Create A Wedding Playlist Your Guests Will Love!
Obviously the most important part of any wedding is the ceremony because that is when you where you marry the love of your life! However when asked, most couples say that their most important element is making sure their guests have fun and they put together a great party.
This is where your wedding entertainment is key to your guests’ enjoyment. Once you have your live wedding band or DJ booked, how do you go about choosing your wedding reception music?
Energize The Room
High-energy songs instantly ignite the dance floor and create an amazing atmosphere throughout your wedding reception space. However, keep your club vibes for later in the evening. A fun combination is to hire a live band during dinner and dancing but create an after party by adding a DJ to finish out the night. Your guests will definitely feel like they were able to party late into the night.
Keep It Clean
A good common practice is to request your live band and DJ to only play clean versions of songs. While you might be comfortable listening to songs with explicit language, some of your and your spouses’ family members might not be too keen on the idea. Even though it’s your wedding, this isn’t the night to shock the in-laws with your music choices. Most bands and DJs, like Stitely Entertainment, have it as a general policy to play clean versions. However, you should always discuss this with your band or DJ to make sure you’re on the same page.
Get Your Guests Singing
Besides having high-energy songs, choosing songs that gets everyone involved is a great way to pump up the dance floor.
Pick out songs that your guests can’t help but sing along to. Need some suggestions? Take your wedding reception to a higher level with these classic sing-along songs:
- Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
- Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
- Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
- Living on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
- Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus
- Piano Man – Billy Joel
- Hold On – Wilson Phillips
- I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
Songs That Make You Say, “This Is My JAM”
Think back to your high school dances, sleepovers, and carpool karaokes. What songs did you and your friends sing at the top of your lungs every time they were played? Or, what songs were the last played at the bar in college? Did you have a go-to song that you always requested the DJ to play and you couldn’t leave the party until you heard it? Create some nostalgia and put these songs on your wedding reception music MUST-PLAY list.
Mix It Up
While it is possible that every single one of your guests has the same taste in music, the chances of that is pretty low. You may not be able please each person but you can get the majority of guests on board if you mix up the styles of your wedding reception music.
Play your favorite Top 40 hits, some classics, and overall great dance songs from multiple genres. You can throw in a slower tune but keep those to a minimum as to not wipe out the entire dance floor. Also, don’t feel like you need to include slow dances just to appease your older guests. We have seen our fair share of grannies get down on the dance floor. The generation that grew up up doing the Jitterbug & Charleston and hosting sock hops very well likely may be better dancers than you!
Final Thoughts on Wedding Reception Music
Always refer to your wedding band or DJ for additional advice on wedding reception music. You can put your trust in them because they perform in front of dancing crowds for a living. The best bands and DJs have the ability to read the crowd as well as work off your Must-Play list and music style preferences.