Cocktail hour is a time when your wedding guests first arrive at your wedding reception. The “I Do’s” are done and now they are ready to get the party started. Your MAS Entertainment DJ's job is to know what style of music the bride and groom want for their cocktail hour songs (or happy hour songs.) Your wedding guests are feeling good and looking forward to a night, or day, of socializing and having a great time with friends and family during your reception.The cocktail hour sets the mood for the rest of your event.
How do you wish to set the mood? If you are having an uptown black-tie wedding, then jazz and big band music may be your choice. String quartet versions of popular songs is a great choice for cocktail hour as you still get to play popular music your guests love, but the songs won't get in the way of your guests socializing. We will focus on 3 music styles – Country, R&B and Folk (or Folk Rock) upbeat wedding cocktail hour songs.
Honey Bee – Blake Shelton
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops
Hey Ho – Lumineers
Loving You Easy – Zac Brown Band
L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
Mess Is Mine – Vance Joy
Drunk on Your Love – Brett Eldredge
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Drunk On You – Luke Bryan
For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
Dog Days Are Over – Florence & The Machine
Head Over Boots – Jon Pardi
Just Right – Ryan Leslie
You and I – Wilco
Ring on Every Finger – LOCASH
Marry Me – Jason Derulo
Electric Love – BORNS
Little White Church – Little Big Town
Love Me Now – John Legend
Do You Realize? – The Flaming Lips
Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Marvin Gaye
Stuck Like Glue – Sugarland
Ain’t That Love – Ray Charles
Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys
Love Like Crazy – Lee Brice
Because Of You – Ne-Yo
I Would Do Anything For You – Foster The People
Baby Be My Love Song – Easton Corbin
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Nothin’ Like You – Dan + Shay
Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You – Lauryn Hill
Grow Old with Me – Tom Odell
Love You Like That – Canaan Smith
Rock With You – Michael Jackson
January Wedding – The Avett Brothers
Yeah Boy – Kelsea Ballerini
Let’s Get Married feat. Reverend Run – Jagged Edge
You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne (slow but we love it)
Somethin I’m Good At – Brett Eldredge
So Into You – Tamia
It's important to remember that cocktail hour is for socializing before the real party begins. Music for cocktail or happy hour should include fun songs, but songs that you and your friends and family can't really dance to (that comes later). If you are needing more help picking a cocktail hour list contact your seasoned professional at MAS Entertainment Sound and Light!
This is the biggest moment of your life, you step out and make eye contact with the love of your life and all eyes are on you. Your processional song will set the tone for your whole ceremony right up until the big “I Do”. Staying classic you can always stick with “Canon in D Major”, or here is thirteen modern picks recommended by our award winning DJ at MAS Entertainment Sound and Light that is sure to not leave a dry eye in the house.
“First Day Of My Life” by Bright Eyes
This song’s sweet and catchy beat is ideal for couples wanting a more modern processional song. The lyric “yours is the first face that I saw” is perfect for when you and your S.O. first lock eyes during the processional.
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Haley Reinhart
Haley’s vocals of this classic Elvis Presley song makes our hearts flutter. It is a perfect song choice as you and your S.O. start your new lives together.
“Fix You” By Boyce Avenue
Fans of this Coldplay song will love this rendition as well. The cover is beautifully done with Tyler and Boyce’s vocals, an acoustic and electric guitar and even some percussion.
“Better Together” by Us The Duo
A Jack Johnson cover, this sweet song is perfect for showing how it really is always better when you and your S.O. are together.
“Here Comes The Sun” by Colbie Caillat
A timeless classic by The Beatles, this happy song works as a lovely instrumental too. The violins and piano will give everyone goosebumps.
“Higher Love” by James Vincent McMorrow
If you love Steve Winwood’s upbeat song, definitely take a listen to this acoustic version. With just the vocals and a soft piano, it’ll be hard not to reach for a tissue.
“Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth feat. Emeli Sande
This pop song makes us swoon. Not only is it a duet, but the lyrics and beat of this tune are ideal for a couple wanting something more modern, but still emotional.
“All of Me” by John Legend
This song has been a favorite first dance tune for a while now, but it also makes a fantastic wedding ceremony song. You can choose to have it played with the lyrics or as an instrumental, if you prefer.
“Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
This modern wedding processional song is sure to bring a tear (or many!) to your guests’ eyes. We particularly love this song for a couple who has overcome adversity in their relationship.
“God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton
Country music is having a moment at weddings right now. If you’d like country music to be a theme throughout your big day, this is a lovely choice for a wedding processional song.
