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One of the most exciting aspects of the reception is right at the beginning, when the bridal party enters the room. This can be just as exciting as the party’s entrance into the ceremony (see: viral video of Chris Brown’s “Forever” accompanying a dancing wedding party as they sashay into the church).

Though when it comes to the reception, the exhilaration everyone feels is less about the anticipation of seeing the bride in her dress at the end and more about preparing to party the night away. Everyone is all smiles with hopes for the couple’s future and (perhaps more on the mothers’ parts) anticipation of the couple’s eventually starting a family.

As the bride, you don’t want to just casually walk into the hall on one of the most exciting days of your life, fling your purse down onto the nearest table, and head over to the open bar. (Don’t worry, there’s plenty of time left for that throughout the evening.) You want some pomp and pizzazz to usher you and your new husband in to where everyone has gathered together to help you celebrate your love.

Of course, a grand entrance is twice as much fun when everyone from your bridal party is in on it, too. (See, and you thought the planning was over once you finished the ceremony – not so!) Typically, the bridal party is lined up in the same formation as that in which they entered the ceremony, so at least that’s one thing you can cross off your list. Once everyone is in their places, though, it’s time to start the show!

Like the aforementioned “Forever” viral video, a key element to a great grand entrance, perhaps even the most crucial element of all, is the music you choose to accompany it. Sure, you can pick something like Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” because it’s high-energy and a good party tune, but maybe you want something that’s a bit more personal to you and yours (and that won’t have Granny rolling in the aisles with potentially questionable lyrics).

Some suggestions? For a rip-roaring good time of an entrance, you can select something like the Sister Sledge classic, “We Are Family.” More than just joining your families together, you’re also both joining each other’s group of friends, so for this night and from this point forward, you’re all one big family now, right? Might as well celebrate it in song.

Another option? Jagged Edge’s “Let’s Get Married.” While you’ve already followed through on the suggestion, this is a great “celebrate our love” song, especially if you two have been together a long time and weathered many hardships over the years. Feel like kicking it old school instead? How about Rob Base & D.J. E.Z. Rock’s “It Takes Two?” Maybe someone will bust out some break-dancing moves that they haven’t used in years.

If you’d rather take it down a notch so that you’re not having a heart attack from dancing as you come through the door, you can always opt for something like Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours.” It’s still lively and upbeat, but you won’t have to worry about breaking a high heel (or as much of a sweat) in the process, saving your energy for the dance floor later on. After all, picking out the songs the DJ will play took up enough time and energy, too. You want to make sure you enjoy every last one of those dance floor moments.

Important to remember is that you should choose a song for your and your beau that is different from that which accompanies the bridal party’s entrance. While your “couple song” may be more personal or romantic, now is the time to choose the “I just want to party” song for your bridal party. Something like Pink’s “Get the Party Started” or T.I. featuring Jay-Z’s “Bring ‘Em Out” should do just nicely.

Heck, if you want to get really creative, you can choose a separate song sample for each couple. This will obviously take more time and planning on your part, and you might want to check with each couple in advance to see if there’s a song they prefer that you use.

Though, it may just be worth it to keep each song a surprise. That way, when your sister and her boyfriend come through the door to the tune of Rednex’s “Cotton Eye Joe,” your photographer will earn his weight in gold capturing those facial expressions on camera.

Remember that the reception is also a way to reward yourself for those seemingly endless months of planning, when you were tearing your hair out over whether you should sit your mother and father at the same table as your in-laws, or if Aunt Betsy would prefer the chicken or the fish. The reception is the time when you can let your hair down and just let go, so don’t get too caught up in the details and remember to just enjoy yourself.

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