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The Last Dance of Your Wedding Reception WRPS -10

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’

Until we meet again, Have a Great Day!

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Wedding DJ Jack ‘Jacky B’ Barros

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The Who’s and What’s of a Wedding Reception WRPS – 6

The Who’s and What’s of a Wedding Reception

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

Welcome to this 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.

This edition; ‘Who Does What at My Wedding Reception?’ 

Most of the roles in weddings are easy to figure out and determine who will perform the various ceremonies and rituals associated with American wedding receptions.

There are a couple of parts of the wedding reception where modern influences have added to the options we have to choose from.

The 2 areas we will discuss are the wedding Blessing and the Wedding Toast.

The blessing is often done by whomever performed the wedding ceremony. Traditionally the ceremony would have been done by a priest, pastor or a government official. The majority of weddings are still done in this manner.

In my home state of Massachusetts, residents are now able to get licensed for the day to perform the wedding ceremony in place of clergy or public officials. Now you may have a good friend or relative perform the wedding ceremony for you.  

The wedding blessing, is typically done immediately following the introductions.  Anyone can perform the blessing at your wedding reception. In the case where the wedding ceremony official will not be attending the wedding reception, then there are other options. I usually suggest a religious family member or someone close to you that would be honored to perform the blessing for you.

In many instances, I have been asked to perform the blessing for my couples. In these cases, I use a blessing that is generic enough not to offend any of your guests and is done in a way as no one feels forced into partaking of the ritual.

A sample blessing: Ladies and Gentlemen, In the absence of clergy I have been asked to say the blessing today. For those of you that would like to join us, please bow your head. Lord thank you for blessing these two in marriage. It is the greatest way we know to show our love for one another. We ask that you bless this marriage and the food we are about to eat, and all the festivities we are about to partake in, we ask this in your name. Amen

Another area of a wedding reception that sometimes needs clarification is the wedding toast. Traditionally the host would welcome the guests and then the best man would propose a toast to the newlyweds.

Nowadays the emcee will welcome your guests and introduce the best man. What there has been is a trend in recent years where more and more members of the bridal party are also proposing toasts to the newlyweds.

What happens in a wedding toast is that all the guest will be asked to stand for the toast. The newlyweds, as guests of honor will remain seated.  The best man will be introduced. He would then introduce anyone else that would be speaking. 

There is not a right or a wrong way. If a member of your bridal party is comfortable with speaking in public, then they may do so. You know your friends and should act accordingly. We’ve all seen wedding toast fails on YouTube!

One last tip for brides or grooms that would like to thank their guests for coming and are comfortable with public speaking then right after the toast is the best time,

Find out when to Cut the Cake at your wedding reception in our next article.

Thanks for viewing. 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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Wedding DJ Jack ‘DJ Jacky B’ Barros
Proudly Serving the Worcester, MA area and beyond
302.715.1435

Modern Family Wedding Introduction Etiquette WRPS – 3

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.

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.

In the Next Scenario…

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

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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Who and When of Wedding Introductions

Wedding Reception Planning Series – The Who and When of Wedding Receptions WRPS – 2

Wedding Reception Planning Series

The Who and When of Wedding Receptions

   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.

   The second article in the Wedding Reception planning series is the Who & When of the Wedding Introduction.

   You know that in American weddings there are a lot of great traditions that you can choose to celebrate. Often times we can get overwhelmed with trying to do them all.

   Choose the ones that have meaning to you, your spouse and your families. Great thing is that you can modify, or even start your own family tradition.

   Your professional wedding DJ or emcee may have ideas unique to your venue and part of the country

Who Will it Be?

   Decision time! The first decision you will need to make is to determine who will be introduced.

   How many do you want to be introduced? Your choices are from the least amount people, 2, to the most amount of people, everyone involved in the ceremony to introduce. 

   For those of you who missed the previous video in this series, Wedding Introductions in General, following is a quick recap.

   You may choose to introduce only your selves the bride and groom. The next choice would be to include the formal bridal party, which are the bridesmaids and groomsmen.

   You may also want to include the flower girl and ring bearer with the bridal party.

   Most common in the New England area is to introduce everyone associated with the wedding ceremony including the bride and grooms’ parents as described below.

VIP’s and other Notable Guests

   Do you have any notable guests? Notable guests include your grandparents or other family members not in the formal bridal party,  

  In that case there are two options for you. First you can have them introduced just before your parents or you may have them recognized at their table.

   Most brides and grooms choose the latter.

   Traditionally the bride’s parents would be the hosts, read payee of the wedding reception, and would there for be the first to be introduced.

   Most wedding receptions today are paid for by anyone we can get to help us. If you have a host, they should be the first to be introduced.

   All of the parents are typically introduced before introducing the bridal party. 

   I have seen many brides and grooms choose to have one of their parents play another role in their wedding receptions by asking them to be Matron of Honor or Best Man.

   In that case you may choose to have the remaining parent come in solo or have another member of the family escort the them into the room.

   Discuss this with your professional wedding DJ or emcee, they may have other suggestions that may be unique to your wedding area

If you are having a very young Flower Girl and or a Ring Bearer, you may have them come in right after your parents so they have someone they know to follow.

   The Formal Bridal Party will be introduced beginning with bridesmaids (brides’ attendants) and groomsmen (ushers) followed by the Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man.

Does it Matter?

   The order the couples are introduced matters if everyone is sitting at the Head Table.

   In that case you have choice of having all the bridesmaids and usher sit together or for the couples to remain in pairs.

   No matter who or how many you introduce, You and your spouse are introduced last.

   There you have the Who and the When of wedding reception introductions.

   In the next video we will talk about wedding introduction etiquette. How to introduce your parents in a Modern Family! 

   In today’s Modern Family, we have multiple parents, due to many different reasons. We’ll talk about how we introduce them all at your wedding reception.

   Until then, you have a Great Day!

 

Country Songs for Wedding Recessional

Country Songs for the Wedding Ceremony Recessional

Country Songs for the Wedding Ceremony Recessional

 

Country Songs for the Wedding Ceremony Recessional post time is here! Many couples choose up beat party songs for their recessional song. It’s official, and its time to celebrate! Congratulations on making it to the end of the ceremony. (Bet you weren’t sure you were going to make it this far eh?) Following is the Wedding Ceremony Music Series post of the week.

 Country Songs for the Wedding Ceremony Recessional

Our Kind of Love               Lady Antebellum

Keep On Lovin’ You         Steel Magnolia

Beautiful Mess  Diamond Rio

Good Directions                Billy Carrington

Would You Go With Me Josh Turner

Yes         Chad Brock

Just To See You Smile Tim McGraw

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Grab your copy of Bridal Songs Your Guide to Wedding Ceremony Music 2nd Edition a one of a kind wedding ceremony music resource! Find the perfect song for your wedding celebration.

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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