(Closed) What elements of a wedding do you/did you/will you choose a special song for?

posted 6 years ago in Music
Post # 3
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We had a song for

*processional – some people use one song for the bridesmaids and then switch it when the bride comes down.  We just did one song

*signing – we played a song when we signed our certificate

*recessional – we played a certain song for our walk back up the aisle 

*entrance – we played one song for our bridal party, and us.  Some people use 2 or 3 different songs

*our first dance

*father daughter

*mother son

we didn’t have cake cutting or bouquet toss etc but most people pick special songs for those too.

we had all these songs on an iPod and we had our band leader take care of that.  During rehearsal you will figure out all the timing for that etc.   our band leader taking care of the iPod just knew when to start it, stop it, or fade it out, we just told him what songs for what event 

Post # 4
10714 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

We had:

  • song for groom walking downn aisle
  • song for groomsmen walking down aisle
  • song for bridesmaids walking down aisle
  • song for ring bearer and flower girl walking down aisle
  • song for bride walking down aisle
  • same song for everyone walking back up the aisle
  • same song for all entering into reception
  • song for first dance
  • song for mommy and son dance (bride/son)
  • song for groom and mother dance
  • surprise dance for my grandparents 30th anniversary
  • song for cake cutting
  • same song for garter and bouquet toss
  • and we had an exit song but we ended up not really doing a dance and leaving… lol

Our aisle was really really long and used up a good part of the songs of people walking sown the aisle but also our officiant played the songs on violin so she faded one into the next. As far as the enterance song… we made it perfectly to the dance floor at the end of the song somehow LOL. We danced the entire way through our first dance, special family dances. After we cut the cake we had to stand there for photos so that actually took the whole song as well and the garter and bouquet toss took a few minutes because we did them back to back so they took the whole song. I don’t know if we got lucky or just had a really good DJ? lol

Post # 5
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - W Hotel Silicon Valley

@ForeverBirds:  I am big on music so choosing the music was really important to me! Here are the songs I specifically chose:

  • Processional Song for Bridal Party (Walking Down the Aisle)
  • Processional Song for the Bride (Walking Down the Aisle)
  • Recessional Song (Exiting the Ceremony)
  • Bridal Party & Bride/Groom Reception Entrance Song
  • I gave the DJ a general idea of the artists/type of music I wanted to hear during dinner
  • First Dance
  • Father/Daughter Dance
  • Mother/Son Dance
  • Cake Cutting
  • Garter Toss
  • Bouquet Toss
  • Farewell/Last Dance Song

I also gave the DJ a list of songs that I’d like to hear during the reception, which he used as a guideline for what to play. It turned out great! Surprisingly, the recessional song ended up being the most memorable and every time I hear it, I think of our wedding ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I have to comment to check back on this!!  Thanks Bees ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
3755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Pretty much my entire life I’ve been dreaming about all of the songs I will have played at my wedding, so I will have designated songs for every detail plus lists of songs for the dj to play during cocktail hour, dinner, etc. My main ones are:

Reception Entrance (1 for bridal party, 1 for just us)
Our First Dance
Mother/Son Dance
Father/Daughter Dance
Cake Cutting
Our Last Dance 

The hardest part is now after all these years of picking out the songs by myself, convincing Fiance to agree to all of them. There’s a chance that he and the groomsmen will have their own processional song….. think, Superman…. oh gosh. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 


Post # 10
1112 posts
Bumble bee

I am planning the wedding right now.


We will have one song for the processional, and a separate song for the bride coming in.

We will have a special song during communion that is very sentimental to us.

Post # 11
3755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@ForeverBirds:  If I left it completely up to my Fiance, he would have nothing but WWE entrance theme songs playing all night….. hahaha

Post # 12
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@ForeverBirds:  well when you think about it, you can start your walk when the song starts… once you get to the start of the aisle, you can pause for a second(which i did, my Justice of the Peace had my husband facing away while i walked up to the aisle, then i stopped for a few seconds and my Justice of the Peace then turned my husband around to see me), then you walk to the other end of the aisle, then it will take a few seconds for your husband to greet whoever is walking you, shake hands, hug, etc, then you can totally just stand up there with your husband for a few more seconds just to take it all in.  

There is lots you can do to take up the time of a song.

Post # 13
1075 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We’re super religious/traditional, so the only special customized song we’ll have is for the bridal party/our entrance. We can’t change anything in the ceremony, and we won’t be having any dances at the reception.

Post # 14
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We had:

Family entry (we had our families walk down the aisle after everyone was seated and before the processional started)
Bridesmaids Entry
Bride’s entry
Signing of the Registry (Marriage Certificate)
Recessional (we actually picked about 2 or 3 songs because it’s tradition for everyone to follow the bride and groom out of the church)
Reception Entrance
Cake cutting
Garter and Bouquet

We didn’t have a dance, so we didn’t have to worry about a first dance song or anything. We did self DJ the reception for background music – I made seperate lists for  

Cocktail Hour
Dinner Music

And everyone really enjoyed it – apparently, they all expected since there was no dance that they’d be bored out of their trees and not have any background music.  

Post # 16
846 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

we are pretty much planning all the music for our wedding:

  • a couple songs for before the ceremony while guests are being seated
  • a song for when the parents and bridal party walk down the aisle
  • a song for bride walking down aisle
  • same song for everyone walking back up the aisle
  • a couple songs to play during the receiving line
  • a song for all entering into reception
  • all the songs for during dinner
  • song for first couples dance
  • song for the father/daughter dance
  • song for groom/mother dance
  • song for the anniversary dance
  • song for cake cutting

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