Wedding music: Five tips on building your playlist

07 Mar 2017

How to create the perfect playlist to please you and your wedding guests

So youve picked your DJ for your wedding and they have told you they will accept a playlist for the big event, but where do you start?

Goodfellows Discos shares five top tips to help you build the playlist for your big day.

1. Include your guests

Firstly, we understand that its you and your partner's big day so you're going to want to hear your favourites when it comes to the music. However, keep in mind that your guests might have slightly different tastes when it comes to music and they may also want to have some input into the music played at your reception, so ask your guests for a few of their favourite songs and include these in your list of tunes. 

2. Dont go overboard

Don’t go crazy when it comes to quantity when thinking through all of your favourite songs. Its easy to get carried away, but before you know it your playlist will become never-ending. Did you know, on average, that the the standard wedding reception of around 4-5 hours only allows your DJ to play around 60-70 songs? So try to rein it in when it comes to your song selection.

3. Songs to avoid 

This is something that often gets overlooked when planning out a playlist; are there any songs that you want your DJ not to play? Is there a song that may be upsetting, for example, was a song played at a family or friend's funeral? In this case you may not want it to be part of your night and the playlist is a great opportunity to let your DJ know about this. There may also be artists or songs that you really dont care for, but again keep in mind that your guests may like these songs so try to keep a balance.

4. Special dances

When you are building a playlist for your event it is a great opportunity for you to tell your DJ about any special dances you want to do, for example; brother and sister dance, father and daughter dance, and of course, your first dance. Allowing your DJ to have this information prior to your event will help ensure that they have the correct versions of the songs and avoid any disappointment on your special day.

5. Use your DJ

Lastly, once you have got some ideas together for music or have finished your playlist, discuss it with your DJ. More often than not your DJ has worked on hundreds of weddings and will probably be able to suggest some great songs that fit in with your ideas, while suggesting some other aspects to make your playlist a big hit with everyone at your event.

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