When I first met Justin and Kim, I HAD to work with them. Maybe it was something about their infectious personalities; maybe it was the fact they wanted a unique, yet really fun reception that had guests walking saying it was the best reception they had every been too; likely, it was both.
One thing that I love about wedding entertainment is that it isn’t a cookie cutter process – every reception begins with a blank sheet of paper. Because half of their guests would be coming from the Midwest and East Coast, and were used to a different style and flow of wedding receptions, we designed an hybrid reception itinerary that accommodated both. What the song list below doesn’t tell you is that shortly after Justin & Kim’s Grand Entrance and First Dance, every single guest was on the dance floor celebrating with them to “I Gotta Feelin'” “September” and “Get This Party Started” amongst other selections. This would continue throughout the night – with the energy of the guests dictating my programming – slow, mid or fast tempo. It’s the textbook definition of “reading the crowd”.
Even the end of the night was unique. To accommodate the elder guests who would be departing well before the midnight end time, we converted the final 90 minutes into the “after-party”. The beauty of this is the elder guests felt they were part of the ENTIRE reception, even partaking in the “Last Dance”, and Justin & Kim’s friends got an energetic mix for the final 90 minutes with many songs that normally wouldn’t be played at a wedding reception. Win-win, indeed.
Prelude: Soft Indie
- Wedding Party: Don Ross – “Berkeley Springs”
- Bridal Procesion: Waylon Jenny’s – “Bird Song”
- Recessional: The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”
Cocktail Hour: Soft Indie & Contemporary
Dinner: Indie & Contemporary
- First Dance: Ray LaMontagne – “You Are The Best Thing”
- Father-In-Law/Daughter Dance: Van Morrison – “Tupelo Honey”
- Mother/Son Dance: T. Carter – “A Mother’s Song”
- Cake Cutting: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – “Home”
- Last Dance: Hugo – “99 Problems”
Dancing: Motown, Oldies, Crooners, Classic Rock, 80s, 90s, Top 40, Hip-Hop
Photos Courtesy: Rennard Photography.
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