The following assists you witht the Reception PLANNING Sheet.  The information includes
tips, ideas and suggestions for a successful party.  Each BOLD heading corresponds to a
section on your planner.  If you have any questions, please call us.

Entrance Of Wedding Party
Upon arrival at your reception site, we suggest formally starting the event with a grand
entrance of the wedding party followed by the bride & groom.  This announcement serves
as the kick-off to the party.  It is not being done as an introduction of your bridesmaids and
groomsmen, but rather as an enthusiastic recognition of these special loved ones.  We will
coordinate the entrance order of each couple and then announce each name as they enter
to an upbeat musical background.

Entrance Of The Bride & Groom
As your MC announces the entrance of the bride and groom your friends and family will rise
and greet you with applause and cheers.

The toast is usually done right after the first dance at the conclusion of the meal jsut before
you cut the cake.  Your MC will coordinate all aspects of this event.  After the champagne
has been poured, we will have a wireless mic available for your best man, maid of honor,
fathers, or any others to say a few words.  We discourage open toasting.  This can be a
slow and awkward process that drastically impacts the smooth flow of your reception.

Bride/Groom to Welcome And Thank Guests
The following is a fun and memorable alternative to the typical receiving line.  Upon entering
the room, we encourage you to acknowledge your guests.  We will provide you with a mic.  
This is a wonderful opportunity to welcome everyone and to do any special
acknowledgements, such as guests who have traveled a long distance, or friends or family
who have contributed in the preparation of the ceremony or reception.  It’s especially
meaningful to hear from the bride and groom how important their friends and family are to

Immediately following your welcome, we recommend having the meal service begin.  
Remember, although you have just arrived, your guests have been waiting for some time.  
During the pre-planning stages, inform your caterer what time you expect to arrive and that
you would like the meal service to begin shortly after that.  It is easier for the caterer to
move the food service back if you are running late than it is for them to move it forward if
you are ahead of schedule.  Once you have had the opportunity to enjoy your meal, it is a
good time for the bride and groom to visit with their guests.  Typically, most guests will still
be eating and you will have about 20 minutes to mingle table to table.

Cake Cutting
Following the toasts is the traditional cutting of the cake.  You will notice that your guests
are now getting more animated, and giving their enthusiastic encouragement to the bride
and groom during the feeding of the first piece of cake.  The fun of this formality is in the
anticipation.  We suggest that you have a playful, yet sensible attitude while feeding each
other.  Another consideration is who will serve the cake as you continue with your spotlight
dances.  This service is not always included by caterers.

Bouquet Toss
As your photographer finishes any additional photos of the bride and groom at the cake
table, your MC will gather the single ladies on the dance floor.  You will want to be sure to
have your throw bouquet handy.  Your MC will get the energy level up as he counts the
throw with you, 5-4-3-2-1.  Following the catch, the photographer will want to get a special
photo of the bride with the woman who caught the bouquet.  If you want an alternative to
this tradition, please let us know.  We will be happy to suggest other options including a
bouquet presentation or toss to married and single females that will allow you to give away
your bouquet and still create a unique and memorable moment for you and your guests.

Garter Removal/  Garter Toss
Your MC will invite all of the single men to the dance floor.  For the garter removal, the bride
can sit on a chair or on the best man’s knee.  The groom will then get down on one knee in
front of his bride.  Once the garter has been removed, your MC will begin the countdown for
the toss, 5-4-3-2-1.  The gentleman who catches the garter will then be joined on the dance
floor with the woman who caught the bouquet.  The bride and groom will then join them for a
fun, candid photo.

Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance Songs
One of the most traditional events at the reception is the moment the father of the bride
dances with his daughter.  An additional special song includes the groom with his mother.  
We can also invite all fathers/daughters or mothers/sons to join in halfway through this

Other Spotlight Dance
For some brides, a special dance with a Stepfather, Uncle, Brother, or close family friend is
done in lieu of, or in addition to, a parents dance.  This is also an opportunity for a parent or
step parent to dance with a child or children of the bride or groom to dance.

