Songs to make Cake Cutting Sweeter

JD and Amanda Stanley enjoying their cake

One of the time honored traditions of weddings is the Cake Cutting.   It is the first "task" they do together as husband and wife - symbolizing they commitment to always help each other.
Afterwards, they feed each other a piece of the cake - symbolic of the mutual commitment to provide for one another.

This tradition can be a sentimental moment or a fun one.  Surely all of us have witnessed mini 'Cake fights' where he couple ends up wearing more of the cake than eating it.  The song played should be a reflection of the mood the couple wants to convey and of the couple themselves.

Here is a few top choices  - some romantic - some more up beat and fun:

  1. Hit Me With Your Best Shot    -  Pat Benetar
  2. Smile                                       -  Uncle Kracker
  3. Sugar Sugar                             -  Archies
  4. Pour Some Sugar On Me         -  Def Leppard
  5. How Sweet It Is                      -  James Taylor
  6. Lucky                                      -  Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
  7. At Last                                    - Etta James (Beyonce does this well also)
  8. Lost In The Moment                -  Big and Rich
  9. Love Story                               - Taylor Swift
  10. That's Amore                            - Dean Martin
  11. I Can't Help Myself                   - Four Tops (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
  12. All you Need Is Love                - Beatles
Some couples choose to have a Grooms Cake also.  You can cut this as well, or have the staff do it.  If you do cut it, the DJ can continue playing the 'Cake Cutting' Song you selected, or you can select one to be reflexive of the Grooms style.  One Idea, is if it is his college Team colors and theme, have the school's "Fight Song" played.

If you chose to do Cupcakes (which is becoming wildly popular)  Simply cut one of them, or have a small cake for the ceremony.

Be sure to have your DJ announce the cake cutting and have the photographer ready.   And be prepared to wear some icing .

If there has been a unique Cake Cutting Song you had or hear at a wedding - let us know! 

Tips on Choosing Music for Wedding Reception

Get your Reception Dancing!

Choosing the music for your reception can be a daunting task.  You know what songs you like, but what about your guests?  Yes, the day should be a reflection of you and your beloved life together, but if you both love hip-hop and invite Grandma, she probably will not be up shaking it on the dance-floor.  Not to mention coming up with music to fill an entire evening alone can be a chore.  But it need not be overwhelming.  Here are some basic tips when it comes to the music.

  1. You don't need four plus hours of music - at least, you don't have to select it all yourself.  A good DJ can fill in with appropriate selections based on what few you select.
  2. Think of your Guests - Include songs your parents and other older guests would like.  Add some fun songs for the kids.  Toss in songs you and your friends always crank up when you hear them played on the radio.
  3. Mix it up - Do a fairly good mix of genres.  Not into country? - maybe some of the newer crossover hits. 
  4. Avoid Rap - So you two love rap.  Still I recommend avoiding.  Rap as a genre - for the most part - does not provide for good dancing.  And the lyrics of many rap songs are found to be offensive to some people.
  5. Pump It Up -  Yes, this is the most romantic day of your lives.  And you want the wonderful slow dances.  But too many of them and the guests will get restless.  Be sure to add some great club dance tunes so they can shake it.
  6. Think Dance - You have a song you totally love - you know all the words and sing along every time you hear it.  But Can you dance to it?  Unless you are doing Karaoke, have DJ play those type of songs during Dinner/Cocktail time.
  7. Watch The Language - Be sure to insist on all songs being the radio edited version.  If there is not one available, then you really dont need that song at your wedding.
  8. Include the Line Dances - You know, The Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Electric Slide.  Even the YMCA can be fun.  Don't know them?  Check out You Tube - they have instructional videos.
  9. Allow Requests - Allow your DJ to play requests from your guests.  If your DJ cannot play requests, find another one who can.
  10. Listen to the Radio - Keep a notepad handy and write down the title and artist to songs you hear that you would love to play at your wedding.
  11. Add some Meaningful Songs - Songs that remind you of milestones.  First Date, First Kiss, when he proposed, etc.
  12. ASK FOR HELP - Ask your parents, bridal party, friends, cousins, etc for some good songs.  And most of all - Ask your DJ.  
What suggestions do you have for great reception songs?  What songs do you cringe at when you hear it played at a wedding?

