Cocktail Hour is the perfect opportunity to set the mood and overall tone for your reception. The music played as your guests arrive can create a fun and party atmosphere. Does your wedding have a theme? Your cocktail hour is your first chance to incorporate your theme into the reception. Popular cocktail hour music formats include jazz, motown and soul. However, we welcome and encourage your own unique ideas to add your personal touch from the very start of your reception. We like to refer to it as “Happy Hour” instead of Cocktail Hour.
Your wedding day is filled with many memorable moments. From your Grand
Entrance to your Last Dance, there are many traditional and sentimental moments that you look forward to and will remember forever.
Dancing at wedding receptions is unique in that the music caters to wide variety of age groups. Variety is the key to making EVERYONE happy. This is sometimes a challenging task. Input from the Bride & Groom is essential. We need to know family traditions and special songs that are specific to your guests. Popular Genres of Music for Dancing at Weddings include but are not limited to the following:
Dance / Disco (Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire to Rihanna & Lady Gaga) A mix of classic Dance / Disco music from the 70s to today sparking the interest of your older guests while keeping them on the floor when newer songs are sprinkled in.
Hip Hop / R &B Hip Hop is the most popular music in the country. From Rob Base’s “It Takes Two” to Notorious BIG to Jay-Z. Hip Hop sets are sometimes better suited for later in the evening when the wedding formalities are over and the wedding becomes a “party”.
Top 40 Rhythmic Mix A mixture of high energy Pop, Dance, Hip Hop and R & B currently at the top of the charts gives your reception a contemporary vibe.
80s Sing A Long An growing genre being played as dance music at wedding receptions are 80s sing a long classics such as Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin”, Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer” or Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl”.
Oldies Runaround Sue, The Twist, Shout etc… Classic party songs that have been filling dance floors for generations.
Party Songs (Cha Cha Slide, Macarena, Electric Slide etc….) Popular with some, Disliked by others, these songs draw people to the dance floor with or without the cheese. You might want to consider them as backup plans if other genres aren’t getting the party started.
Slow Songs Often used to draw people to the dance floor, slow songs or jams create an elegant atmosphere perfect for weddings. Classics such as Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” to modern songs such as Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” can be sprinkled throughout the evening.
Ballroom — Wedding Receptions with older guests often like a mix of Ballroom favorites including Cha Cha’s, Fox Trot, Jitterbug, Lindy, Mambo, Rhomba, Samba, Swing, Tango or Waltz
Ethnic Specific Dances Ethnic dances and traditions can bring a familiar flavor to your family guests. Latin Weddings often require Merengue & Salsa. Traditional Jewish Weddings often lift the Bride & Groom on chairs during the “Hora”. Asian Weddings often have Tea Ceremonies.