Locomotion DJ Productions would like to congratulate you on the announcement to exchange your wedding vows.
A Wedding Reception is a Formal event and we entertain in a Professional and Proper manner. Our goal at your wedding reception is to make your wedding sound like your wedding! We want to hear your ideas, and we will incorporate these with our experience to make your event one that is classy, unique & fun all at the same time.
We believe that the focus of the event should be on the couple getting married and their guests. As your disc jockey we will play the songs that are important to the Bride and Groom as well as the songs that we know will motivate people to fully enjoy themselves and walk away exhausted knowing they have been to the best wedding ever!
To get the planning started we have included below a condensed version of what goes on at a wedding reception. We are by no means limited to this format. We work quite a bit with caterers, photographers, and many other professionals like the ones that you may have hired for your reception to be sure everything runs smoothly. We will also base what we do on how your guests are responding to what is happening.
While the guests arrive, we are playing either a light, popular jazz, classical, or a light,rock-soul and oldies mix. Because your guests are spending this time conversing with friends and relatives that they may have not see in a while, we try to keep the music low-key and our volumes unobtrusive.
Bride and Groom Arrive
Usually the photographer will take the bridal party for pictures after the ceremony. After the photographer has completed his photo session with the bride and groom at the reception hall, your entertainer will line the bridal party up for proper introduction.
Bridal Party Introductions
Sometime prior to the day of your reception, you will have had the opportunity to meet with your entertainer to discuss the proper name pronunciation of your bridal party attendants, and the proper placement of these attendants within the order of introduction. Once at the function hall your entertainer will line your attendants according to what had been discussed prior to the wedding day.As your attendants make their way into the function room, it may have been decided that they form a receiving line, or go to the head table.
In most receptions the receiving line is done at the church as the guests leave, but this can also be done in conjunction with the introductions or alone. The bride, groom, and parents will line up and greet the guests as they go through the line. This is a great time to say "thank you" to all of your guests for attending your special day.
If you are having a blessing this will take place once your bridal party attendants are at the head table, your entertainer will ask a guest (someone selected prior to reception - parent, friend, grandparent, uncle, priest, etc.) by name to say the blessing. Once the blessing is complete, your entertainer will now draw the attention to the person who is proposing the toast.
This is usually done by the best man. We will announce the toast several minutes before it happens to insure that all of the guests have a full glass.
Your cake cutting ceremony takes place after salad or after dinner. Your music selections for the cake cutting can either be background music or traditional (bride cuts the cake). We will coordinate with your photographer to when is the proper time to begin the music for this traditional moment, and some entertainer's will ask your guests to gather around for pictures at this time, but at Locomotion we believe that this is not the best way to approach family/friends photo opportunities because it will interfere with your photographer's performance, and he/she may lose those perfect shots that he/she was paid to get.
The bride and groom select this song prior to their wedding date. This song should be well thought out, and define something special about the two of you. This dance can take place either after dinner, or it may have taken place when the bride and groom were introduced.
After the bride and groom have danced their first dance as husband and wife, they may want to dance with their parents. If these dances are occurring the bride will first dance with her father, and then the groom will follow by escorting his mother to the dance floor for their special dance together. At times there have been instances where someone else has danced in the place of either parent.
Wedding Party Dance
Once the parent's dance has been completed, the bride and groom may want to have the entire wedding party come to the dance floor for the wedding party dance. This dance can also take place during the bride and groom's first dance, where the bride and groom's first dance will be split 50/50, and the wedding party will be asked to join our bride and groom on the dance floor.
The centerpiece giveaway may be approached in many different variations. Please note that centerpieces may not be available to give away - they may be the property of your florist, or venue.
After the formal dances have been completed, we will invite everyone to join in on the dance floor. In the beginning of the reception, we usually play a lot of popular music to get everyone involved in dancing, usually a mix of oldies works best, but we are always open to requests and suggestions. A list of your ideas and suggestions usually works best, as we are not only interested in what you would like to have played, we are also interested in the songs that you do not want to hear, but please take into consideration the music preferences of your guests when eliminating song titles.
This is a special dance that has been done in many ways. The way we like to do this is we invite the bride and groom to the dance floor, and in doing so we also invite all of the married couples in attendance to join the bride and groom on the dance floor. Once every married couple is dancing to a slow song we ask for anyone who has been married for one day or less (usually it's the bride and groom, unless one of your guests got married that day & we didn't know about it!!) to please make their way to the side of the dance floor, so that we may form a circle around the dance floor with other guests who will soon be eliminated. Other guest's will be eliminated by five year intervals, until we end up with the couple that has been married the longest, and then we ask the bride and groom to join this couple. A nice touch to this dance that we have seen is the bride and groom presenting this couple with either roses or champagne (the bride and groom may know who this couple will be through their invitations).
Garter & Bouquet Ceremony
At this moment your entertainer will ask the bride and groom to make their way to the dance floor for the Garter & Bouquet ceremony. Your photographer will probably ask you to pose prior to the music begins for this ceremony. Once the groom has removed the garter your entertainer will ask for all single ladies to please make their way to the dance floor, so that our bride may toss her bouquet. Once we have a recipient of the bouquet it is time for the groom to toss the garter. Once we have the recipient's of the garter & bouquet, it is time for us to have a little fun!!! don't worry it will be done tastefully, and we will use the best discretion, if a younger guest catches either the garter or bouquet. If a young guest is found to be the recipient, your entertainer will just ask for the recipients to pose with the bride and groom, and in this case also we are always open for suggestions and ideas.
Back to Dancing
As the reception progresses, so will the music that will appeal toward the bride and groom's friends. However, we still mix in a few popular oldies to keep everyone involved.
Bride and Groom Farewell Dance
Prior to this dance your entertainer will ask all guests to form a circle around the dance floor for which our bride and groom can dance within. We can close this dance by forming a tunnel of guests for the bride and groom to exit the reception from, or we can close the circle, and have the guests give the bride and groom a great big hug from all of their friends and family.