the group. They can get the entourage and the guests in the right mood with their song “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do”. ‘Love me or leave me, make your choice but believe me, I love you, I do, I do, I do, I do.’ That just doesn’t get old, does it?

The list of pop postlude songs is a great collection of tunes that will make your guests dance, smile, reminisce, and just plain be happy as they are lead outside the church. No wedding will be complete without a song or more from these great hits that have become favorites through the years.

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You will find great wedding songs for all parts of your wedding ceremony from 11 genres of music. You can find songs easily as the songs are listed by genre, artist and song title. The book details the different parts of the American wedding ceremony.

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Wedding Introduction Etiquette in a Modern Family

Wedding Introduction Etiquette in a Modern Family

Hi my name is Jack Barros, Boston area wedding DJ and author of Modern Wedding Ceremony 101. A short eBook on American wedding ceremonies.

Welcome to the Wedding Reception Planning series. In this video series we’ll discuss the typical American wedding reception.

The goal is to get you the information you need to help plan the wedding of your dreams.

You may have heard there are a lot of great traditions in American weddings. You may choose to honor some traditions and change others to fit your own needs. One of the most common of wedding traditions is the introduction of the bridal party.

What happens when tradition comes up against modern influences?

In this article we will discuss Wedding Introduction Etiquette in a Modern Family. How to introduce multiple parents at your wedding reception. There are a lot of reasons why we have multiple parents, my job is to introduce them properly to your guests.

Our parents today often have new husbands, wives, boyfriends or girlfriends. You want them introduced without slighting anyone or offending someone’s position in your family. Following are some suggestions on how you can properly introduce your parents and their new relationships.

Everyone Found Love in New Places

In the first scenario the hosts of the wedding reception are the bride’s parents. They have divorced and both have remarried. Custom dictates that we introduce the brides’ mom and her partner first. I would suggest the following:

Introduce the brides’ mom by her first name escorted by her husband/wife as the case may be, using the first and last name. Ex; Ladies and Gentlemen please help me welcome brides’ mom, Mary escorted by her wife Beverly Jones

To welcome the brides’ dad, use his first and last name, escorting his partner, using their first name. i.e: Ladies and Gentlemen, lets welcome the brides Dad, Thomas Smith escorting his wife Alice.

Some have some haven’t

In this next scenario, the grooms’ parents have separated and his mom and his dad are bringing a boyfriend or a girlfriend.

Introduce the grooms’ mom, using her first and last name, escorted by the first and last name of her escort. Ex; Brides mom, Mary Jones escorted by Thomas Smith

Introduce the grooms’ dad, by his first and last name escorting first and last name of his escort. Ex; grooms’ dad, Robert Jones escorting Alice Smith

When dad is more than a ‘step’

There are times when the new ‘parent’ becomes more than just mom or dads significant other and truly becomes a loving parent. In this case you may want to find other words that reflect their importance in your life without offending your biological parent.

Using other terms of recognition for each parent may help. Using dad and father or mom and mother in your introduction will help alleviate offending anyone in your family.

In this scenario, the brides’ mom and dad have split up and mom remarried to someone that became as much a father to the bride as her biological father. Her dad has also remarried.

Introduce the brides’ mom and new dad using moms first name and the new dads first and last name. The introduction would be, please help me welcome the brides’ mom and dad, Mary and Thomas Smith

Introduce the brides’ biological father and his wife using his first and last name and her first name. Ex; please welcome brides’ father, Robert Jones escorting his wife Alice.

Now you have a better idea on how to introduce your Modern Family on your wedding day!

In the next video in the Wedding Reception Planning Series, we’ll discuss wedding introduction styles. How do you want to be introduced?

 

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Reggae Wedding Interlude Songs

Reggae Wedding Interlude Songs

The Interlude or the Unity part of the wedding is when the bride, the groom and their families come together after the vows have been said.

There are quite a few ways to do a unity ceremony. In a Candle Ceremony, two thin candles are lit by the two families which in turn will be used to light up a third, bigger candle. This represents the unity of the families. In a Sand Ceremony, the couple mixes together two differently colored sands which often come from beaches that are memorable to the bride and groom.

The length of the unity ceremony depends on the ritual chosen. The playlist needs to be as long as the time it takes for the ritual to be completed. The Candle Ceremony, for example, can be over in three minutes. This is a great time to mix various portions of songs that contain lyrics relevant to the wedding or the ritual.

The unity ceremony

usually just includes the bride and the groom but in some cases the clergy, the parents of the couple, or the bridesmaids and groomsmen also take part. This makes it the best time to personalize your playlist as it’s supposed to be a light period after you have taken your vows.

To make the interlude or unity procedures flow smoothly, you need to be prepared beforehand. A table is usually used for this activity so make sure there is one ready in the area. If you’re doing the Candle Ceremony, make sure that you have a couple of lighters or matchboxes to light up the candle.

When choosing the songs to play during the interlude, you should consider the type of the ceremony. Some rituals need solemn music for the meaning to be understood and felt by the participants and also the guests. If guests will be talking during the interlude, you can use instrumental music.

Although not typically heard in weddings, reggae songs can be fun to play during the interlude or unity ceremony. This is perfect for less formal wedding preparations and guests will surely remember your choice of music genre.

You don’t have to play reggae music for the whole interlude. Just a couple should get your guests singing along.

I Got You Babe by UB40

is one great reggae song that is light and very much familiar. UB40 was formed in Birmingham in 1978. The band members might be British but they sure got the reggae touch right with this song. You can still this song being played in festivals and in some cases, weddings.

Bob Marley

And what’s a reggae playlist without a song from the reggae legend himself, Bob Marley. This great artist literally brought reggae music into the mainstream with his catchy melodies and soul-stirring lyrics. And when you think about Bob Marley, One Love surely comes into mind. It’s a generic song about love which makes it perfect for weddings. It talks about all people getting together, loving each other and praising the Creator.

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You will find great wedding songs for all parts of your wedding ceremony from 11 genres of music. You can find songs easily as the songs are listed by genre, artist and song title. The book details the different parts of the American wedding ceremony.

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