This worksheet allows us to plan the timeline of your reception. Your DJ will call you before your wedding to have a thorough conversation about every detail of your wedding reception. If you have ANY questions, or if you need suggestions, ideas or advice please call us at (888) 610-3305. We find great joy in participating in your wedding plans. We are experts at customizing your special day. Simply use this information as a guide and ll out the pages requiring your information and song selections.

WEDDING RECEPTION ORDER OF EVENTS:

This information sheet is intended to guide you through the entire timeline process. Please note that all times indicated on this sheet are merely estimates and the exact timing of events at you wedding reception may vary based on many factors.

EXAMPLE OF A WEDDING RECEPTION TIMELINE

This is a sample of a wedding reception timeline which will give you an idea as to the amount of time each event may take. Thank you for taking the time to read this form. It will help us to create a highly organize atmosphere at your wedding reception. Have a great time planning your wedding and feel free to call us with any questions that you may have regarding this planner or any part of your special day.

3:00 pm – Guests arrive and cocktail music begins playing

3:30 pm – Bridal party arrives & rst dance

3:45 pm – Welcome/Blessing for the meal

3:50 pm – Best Man toast / Maid of Honor toast

4:00 pm – Dinner is served

5:00 pm – Father/Daughter & Mother/Son dance

5:10 pm – Bouquet/Garter toss

5:20 pm – Cake Cutting

5:30 pm – Dollar Dance

5:50 pm – Open Dancing

(allow 15 to 45 minutes for all your guests to arrive)

While the guests arrive, we are playing either a light, popular jazz or classical, or a light, rock-soul and oldies mix. We keep the music level low because we realize that your guests are spending this time talking with family and friends.

(allow 10 minutes)

About a month prior to your reception, you will have the opportunity to speak with your DJ to discuss the proper pronunciation of your bridal party attendants, and the proper placement of these attendants within the order of introduction. Parents/Grandparents can be included in the introductions. Once the bridal party is at the head table the DJ/MC will ask everyone to rise and will officially announce the bride and groom as “Mr. & Mrs.” as everyone cheers and applause.

(allow 5 minutes)

The bride and groom select their rst dance song prior to their wedding date. is song should be well thought out, and define something special about the two of you. We strongly recommend, the introduction moves directly into your first dance and it is in this case you should allow for more time. We recommend following this order of events as it guarantees your first dance takes place while you and your bridal party are still looking great!

(allow 5 to 10 minutes)

This is usually given by the best man and the maid/matron of honor (can also be done during or after the meal). We will coordinate this with the caterers to make sure that everyone has a full glass.

(allow 60+ minutes)

The DJ/MC will ask a guest (someone selected prior to the reception – minister, parents, friends, etc.) by name to say the blessing/welcome speech. A wireless microphone will be provided. Depending on the number of guests you have and depending on whether it is a sit-down or buffet, please allow at least one hour for the meal. During the meal, we play light, easy-to-talk-over music.

(allow 5 to 10 minutes)

We will make sure that the photographer and the bride and groom are ready, then we will make an announcement for people to gather around the cake. We usually play background music for the cake cutting.

(father/daughter & mother/son)(allow 5 to 10 minutes)

Generally the bride will rst dance with her father, and then the groom will follow by escorting his mother to the dance for for their special dance together. At times there have been instances where someone else has danced in place of either parent.

(optional)(allow 5 minutes)

Once the parents’ dance has been completed, the bride and groom may want to have the entire wedding party come onto the dance floor for the wedding party dance. is dance can also take place after the bride and groom’s first dance, where the bride and groom’s dance will be split 50/50 , and the wedding party will be asked to join the couple on the dance floor.

(until end of the night)

After the cake cutting has been completed, we will invite everyone to join in on the dance oor. In the beginning of the reception we usually play a lot of upbeat popular music (top 40 hits) to get everyone involved in the dancing.

(allow 10 to 15 minutes)

After the cake cutting has been completed, we will invite everyone to join in on the dance oor. In the beginning of the reception we usually play a lot of upbeat popular music (top 40 hits) to get everyone involved in the dancing.

(optional)(allow 20 to 30 minutes)

The basic premise is to allow gentlemen to dance with the new bride, and ladies to dance with the new groom, for a fee. This dance usually lasts anywhere from 3 to 5 songs (depending on the number of guests) and about 30 seconds per person. We suggest a bridesmaid and/or groomsmen to collect the money for the couple, or the money can be pinned on the couple. e DJ will select the appropriate music.

