How to Create a Memorable Wedding Reception Playlist

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A Guide to Curating the Ultimate Reception Playlist

There’s no doubt that music is an essential part of any wedding reception, and creating a memorable playlist is an important part of the planning process. It’s important to choose the right songs to keep the energy up and keep your guests dancing all night long! 

So, here are some tips to keep in mind so you can put together a musical story that will entertain your guests, keep the energy up, and make your special day even more memorable.

1. Consider Your Audience

The key to a successful playlist is taking into account the musical preferences of your guests. Will there be a mix of ages and backgrounds? If so, consider including a variety of genres that will please everyone. If you know your guests love to dance, add some upbeat, energetic songs that will get them on their feet. Make sure to include classics that everyone will recognize and sing along to.

2. Start With the Classics

When in doubt, start with the classic wedding songs. These timeless songs are sure to please the crowd and set the right tone for the reception. Consider including pieces like “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley, or “At Last” by Etta James. These songs are guaranteed crowd-pleasers and will be sure to get everyone in the mood to celebrate.

3. Mix it Up

Don’t be afraid to mix up the genres and styles of music in your playlist. Consider including a variety of songs that range from oldies to contemporary hits to keep your guests entertained throughout the night. Start with some classics, then gradually move into newer songs that everyone will recognize and love. You’ll be surprised how much fun your guests will have dancing to a mix of different genres. But be sure you’re happy with the mix! After all, the last thing you want is to add more wedding planning stress for yourself. 

4. Take Requests

One way to ensure that your guests will have a great time is to allow them to request songs throughout the night. Have a designated area where they can make their requests or even take requests in advance on your wedding website. This is a great way to make sure your friends and family feel included and have the opportunity to dance to their favorite songs.

5. Hire a Professional

If you need help figuring out where to start when it comes to creating a playlist, consider hiring a professional DJ or band to handle the music. They will have experience playing at weddings and will know exactly what songs to include to keep the dance floor packed. A professional DJ can also help you with the transitions between songs, making sure there are no awkward silences or abrupt changes that might kill the vibe.

And all that’s left is finding the perfect location to dance the night away! 

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