Envision your dream wedding reception… what do you hear? The fact is, everyone has a dream playlist but most are unsure how to execute it or choose the songs that their guests will enjoy at least for the majority of the evening, no matter their musical preferences.
When planning the songs that you and your guests will hear during your wedding reception, most brides and grooms think of songs that are upbeat, danceable, and fun, while still appeasing all of the tastes represented by their eclectic crowd. After all, when you think of your reception, you think of the party and being surrounded by your family and friends.
The truth is, many brides and grooms have a few favorite tunes that may be a little more slow and romantic, or perhaps from another decade, and they feel as if those tunes have to be sacrificed for the sake of the boom-boom, dance-all-night reception. Am I right?
The perfect remedy to appease many different tastes and fit in your favorite ballads and slower tunes that aren’t exactly “danceable” is to create a unique playlist for your cocktail hour and dinner. This way, your guests of all ages have a better chance to hear the songs they like, your guests can enjoy appetizers and dinner with a great ambiance, and your favorite songs that hold sentimental value to your relationship can be heard and appreciated.
You may have thought that certain songs would have to be left behind for the sake of your dancing guests, but by creating a more intimate playlist for your cocktail hour and dinner, you are allowing your guests the perfect setting to meet someone new, have small talk, and enjoy you expertly chosen meal before the higher tempos ensue.
So what could this playlist sound like? This is where you can have the freedom to break out your favorite jazz, deep house, classical, and current love songs. This is where you can slip in that James Blunt or Frank Sinatra tune to which you and your beau shared your first kiss, or the Patsy Cline number that your mom taught you the lyrics to when you first learned to speak. Whatever the song and whatever the reason, there can be a special place for it on your wedding playlist.
This is where working with your professional DJ comes in. They can help you decide which songs would fit best at different times of the evening to ensure that your guests are feeling great and enjoying every second of your reception, without experiencing tempo whiplash. Showcase all of your musical tastes by customizing a separate playlist for the first part of your reception, and leave the dance party mix for the rest of the evening when the party really gets going.
What genres would you like to hear at a cocktail hour? What is your favorite slower song that you didn’t think had a place on a wedding reception playlist?
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