Post # 1
I just got to thinking, most songs are between 3 and 4 minutes long.
It doesn’t take you that long to walk in for the entrance or to cut the cake or to throw a bouquet.
Do you cut the song short? I think that is kinda weird? But… letting it awkwardly play out is weird too.
Post # 3
No clue. I’ve never attended a wedding yet out of many where songs were even used for any of those events, or anything else. Then again, I’ve never seen an entrance at a reception in real life, but that’s a different topic. You are right that most songs are way too long for events that barely take a few seconds at most. The same goes for the bouquet and garter tosses. The songs in that case are used as anticipation to get people’s attention and get them onto the dance floor to participate. The events themselves don’t last anywhere near as long as the songs are. Your dj is a professional and may have ideas on how this all works.
Post # 4
I am in the same boat! I have been to very few weddings and I didn’t pay attention at all. Wasn’t even thinking about myself getting married at that point! So I have no clue.
And……. the only unfortunate thing is we are doing an iPod reception 🙂
Post # 5
This is what DJs are for! If you could just get the same effect with an iPod reception, people wouldn’t pay money for a professional DJ 🙂
Post # 6
The wedding party and I are being introduced and then going straight over to cut the cake to get that part out of the way. So, maybe you could incorporate those together and do 1 song?
I can’t help you with the bridal toss since we’re not doing it.
Post # 7
In our reception, our entrance song was instrumental and about a minute long, so the DJ just looped it over and over until everyone had made their entrance. For the cake cutting, I think he did some kind of fade out from the cake cutting song into the next music set, but I don’t quite remember very well. We didn’t do bouquet/garter toss so I don’t have any details on that…
Post # 8
Our dj is just playing them at the same level as the background music. We might be the only ones that notice our songs are even playing, but I don’t mind. I think it will flow better that way.
Post # 9
I’m pretty sure most of them cut off or fade away after the event is over…. I agree it’s kind of awkward, but I think less so than letting it continue to play. The only exception, I think, is for the bouquet and garter toss. Those are usually later in the night during the ‘dance party’ portion of the reception, so in that case I think it is fine to let them play through. After the garter/bouquet tosses are over, people can just resume dancing to whatever song you do your tosses to. Good luck! I’m sure you are the only one who will notice, so no worries 🙂
Post # 10
We aren’t doing bouquet toss or garter toss, either, but just thought I’d throw it in there.
I’m thinking about just not having the songs at all! Much easier with our budget iPod and I don’t think anyone will notice there’s no music besides me 🙂
We’ll have a first dance and f/d m/s dance so I think that will be fine enough.