Planning Tip Tuesday: A Perfect Reception Deserves A Perfect Playlist

If you want a reception that gets your four-year-old flower girl twirling, your friends slow-dancing, your parents singing their way back to their era, your grandpa busting his stylish moves, and of course, you and your Mr. doing all of the above, it’s important to spend some time planning the perfect playlist for your wedding.

To help you get started, we’ve made four playlists with song suggestions to help you pack the dance floor, have your guests reeling in romance, close out the night, and—since we are in South Carolina—bring out the Southern Charm of every guest!     

Monika Gauthier Photography

Monika Gauthier Photography

Photography by Rachel Red 

Photography by Rachel Red 

Packing the Dance Floor

  1. “I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)” by The Proclaimers
  2. “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles
  3. “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift
  4. “We Found Love” by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
  5. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses)
  6. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
  7. “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars
  8. “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
  9. “Wannabe” by Spice Girls
  10. “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice 

Reeling in Romance

  1. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  2. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Lauryn Hill
  3. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley
  4. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
  5. “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  6. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  7. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
  8. “How Deep Is Your Love” by Bee Gees
  9. “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion
  10. “You’re Still The One” by Shania Twain

Ending the Night

  1. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
  2. “(I’ve Had) Time of my Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
  3. “Marry You” by Bruno Mars
  4. “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
  5. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson
  6. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
  7. “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
  8. “All you Need is Love” by The Beatles
  9. “Angels” by Robbie Williams
  10. “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers

Southern Charm

  1. “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks
  2. “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton
  3. “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw
  4. “Honey Bee” by Blake Shelton
  5. “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton
  6. “Hey Pretty Girl” by Ki Moore
  7. “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland
  8. “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
  9. “Baby Be My Love Song” by Easton Corbin
  10. “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes  

Thomas Bennett House Wedding: Andria + Matt

Andria + Matt came from Ohio to have their Thomas Bennett House Wedding in Charleston, SC. The brides design inspiration came from the colors of a peacock, and the love for all things emerald. It was the most beautiful fall October day, with dining al fresco, a delicious meal served by Salthouse Catering, followed by sweets by Gala Desserts. The bouquet by Branch Design Studio was full of white calla lilies, peacock feathers, and greenery. Clusters of hydrangeas, tulips, and garden roses filled the tables with a of gold and candlelight. Sparkly linens, lounge under a gorgeous chandelier, and a DIY photobooth are just a few of the fun details! The bride and groom and their guests rode off in a rickshaw at the end of the night to continue the party! 

 

Thanks so much to all the fabulous vendors:

Wedding Planning + Design | Pure Luxe Bride

Ceremony + Reception Venue | Thomas Bennett House

Catering | Salthouse Catering

Bar Service | Squeeze on Site

Cake | Gala Desserts

Florist | Branch Design Studio

Rentals | EventWorks

Lounge | Snyder

Specialty Linen | Nuage

Lighting | IES Productions

Ceremony Music | Bob Williams Duo

Reception Music | Charleston Groove Factory

Photographer | Monika Gauthier

Officiant | Justin Follmer

Hair + Makeup | Paper Dolls

Bride + Groom Transportation | Charleston Rickshaw

Wedding Dress | Brides by Demetrios

Magnolia Plantation Wedding: Melody + Andrew

Melody and Andrew said their vows at the Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church nearby and then were followed by their friends and family to Magnolia Plantation for the reception. The carriage house was decorated with trees by Plants Alive that added to the already rustic feel of the Carriage House. Ivory and beige linens and white flowers popped against the foliage and dark wooden setting. The night was filled with amazing food and dancing as everyone celebrated the union of this lovely couple.

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A passing shower couldn’t damper this beautiful bride’s day as she did her first look on the red bride on the Magnolia Plantation property, joined by her groom and stunning bridesmaids. Melody’s bridesmaids were each dressed in different long, beige dresses that were beaded and sequined, and were the perfect accent to Melody’s white beaded wedding gown. The décor of the reception also has an ivory and beige color scheme. Both the bridal party’s bouquets and arrangements in the Carriage House were full of white peonies, accented by slight hints of pink. Melody’s bouquet was uniquely arranged in dusty miller with pink and white peonies and roses and bright magenta astilbe. Each table was set with multiple small clusters of white flowers and cotton with hints of pink in vintage glasses and assorted mercury glass votives. The ivory draping stood out against the dark beams and potted trees that lined the center of the venue and led to the dance floor.

