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We get many requests for wedding receptions, and know there are a lot of details to consider.  Please enjoy planning your wedding reception using our sample reception as your guide, and CONGRATULATIONS from your favorite band, RIVER CITY!

Your wedding is your special day, and your timeline may differ from this one - this timeline is just an idea that works well for most. 

Wedding Ceremony


 If your wedding ceremony is at the same venue as your reception, River City offers a ceremony package that includes a vocalist, pianist and trumpeter. Ask us about this additional service!

Wedding Reception

6:30pm - Guests Arrive - Cocktails - River City will DJ your cocktail hour, we have a great DJ mix of Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, etc. that is perfect for cocktail hour. If you would like to create your own playlists for cocktails and dinner you may assemble your own playlist on your iPod or other mobile device and give it to the band to DJ during cocktail hour. 


LIVE MUSIC OPTION FOR COCKTAIL HOUR: We do offer live jazz for our couples who want live music during dinner and cocktails, just ask us about this option when you contact us at

7:00pm - Bride and Groom arrive and are announced to the guests.  If you want the band to announce your entire wedding party we will need you to email us a phonetically spelled out list of the names.  Pick out a cool song for the intros - some examples are "Jock Jams (Let's Get Ready to Rumble)", or if you want something more classy, "This Will Be" by Natalie Cole - etc.

7:15pm - Cake Cutting OR First Dance - it is a good idea to perform some action immediately after you are introduced into the room. The bride and groom will be announced, then the applause will die down, and then you are just standing there. You can avoid this by either going over to cut the cake (band will announce) or going right into your first dance (band will announce). Just because you do the cake cutting ceremony does not mean that is when you will actually SERVE the cake. You are just doing the ceremony part of the cake cutting, the caterers can serve the cake to the guests later, etc.

7:30pm - Dinner (Sometimes a blessing is said before dinner is announced) Background playlist continues.

LIVE MUSIC OPTION FOR DINNER: Ask us about live music during dinner and / or cocktails!


8:15pm - Toasts (Best Man, Maid of Honor, Parents, etc.) - you want to do the toasts AS PEOPLE ARE STILL EATING dinner because it will save you time and keep your party moving forward.

8:30pm - Bride and Groom First Dance - if you did not do your first dance in the beginning of the night then you can do it here. River City will perform your first dance song live if it is on our playlist at If not, River City will DJ the first dances. River City is happy to perform your dances live, if you desire. There may be a small up-charge for this.

8:35pm - Father of the Bride and Bride Dance

8:40pm - Mother of the Groom and Groom Dance - You can combine the father of the bride and mother of groom dance by starting with the father of the bride and then the band will politely invite the groom and his mother to the dance floor midway through the song.  (This is very popular now)

8:45pm - Band Starts - please have the venue turn the lights down when the band starts - people don't like to get on the dance floor if the lights are too bright - plus River City has stage lighting!

9:30pm - Band Break / Bouquet - Garter Toss - band will break and WHEN THEY COME BACK and get ready to do the second set it's a good time to do the bouquet / garter toss.  Pick out a couple of fun songs for the tosses - "Single Ladies" by Beyonce is popular for the bouquet toss and "American Woman" by Lenny Kravitz is a good one for the Garter toss - or whatever songs you want.  The band will be onstage and will get "all the single ladies / guys on the floor" as well as do a drum roll during the tosses etc.

9:50pm- Band's Second Set - This set is usually a little more upbeat since the younger guests have had enough liquid courage to get on the dance floor by now, and it's time to cut loose!

11:30 / 11:45 - Wrapping Up - River City will play their last few songs and then DJ a couple of songs while people are leaving so there is no "dead air".

12am - End.

Couples can choose ALL of their DJ music for band breaks - it's a great time to have songs played that the band doesn't play - or the band has a nice band break DJ list as well. When the band takes a break, they PUMP the DJ music to keep the party going strong.

River City will allow our couples to choose UP TO 5 "please play" songs from our song list at and UP TO 5 "please do not play" songs from that song list.

River City will provide use of their microphones for announcements and toasts from you and your guests. Have fun planning your big night and thank you from River City!

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