The Dos and Don’ts to Building Your Reception Playlist

Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight. Sounds like the perfect plan for your wedding day, right? We certainly think so. But before you can do a little dance, you’ve got to set the scene for the right wedding reception playlist. Here are some rules to live by when consulting with your DJ about the ideal playlist.

 

Bride & Groom’s First Dance inside Celebrate’s Great Hall

Playlist Harmony Remember to consider both yours and your beau’s musical tastes when compiling a wedding playlist. A variety of wedding songs are to be expected, so don’t worry about his Guns N Roses clashing with your Gangnam Style! Maybe he wouldn’t mind hearing an acoustic version of the song during dinner.

 

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Spread the Love It’s important to keep your guest list handy when formulating the wedding playlist. What will Aunt Debbie and Uncle Rich enjoy dancing to? Or how about Grandma Sue’s favorite diddy, Runaround Sue? A sprinkle of some oldies may be appropriate for a portion of the crowd. Who doesn’t love a Sinatra classic?   Rock anthems and love songs ruled supreme in the 80’s and 90’s from Bon Jovi to Madonna and Mötley Crüe.  Round out your list with a nod to the Grunge and Goth movement and everyone will be on the dance floor.  

 

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A Little Goes a Long Way DJs have extensive databases of songs from every genre.  A talented DJ shouldn’t need more than 12-15 songs from you and your Fiancé to give them all the information they need to program music you’ll love for the reception.   The DO NOT play list is just as important the please play list.   

 

Photo: Serendipity Photography

DJ Knows Best There’s a reason why people hire a DJ. It’s not just to play music; it’s to guide the atmosphere of the party. DJs are trained to read the vibe of the crowd. From there, they choose the best song for the moment. Receptions are usually 4 hours in length, a time span that is further decreased by formalities like speeches and dinner courses.  To feel most comfortable about handing over all the music power for your reception, it’s a good idea to have at least one face to face meeting with your DJ prior to the wedding. It’s best to meet about a month in advance to discuss your expectations, as well as provide a DO NOT PLAY list. This way you’re guaranteed to not hear the songs you dislike. Now you can relax on your big day, knowing the party is in the best possible hands.

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