Anyone will tell you the best part of a wedding is the reception. While the ceremony is certainly beautiful, romantic, and sentimental, it’s the reception—and the party that follows—where memorable wedding memories are made. While the food and drinks are certainly a huge part of planning a reception, it’s really the music that will be the make or break of how fun your party is.
Creating a wedding playlist is definitely an art. From choosing the right genres to deciding whether to get a DJ or band, there’s a lot of thought that goes into creating the perfect reception playlist. Here are 4 tips for creating the best wedding playlist.
Going DIY vs. Hiring a DJ or Band
When you start planning your wedding music, the first decision you’ll have to make is whether you want to throw on a Spotify playlist or hire professional musicians. While hiring a DJ or band is definitely a significant cost that shouldn’t be overlooked, it can reduce the stress of choosing every song you’ll play at your party. Additionally, having live music at your reception can create a wonderful ambiance for dancing and other reception festivities. Conversely, if you’re someone who wants to have full control over your wedding music, it might be best to compile all of your favorite songs into a playlist.
Make a List of Sentimental Songs with Your Partner
It’s your wedding day, which means you’ll probably want to have a couple of significant songs that are special to you and your partner. Sit down with your fiance and come with a list of songs that you’ll want to hear during your reception. It’s also a good idea to see what song or genre of music they would like to be featured at the party. Be sure to land on a song you want to dance to for your first dance and finalize songs for the mother/father dances.
Have Your Guests Weigh In
If you’ve been to a wedding, you’ve probably had the opportunity to request a song at the reception. There are a number of ways you can have your guests weigh in about your wedding playlist. If you like to plan ahead, you could add a song request section to your wedding invitation. Alternatively, you could have your guests request songs by writing them down and leaving them in a jar by the band or DJ.
Include Plenty of Songs
If you’re going the DIY route, it’s essential that you include plenty of songs. Your reception can go for a couple of hours, so you’ll want to make sure you can keep the music flowing throughout the party. Creating a list of hundreds of songs can feel like a big undertaking, but there are plenty of ways to get your friends involved. Consider hosting a playlist party with your wedding party and having each bridesmaid or groomsmen come up with a list of songs.
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