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Cocktail Hour

The cocktail hour is where the party begins. Your guests will have the chance to mix and mingle, getting on a first name basis before they start competing in dance-offs after dinner. Try not to serve extremely boozy beverages at this point, there will be plenty of time for that after you finish your toasts and meals.

Wedding Party/Newlywed Introductions


Ready for your grand entrance? First the wedding party will shake and shimmy into the venue, usually starting with the best man and maid of hour. Once everyone has made it inside, the newlyweds will make their way in.

First Dance


Now is the moment in your wedding reception timeline you’ve been waiting for, your first dance. You’ve found the perfect song and you’ve been learning your steps for months, but now’s the time to put them to the test. The key rules here are: don’t stress, trust your feet and enjoy yourself. Prepare to hear some “awe’s come out of the audience because it’s bound to be downright adorable.

Welcome Speech/Toast


After you’ve finished whirling around the dance floor with your new spouse you may want to give your guests a quick thank you. This doesn’t require a lengthy speech, just a few simple words to show your gratitude. Sometimes the parents will get in on the action, especially if they are also acting as hosts.



Now it’s time for your guests to fuel up for the party ahead. If you want them staying out until the crack of dawn they are going to require some sustenance, so don’t be stingy when it comes to ordering food. Remember, there are plenty of ways to serve up your meals, so get acquainted with the catering styles and find one that suits the vibe of your big day.

Toasts (During Dinner)


During dinner a few of your weddings MVPs will steal the mic to show you some love with a toast. The first speech is typically made by the best man, followed by the maid of honor and sometimes the parents. Don’t forget to bring extra tissues, a few of these are sure to get the waterworks flowing.

Father-Daughter Dance/Mother-Son Dance


Yes, you’ll probably want to spend majority of the evening with your new spouse. However, you’ll need to pry yourself away from them for at least a few moments to take to the dance floor with your dear old mom and dad. You can either combine the two dances with a single song or give each their own. It’s your wedding, you make the rules.

Party Time


Here’s where the party really begins. It’s time to get all your guests moving, shaking, and celebrating. You’ll want everyone from your baby niece to your grandmother showing off their finest moves - even if that means channeling Elaine Benes - so make sure you make a soundtrack that spans genres and generations. This is also when you will schedule any fun and games such as the shoe game, money dance or any other entertainment you’ve planned. As this portion of the evening progresses, you may also want to serve some late-night snacks.

Cake Cutting

Time for the sweetest part of your wedding reception timeline - literally. You and your S.O. will slice open your magnificent confection and stuff it in each other’s faces - the perfect photo op. Remember to keep your hands off the top tier if you plan on preserving it for your first anniversary.

Bouquet Toss/Garter Toss

The bouquet and garter toss go hand in hand. Typically the bride will toss her bouquet to the waiting ladies before the groom does the same with the garter for the guys. These age-old traditions require some ultra-sexy tracks, so look into something like Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” for the former and JT’s “Sexy Back” for the latter. If you don’t want to prolong this portion of your reception you can always do both to the same song - they don’t take long!

Last Call


Everyone’s least favorite words when they’re having a good time are “last call!”, so make sure all your guests have ample time to get to the bar before your mixologist starts packing up the wine and spirits. Ask for your emcee to announce when last call is an hour out so that everyone can order their final cocktails.

Last Dance


Ah, the last hurrah of your big day. You’ll want to make it a good one, so don’t forget to pick a karaoke-worthy jam that will get all of your guests out of their seats and onto the dance floor.

Your wedding deserves to go out with a bang, so don’t let it die out to a mellow track.

Reception SONGS TOP 10

Cocktail Hour

  • Rhythm Of Love - Plain White T's
  • I Choose You - Sara Barelles
  • Call Me Irresponsible - Michael Buble'
  • One Love - Bob Marley
  • The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson
  • First Day Of My Life - Bright Eyes
  • When I'm Gone - Pitch Perfect
  • City And Colour - The Girl
  • Kiss Me - Sixpence None The Richer
  • Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

Wedding Party Introductions

  • You choose if it is one song for the whole intro, or one for each part of the wedding party.

