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Wedding & Other Romantic Music

Schubert's "Ave Maria" isn't the only choice when it comes to choosing memorable music for your ceremony. Whether you decide to charm your guests with a harp solo, a flute duo, a string quartet or surprise them with bagpipes, the music you choose for your ceremony will directly reflect the mood of the event.

At the ceremony, choose songs for:

  • Guests arrival
  • Bridal-party processional
  • Bride's processional
  • Recessional

At your reception, choose songs to play for:

  • The introcution of the bridal party (be sure to tell the DJ to have the music low as he/she introduces the bridal party. Many DJ's have the music way too loud which drowns out the announcements).
  • The entrance of the Bride and Groom
  • Your first dance as a couple
  • Father/Bride dance
  • Mother/Groom dance
  • Cake cutting
  • Last dance before you leave the reception

Use music to further the theme or location of your wedding:

  • Island location or Rocky Point beach wedding - Steel drums, Mariachi band or raggae music
  • Country setting - Bluegrass, country or folk music
  • City site - Smooth Jazz
  • Other music ideas: Barbershop quartet, bagpipes, your university's marching band

Here are a few popular selections to consider:

First Dance. . .

At Last - Etta James
I'll Stand By You - Carrie Underwood
From this Moment - Shania Twain
It Had To Be You - Harry Connick
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
Truly, Madly, Deeply - Savage Garden
Unforgettable - Nat "King" Cole & Natalie Cole
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
All You Need is Love - The Beatles
When Did You Fall in Love? - Chris Rice (to listen, click here!)
I Cross My Heart - George Strait
Amassed - Lonestar
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
True Companion - Mark Cohn
It's Your Love - Tim Mcgraw
Could Not Ask For More - Edwin Mccain

Father/Bride Dance. . .

Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlisle/Jeff Carson
Daddy's Little Girl - Peter Cetera/Al Martino/Michael Bolton
My Girl - The Temptations
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Father's Eyes - Amy Grant
I Loved Her First - Heartland
Daughters - John Mayer
In My Daughters Eyes - Martina Mcbride
My Little Girl - Tim Mcgraw
If I Could - Ray Charles
Landslide - Stevie Nicks
There You'll Be - Faith Hill
Times Of Your Life - Paul Anka
You Don't Have To Let Go - Jessica Simpson
Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
My Baby You - Marc Anthony
Daddy's Hands - Holly Dunn
Through The Years - Kenny Rogers

Mother/Groom Dance. . .

A Song for Mama - Boyz II Men
Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
Wind Beneath my Wings - Bette Midler
You're the Inspiration - Chicago
You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
First Lady In My Life Was You - Paul Todd
I Am Your Child - Barry Manilow
Perfect Fan - Backstreet Boys
A Mothers Day - Jim Brickman
Wonderful World - Louie Armstrong
Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
Forever Young - Bob Dlyan
You Raise Me Up - Josn Groban

A special "Thank You" to Mark Sanchez, ProfessionalMobileENT, DJ & MC for his contribution to this list of reception music.

NOTE: To find the lyrics to your favorite song, search here, here, here or here.

A gratuity for DJs and musicans should be given in cash at the end of the evening. Set aside the money beforehand and designate someone to be in charge of distribution. $100 to $150 per DJ or entertainer is customary - or more if they did an outstanding job of keeping your guests entertained.

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Here are a few of our favored music vendors!

www.VeeRonnaRagoneHarpistAZ.com - Since 1987, VeeRonna Ragone, Harpist, hascreatively and professionally added a musical touch of grace and elegance to many special lifetime events. Let VeeRonna ease the stress by helping you with the musical part. - 5 Stars from Larry James!

www.ProfessionalMobileENT.com - Mark Sanchez has preformed over 800 weddings, and over 1000 events total in the Phoenix area since 1990. "We are very happy with his performance, and will recommend him to everyone we know." - Howard & Monica Fleischmann. - 5 Stars from Larry James!

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