Top 2017 Country Wedding Songs

As you know, this month we are all about “country”.  So, we wanted to share with you the 2017 Top 42 Country Songs that are perfect for your wedding ceremony or reception.  Stomp your boots on the floor, wipe the tears from your eyes  – this playlist has something for everyone – upbeat, slow and sexy.

And how well do you know the lyrics from your favorite country wedding songs?   Brush up because you just might win one of our many prizes, if you are the first to answer some of our “trivia country music” questions at our October 22nd Harvest Bridal Show at Valley Farms.  Keep watching our Facebook page, because we will be sharing some of our questions on Facebook here and there before the October 22nd Harvest Bridal Show, and then you’ll be one of our in-the-know brides.

Ain’t Always Pretty – Logan Mize

All On Me – Devin Dawson

Black – Dierks Bentley

Body Like a Back Road – Sam Hunt

Break On Me – Keith Urban

Chills – James Barker Band

Cinderella – Catherine McGrath

Circles – Jana Kramer

Criminal – Lindsay Ell

Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett

Expensive – Sammy Arriaga

For Her – Chris Lane

From the Ground Up – Dan & Shay

Give Up Your Heart – Levon

God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton

God Made A Woman – Jerrod Niemann

Good Time To Be Alive – Lady Antebellum

Greatest Love Story – Lanco

H.O.L.Y. – Florida Georgia Line

Happens Like That – Granger Smith

Head Over Boots – Jon Pardi

Heartbeat – Carrie Underwood

Hometown Girl – Josh Turner

I Could Use a Love Song – Maren Morris

In Case You Didn’t Know – Brett Young

It All started with a Beer – Frankie Ballard

Legends – Kelsea Ballerini

Love Someone – Brett Eldredge

More Girls Like You – Kip Moore

She Does – Jackie Lee

Sleepin’ Around – Austin Burke

Small Town Boy – Duston Lynch

Speak to a Girl – Tim McGraw

Still Fallin – Hunter Hayes

Strip It Down – Luke Bryan

Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton

To Learn Her – Miranda Lambert

Today – Brad Paisley

We Do Us – Ryan Hurd

What I Wanna Be – Jacob Davis

Yours – Wedding Edition – Russell Dickerson

Yours If You Want It – Rascal Flatts

Song List Courtesy of Popsugar Entertainment

7 Tips when planning your MUSIC for Your Wedding Reception

Deciding on songs for your wedding day can be tough and stressful .  BrideSTLouis.com and ActiveDJs want to remove that stress by giving you some general guidelines.  For a list of the most popular music for each category, check our blog post tomorrow for this additional information and song lists.

Cocktail Hour

This is where you fun will begin.  The best thing to do is have your DJ start with some songs that are more your style. This will set the mood for the party to come.  You can choose the music if you like or let your DJ choose.   Most DJ’s know how to progress a reception with music, to get to the real fun of the night.   Dancing!!!

Reception Music - BrideStLouis.comGrand Entrance Song
Your reception is a party and the grand entrance is the first chance you get to express the vibe you want your wedding reception to be. The grand entrance can either be high energy or low key. For ideas on the wedding reception song list for the bridal party grand entrance songs, ask yourself:  Do I want this to be humorous?  Do I want to express any inside jokes?  What special song will signify my transition into a marriage?   What type of energy do I want my grand entrance to entail? Do I want the grand entrance to be romantic, high energy, or low key? You can pick any type of song for the grand entrance!

Dinner Music

If you have several generations attending your reception, try to have a variety of musical selections that will appeal to everyone. Your grandparents will appreciate hearing Bing Crosby or Nat King Cole in between selections that are more modern.  Playing 3 songs from each genre is a balanced amount of “genre” songs to create an interesting mix for the large generation of guests, family and friends that will attend the reception. Start your dinner music on the mellow side at the beginning, and then build toward more up-tempo songs as the meal progresses if you like.  This will get the guests in the mood for the dancing and festivities to come and keep them from getting too sluggish from all that wonderful food and drink!

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First Dance

The first bridal dance song you choose is very important, because it is your first dance in public as husband and wife.

Parent Dance Songs

This can be done either before or after the first dance. The parent dance songs once again are personal and should reflect your appreciation.

Bridal Party Dance Songs

The bridal party dance songs are considered a thank you song to friends in the bridal party. Also family such as parents and grandparents can be formally introduced onto the dance floor as well. Once the bridal party dance song is getting to the end, I always recommend a multiplication dance, where everyone that is dancing, breaks apart finds someone new that is sitting down, and brings them onto the dance floor so that they can share a moment with the guests of honor.

Cake Cutting Song

Your DJ should have a wedding song list for the  cake cutting songs. This is formal tradition at wedding receptions and signifies good luck to the bride and groom for every guest that has a piece of cake.

 

Thanks to Dean Turner of Active DJ’s  (www.Activedjs.weebly.com).  Active DJ’s aim is to create a fun & vibrant  atmosphere at your wedding celebration.   Experienced and Professional – they will make your wedding day perfect!  Call them to start your party at 636-221-7790.

Choose the Entertainment that is Right for You

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The entertainment for your wedding reception sets the mood and atmosphere of your event.  Keep in mind the location and size of your venue, the number of guests, and your budget.

