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What announcements are typically made at a wedding reception?

Many receptions start with the Grand Entrance. This can be as simple as the bride and groom, or can include the bridal party, parents, flower girls and ring bearer. Later, the Best Man is introduced for the Toast, and, after that, the First Dance is announced. The Garter and Bouquet Toss is coordinated after some dancing, and the Cake is Cut. Other things tend to come up, and it's not unusual to have a few song dedications.

What should I do when I'm going over the music list?"

I ask my clients to go over the partial music list, highlighting the songs they like and crossing out songs they don't like. I've found it best to concentrate on the extremes; mark the songs you like best and the songs you like least. Your guests may have requests, and they will enjoy themselves much more if their song can be played. Also, it's important to have enough songs for the event! (Figure 20 songs per hour.) Typically, a few crossouts and a discussion about any musical genres to be avoided is sufficient.

What special songs do I need to choose?

The most important special wedding song is the First Dance. It's also common to pick out songs for a parents' dance and a dance for the bridal party. However, it may be fun to have special songs for bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, grandparents, children, and other guests. Use your imagination!

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