Medina resident Kevin Ward has been the deejay of choice for thousands of weddings since founding Midnight Music Entertainment right out of high school in 1992. Now with a staff of seven deejays, Midnight Music offers an exciting evening of reception music from the bridal entrance to the final dance.
“We don’t steal the spotlight,” Kevin says, “We’re there to make the evening meaningful to the bridal couple and their guests.”
According to Kevin, most wedding receptions require 75 songs, about 25 per hour. “You want to tighten your list and choose the best of the best,” says Kevin. “Pick music that you enjoy and that you think your guests will enjoy. If the bride and groom are having fun, it’s contagious. All the guests will be out on the dance floor, too.”
Kevin’s list of top tunes for the reception changes with Billboard’s Hot 100, but these are the songs that are making most bridal couples’ playlists in 2016:
Main introduction: Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars. “The first song sets the tone of the evening and gets the party started.”
Cake Cutting: Sugar by Maroon 5. “You want something fun and current. Whether the cake cutting is going to be messy or nice, pick a song that reflects the mood.”
Dinner: The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra. “Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra – you want smooth crooners and finger-snapping jazz for dinner. Kenny G is out. Michael Bublé is in.”
First Dance: Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran. “The first dance is usually the most popular love song of the moment or something timeless like Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers or Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis.”
Bridal Party: Wobble by V.I.C. “Couples recognize that the partners in their bridal party aren’t necessarily dating, so they try to have something upbeat and fun rather than romantic. It’s always good to have a song that gets the crowd involved.”
Father and Daughter Dance: I Loved Her First by Heartland. “This is a touching moment. Sometimes a bride chooses The Temptations’ My Girl or Stealing Cinderella by Chuck Wicks. In some cases, the father and daughter start with something slow and then suddenly the music changes and they do a whole dance routine together. The guests love it.”
Mother and Son Dance: Song for Mama by Boys II Men. “It’s surprising how many grooms cry a little bit during this dance. It’s a special moment with their mom. Other songs that work are My Wish by Rascal Flatts and Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.
Bouquet Toss: Single Ladies by Beyoncé. “A lot of people don’t think about music for this part of the reception. But you don’t want dead silence, you want something fun. A lot of couples choose The Stripper by David Rose & Orchestra for the garter removal. Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On or Kenny Loggins’ Danger Zone are also favorites. You want your guests to be laughing and cracking up during this part of the ceremony.”
Party Song: Cupid Shuffle by Cupid. “This is today’s version of the Electric Slide.”
Last Dance: Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey. “Everybody knows this song by heart. It’s a great song for the end of the evening. It’s joyful, it’s hopeful, it’s about remembering the good time everyone had tonight.”
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