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 wedding receptions 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 Mallu couples in mind. Most of the Mallu weddings we DJ are with both the bride and groom being Mallu and Christian. Some of the weddings we do are mixed or fusion weddings where one person is Mallu and the other is not South Asian (White, Black, Hispanic or Asian). A few weddings each year will have a Mallu person marrying another South Asian culture (Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Rajasthani, Punjabi, etc) or another person that is South Asian but is from a different religion (Hindu or Muslim).
8 songs you need for a Mallu wedding 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
8 songs you need for a Mallu Wedding are placed in order of when it happens
Most Mallu (Malayalam) wedding ceremonies take place at a church. Since we aren't there for that, we will focus on the reception portion of the celebrations on this blog. There are usually two different types of Mallu wedding receptions we have seen. The first type has a lot of energy, fun and dancing. We see this most often. Check out the video below to see how they look. The second type, is classy and conservative. We have done those as well. Either way, whatever you need, we have you covered below.
1) Reception Entrances
This needs to be fun and energetic. Here are suggestions for many different people that you can have enter. The parents songs are usually Indian and everyone else will use an American Top 40 song usually.
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
2) 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 out 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 our 1 suggestion for each of these categories. Also check out this video to see how we make first dances even more epic!
3) 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.
4) 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.
As soon as the plated dinner starts, the bride will leave to change out of her white wedding dress into a traditional South Indian style sari. Check out our blog, in case you need a sari draper. This entrance is usually a high energy Indian song to go along with the outfit change. Here are some great suggestions for your second entrance.
6) Lighting of the lamp
The lighting of the lamp is a welcoming sign to the couple. The lighted lamp stands for auspiciousness. This is a traditional Malayali wedding ceremony that plays an integral role on your big day. Most couples will pick an instrumental song for this but you can play a song with words. Here are some suggestions for instrumental songs.
7) Milk Ceremony
The milk ceremony is done by the couple and their mothers. Its a way for each mother-in-law to welcome the new family member into their family. Most couples will use an instrumental here also, here are those suggestions. If you want to change or move away from what other couples have done, feel free to. Its your wedding and should have the vibe you are looking for.
8) Bouquet Toss
Usually right before the dance floor opens up, is a great time to do the bouquet toss. We will help get all the single ladies on the dance floor so you can toss the bouquet to the next girl to get married. Here are some songs you can use for the bouquet toss.
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 thousands of couples, the DJ Riz Entertainment team has been a part of thousands of couples dream weddings. 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.