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After a romantic ceremony at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, guests of Melody and Andrew joined them at plantation for cocktail hour, drinks being served by Squeeze. Friends and family mingled in the carriage house and outside by the fire pit, lit by café lighting. The bridal party was soon announced in, followed closely behind by the newlyweds. The couple shared their first dances and cut their cake by Alisa Channell before stations were opened for dinner. Southern inspired stations by Mosaic included: BBQ sliders, skewers, shrimp and grits and mac and cheese, all presented on vintage wooden stands and boxes to match the décor.

IMG_3431-2IMG_4374-2IMG_5386IMG_5401IMG_5467-2IMG_5531_bwAfter a night filled with socializing and dancing to the sounds of Epic Charleston, guests made their way outside to give Melody and Andrew a proper send off to continue their night downtown. Friends and family lit a path with sparklers to the white Rolls Royce awaiting the newlyweds. The bride and groom drove away, waving goodbye, ready to begin the next chapter of their lives together!

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Melody and Andrew’s Vendors:
Venue | Magnolia Plantation Carriage House
Ceremony| Old St. Andrew's Church
Design & Planning | Pure Luxe Bride
Rentals | Event Works
Catering | Mosaic Edibles
Bar Service | Squeeze
Photography | Monika Gauthier
Florist | Branch Design Studio
Potted Trees | Plants Alive LLC
DJ | Epic Charleston
Cake | Alisa Channell
Hair & Make Up | Paper Dolls
Transportation | ACW

Hibernian Hall Wedding: Dixie + Patrick

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We were so honored to have Dixie + Patrick's wedding as our first of 2014 - and what a beautiful wedding it was! The ceremony took place at St. Luke's Chapel, on MUSC's campus in downtown Charleston. Dixie looked timeless in her gown and red lip, while Patrick and his best gentlemen sported dashing black tuxedos. Our bride elegantly walked down the aisle with her father to Overture from Music for the Royal Fireworks by G.F. Handel.

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After exchanging their vows, the newlyweds invited guests to enjoy the remainder of the evening with them in historical, downtown Charleston. Hibernian Hall looked simply romantic; the neutral tables were accented with gold runners as the glow from the classic chandeliers illuminated the hall. Wild Flowers' hydrangea's, tulips and lisianthus breathed life into the room, accompanied by tall, elegant baby's breath arrangements in latour trumpet vases.

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With a perfect combination of southern treats and traditional favorites, Hamby catered the delicious station-style dinner. There was a carving station accompanied by a mashed potato bar, a build-your-own pasta station with all the fix-ins you could possibly imagine, and our groom's favorite, the crab cake and asparagus station. After cutting the single-tiered chocolate cake, guests enjoyed Holy City Sweet's scrumptious cupcakes.

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Dixie + Patrick danced the night away to the musical styling of DJ Wade. The Other Brother Entertainment DJ did a fantastic job of mixing some of the bride and groom's favorite oldies with the beats of today's hits - what fun! Per the bride's romantic request for a slow song, she and Patrick also enjoyed some time on the dance floor to enjoy being husband and wife.

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Pure Luxe Bride loved planning and designing this Hibernian Hall wedding.

The following vendors were used to create this elegant evening.

Dixie and Patrick’s Vendors:
Catering | Hamby Catering
Bar Service | Mix
Cupcakes | Holy City Sweets
Ceremony Venue | St. Luke's Chapel
Reception Venue | Hibernian Hall
Rentals| Event Works
Ceremony Music | Katie Holland (organist)
Reception DJ | DJ Wade via Other Brother Entertainment
Florist | Wild Flowers
Photographer | Monika Gauthier Photography
Hair & Makeup | Stella Nova (West Ashley), Lindsey + Larissa
Officiant | Ryan Lyles
Transportation | Tri-Country Transportation

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