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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’

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Bouquet and Garter Toss at Wedding Receptions WRPS – 9

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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Boston, Worcester, Newport Wedding DJ

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Rocking Wedding Recessional Songs

Rocking Wedding Recessional Songs

Looking back at more traditional times, rock wedding recessional songs wouldn’t have made it to the list of songs that can be played during solemn wedding ceremonies. In fact, wedding tunes back then were rather monotonous—boring, for some. But times have changed and weddings have become more personal, and express more of the taste and feelings of the couple.

But of course, rock songs might still be considered a little out of place during the processional. That part is reserved for the calmer, slower tempo tunes. But come recession, it can certainly be more playful—in this case, a lot louder.

The recessional is when the participants in the wedding ceremony begin walking back down the aisle. It starts right after the new couple is introduced by the officiant. The order and the length of which the recessional goes will depend on the wedding ceremony type and the size of the wedding venue. It can be a bit lengthy so be ready with a number of different tunes to play.

The recessional, much like the postlude part of the wedding is a time to be more playful with the songs that you can play. While most couples would still prefer more mellow music like pop and R&B, rock songs are not unheard of. Rock wedding processional songs can make the wedding more memorable and lively as people sing and rock along with the tunes. However, one needs to be careful with the songs to include in the list. This is especially so if you’re wedding location (for example, a church) has strict music requisites.

To help you decide on which tunes should be in your rock wedding recessional songs, here are more than a few examples.

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After All by Cher & Peter Cetera features two of the greatest singers the music world has produced.

All You Need is Love b the Beatles

When The Beatles say ‘All You Need Is Love’, you better listen.

Another  one Bites the Dust by Queen

Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ is a playful pun on the semblance between marriage and death. It’s sure to make people laugh.

Beautiful Day by U2

The wedding should be one of the most beautiful days for a couple and no one says it better than U2 with their song Beautiful Day.

Better Together by Jack Johnson

Marriage unites two people in love and they look ‘Better Together’ according to Jack Johnson.

Come and Get Your Love by Redbone

When the guests have left and only the couple remain, ‘Come and Get Your Love’ by Redbone is the perfect theme song.

Crazy Little Thing by Queen

It has been called many names throughout the generations and according to Queen, it’s a ‘Crazy Little Thing’.

Cruisin’ by Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis

For the more soothing combination of vocals and melody, Cruisin’ by Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis has got that covered.

Don’t Stop Believing by Journey

There will always be love and forever is real if you just ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ according to Journey.

Enter the Sandman by Metallica

A rock ensemble wouldn’t be completed without a dash of Metallica and to ensure that guests will be singing along, you can’t go wrong with Enter Sandman.

Eye of The Tiger by Survivor

Love and marriage are two things worth fighting for and if you’re feeling a bit ‘Rocky’, why not play Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger?

Happy Together by Jack Johnson

The Turtles has got it right when they wrote ‘Happy Together’ because that’s what couples should be.

Highway to Hell by AC/DC

Another play on the marriage pun, Highway to Hell, by AC/DC. Never gets old.

How Sweet It Is by James Taylor

If you’re feeling nostalgic and just can’t get enough of James Taylor’s unique voice, How Sweet It Is fits the bill.

Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi

If you’ve ever read between the lines of ‘Livin on a Prayer’ by Bon Jovi, you’ll know that it’s all about survival even during the most trying times. Something that couples could learn something from.

There are other great rock hits in this list and each one is great on its own. Make the event livelier by playing these rock wedding recessional songs

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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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Christian Wedding Processional Songs

Christian Wedding Processional Songs

What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate. – Mark 10:9, English Standard Version.

Those words epitomize what a Christian wedding should be. Actually, what every wedding should be. It is the joining of two people, witnessed by God and men, and expresses the love between them. This unity should be kept sacred and protected from all elements that might try to break it.

The processional part of the wedding might have different meanings depending on how the wedding was coordinated. Generally, it refers to the entourage’s entrance. In Jewish tradition, it’s the entrance of all the ceremony’s participants. The processional starts right after the parents and honored guests of the wedding have been seated. The procession’s length will depend on a few factors like the type of processional, how many attendants will be marching in, and the length of the aisle.

There are traditional songs and symphonies like Here Comes the Bride, but times have changed and there is more freedom on what songs can be included in wedding ceremonies. The songs in this list will be perfect for a wedding between a Christian couple.

Close To You by BeBe & CeCe Winans.

Published in 2009, the song Close To You has been a staple in many Christian weddings and for all the right reasons. With a soothing R&B tempo, this song talks about how a person wants to be close to another and the perfect combination between them. This musical duo has produced a string of hits back in the day and this is just one of them. The lyrics are simple and straightforward, but touching all the same.

From a Distance by Bette Midler.

Who would have thought that a Christian song about God and how he watches over his great creations will eventually become a worldwide hit? Maybe it’s Bette’s unique voice. Maybe it’s the beautifully written lyrics. Now, some might be wondering why this song is part of the list. It’s generic and doesn’t speak of union between two souls. But a wedding is also great blessing from God, and quite comparable to his other beautiful creations.

Give Me Forever by John Tesh.

This song might not have gotten the full recognition that it truly deserved. It was originally written by John Tesh and James Ingram and the latter’s involvement should have been enough to make this a hit. Nevertheless, it’s one of the best Christian wedding processional songs out there. With a three-fourths tempo, and an excellent combination of vocals, piano and the orchestra, it’s a brilliant song and expresses the great love between a couple as it is promised in the presence of God.

The Road That Never Ends by Jim Kimball.

Love is a road that never ends. It’s a couple’s continuous journey to forever with each day a blessing from God. The unity between two people as they become man and wife is the start of that journey. Witnessed by God and men, a wedding is more than just an exchange of I do’s. And this is told with every word of this particular song.

When I Say I Do by Matthew West.

‘There must be a God. I believe it’s true. Cause I can see His love. When I look at you.’ The first verse of this song alone is enough to make you listen until the very end. Combine that with Matthew West’s soothing voice and you’ve got a song that’s pretty much made for this list of Christian wedding processional songs. Songs like these make weddings more memorable. The lyrics speak of what’s in the couple’s hearts at the very moment of their union, and is able to touch those who are witnessing it as well.

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Want more Christian wedding recessional songs? 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.

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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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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

 

 

Brought to you by;
Wedding DJ Jack ‘DJ Jacky B’ Barros
Proudly Serving the Worcester, MA area and beyond
302.715.1435