(allow 5 to 10 minutes)

As an option, you may wish to include special songs to celebrate certain guests’ engagements, recent marriages, anniversaries, birthdays, new births or other important observances. A very popular choice is a Anniversary Dance in which all couples are asked by the DJ/MC to the dance floor and throughout the song the DJ/MC will reduce the couples to whomever has been married the longest.

(until end of the night)

e DJ/MC will invite everyone back to the dance oor for more dancing. e music mix will continue to allow guests to celebrate and party, as well as engage in romantic moments on the dance floors.

(allow 5 minutes)

About five minutes before the reception ends, we will ask the bride and groom to make their way to the dance oor for their final dance.

Please use this form below to make your song selections and to give your DJ all of the important information he will need to know for your big day!

Bride and Groom Name -First and Last (required)

Your Email (required)

Wedding Date

Location of Hall (address, cross streets and phone number):

How many Guests are you expecting?

What time does the reception begin?

FYI: Your DJ will arrive at the hall 1 to 1.5 hours prior to the start of the party. Before your rst guest arrives, your DJ will coordinate the introductions into the room with you and your bridal party.

What time will the bride and groom arrive?

NOTE: When you arrive at the hall, please send a groomsmen to inform the DJ that you are there. At this point, your DJ will coordinate the introductions into the room with you and your bridal party.

What time will the event end?

NOTE: Some banquet facilities will require the music to stop half an hour before the end of the evening. Please ask your hall coordinator what time the music should stop.

Will there be a receiving line at the hall?
yesno

NOTE: Most receiving lines take place immediately following the ceremony. Many couples will opt to greet guests by visiting each table individually after dinner. If you elect to have a receiving line at the reception, allow yourself at least an hour of time; and plan on being ready to receive guests immediately as the doors open.

THE INTRODUCTION LINE:

1. Parents of the Bride (Or Escort):

Father:

Mother:

2. Parents of the Groom (Or Escort):

Father:

Mother:

3. Flower Girl:

4. Ring Bearer:

5. Maid of Honor:

6. Best Man:

7. Bridesmaids:

8. Groomsmen:

9. Bride & Groom: (as your would like to be announced)

Is the bride & Groom’s First Dance following your introduction?
YesNo

Toast By:

Welcome/Blessing:

Any Special Introductions?

(Grandparents, Godparents, Etc.) is is a good opportunity to recognize special guests, particularly Grandparents. is announcement will usually be done just before the bridal dances begin and after dinner. The people being recognized will simply need to stand up or wave.

BRIDAL & SPECIAL DANCES:

NOTE: Your DJ can help you with these selections

PROCESSIONAL

What your bridal party walk down the isle to before the bride

BRIDAL MARCH

What the bride will walk down the isle to

RECESSIONAL

What song will; play as you are announced man and wife

FIRST DANCE

Father/Daughter Dance

Mother/Son Dance

Wedding Party Dance

Will you cut your cake:
Before DinnerAfter DinnerNot at All

Cake Cutting Song

Misc. Activities:

Garter/Boquet Toss
YesNo

While the Bride throws the Boquet:

After the Boquet is Caught:

While the Groom takes off Garter:

While the Groom Throws the Garter:

When the Garter is Caught:

Money/Dollar Dance?
YesNo

FYI: About one in ten couples will elect to have a dollar dance. While the dollar dance is a great opportunity to dance with each of your guests, it can take a long time (if you dance just 20 seconds with 100 guests it could take over half an hour!)

Money/Dollar Dance:

Anniversary Dance?
YesNo

FYI: The anniversary dance works well ONLY if you have a lot of guests who have been married for a long time. It works like this: You DJ will invite all married couples to the dance oor to share the dance floor with the newlyweds. Once the dance floor is full, your DJ will then politely ask couples (with the exception of the bride & groom) who’ve been married less than 1 year ... 5 years ... then 10 years, 20 years, etc. to please leave the dance floor and then ask them if they have any advice for you (since they have more experience than anyone else in the room). It is also a great way to honor grandparents or other family that have been married for many years.

