Authored by Lisa Bower in Wedding
Published on 12-20-2009
A wedding is chiefly a celebration. Here, you and your closest friends, family members, coworkers, and loved ones can sing and dance the night away in honor of your big step. Thus, the music at such an event is incredibly important. You want people to sway and dance in their seats only to soon leap up and join the crowd on the dance floor.
Variety is everything at a wedding. You are not only going to have your college or work friends in attendance but also your family members. Thus, you need to have a range of music so that everyone has at least one song that gets them grooving. Think about including everything from pop and rap to rock and country songs in your playlist. This will ensure that there really is a song for every type of guest that is in attendance.
Sit down with your loved one and really brainstorm what kind of music you want to have on your big day. If there is a song you hate, make sure to keep it away from the playlist. This is your event and it should be everything you need and want. Similarly, think about songs that you absolutely must have. Know the classic songs that everyone is sure to know and include them. People love it when they can sing along with songs. Often, a song like “Thriller” is sure to bring up fond memories and will make your wedding reception that much more enjoyable and fun.
Wedding dances are all about fun. Thus, think about playing songs that everyone can participate in. For example, songs like the “Electric Slide,” “Macarena,” and “Cupid Shuffle” are things that everyone knows and loves. By playing such tunes, you can ensure that even the shyest person in the room will get up and join. This is a nice way to make your wedding that much more fun.
Talk to potential wedding DJs and ask them their advice. They have most likely worked wedding after wedding and will know what is needed when it comes to the playlist. Of course, you shouldn’t settle in terms of the songs you want played. Instead, this will give you more options when it comes to selecting songs to include in the list. The more you work with a wedding DJ, the more you will know about the kind of music you want included at this event.
Lastly, don’t forget to consider important dances that are often a part of wedding receptions – the couple’s first dance, the father-daughter dance, and the groom-mother dance. Often, these are slow songs that celebrate the new union that has taken place and the uniting of families. Often, old classics like “Stand By Me” or “At Last” have been proven favorites for such dances. However, feel free to ask all parties what their favorite tunes are like, the kind of dancing they plan on doing, and what their comfort level is with such dances. This will help you choose appropriate music that is sure to please everyone.