We hope everyone on the East Coast has stayed dry! To take your mind off of hurricane madness, we’re back with more from our wedding song suggestions series with local deejay Ryan Deal, owner of Mixing Maryland, and today, we’re talking bridal party entrance! Regardless of your choice for wedding entertainment and music in Washington, DC, selecting songs for the big moments infuses more of your personalities the reception and can turn the wedding party entrance into the entrance of the night! Take it away, Ryan¦
Last time, we brought you some of the most popular and most requested wedding cake cutting songs, but why stop there? The bridal party introduction is an important part of any wedding reception. It’s the first time the couple will be introduced into the reception and lets all the guests know that dinner and dancing are right around the corner. So, we’re here to help, with a myriad of introduction songs for any taste.
The biggest question when choosing a song for the introduction is, do you go the elegant, grand entrance route or lighten things up with a fun, upbeat entrance? The possibilities are practically endless. I even had one couple introduce their bridal party as if they were professional wrestlers, each with a theme song and a pump-up-the-crowd dance. What can I say? When you do as many weddings as we do in the DC-Metro area, you tend to see it all.
So, whether you’re going for a more traditional entrance or kicking it up a notch, here are some bridal party introduction song ideas to get you started (taken from weddings we’ve DJed in 2012):
1. I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas
2. Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
3. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by The Darkness
4. Eye of The Tiger by Survivor
5. Yeah! by Usher feat. Ludacris & Lil Jon
6. One More Time by Daft Punk
7. Thunderstruck by AC/DC
8. Party in the U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus
9. Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO
10. Safe and Sound by Capital Cities
1. Another One Bites The Dust by Queen
2. Get This Party Started by Pink
3. Gold Digger by Kanye West
4. Let’s Get It Started by Black Eyed Peas
5. Forever by Chris Brown
6. You’re My Best Friend by Queen
7. The Final Countdown by Europe
8. Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N’ Roses
9. Crazy in Love by Beyonce feat. Jay-Z
10. Bring ˜Em Out by T.I. feat. Jay-Z
1. Celebration by Kool & The Gang
2. All You Need is Love by The Beatles
3. We Are Family by Sister Sledge
4. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours by Stevie Wonder
5. Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves
6. You’re the First, the Last, my Everything by Barry White
7. With A Little Help From My Friends by The Beatles
8. Beautiful Day by U2
9. The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson
10. I Got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown
Of course this is just a short list of bridal party introduction songs to get you started, but when choosing a song for your wedding, just remember this one thing It’s your wedding! You only do it once, so make sure you’re happy with your selection and be sure to let your DJ know what song you’d like and which version if you’d like a special version to make sure you get exactly what you want.
- Pro Tip #1: Sometimes couples opt to have each bridal party pair choose their own song for the introductions, and while this is a neat idea in theory, it doesn’t always work so well the day of. If you think about it, to walk out, pose, and then send the next pair only takes a few seconds, so a lot of songs in a small time frame can end up sounding choppy and confusing to guests. If you want to do this, make sure each pair is prepared to dance a little to give significant time between each song.
- Pro Tip #2: If you’re planning to do a surprise dance or have something choreographed prepared, make sure to include your DJ. In most cases, the DJ will be able to create a custom song or custom mashup of songs to help you with this. In fact, we offer that service for free to all couples that wish to do so.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing more of Ryan’s wedding playlist ideas, so be sure to check back. In the meantime, you can browse around the local DC area wedding galleries for ideas or find more advice from local DC area wedding pros.