Personalizing Your Wedding Reception Music

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Personalizing Your Wedding Reception Music

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Once your wedding ceremony is over, it’s time to celebrate at the reception.. There are many ways to personalize your party but one specific way to set the tone of the evening is through your wedding reception music. 

Whether you decide to hire a DJ or live band (or both), the entertainment will keep the party going from your first newlywed entrance to the moment your guests say goodbye. And although they will do most of the work by selecting all the songs for the evening, you and your spouse should advise them by providing a selection of music you definitely want to hear. 

If you’re stuck figuring out good music for the party, we can help! Below, we’ve collected a list of tips to make your wedding reception music personal to you and your spouse and entertaining for your guests. 

Select Music That Is Meaningful to You and Your Spouse

Personalizing your wedding reception music begins with choosing songs that bring special meaning to you and your partner. Your guests will love to hear songs that portray your relationship. 

Incorporate DJs’ Most Requested Wedding Songs 

If you need ideas, ask the experts. DJs and bands know exactly what songs get crowds excited and they also know which music to avoid if you don’t want the dance floor to disperse. 

Ask for a list of DJ’s most requested wedding songs to find music you might not have initially thought to include on your playlist. While you want your music selections to reflect you and your spouse, your guests will appreciate hearing comforting, classic songs that are known to get and keep the party going. 

Expect the Unexpected

You never know what surprises your friends and family will have planned for you and your spouse during your reception. Maybe your Aunt is a professional singer who’s planning to serenade you during the cake-cutting or possibly your bridal party secretly hired a performer to surprise you during cocktail hour. Sometimes, wedding parties will even prepare a dance or a medley to make your night all the more memorable and interesting. 

No matter how thoroughly you’ve planned your reception timeline, be open to sweet surprises from your loved ones. After all, how much more personalized can your wedding reception music get than a custom song mash-up performed by your maid of honor?  

Create Your Own Music Rules

If there’s one thing to remember about your reception, it’s that there are no rules to follow. While weddings often follow tradition, that doesn’t mean you have to do what you think you should do and that includes choosing your reception music. 

If you don’t like the “The Chicken Dance,” don’t feel like you have to play it just because it’s one of the most popular traditional wedding songs. Instead, play songs that you and your partner genuinely love. This will be clear to your guests, and they’ll enjoy your music if they see it makes you happy. 

Ask for Suggestions From Your Guests

To really personalize your wedding reception music, get your guests involved. Your guest list is unique to your wedding, and those who’ll be attending likely have a few songs they’d love to hear during the reception. To give your playlist a twist, take song requests from your friends and family. 

If you’re open to incorporating their suggestions, use your wedding website to gather their opinions. Include a link to a Google Form that asks your guests to submit song requests they’d like to hear. Not only will this get them excited for your reception, it’ll take some of the planning out of your hands. 

Turn To the Music Charts 

To get even more inspiration for your playlist, turn to the music charts in the weeks leading up to your wedding. In the years to come after your wedding, you and your guests will be reminded of your big day when you hear a hit song that was played at your reception. 

Make Your Playlist Shareable 

Once you create your wedding reception music playlist, there’s a chance your guests will want to listen to some songs on repeat. Instead of answering their questions individually, you can instantly share your playlist through Spotify.

Give Your Music a Test Run Before the Big Day

Once you’ve composed the perfect reception playlist, be sure to listen to the songs at least once before your wedding day. Doing so will ensure that you actually do want to hear all the songs you’ve included on the list. It’s also the perfect time for you to signify any changes you want to make to your DJ or performer, like  the excluding curse words or a mash-up of numerous songs. 

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