ADDITIONAL DANCES:
Cupid ShuffleCha Cha SlideChicken DanceHokey PokeyLimboThe TwistElectric SlideGrease

MUSIC

The music played at your reception will help set the mood for the entire night. Your DJ is extremely knowledgeable and well rounded when it comes to music. Additionally, he has many years of experience in getting people on the dance floor and in making sure that all of your guests are happy and enjoying the music. While you are free to choose as much music as you’d like for your wedding reception, it is highly recommended that you trust your DJ , you’ve hired a professional, experienced wedding DJ that is an expert at getting the party started. erefore, we strongly suggest you allow your DJ to mix some of your suggestions, with your guests’ requests and other selections to create a fun-lled night that is uniquely yours and that all of your guests will enjoy.

Style of music to be played during cocktail hour


FYI: Most couples opt for a mix of Jazz, Crooners (Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, etc.), Blues, etc.

Style of music to be played during Dinner


FYI: Smooth Jazz without vocals works best, because it allows guests to have dinner conversations.

Are there any songs that you DO NOT want played?

FYI: when choosing songs you do not want played, try not to choose songs that are hugely popular. Certain “wedding songs” are popular because people love to dance to them.

List Songs that you want played IF People Dance to them:

Please check the types of dance music you believe your guests would enjoy during your event.

Current/Top 40Classic RockRock & RollAdult ContemporaryOldies (50’s-60’s)MotownElectric SlideAlternative/New RockCountryDisco/RetroUrban/RapBig Band/SwingSlow DanceSalsa/MerengueA good mix of all of the above as our party develops

TOP REQUESTED WEDDING SONGS

The following is a list of the most popular wedding songs played at ceremonies and receptions, compiled from mobile DJ surveys. We broke down each section of a traditional wedding, in order, from the ceremony to the reception.

Prelude Music Played prior to the ceremony, while guests are arriving.

Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven) • Isn’t it Romantic (Glenn Miller)

Water Music (Handel) • Ave Maria (Schubert/Gounod)

The Four Seasons (Vivaldi) • Greensleeves (Traditional)

God Only Knows (The Beach Boys) • As Time Goes By (Tony Bennett)

Arioso (Bach) • Ode to Joy (Beethoven)

Bradenburg Concerto #2 (Bach) • Gloria (Vivaldi)

Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers) • In My Life (John Lennon & Paul McCartney)

Here, There and Everywhere (The Beatles) • The Wedding Song (Paul Stookey)

Bitter Sweet Symphony (The Verve) • A Day Without Rain (Enya)

By Your Side (Sade) • Clocks (Cold Play)

Rainbow Connection (Sarah McLachlan) • Primavera (Vivaldi)

Processional & Bridal Music Played during the time the family, wedding party & bride walk down the aisle

Bridal Chorus “Here Comes the Bride” from “Lohengrin” (Wagner)

Trumpet Voluntary in D “The Prince of Denmark’s March (Clark or Purcell)

Cannon in D (Pachellbel) • The Four Seasons (Handel)

Water Music (Vivaldi) • What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)

Unforgettable (Nat King Cole) • I Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley)

When a Man Loves a Woman (Percy Sledge) • In my Life (The Beatles)

March from Lohengrin (Wagner) • You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban)

The Prayer (Bocelli & Celine Dion) • Arrival of Queen Sheeba (Handel)

Interlude Music (optional) Played during the ceremony.

Ave Maria (Schubert) • Amazing Grace (Traditional)

La Traviata (Verdi) • Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)

And I Love Her (The Beatles) • Primavera: First Movement, Allegro (Vivaldi)

Love Me Tender (Elvis Presley) • Für Elise (Beethoven)

We’ve Only just Begun (The Carpenters) • Have I Told you Lately (Van Morrison)

Recessional Music Played as the new husband & wife walk back up the aisle together.

Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mendelssohn

Ode to Joy from ”The Ninth Symphony” (Beethoven)

Hallelujah Chorus from “The Messiah” (Handel)

Trumpet Tune (Purcell) • Magnificent in D (Bach)

The Long and Winding Road (The Beatles) • I Got You/I Feel Good (James Brown)

How Sweet It Is (James Taylor) • Then He Kissed Me (The Crystals)

I Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher)

 

Grand Entrance To be played when the bridal party and Bride & Groom are announced to enter the reception

I Got a Feeling (Black Eyed Peas) • Marry You (Bruno Mars)

Bring ‘Em Out (T.I. featuring Jay-Z) • Party Rock Anthem (LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett)

Forever (Chris Brown) • Sexy & I Know it (LMFAO)

Feel So Close (Calvin Harris) • Dynamite (Taio Cruz)

