PLANNING THE RECEPTION
We will give you a WEDDING RECEPTION PLANNER
that will help organize the formalities for your wedding reception. The
Bride and Groom may wish to copy the completed planner before returning
it to us, so they can pass it along to their photographer, caterer, and
other persons who will be involved with the reception. This helps you
to shape your reception any way you wish and makes those wishes clear
instructions for everyone to follow.
As Wedding Presenters, we will tastefully
carry out any announcements and formalities that you choose to do, from
introductions to the final goodbyes. Also, we will play whatever songs
you have selected and or take requests. Keep in mind that it is important
to please your guests with their favorite music for dancing and listening.
If you do not wish for us to take requests we will respect your wishes.
We have a master library of over 100,000
songs. We will send you a music catalog that is organized by category
Big Band to the present so you can highlight your favorites upon request.
You may contact our office if you wish to hear a specific song listed
in our master library. We have provisions to play music over the telephone
so you or a family member can hear a song that they might want to use
for a special dance.
The Following is a condensed
version of what goes on at a wedding reception. We are by no means
limited to this format. We work along with the you, reception hall,
caterers, photographers, and with any other professionals you have hired
for your reception to be sure everything runs smoothly. We will also base
what we do on how your guests are responding to what is happening. It
is our policy that the you will have the final decision.
COCKTAIL & HORS D’OEUVRE HOUR
While the guests are arriving, we are
playing either a light or popular jazz, classical, or selections that
you have chosen. Because your guests are spending time conversing with
friends and relatives, we try to keep the music low - key and our volumes
WHEN THE BRIDAL PARTY ARRIVES
Usually the photographer will take the
bridal party for pictures after the ceremony. When the Bride and Groom
arrive at the Reception Hall, we usually do the Bridal Party introductions.
We obtain the names when we meet with the Bride and Groom before their
wedding date. We go over the pronunciation of each name for proper announcement.
When introducing the Bridal Party they usually come through the front
entrance or the person in charge of the Reception Hall may have a better
The bride and groom select this song
before the wedding day. We usually start the song with the Bride and Groom
dancing, and half - way through we invite the parents and the bridal party
to join in. If needed, we can also play a second song for the bridal party
to join in, if the Bride and Groom wish to dance the entire first dance
alone. The first dance is generally a very special moment for the Bride
and Groom, and your guests set back and take pictures.
Traditionally this is done by the "Best
Man" before the dinner. We will announce the toast several minutes
before it takes place so that everyone can be sure to have a full glass.
The Maid or Matron of Honor", or Parents of the Bride & Groom can make a toast as well.
Again we play background music so your
guests can again visit with one another as they are eating. The Bride
and Groom can again pick any selections that they would like to hear.
We can also play slow love songs and encourage couples to go to the dance
floor and dance.
FATHER - DAUGHTER / MOTHER - SON DANCES
These dances are very special for the
parents and the Bride and Groom. We can have the whole Bridal Party form
a circle around each dance as well. When we meet with the Bride and Groom
we can play as many selections to see what songs are best for these dances.
The "Wedding Planner" that we send out has many selections to
After the first slow songs, we invite
everyone to join in and we gradually pick up the pace of the music. In
the beginning of the reception, we usually play a lot of popular oldies
to get everyone involved in dancing. Again if the Bride and Groom have
special preferences we will play what they have selected.
This takes place about a half hour after
the dancing starts. We always check with the Host / Hostess or person
in charge to see when they are ready since they will be passing out the
cake. We will also make sure the photographer and the Bride and Groom
are ready, then we will make an announcement for people to gather around
the cake and take pictures.
MARRIED COUPLES DANCE
This is a special dedication dance to
all married couples at the wedding. The object is to get to the longest
married couple by elimination. The Bride can give the couple her bouquet
or a special gift if she wishes. The longest married couple can also give
words of advice to the newlyweds.
BOUQUET AND GARTER TOSS
In our planner we have some selections
to choose from to get the single girls and guys up to the dance floor.
A drum roll is used when throwing the bouquet and the garter. We also
have some selections to choose from to take the garter off and to put
the garter back on.
HONEYMOON DANCE (MONEY DANCE)
This is when the Bride and Groom dance
with their guests for money. Two lines are formed, one behind the Maid
or Matron of Honor and the other behind the Best Man. The Disc Jockey
will continue to play music as long as it takes till everyone has had
a chance to dance with the Bride and Groom.
These dances can be a lot of fun for
your guests and gives everyone a chance to get to know each other better.
These dances include Macarena, Electric Slide, Loco-motion, Chicken Dance,
Hokey Pokey, Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Cotton Eye Joe, Y.M.C.A., etc.. We can also play some ethnic music like
Polkas, Irish Jigs, or Italian Music, etc.. If you do not wish to include these songs, we suggest they be added to the Do Not Play List. We have done many weddings that did not include participation dances.
We can organize a circle around the Bride
and Groom and play the Bridal Dance again, inviting all to join in. If
you do not wish to do this there is a list of other suggestions that are
listed in our planner. We suggest using a song that is slow to end on
a soft note. Another suggestion may be to use a song that will go along
with your Honey Moon, such as: "Kokomo" if going to the Bahamas
or "Happy Trails" if going camping. Just to name a few.
We hope that the information
was useful in letting you know what The Great Music Company is all about.
If there is one thing that we want to stress, it’s our strong belief that
the Bride and Groom’s wishes are our first priority. If there are any
questions about the information, please feel free to call or e-mail us
anytime. We would like to say Congratulations, and may you have a lifetime
of wonderful memories.
Remember most receptions are booked in
the first quarter of the year, so please call us to reserve The Great
Music Company for your reception, or to make an appointment. We would
like to be a part of your day.
The Great Music Company
Making Wedding Dreams Come True