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Wedding Songs: How to Make the Perfect Playlist for Your Day

by | March 29, 2020

Music can set the tone for your wedding day. From the champagne toast getting ready to busting a move at the reception, a good playlist can completely change the overall vibe and enhance the day as a whole! Ever been to a wedding where it felt the DJ didn't quite fit? Maybe cut off the first dance song too early or only played certain artists? To ensure your guests get excited to hit the dance floor, present your DJ with a pre-made playlist filled with wedding music that will spark joy in not only your guests but also YOU!

Technology & Your Guests

With all the means of technology, there are a number of ways to communicate with your guests. Make polls where people can vote for songs, make a Facebook group where you can get requests, include on your Instagram story, or include a line titled “Song Request" on the RSVP. This allows for your guests to feel included in the process and ensure a killer playlist!

On services like Spotify, you can make a collaborative playlist where friends and family can add their favorite songs in the upcoming weeks to the big day. If anyone is out & about and hears an awesome tune, with Shazam you can easily identify and upload to Spotify!

Good Slow/Fast Song Ratio

You wedding day should bring nothing but good vibes all around and this includes your music! Whether these songs are upbeat or slower tempo, they should be overloaded with feel-good emotions with the overall vibe being about joy, love, and whatever you want your guests to take away from your wedding. Include songs that are near and dear to your heart that remind you of you and your person. This includes upbeat tunes as well as some slower jams. You want to keep in mind the ratio of slow and fast songs however as that will set the mood for your venue. Your music should match the space but ultimately match you and your boo!

The Line-Up

People like to get down to songs with a great beat and it’s always good to give the sweethearts their slow dance moment. During any meals or cocktail hour, take advantage of songs and artists with a moderate tempo to provide a soft background. The food was chosen to be enjoyed! Those fast paced, get up and move tunes you want to save for later when the party really starts. A few examples include “Where You Lead” by Carol King, “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers, and “My Girl” by The Temptations. 

After all of the first dances are done and everyone is ready to let loose, you can start playing songs like “Let's Get Loud” by JLO, “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon, or the classic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston to get your guests movin'!

Other fun classics for everyone include “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond, “Don’t Stop Believin'" by Journey, and “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi.

Embrace the feel good with songs like “Dancing Queen” by Abba, “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, and “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas. I think it’s safe to say your line dances like “Cha Cha Slide” and “Cupid Shuffle” will definitely sneak into this portion of the evening!

Every one out of about eight songs should be a slower song or ballad. This allows for a little variety and some balance among the dancing crowd. “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers, or “Open Arms” by Journey are a few classics fun to include. Current slow songs and covers of older songs are super in right now as well! Think along the lines of “XO” by John Mayer, “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton, or “Love Me Tender”, the Norah Jones version. When in doubt, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, and Ed Sheeran always have some goodies.

End the evening with a feel good bang! The last song should feel like a perfect ending to you and your partner's day. Songs like “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles or “Last Dance” by Donna Summer are classic closers. The song should feel like a conclusion to the book with a hopeful tone that gets you ready for the sequel! 

Your playlist should include some variety but ultimately not stray too far from what songs feel like your style and make you happy. At the end of the day, whatever you decide to choose will be the perfect mix!

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