Raise Your Glass (P!NK) • I Believe in a Thing Called Love (The Darkness)

Celebration (Cool & the Gang) • Crazy in Love (Beyoncé)

I’m Shipping up to Boston (Dropkick Murphy’s) • Good Feeling (Flo Rida)

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Stevie Wonder) • You Make my Dreams Come True (Daryl Hall & John Oates)

SexyBack (Justin Timberlake) • Feel This Moment (Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera)

Don’t Stop the Party (Pitbull featuring Tjr) • The Way You Make Me Feel (Michael Jackson)

Walking on Sunshine (Katrina & the Waves) • Say Hey (I Love You) (Michael Franti & Spearhead)

Get the Party This Started (P!NK) • Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell & T.I.)

First Dance

I’m Yours (Jason Mraz) • Truly, Madly, Deeply (Savage Garden)

You are the Best Thing (Ryan LaMontague) • Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley)

A Day Without Rain (Enya) • One Day Like This (Elbow)

The Way You Look Tonight (Michael Bublé) • The Wedding Song (Paul Stookey)

I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston) • Roll Away Your Stone (Mumford and Sons)

Maybe I’m Amazed (Paul McCartney) • I’ve had the Time of my Life (Dirty Dancing)

Make You Feel My Love (Adele) • I Only Have Eyes for You (The Flamingos)

Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers) • You are so Beautiful (Joe Cocker)

At Last (Beyoncé) • Making Memories of Us (Keith Urban)

A Moment Like This (Kelly Clarkson) • Beautiful Day (U2)

Grow Old With You (The Wedding Singer) • You’re the Inspiration (Chicago)

It Must be Love (Madness) • When I Fall in Love (Nat King Cole)

Father/Daughter Dance

I Loved Her First (Heartland) • Daughters (John Mayer)

Keeper of the Stars (Tracy Byrd) • How Sweet it is (James Taylor/Marvin Gaye)

Butterfly Kisses (Bob Carlisle) • Father and Daughter (Paul Simon)

Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion) • My Girl (The Temptations)

In my Daughter’s Eyes (Martina McBride) • Unforgettable (Natalie & Nat King Cole)

Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder) • I Hope You Dance (Leann Womack)

You are so Beautiful (Joe Cocker) • Landslide (Fleetwood Mac)

Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison) • Lullabye (Billy Joel)

In my Life (John Lennon) • All You Need is Love (The Beatles)

Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch (Temptations) • Sweet Child of Mine (Guns n’ Roses)

The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra) • Father’s Eyes (Amy Grant)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole)

Mother/Son Dance

My Wish (Rascal Flatts) • Go On (Jack Johnson)

Mama (BJ Thomas) • Simple Man (Lynard Skynard)

Song for Mama (Boyz II Men) • Barbie Bandaids (Isaacs)

You are the Best Thing (Ray LaMontagne) • How Sweet it is (James Taylor)

Thank You Mom (Good Charlotte) • My Mom (Tony Bennett)

Letter to my Mother (Edwin McCain) • I Hope You Dance (Leann Womack)

You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban) • Don’t Blink (Kenny Chesney)

Just the Way You Are (Billy Joel) • I Wish You Love (Natalie Cole)

In my Life (John Lennon) • That’s What Mamas Do (Jason Matthews)

Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch (Temptations) • You are the Sunshine of my Life (Stevie Wonder)

Forever Young (Rod Stewart) • Days Like This (Van Morrison)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole)

Bridal Party Dances The dance including the Bride & Groom, Bridesmaids & Groomsmen and Family

Friends in Low Places (Garth Brooks) • With a Little Help from my Friends (Joe Cocker)

Cupid Shuffle (Cupid) • Find Out Who Your Friends Are (Tracy Lawrence)

We are Family (Sister Sledge) • Let’s Get it Started (Black Eyed Peas)

Thriller (Michael Jasckson) • Just Dance (Lady Gaga)

Don’t Stop Believing (Journey) • Cha Cha Slide (DJ Casper)

Gangnam Style (PSY) • Don’t Stop the Music (Rihanna)

Timber (Pitbull featuring K$sha) • We are who we are (K$sha)

Rock Your Body (Justin Timberlake) • Say Hey (I Love You) (Michael Franti & Spearhead)

Lost in this Moment (Big & Rich) • Forever (Chris Brown)

Better Together (Jack Johnson) • Time of my Life (David Cook)

Moves Like Jagger (Maroon 5) • Celebration (Cool & the Gang)

Stand by me (Ben E. King) • Amazed (Lonestar)

Cake Cutting Music Played while the Bride & Groom are cutting the cake.