Ten Songs To Toss The Bouquet

Traci's Florist - Ft Payne

There is no doubt that since its release - Beyonces "Put A Ring On It - (All The Single Ladies)" has been the perfect bouquet toss song. Its fun, upbeat, and everyone knows it.  But you want something different.  Well heres a quick list of other songs to toss your flowers to:

    1. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun  - Cyndi Lauper
    2. Man! I Feel Like A Woman - Shania Twain
    3. Wishin' and Hopin'               - Dusty Springfield
    4. Maneater                            - Nelly Furtado
    5. Jump (For My Love)           -  Pointer Sisters
    6. Wannabe                             - Spice Girls
    7. Here For The Party              - Gretchen Wilson
    8. One Way Or Another          - Blondie
    9. Material Girl                        - Madonna
    10. Ladies Night                        - Kool and the Gang
According to folklore, whichever single lady catches the bridal bouquet  - she will be the next to marry.

What fun songs have you heard during a bouquet toss? Any really unusual ones?

Games People Play - Weddings and other Party Ideas

Nothing is worse than a dull party.  Now you maybe thinking " But GAMES??  We are too old for games!"  But you would be surprised how well received and fun they can be - not to mention a great ice breaker.
We have had a few played at parties we have DJed and with much success  - here are a few:

  • Trivia - At a recent birthday 60th party, the wife gave me a list of questions about the birthday boy.  In between songs, I asked the guests the questions.  It provided a fun trip down the course of the Birthday guy's life.  Questions like:
  1. How Many Grandchildren does he have?
  2. Where was his favorite spot to take his kids on vacation?
  3. What was his first car?
This could be done for retirement parties, Anniversaries, Weddings also.

  • Generations Dance - Honor the longest Married Couple with a Generations Dance.  DJ will invite all couples up to dance floor.  As song is played and they are dancing, the DJ would have them leave dance floor by length of marriage - 1year , 5 years, etc - until only the longest married couple is still dancing.
Even those who don't dance much love this!

  • Door Prize Giveaway via cake plate - Number the bottom of the cake plates.  After everyone has a slice of cake - Have DJ randomly draw numbers for small prizes you provide.
This is a good way not to have alot of left over cake and great for adults as well as kids parties


  • Table Dances - Have line dances written on slips and in a hat.  Have DJ get everyone from one table up to dance floor and draw one of the dances.  That Table must start the dance - and then the DJ can invite more up to the floor
Great way to get everyone dancing!

What games have you seen done?

Article by: Susan Leak - 2Wolves DJ Service

Father and Bride - Mother and Groom Dances Stir emotions

Father - Bride Dance

Yes, The First dance by the newly married couple is an emotional part of any wedding reception.  But nothing brings on the tears as much as the Father - Daughter and Mother - Son Dances.  Making sure this part of the reception goes smoothly and choosing the 'perfect' song for these dances can be a daunting task.

These Dances can be orchestrated many ways.  If you want to be slightly different than the standard some suggestions are:

  • Half way through song - have DJ invite other Father/Daughters - Mother and Sons to join you on floor
  • If Mother or Father is no longer with you - have dance with sibling, grandparent, Step parent,  or you new in law ( father - in -law or mother - in - law) or anyone that played a significant role in your life.
  • use only one song  for both - you can even start off with Father and Daughter then have DJ invite Groom and Mother to join you
Mother and Groom Dance

Songs can be one you feel reflective of your childhood, the parents favorite, or one that expresses your feelings.    Some of the most popular are:

Father - Daughter Dances

My Little Girl                               Tim Graw
My Wish                                     Rascal Flatts
Somewhere Over The Rainbow Israel Kamakawiw'ole
You Raise Me Up          Josh Gorban
Wind Beneath My Wings             Bette Midler
I loved Her First                             Heartland              
Daddy's Little Girl                         Michael Buble
Cinderella                                    Steve Chapman
Butterfly Kisses                             Bob Carlisle
Daughters                                    John Mayer
Everthing I Do                   Bryan Adams
There You'll Be                            Faith Hill
The Way You Look Tonight          Steve Tyrell
You are so Beautiful                      Joe Cocker

Mother - Son Dances

A Song For Mama Boys II Men (Long)
Hero                                    Miriah Carey
I Hope You Dance Lee Ann Womack
Have I Told You Lately Rod Stewart
If There Hadn't Been You Billy Dean
The Rose                              Bette Midler
Through The Years Kenny Rodgers
Wind Beneath My Wings Bette Midler
What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
Then They Do                     Trace Adkins
Simple Man                         Lyndryd Skynyrd
Stand By Me                      Ben E King
Mama's Song                      Carrie Underwood
You & Me Against The World Anne Murray

Be sure to take into consideration the length of the song , for some songs are long.  Ask the DJ to fade out after first chorus or after so long into the song is not unusual , and many will be happy to adjust the song for you.

