Reception Music Slows Down

 In Party Planning, wedding planning, wedding receptions

Wedding guests love slow-dancing with one another, so the new trend in reception music is to have your band or deejay play a greater number of slower songs at the start and at the end of the wedding reception.

Everyone shares in the romance of a beautiful wedding day, and when guests are dressed to impress, perhaps remembering the joys of their own wedding days, they want to dance close together for more than just a song or two. Wedding entertainers say that they notice the dance floor gets packed for those slow ballads by guests of all ages, whether married, engaged, dating or as friends, and can sometimes clear a bit when the faster club music begins. So they now suggest to brides and grooms that they add more slow-dance songs to their reception music play lists.

Slower songs are played during the dinner hour, and guests happily stand from their tables to lead their partners to the dance floor when their favorite slow-dance songs begin. Wedding entertainers say they play three or four slower songs even after the meals have been enjoyed. Brides and grooms hold it as a high priority for their guests to enjoy the music, and they thrill at the sight of their grandparents and parents showing off their well-practiced, often enviable slow dance skills when this slower reception music invites them to spend more time on the dance floor.

From there, of course, reception music gets faster, with club music, Motown hits, and top 40 songs leading the trends here in our New Jersey region, for several hours of the party. Then as the reception winds down in its final hour, the pace returns to four or five more slow-dance songs that couples adore. Wedding guests say that it’s a particular thrill to hear ‘their song’ played within these closing slow dance performances. The bride and groom often plan a slow, spotlight dance as the last dance of the evening, joining their guests on the dance floor as all share in the couple’s second ‘our song’ of the wedding celebration.

Upon that song’s last notes, and with couples closing the dance with a spin or a dip, the reception ends with a romantic tone that leads guests to consider your wedding to be one of the most romantic and truly enjoyable they’ve ever been to.

Michael Mahle, Director of Communications, Pleasantdale Château

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