General Dancing
When the bride and groom dance, your guests dance!  It’s important that the bride and
groom remain on the dance floor for the first fast dance as it will make it more inviting as
your guests start dancing.  As we observe the reaction of your guests, we can then best
determine which songs to play.  Your MC is an expert at music programming and has the
ability to “read the crowd” to keep guest of all ages dancing and having fun.

Money Dance
If you decide to do a money dance, your MC will announce it as an opportunity for your
friends and family to share a special slow dance with the bride or groom.  The MC will ask
the best man and maid of honor to assist him.  They will help ensure the timely flow of the
guest and collect the money.  It’s important that the bride and groom remain on the dance
floor at the conclusion of the money dance.  As the music tempo picks up, your presence
will encourage all guests to join you as the fast dancing resumes.

Last Dance
When your reception is finishing, you want an ending they will remember with a special last
dance.  Do you want all your friends around you? Do you want everyone dancing? Dream
about the perfect ending to your dream come true night.

Types Of Dance Music Preferred
The very best parties always have a mixture of songs that please and entertain all age
groups.  Below is a general list of various categories and popular artists.  We welcome you
to highlight all of your favorite music categories.  Be careful about choosing specific songs
that aren't "danceable."
Planning Your Wedding Reception
We believe that the pre planning session with your  MC is the foundation of a successful
event!  It's all about communication!
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First Dance Song
While all of the attention is now focused on you,
you move to the dance floor.  The first few notes of
your special song begin to play as you begin to
share your first dance as husband and wife.  Many
couples choose to have the wedding party join
them halfway through the dance.  By doing this,
you give the photographer an opportunity to
photograph your wedding party.
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  • Big Band/Standards – Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Nat King Cole, Tommy
    Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Artie Shaw, Johnny Mathis, etc.

  • 50’s/60/s Rock – Beatles, Beach Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, Platters, Bill Haley, Chubby
    Checker,  Bobby Darin, etc.

  • Classic Rock – Bob Seger, AC/DC, Van Halen, John Mellencamp, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, ZZ
    Top, Eric Clapton, Elton John, etc.

  • Funk/Disco – Bee Gees, Village People, Chic, Earth Wind & Fire, Donna Summer, Commodores,
    Gap Band, Kool & The Gang, Wild Cherry, etc.

  • Motown/60’s Soul – Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Four Tops, Temptations, Supremes, Marvin
    Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Jackson5,

  • Country – Shania Twain, Toby Keith, Faith Hill, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Alan Jackson,Garth
    Brooks, Alabama, etc.

  • 80’s Retro – Beastie Boys, B-52’s, New Order, Romantics, Cure, INXS, Devo, Clash, Soft Cell,
    Modern English, Talking Heads, Billy Idol, etc.

  • R&B/Hip Hop – Rob Base, Rick James, Prince, Tone Loc, Young MC, Salt-n-Pepa, Will Smith,  
    C&C Music Factory, MC Hammer, Michael Jackson, Madonna, etc.

  • Ethnic – Italian, Jewish, Irish, Latin, Greek, Cajun, Polkas, Reggae, etc.

  • Group Participation Dances – Conga, Shout, YMCA, Electric Slide, Cupid Shuffle, etc.

  • Current Hits – Subject to change
Dedications, Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc.
Be sure to list any special announcements you would like your MC to make.  This is a great
way to personalize your event and recognize someone special.

Sensitive Subjects
Your MC will conduct herself in a professional and courteous manner at all times throughout
your reception.  If you feel we need to be aware of any sensitive information regarding your
event, family, or guests, please list it here.

Anything Else We Should Know?
If you are having a video presentation, a singer, musicians, fraternity/sorority serenade,
centerpiece giveaway, or any other personalized additions that will make your party unique
please list them.  Your MC will offer suggestions regarding the sequence and timing of
these special touches.
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