What other songs are your favorite for These special Dances?  Feel free to leave comments.

By:  2Wolves DJ Service, Fort Payne, AL

WFPA NewsTalk Radio Fort Payne to feature 2Wolves DJ Service

When Sherri of WFPA Radio approached me about coming on the show to discuss our DJ Business, I was floored.  To have such a wonderful opportunity to talk about the 2Wolves DJ Service is truly an honor.  But what WFPA Radio is doing for the community of Fort Payne, Alabama is even more incredible.

WFPA 1400 NewsTalk radio loves the town of Fort Payne, and has watched and reported about how businesses here are struggling - many having to cut back or shut down all together.  Mike and Tammy Wallace knows in times like these, more than ever, local businesses need all the help they can get in encouraging the locals to shop local.  Doing what he does best, Mike is shining the spotlight on local businesses every day.  His show, Mornings With Mike,  is featuring business owners from all around the DeKalb County area, having them take questions for the listeners and allowing the audience to get to know their 'neighbors' just a little bit better.

"No one can talk more passionately about what they do than a business owner who loves their work.... that is why we are doing this" said Tammy, Mike's wife.  And she is right.  Passion and love of music is what drives the 2Wolves DJ service and we are excited to have the chance to share this with our neighbors .

Tune into WFPA 1400 Thursday March 29, 2012 at 7am cst and hear just what drives the 2Wolves and discover how affordable hiring a DJ for you wedding or party can be.

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By Susan Leak - DJ with 2Wolves DJ Service

Let's Dance - Ideas to Get Your Guests Boogie - ing

The LAST thing you want is an empty dance floor.  As the Bride and Groom, you must dance - a lot, and encourage your wedding party to join you.  If it
Also, be sure the music reflects everyone's taste, that is throw some Frank Sinatra in for the older set, and some hip popular songs in for the younger people.  Toss in some sock hop tunes, and 60s into the mix as well.

Be Sure to Include the Classics!:

  • Electric Slide                
  • The Cha Cha Slide
  • The Cupid Shuffle
  • The Hustle
  • Boot Scoot Boogie
  • Y.M.C.A.
  • The Twist
  • Macarena
  • The Stroll
  • hoedown throwdown

Newer Dance Songs (younger Crowd Loves) :

  • The Wobble
  • The Wop
  • Teach Me How To Dougie
  • Harlem Shake
  • Gas Pedal
  • Nay Nay
  • Red Nose
  • Happy

Honor the longest married couple, Brides or Grooms Parents, or Grandparents etc

Have the DJ play their favorite song and invite them up for a dance.

Or Do a generations Dance - ask Every married couple up to dance floor.  After the dancing starts, tell those married less than 5 yrs to sit, then 10 years, then 15 etc until the longest married couple has the dance floor to themselves.

Hokey Pokey - Bunny Hop - Start a Conga Line  

Got the little kids attending?  Try these out!  Don't be surprised if everyone joins in!

What Dances are your Favorites??? 

By: Susan Leak - DJ with 2Wolves DJ Serivce - Wedding, Prom, Event DJ for Northeast Alabama

Much Ado about the Centerpieces

Design By Traci's - Ft Payne, AL

The centerpieces of the Reception tables add to the whole atmosphere of the wedding.  But what are you going to do with them all after wards?   Many times guests will not only love to have one, but will fight for them.  To avoid this type of scene, try one of these ideas:

Give the DJ ( or best man, maid of honor etc) one question per table.  The guest at that table that correctly guesses the answer wins the centerpiece from that table.
Questions about the couple are great for weddings such as:
  • How long did they date?
  • Where did they meet?
  • Grooms favorite sport
  • Brides childhood nickname
  • Where are they going on Honeymoon?
And you can add in things like:
  • Everyone close your eyes - now what is the color scheme of the wedding?
  • How many attendants do the Bridal party have? ( trick question - they must count all including ring bearer, etc)
  • Name one Song played during the ceremony.

Design by Centre Florist - Centre, AL

For OTHER Parties with centerpieces try:
  • Name That Tune - Have DJ play a section of a song - Have guess name that tune
  • Finish the song - Play a section of song and they must sing the next line
  • Trivia about Company, family, etc
  • ask men the name and ages of their kids , birth dates, anniversary date etc (always interesting!)