“She Is Love” by Parachute
We love the opening of this processional song. This tune can be covered easily or played through speakers and will still evoke all the emotions as a modern processional song.
“Unchained Melody” by Lykke Li
If you're looking for an updated version of the classic wedding processional song by the Righteous Brothers, ultra-romantic cover definitely gives us all the feels. It's sure to make hearts skip a beat as you enter your ceremony.
“Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
We adore this lighthearted cover, which makes an ideal wedding ceremony song. Not only is it soothing, but it’s perfect for a summer or tropical destination wedding.
All eyes are on you, your soon to be husband is looking on in awe and with eyes filled with love. Make this a song to match the feel of such an important moment. If none of the songs above connect with you, reach out to your DJ at MAS Entertainment Sound and Light to make this moment perfect.
Showing off your friends and family from the bride's and groom's side is a huge part of any ceremony. This is a moment that should be fun and exciting for everyone in attendance as they are all there to celebrate one of the biggest moments in your life. Playing songs that are fun and familiar to your wedding party will set the tone of the whole party that is to come to celebrate the newlywed couple. Check out the best songs according to our highly rated MAS Entertainment Sound and Light DJ’s.
“I Was Married” by Tegan and Sara
Sweet Vocals with an upbeat feel throughout “I Was Married” is a great song that will start the excitement for the big moment of seeing the bride for the first time.
“Salted Wound” by Sia
While “Salted Wound” is one of the slower songs on our list for a wedding party entrance, this song is perfect for a ceremony that wants a more serious feel for the big moment and the commitment to come.
“Sweet Disposition” by Temper Trap
With a beat that feels like the beating of a heart “Sweet Disposition” is a perfect song to set the tone and excitement while remaining upbeat and cheerful.
“Real Love” by Beach House
A song with a classic sound, beautiful vocals accompanied by piano “Real Love” will be an elegant song that maintains that romantic vibe.
“Home” by Phillip Phillips
“Home” talks about home being with people who love you, and as you and your partner join your friends and family into one unit, there is no better song to show that happiness of all coming together.
“Love on Top” by Béyonce
Upbeat with crazy cool vibes to show just how much fun is to come in life with the one person who truly matters.
“Crazy in Love” by Béyonce feat. Jay-Z
The queen Beyonce hitting out list for the second time, “Crazy in Love” is a great song that doesn’t take itself too seriously while being a hyped song for your party to walk out to.
“Marry You” by Bruno Mars
“Marry You” became a super popular song for the wedding party to come out too, becoming a viral trend that showed genuine excitement and fun for the whole ceremony.
“The Only Exception” by Paramore
Showing the struggles it might have taken to get to the altar, but the certainty that there is no other option but being with this person for the rest of your life's “The Only Exception” is a perfect choice to show both your worlds that this is your forever person.
Any song you choose for your wedding party entrance is meant to get everyone in attendance pumped for all the fun to come. If none of the songs work for you and your groom contact any of our professionals here at MAS Entertainment Sound and Light!
Customize the emotion of your wedding through the power of music. By softly playing "your song" during the unity sand ceremony or unity candle ceremony, it makes a sweet moment even sweeter. Music sets the tone of any event, adding sentiment and emotion, and couples often utilize the Unity Ceremony to play an especially personal song. However, if you and your Sweetheart don’t have a song, here are some top pick by MAS Entertainment Sound and Light professionals.
Ave Maria – Beyonce
A beautiful cover of this song with Beyonce’s incredible vocals makes this sweeping melody wonderful to accompany the weight of such an important moment.
Wedding Song (There is Love) – Peter, Paul, & Mary
If you are looking for a more classic feel for any special ceremonies, “Wedding Song” is the perfect choice.
By My Side – Ben Harper
Quite and sweet “By My Side” is a perfect song to play while sharing a forever moment.
All of Me - John Legend
With any unity ceremony the sentiment is giving yourself completely to your partner, “All of Me” is not only a beautiful song but embodies this concept.
Everything – Lifehouse
Soft vocals with a beautiful sentiment, this is a great song selection for special ceremonies with such importance and meaning behind them.
Any special ceremony is a moment to unite two people and become one, select a song that reflects that but doesn't detract from your special moment. If you these songs just don't hit the mark for you, reach out to your professionals at MAS Entertainment to provide some more suggestions!
Many clients question if the groom should have a song to walk out to, or if the groom is even going to make the trek down the aisle at all, while this is preferential the bride and groom, remember this is his big day too. Here are some of the best songs chosen by out seasoned professionals for the groom’s entrance to make your wedding MAS!
Back in Black – AC/DC
An absolute classic with cool vibes all around, make his entrance memorable as he struts his stuff and assumes his position to wait for his bride.
