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Incredible Introductions

*** All of the secrets we have found to making the splashiest wedding reception introductions ->

You want your wedding introductions to rock! You've seen the good, the bad and the just plain awkward, but what does it take to be the best? This is a big moment that can set an exciting tone for the entire evening. This week we look at a few critical details that will help thrill your guests and wedding party alike, making the lasting impression you are hoping for. We will point out the common cringe-worthy pitfalls as well as the helpful gems that will inspire cheers and lead your reception to the glory it so rightly deserves.

1) THE RIGHT MUSIC Choosing the right introduction music is huge. Great song choices are the best way to heighten the introduction moment and thrill your reception guests, pumping your wedding party full of excitement which they can then burn off with glorious dance moves. The BEST happens when you boldly choose songs that are YOUR favourites. Dig through your old favourite songs and playlists to include only the songs that will give your guests something to smile about.

2) THE RIGHT MC You may already have an MC in mind for your wedding, but that doesn't mean that they have to introduce the wedding party. Often the experience of the band or DJ's MC will help make this moment flow, allowing your MC an opportunity to be introduced at the end of the wedding party introductions. Think of the Academy Awards as an example. Even the best hosts like Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen have the "fancy-announcer" introduce the evening, creating a warm atmosphere and thunderous round of applause before the hosts even say their first word. Your Band or DJ can act as that "fancy-announcer" and leave your chosen MC to be the star they deserve to be.

3) DON'T SAY TOO MUCH Timing is everything. We know how much everyone in your wedding party means to you and often you will be tempted to write a short blurb about them as they are introduced to the room. This is always a mistake. This is not to say that you shouldn't write a nice blurb about them and how you know them. After everyone is seated and the MCs have the mic, this is a wonderful time for everyone to be introduced with stories about how you know each other and memories you shared. What NEVER works is trying to cram this all into the introduction moment with music blaring in the background. It turns into a jumbled mess where the music and the thoughtful words work against each other. Watch the introductions on SNL this week, there is a flow. Darrell Hammond introduces guests by their name only over the background of the SNL Band. The trick is to keep the introductions simple so that you and your wedding party can let your legendary dance moves do the talking! 4) ADDING ADJECTIVES You can still have fun with the introductions, but keep it quick! A good tip is to feel free to add descriptions and adjectives to guests as you introduce them, just keep it to 17 words or less. With fewer words it is also much easier to be funny or sincere. Here are some fun examples: "She has been the bride's bestie for over two decades, our Maid of Honour Rebecca!" "He's the guy who took the last shrimp from the buffet, your Best Man David!"

5) YOUR BIG MOMENT It should be bigger than the rest. To begin with, choose music that is notably different from your other song choices. If you decided to use all dance/hip/hop music for your wedding party, perhaps go with some classic motown for yourself. If you chose DJ Khaled's All I Do Is Win for the wedding party, consider choosing a classic like like Barry White's My First, My Last, My, Everything for yourselves. Conversely if you chose Abba's Mamma Mia for the Bridesmaids, think of a fun dance-throwback like Avicii's Le7els for your own introduction. Changing up the style is an easy way to heighten the excitement of your moment. OKAY, those are my best ideas. The rest is up to you. While your best songs will ALWAYS come from your own playlist, here is a list of some of our favourites to help get stoke your imagination :) 1) MY FIRST, MY LAST, MY EVERYTHING - Barry White 2) MARRY YOU - Bruno Mars 3) THIS WILL BE (AN EVERLASTING LOVE) - Natalie Cole 4) FLOWERS - Miley Cyrus 5) I'M GOOD - David Guetta ft. Bebe Rexha 6) FRIDAY - Nightcrawlers 7) LATE NIGHT TALKING - Harry Styles 8) JUICE - Lizzo 9) ONE KISS - Calvin Harris ft. Dua Lipa 10) THIS GIRL - Kungs vs. Cookin 11) L.O.V.E. - Nat King Cole 12) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED, Stevie Wonder 13) DANCING ON MY OWN - Robyn 14) DANZA KUDURO - Don Omar 15) GIVE ME EVERYTHING - Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo 16) I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE - The Darkness 17) HO HEY - The Lumineers 18) WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL - One Direction 19) RIPTIDE - Vance Joy 20) SHOTGUN - George Ezra 21) CALABRIA - Enur ft. Natasja 22) ALL I DO IS WIN - DJ Khaled 23) LET ME CLEAR MY THROAT - DJ Kool 24) TEMPERATURE - Sean Paul 25) PARTY UP - DMX 26) I JUST WANNA LUV U - Jaz-Z 27) CRAZY IN LOVE - Beyonce 28) YEAH - Usher 29) HANDCLAP - Fitz And The Tantrums 30) BEST DAY OF MY LIFE - American Authors 31) SKY FULL OF STARS - Coldplay 32) YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE - Hall & Oates 33) RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM -Maxine Nightingale 34) TNT - AC/DC 35) JUMP - Van Halen 36) NO DIGGITY - Blackstreet 37) THIS IS HOW WE DO IT - Montell Jordan 38) MO MONEY MO PROBLEMS - Notorious B.I.G. 39) SEPTEMBER - Earth Wind & Fire 40) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL - Michael Jackson

41) SIR DUKE - Stevie Wonder 42) GOT TO BE REAL - Cheryl Lynn 43) MY FIRST, MY LAST, MY EVERYTHING - Barry White 44) GET UP OFFA THAT THANG - James Brown 45) UPTOWN FUNK - Bruno Mars 46) CAN'T STOP THE FEELING - Justin Timberlake 47) EVERYBODY - Backstreet's Back

48) SUPERBASS - Nicki Minaj 49) LE7ELS - Avicii 50) TIK TOK - Kesha

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