Over the past 25 years, we have worked with thousands of amazing couples across the world. Recently we have seen many couples spend a lot of time, effort and energy trying to figure out what songs they need. Across the world we have seen Indian weddings online and in person that might've really benefited from this blog. Although we can't help them, we would like to help you in your music planning process. We have some great suggestions that will make everything smoother and better.
When making this blog we kept our Ismaili couples in mind. Most of the Ismaili weddings we DJ are with both the bride and groom being Ismaili. Some of the weddings we do are mixed or fusion weddings where one person is Ismaili and the other is not South Asian (White, Black, Hispanic or Asian). A few weddings each year will have an Ismaili person marrying another a person that is South Asian but is from a different religion (Hindu, Christian or another type of Muslim - Sunni or Shia).
7 songs you need for an Ismaili Wedding Weekend Notes:
- This will cover what most couples will need
- The music suggestions reflect many of the couples taste (but not all).
- This should help you figure out what you need and like
7 songs you need for an Ismaili Wedding Weekend are placed in order of when it happens
Here is a short 1 minute video of a few of the hundreds of Ismaili weddings we have been a part of.
1) The Pithi Entrance - Bride
Several years ago, Ismaili couples would do a big mehndi event where both sides would come together and host an event for immediate family members to meet, mingle and apply mehndi. Over the last decade this event has gone away. Now brides get their mehndi done at home without a ton of people around. Their close family members can also get it done that day. Check out our henna blog for great henna artists. The first major day of celebrations is the Pithi/Sangeet. Usually the brides' side will take longer to do the rasams, so the bride typically enters first. The Pithi/Sangeet night is usually the most fun night of the weekend. You need to start it off with a bang. Find the perfect song on our blog for the brides sangeet entrance. Fill out the form on this page and we will send you one suggestion for all of the songs you need just in case you can't figure out what you like or just want someone to pick something good for you.
2) The Pithi Entrance - Groom
Shortly after the bride makes her entrance, its time for the groom to make an entrance with his friends and family. This night usually has mostly Indian music played. Its natural to have all the entrances be Indian. If you want something different, you should do it. Here is our blog that shows what most grooms use as an entrance song for their pithi. The pithi rasams for the groom is usually quick since it takes less time per person and you have to get ready for the egging. If you have never seen this, you are in for a surprise. Picture a high school cafeteria food fight where the entire school bullies one kid.
3) Sangeet Entrance - together or separate?
After the groom gets cleaned up and both the bride and groom change, its time for the sangeet portion of the night to begin. This part of the night gets kicked off with an energetic entrance. Couples can decide to come in together or separately. If you are coming in together, check out these song suggestions. If you decide to come in separately, we have you covered there also. Check out these suggestions for brides and grooms.
4) Reception Entrances
This needs to be fun and energetic. Here are suggestions for many different people that you can have enter.
Parents This can be used for grandparents also
Siblings with kids
Sister This is good if she is single or married without kids
Brother This is good if he is single or married without kids
Bridal Party entering together in pairs
Bridesmaids in one big group
Groomsmen in one big group
The Bride and Groom The Main event, pick a hype song
5) First Dance
After you make your entrance, most couples will do their first dance. Here are some suggestions for first dance songs. We also have a great blog that helps couples plan their sequence of events. If you think, this is something that can help you make things run smoother, check it out here. There is a lot of great suggestions in this blog. Pick a song and plan on dancing for 2 to 3 minutes and not the entire song. If you are starting to feel overwhelmed with music choices, fill out the form on this page, and we will send you 1 suggestion for each of these categories. Also check out this video to see how we make first dances even more epic!
6) Cake cutting
For some reason, many couples forget to pick this song. The advice that we usually give them, is to pick the song you were debating between for your first dance. Here are our suggestions.
7) Dancing with your parents
Father/Daughter Dance Let him know how much you love him and what he means to you. Some brides will even slow dance for a while and transition into a fun dance song.
Mother/Son Dance A great time to tell your mom thanks for everything she has done for you in your life and this weekend.
Some couples choose to combine them but its better to keep them separate so the photo/video teams can capture it correctly. Most people will dance for 60-90 seconds. Check out these blogs in case you need a photographer or videographer.
A wedding is the happiest moment in your life and you should have vendors that you love. Over our 25 years of bringing joy to couples, the DJ Riz Entertainment team has been a part of thousands of couples' dream wedding weekends. Given these points, if you would like to talk about music and lighting for your wedding contact us here. Check out this short video from some of our recent weddings.