The Man – Aloe Blacc
He is “The Man”, the man who found his forever person and wants the world to know how much he is winning at life.
Gonna Fly Now – Bill Conti
What better songs to have the man of your dreams walk down the aisle to than the Rocky Theme? Tuff with a heart of gold, this will have the audience pumped and your groom waiting to shout “Adriannnn!!!!”
Star Wars V - The Imperial March
A great song for any groom to walk down the aisle to, and instantly recognizable to anyone attending.
Walking down the aisle to start a new life with the person you love is one of the biggest moments of both your lives. Have fun and celebrate in front of family and friends with any of these awesome choices for a grooms walk out song.
After your wedding ceremony has come to a close and you've officially said "I do," it's time to get the party started! And what better way to kick off the celebrations than with a killer first kiss song to accompany the start of your marriage? We've pulled together a list of our favorite ceremony first kiss songs that will set the tone for the festivities to come. Whether you want something classic and soulful or a modern hit to get everyone up and out of their seats, you're guaranteed to find a closing ceremony song that's right for you.
"Can't Help Falling In Love" by Elvis Presley
This Elvis classic is a mellow and romantic wedding recessional song choice. It's one of our favorites that is sure to have your guests crying happy tears.
"You Send Me" by Aretha Franklin
Put an old-school spin on your recessional song with Aretha Franklin's cover of "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke.
"Head Over Boots" by Jon Pardi
Are you wearing cowboy boots at your wedding? If so, then we bet you'll love this country song by Jon Pardi. It has an "old-school country" vibe to it, not to mention lyrics that are fitting for any rustic couple: "You're the rock in my roll / You're good for my soul, it's true / I'm head over boots for you."
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" by Stevie Wonder
We can't think of a better addition to our list of wedding recessional songs than this Stevie Wonder classic. It's guaranteed to get everyone on their feet and dancing!
"No One" by Alicia Keys
Take your first steps as newlyweds with this R&B favorite. From the piano notes to the lyrics to Alicia's soulful voice, this recessional song is all about romance.
"Sky Full of Stars" by Coldplay
Jump on the celestial wedding trend with this playful song by Coldplay. It's simple yet sweet, with lyrics like "'Cause you're a sky, you're a sky full of stars / Such a heavenly view / You're such a heavenly view."
"You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates
If you're an '80s kid, you'll want to add this to your list of possible wedding reception songs ASAP. "You Make My Dreams" is an upbeat crowd fave that's a perfect ending to your wedding ceremony.
"I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz
"I'm Yours" is a bubbly and uplifting song to set the mood for your first steps as newlyweds. There's nothing sweeter than these lyrics: "So I won't hesitate no more, no more / It cannot wait, I'm sure / There's no need to complicate / Our time is short / This is our fate, I'm yours."
"Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille
This kitschy '70s tune is one of the best recessional songs if you want something offbeat and playful. It might even result in an impromptu singalong by your guests!
"I Choose You" by Sara Bareilles
This gets our vote for one of the cutest first kiss songs not only because of the lyrics, but also because of the music video—Sara Bareilles helped two couples get engaged and captured it all on film!
“The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson
Indie couples probably already know that this Ingrid Michaelson song captures the whole meaning of marriage: loving each other for who you really are. For that reason alone, it's one of our top picks for your first kiss song!
"Halo" by Beyoncé
Queen Bey never fails to disappoint. This power ballad is also romantic and meaningful with the lyrics, "Everywhere I'm looking now / I'm surrounded by your embrace / Baby, I can see your halo / You know you're my saving grace."
"Walking On Sunshine" by Katrina & The Waves
When it comes to feel-good songs, "Walking On Sunshine" is second to none. Everyone knows the lyrics and your guests won't be able to resist getting up and dancing as you walk down the aisle. Turn this one up loud to get the party started!
"(What A) Wonderful World" by Sam Cooke
This song is for anyone who loves the golden oldies. The King of Soul sums it up best: "But I do know that I love you / And I know that if you love me too / What a wonderful world this would be."
"Dancing in the Moonlight" by Toploader
The best wedding recessional songs make you feel in love and on top of the world. "Dancing in the Moonlight" is an instant mood booster (as if you weren't already having the best day ever!) and will get everyone excited for your wedding reception.
"Another Love Song" by Ne-Yo
If you want to skip the mushy-gushy moments and head straight to the party, Ne-Yo's new song is the perfect choice to kick off the celebration!
The first kiss is an important moment in any wedding, so make sure this is a song that shows the love you have for one another and gets everyone in the mood to celebrate your special day.
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