Live Band

There is nothing like a live band to get guests up and dancing.  A good band can sense the mood of your guests and play music that is appropriate and that compliments your day.   While most bands can offer a huge selection of tunes, if you book early enough, they generally are willing to learn some songs that you would like.  Be sure to either go listen to them in advance or watch video clips before choosing.  Two bands that I have worked with include Mirage Entertainment (www.MirageStLouis.com) and The Matt McCallie Orchestra (www.mattmccallieorchestra.com) and I highly recommend either of them for your day.  Another option is to work with Penny Moon Entertainment Group (www.pennymoonandcoppercreek.com).  They are a booking company for many bands and can help you find just the right one.

Combined Photo for BSL

Harp & Violin Music

For cocktail hour, ceremonies, and some receptions there is a certain elegance to either Violin Music or the romantic harp sound.   Dragon Duo (www.dragonduomusic.com) was at our February 16, 2014 Engaged for Sweethearts workshop and entertained our guests as they arrived.  Harp Inspiration (www.harpinspirations.com) will be at our Cake & Champagne tasting event this June 12, 2014 (See front page of web site for complete information).

DragonDuoPhoto BSL

DJ

If you decide to go the route of a DJ, it’s experience that really counts.  They all have thousands of tracks to choose from and are generally cheaper than hiring a live band.  They are responsible for keeping the evening flowing and orchestrating the events of the night.

Children’s entertainers

Are you having a lot of childen at your reception?  Consider hiring something special for them like face painting, balloon sculpting, and other fun and games.  The parents will really appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Fireworks

For the right location, fireworks that light up the sky will create a truly spectacular evening and you will receive lots of raves from your guests.  We have a company here in town, Twilight Fire & Illusions (www.twilight-fire.com), that is license and insured and can assist with all the proper legalities.  Find fireworks under the “Pyrotechnics” category on our web site.

Musicians and Singers

If you are going to be away from your guests for a long time, you might want to consider hiring musicians and singers for some entertainment.    There are lots of choices but one young man that I am particularly found of is Lamar Pilsing of Lamar Standard Time (www.lamarstandardtime.com).  Lamar will be singing at our August 10, 2014 Hollywood Bride event.  Be sure to schedule that day to come and visit all our vendors and listen to Lamar.

This is going to be one of the biggest and best days of your life and we hope that this entertainment review helped you plan for that special occasion.

Harp Music for Your Wedding

If you are looking for a harpist to provide unique musical selections for your wedding ceremony, we are pleased to have someone very talented right here in our own backyard.   Wedding Harpist Sue Druckenmiller  (www.harpinspirations.com) is well respected in our town.  The nice thing about harp music is that it adds elegance to the ambiance of the wedding ceremony.

Sue Drukenmiller Photo

For your entrance music here are some favorites:

  • Canon in D
  • Theme of Love
  • All I Ask of You
  • Marry Me
  • Till There Was You
  • Prelude in C
  • Edelweiss
  • By Your Side
  • Ava Maria

Good selections for entrance music for parents, grandparents, and guests include songs like:

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  • You Raise Me Up
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • Hymne
  • Fields of Gold
  • Try to Remember
  • I’m Yours
  • Come Sail Away
  • Only Time

Of course, Sue is always available to help you with your selections.   Please feel free to contact  her directly, OR come hear her play at BrideStLouis.com’s Cake and Champaign Social to be held June 12, 2014 at Ces & Judy’s at Clayton & Lindberg from 6pm to 8pm.

Music to Walk Down the Aisle

It’s your wedding day and it’s your time to walk down the aisle.  So what music did you choose for your grand entrance?

If you are still deciding…here are some suggestions:

Walk down the Aisle

 

Canon in D]

March from Lohengrin by Wagner (The traditional “Here Comes The Bride” music)

What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

Unforgettable by Nat King Cole

Ode to Joy by Beethoven

I Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley

Purcell – Trumpet Tune

Endless Love by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross

Moon River from Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Henry Mancini

The Look of Love by Herb Alpert

In My Life – The Beatles

Everything I Do – Bryan Adams

Glory of Love – Peter Cetera

I Was Born To Love You – Eric Carmen

Heaven – Bryan Adams

A Walk to Remember – Mandy Moore

Lara’s Theme from Dr. Zhivago – Maurice Jarre

Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

Can’t Help Falling in Love – Ingrid Michaelson

How Deep is Your Love – The Bee Gees

When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge

At Last – Etta James

You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder

Forever and for Always – Shania Twain

Love is All – Marc Anthony

Trumpet Voluntary

 

This is the beginning of your life together.  Choose a song that speaks to you.

What qualities does a good DJ have?

Bray_Wed_Fav-211The most important thing for a DJ at a wedding is to keep the music upbeat and keep the crowd interested.  And, it’s really hard to do when you consider the diversity of the guests at weddings.  An experienced DJ will have built up a collection of music that works for all ages and he tends to follow certain patterns, such as five fast songs, three slow songs, or perhaps using two or three songs from one genre at a time.  The best practice is to have the most popular music for multiple genres.

Your DJ should be very outgoing, well spoken, and have the ability to read the crowd.  How they present themselves to you is usually a good indication of how serious the DJ takes his business.  Look at their web site and see if it presents quality information in selecting your special music, scheduling the night, etc.  In most cases, the wedding couple will select about five to eight must have songs for the special events, perhaps provide a few songs in the do not play list, and then it is really the DJ’s job to select the remaining songs.  The DJ also must be able to communicate well with the photographer, keeping him/her informed in advance of events and activities.

Most DJs tell me that a typical wedding accommodates about 60-80 songs for the dance portion of the night.  Good communication between you and the DJ is the start of a great night.  Some couples do like to have songs from a unique genre such as all country – perhaps to accompany the theme of the wedding, but in most cases, you are best to leave it up to the DJ as he understands the crowd’s reaction and what songs to play to get the best results.