Sugar, Sugar (Archies) • To Be Loved By You (James Taylor)

Pour Some Sugar On Me (Def Leppard) • Sweetest Thing (U2)

Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch (The Four Tops) • Lucky (Jason Mraz & Colbie Calliat)

Better Together (Jack Johnson) • How Sweet it is (Michael Bublé)

When I’m Sixty-Four (The Beatles) • L-O-V-E (Nat King Cole)

Cut the Cake (Average White Band) • I;m Yours (Jason Mraz)

Smile (Uncle Cracker) • Love You Madly (Cake)

Everything (Michael Bublé) • Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not (Thompson Square)

Hit me with Your Best Shot (Pat Benatar) • Marry Me (Train)

Today was a Fairytale (Taylor Swift) • You & Me (Dave Matthews Band)

My Best Friend (Time McGraw) • Stuck Like Glue (Sugarland)

That’s Amore (Dean Martin) • All You Need is Love (The Beatles)

 

Money/Dollar Dance Played during the time the Bride & Groom dance with guests while the Best Man/Maid of Honor collect money for the honeymoon.

Billionaire (Travie McCoy & Bruno Mars) • Can’t Buy me Love (The Beatles)

Gold Digger (Kanye West) • Can’t Always get what you Want (The Rolling Stones)

Hey Big Spender (Susan Kohler) • If I had a $1,000,000 (Barenaked Ladies)

I Get Money (50 Cent) • Cash (Waka Flocka Flame)

Eat the Rich (Aerosmith) • Did You Ever Think (R. Kelly)

I Gotta A Woman (Ray Charles) • Cashin’ Out (Cash Out)

Funky Dollar Bill (Funkadelic) • Count on me (CeCe Williams & Whitney Houston)

Easy Money (Todd Snider) • C.R.E.A.M (Wu-Tang Clan)

I’ll Be There (Jackson 5) • Ka Ching (Shania Twain)

Million Dollar Man (Lana Del Rey) • Love Don’t Cost a Thing (Jennifer Lopez)

Million Dollar Bills (Lorde) • Mercedes Benz (Janis Joplin)

Life’s Been Good (Joe Walsh) • Material Girl (Madonna)

Bouquet toss Garter Toss

Single Ladies (Beyoncé) • Bad Boys (Inner Circle)

American Woman (Lenny Kravitz) • Dirty (Christina Aguilera)

California Girls (Katy Perry) • Sexy Back (Justin Timberlake)

Girls (Beastie Boyz) • Sexy & I Know it (LMFAO)

Hollaback Girl (Gwen Stefani) • Bootylicious (Destiny’s Child)

No Scrubs (TLC) • I’m too Sexy (Right Said Fred)

Run the World (Girls) (Beyoncé) • Thong Song (Sisqo)

Waiting for Tonight (Jennifer Lopez) • Girls, Girls, Girls (Jay-Z)

Lady Marmalade (Christina Aquilera) • Whatta Man (Salt-N-Pepper)

Where my Girls at (702) • I Like the way you Move (Outcast)

P.Y.T (Michael Jackson) • Pony (Ginuwine)

Man! I feel like a Woman! (Shania Twain) • Wild Thing (Tone Loc)

Last Dance Music-The last song of the night for the Bride & Groom and remaining guests.

Let’s Get it on (Marvin Gaye) • Somebody to Love (Queen)

Always and Forever (Heatwave) • Summer Wind (Frank Sinatra)

Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen) • Livin’ on a Prayer (Bon Jovi)

Don‘t Stop Believing (Journey) • More than a Feeling (Boston)

Let’s Stay Together (Al Green) • You Shook me all Night Long (AC/DC)

Ain’t No Mountain (Diana Ross) • It Had to be You (Tony Bennett)

I say a Little Prayer (Aretha Franklin) • Take me home Tonight (Eddie Money)

Last Dance (Donna Summer) • Anything Could Happen (Ellie Golding)

Ho Hey (The Lumineers) • One More Time (Daft Punk)

Refuge (John Legend) • Leaving on a Jet Plane (Peter, Paul & Mary)

At Last (Etta James) • Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)

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