First Dance

  • This is your dance, you pick the song and the version of it.  We'll send it to you to make sure it's what you want!


  • Once in a Lifetime - Landon Austin

  • You. - Johnny Balik

  • When You Love Someone - James TW

  • What I Really Wanna Say - Nicole Serrano

  • Can’t Help Falling in Love - Christian Akridge

  • Misty - Johnny Mathis

  • The Very Thought of You - Frank Sinatra

  • It Had to Be You - Tony Bennett & Carrie Underwood

  • Kiss Me - Ed Sheeran

  • Sparks - Coldplay

Father Daughter Dance

  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

  • Where You Lead – Carole King

  • Forever Young – Rod Stewart

  • Child of Mine – Carole King

  • Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler

  • Home – Jack Johnson

  • Days Like This – Van Morrison

  • You’ll Be In My Heart – Phil Collins

  • 93 Million Miles – Jason Mraz

  • You’re Gonna Be – Reba McEntire


  • Lady Gaga – The Cure

  • Sam Hunt – Body Like a Back Road

  • Calvin Harris ft. Young Thug, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande – Heatstroke

  • Misterwives – Outside the Lines

  • Bruno Mars – Marry You

  • BTS – DNA

  • Avicii – Wake Me Up

  • OMI (Felix Jaehn Remix) – Cheerleader

  • American Authors – Best Day of My Life

  • A$AP Rocky – Sundress

Bouquet Toss

  • Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) – Beyonce

  • Wishin’ and Hopin’ – Dusty Springfield

  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

  • Only Girl (In the World) – Rihanna

  • How Will I Know – Whitney Houston

  • That’s My Girl – Fifth Harmony

  • Man! I Feel Like A Woman – Shania Twain

  • Wannabe – Spice Girls

  • Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen

  • Pretty Girl Rock – Keri Hilson


  • For He's A Jolly Good Fellow - The Hit Crew · 2016

  • Please Stand Up - British Sea Power · 2005

  • Irish Wedding - Wedding Music · 2018

  • Soul Bossa Nove - Quincy Jones · 1998

  • Best Man - Faith Evans    

  • Celebration – Madonna

  • Celebration - Kool & The Gang

  • That's Amore - Dean Martin

  • Congratulations – Cliff Richard

  • Raise Your Glass - P!nk · 2010

Mother Son Dance

  • The Best Day – Taylor Swift

  • Mother Stands For Comfort – Kate Bush

  • Letter to My Mother – Edwin McCain

  • Mom – Meghan Trainor

  • Don’t Forget to Remember Me – Carrie Underwood

  • I’ll Always Love My Mama – The Intruders

  • No Matter What – Calum Scott

  • Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

  • How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – James Taylor

  • Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

Cake Cutting

  • How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You,” by James Taylor

  • Pour Some Sugar on Me,” by Def Leppard

  • Sugar Sugar,” by the Archies

  • Cake by the Ocean,” by DNCE

  • Sweetest Thing,” by U2

  • Sugar,” by Maroon 5

  • I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” by the Four Tops

  • Love on Top,” by Beyoncé

  • Cuts Like a Knife,” by Bryan Adams

  • Sugar Shack,” by Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs

Garter Toss

  • Hot in Here - Nelly

  • Rock Your Body - Justin Timberlake

  • Pony - Ginuwine

  • Whatever You Like - T.I.

  • Beautiful - Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams

  • You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate

  • Milkshake - Kelis

  • Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye

  • Love Sex Magic - Ciara ft. Justin Timberlake

  • Drunk in Love - Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z

Last Dance

  • In My Life - The Beatles

  • Do You Love Me - The Contours

  • I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers

  • Anything Could Happen - Ellie Goulding

  • Last Dance - Donna Summer

  • (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

  • Makin’ Plans - Miranda Lambert

  • Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks

  • You’re My Best Friend - Queen

  • Kiss - Prince