If you've ever been to a wedding, you'll know: one of the best parts of of the best parts of the whole thing is the evening reception -- and planning that part of your wedding can be just as fun. It’s a chance to truly let loose and party in style – the speeches are over, and so you can both finally relax, mingle with your guests, and party the night away. While there are so many different types of entertainment available, music is arguably the most important. Whether you have chosen a live band, a DJ, or both, your task doesn't end there.
If you want to ensure that your guests stay on the dance floor all night long, then you should probably choose the music. After all, the performers don’t know your friends and family! If you'd like to see your grandma busting out some moves, then you will need to pick songs that will get her off the chair. Of course, putting together an entire playlist for the night can seem a little overwhelming.
To help you get started, we have rounded up some of the most efficient ways to choose music for your wedding.
Consider the theme
Do you have a particular theme for your wedding? Perhaps you're having a beach-inspired theme or a traditional garden party. Maybe you're getting married in a forest or want to replicate your favourite festival. From Christmas weddings to Great Gatsby parties, there are a whole host of options to choose from. Whatever it is, let the theme inspire you. Maybe your theme is set in a particular era or perhaps a certain genre. Of course, if there are other songs you want to play that don't fit in with your theme, don't worry. The theme is just a starting point and you can add in all of your favourite party tracks too. Inform the performer or DJ of your theme as they might also be able to help.
Start with the first dance
The first time you dance together as a married couple will be a magical moment for everyone. If you already share a favourite song, then this will probably be an easy choice. If not, start talking about it early. Maybe there's a specific genre you both like or a song that reminds you of the first time you met, your favourite film, or a particular holiday. Perhaps there's a song that describes your relationship perfectly. Or maybe you want to surprise your guests with something totally unexpected. The trick is to make it personal and choose something that you are comfortable dancing to. And, if you’re really stuck, go with a classic love song.
Begin with the "definitely-nots"
A great way to start is to compile a list of the songs you do NOT want to hear at your wedding. This may sound bizarre but the last thing you want is for the DJ to play a song that brings back a sad memory, or something that you just can't stand. Once you and your partner have come up with a list, you can even extend it to your parents, bridesmaids, and groomsmen. This is a particularly useful option if you don't have time to choose an entire playlist. Just pass it on to the DJ and they will work with it.
Ask the guests
Music can really make or break a wedding. Trust us, we've seen it. If the guests don't like the music, then they will most likely stay seated. So, if you want everyone on their feet you will need to make sure that the DJ or band play some good tunes. The easiest way to do this is to ask the guests for suggestions. Many wedding websites have a section where guests can place their song requests. Alternatively, ask for song requests on the RSVP card within the invitation. This way, you'll be able to check that you are happy with everyone's requests before passing them on. Not only will it save you a lot of time, but you can rest safe in the knowledge that there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
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