Crafting a Perfect Millennial Wedding Playlist

Weddings have changed a lot over the years, and it’s interesting to see how millennial couples are making their weddings unique to them. Millennial weddings are all about putting a personal touch on traditional elements, and couples are opting for more personalized choices over traditional palettes. However, some traditional elements, such as bridal party introductions, the first dance, parent dances, cake cutting, and the bouquet/garter toss, remain intact.

Let’s take a closer look at how millennials are adapting these traditions in their weddings.

Bridal Party Introductions

Weddings are a monumental occasion, and couples still prefer a grand entrance. Bridal party introductions are still alive and well, but the order of introduction can vary. Some couples prefer to introduce the flower girls and ring bearers first, followed by the parents of the bride and groom, the bridal party, the best man/maid of honor, and finally, the newlyweds.

Other couples may choose a different order, or they may opt to introduce only the bridal party. It’s also becoming more common for couples to choose a mix of songs, with one for the bridal party and one for the couple.

If you’ve booked a band, make sure the song you choose has a recognizable instrumental section to get everyone in the mood.

First Dance

The first dance is a tradition that millennials don’t see going away anytime soon. It’s an opportunity for the couple to take center stage and share a special moment in front of their guests.

Most couples choose a song that has special meaning to their relationship, and some even surprise their guests with a choreographed dance. Whatever song you choose, make sure it’s one that you both love and that reflects your unique style.

Ellen and Blake - Wedding Reception - Bride and Groom Dance and Kiss

Parent Dances

Parent dances usually occur during the first course or just after dinner. Couples typically choose a song that has sentimental value to share a special moment with their parents. It’s essential to remember that this is a big day for moms too, so don’t forget to include a mother-son dance as well as a father-daughter dance. Some couples even include a dance with a grandparent to honor their special role in the family.

Cake cutting

Cutting the cake is another ceremonial moment that some couples showcase, while others prefer to keep it low-key. Couples often have a specific song they prefer to play at this time, either something symbolic of their relationship or something that alludes to “cake” or “sweets.” Some couples will cut the cake at a time when they can easily rally up the people who need to be there for that moment.

Last song

The last song of the night always falls into one of two categories: high energy or slow. If you want to end the night on a high note, get the guests singing along, and maybe set the tone for an after-party, you’re probably going high energy.

If you had an amazing night and want to end it on a soft, tender note, something on the lighter side is also a great touch to conclude the evening. Choose a song that’s meaningful to you and your partner, or go for a crowd-pleaser that everyone can sing along to.

Bouquet / Garter

While the bouquet toss is still a tradition, it’s becoming less common among brides who don’t have many single friends. However, if you do have single friends in attendance, playing “Single Ladies” while tossing the bouquet is always a fun moment. The garter toss, on the other hand, is rarely done anymore.

Song selection

Millennial couples are choosing a more personalized and diverse selection of music for their wedding reception. Rather than sticking to the traditional wedding playlists, they are selecting songs that are meaningful to them, reflecting their individual tastes and styles.

Some couples may choose to have a live band, while others prefer a DJ or a mix of both. It’s essential to communicate your preferences with your music provider to ensure they play the right music for your event.

Swift Technique - Dance Band - Sugarbomb Entertainment

Line dances

While line dances like the “Electric Slide” and the “Macarena” used to be a staple at wedding receptions, they are now optional and more infrequent. Millennials are opting for more free-form dancing, and they may include a few popular line dances for the fun and nostalgia factor. However, it’s essential to consider your guest’s preferences and ages before including line dances to ensure that everyone can enjoy the dancing.

MC Interaction

The role of the Master of Ceremonies (MC) at a wedding reception is vital. They are responsible for keeping the event organized, announcing the couple’s entrance, introducing the speeches, and keeping the guests entertained.

Millennial couples are looking for MCs who are professional, engaging, and can add a personal touch to the event. Some couples may even hire a comedian or an entertainer to keep the guests engaged and the atmosphere lively. It’s important to discuss your preferences and expectations with your MC and ensure that they understand your vision for the event.

RJDito - DJ and Emcee - Sugarbomb Entertainment

While traditional wedding elements such as bridal party introductions, first dance, parent dances, cake cutting, and bouquet toss remain intact, millennials are finding creative ways to personalize them. DIY elements are becoming more popular, and couples are choosing personalized choices over traditional palettes.

Each aspect of the wedding, from the grand entrance to the last song, can be tailored to reflect the personality and style of the couple. Ultimately, the most important thing is to create a wedding that is meaningful and memorable for the couple and their guests.

Jon Ardito