Planning Your Wedding Reception Playlist: Some Important Dos And Don'ts

Posted on: 8 October 2015

Of course you want your guests to have an amazing time at your wedding reception, and a big part of that will be the music and entertainment provided by your wedding DJ. As the DJ's client, you'll have a lot of say in what gets played at your wedding. As you and your spouse build your wedding reception playlist, then, there are some things to keep in mind to ensure that everybody has a great time mingling and dancing.

DO Keep Your Guest List Handy

As you build your playlist, keep your guest list nearby. Even though your wedding day is all about you and your spouse, you also want to make sure your guests have a good time. This means making sure there's music in your playlist that everybody can enjoy. For example, you and your spouse might love dancing to techno music, but what about your grandparents? What would they like to hear? Try to cater to a wide variety of musical tastes.

DON'T Overdo it on the Requests

Most wedding DJs will ask you to provide them with a dozen or so "must-play" songs; from there, your DJs will build the remainder of the playlist based on your requests. This is where you should really trust your DJ's judgement by not overdoing it with the requests. This will allow your DJs to make decisions on songs to play based on the mood and number of people on the dance floor. 

DO Choose Songs for Special Moments

Of course, you and your spouse will probably want to have a first-dance together, and you may also want to do dances with your parents. However, there are some special dances that couples don't think about picking out songs for. For example, as you're introduced for the first time at your reception, is there a specific song you want played? What about as your wedding party is introduced?

DON'T Forget a "Do Not Play" List

There are some songs that you and your spouse may simply not want to hear, and that's perfectly fine. Most wedding DJs are more than happy to create a "do not play" list. If somebody requests a song from this list at your wedding, they'll be politely declined. This is great for avoiding songs that bring back bad memories or that might make some people in your audience too emotional. From there, you can make sure everybody enjoys their time at your reception to the fullest!

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