Notice: All forums will be retired as of May 31st, 2016 and will not be archived. Thank you for your participation in this community, and we hope you continue to enjoy other content at

Reception Music

  1. You have chosen to ignore posts from caringteacher. Show caringteacher's posts

    Reception Music

    Hello! I'm having a dj for the reception and he's asked me to compile a list of songs that we definitely want played during the reception. I know him well and I know he's going to do a good job and I appreciate him asking what we want. I want to know what songs you love hearing after dinner is done and the dancing has begun, slow or fast songs. Feel free to include songs that you hate as well! I really want my guests to dance the night away so any recommendations are helpful.
  2. You have chosen to ignore posts from jasmine09. Show jasmine09's posts

    Re: Reception Music

    I actually was just watching my reception video last night to make some clips for my family that they had asked for.  (I finally figured out how to record clips from the wedding DVD on my computer so I can throw them up on vimeo/youtube for folks.)

    I noticed some songs that got everyone on the dance floor:
    Living on a Prayer
    Sweet Caroline
    I Will Survive
    Single Ladies (bouquet toss & afterwards)
    Brown Eyed Girl
    Proud Mary (up tempo version, a la Ike & Tina Turner)
    Walking on Sunshine
    I Want to Hold Your Hand
    Shout! (Otis Day & the Nights)
    Crazy in Love

    We didn't request these in particular though--just told the band to keep people dancing, and they did!  So if you trust your DJ, I would recommend empowering him to read the crowd.  I never would have come with this list beforehand.  But it really did work amazingly well.

  3. You have chosen to ignore posts from clc51510. Show clc51510's posts

    Re: Reception Music

    We created both a Must Play and Do Not Play list.  Our Must Play list included a few songs that we knew we wanted to hear but in general we just let our DJ make the decisions.

    Here are a few that I can remember...

    Must Play
    - September - Earth, Wind and Fire
    - Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
    - Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
    - Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry

    Don't Play
    - Baby got Back
    - Chicken Dance
    - Macarena

    Hope this helps, good luck!

  4. You have chosen to ignore posts from bleeble. Show bleeble's posts

    Re: Reception Music

    For what it's worth: I don't think your DJ really needs you to give him a list of Brick House, Living on A Prayer, September- those are always played at every wedding, it's almost a law. He is probably looking for ideas a little off the beaten path that will help make the palylist more personal for you and your fiance'.
  5. You have chosen to ignore posts from cosmogirl. Show cosmogirl's posts

    Re: Reception Music

    I like a combination of fast and slow songs.  A successful reception doesn't look like a gyrating, sweating rave.  It's one that ALL the guests enjoy dancing.  So do mix in a couple of Frank Sinatras and a Glenn Miller with the rest. 

    A lot of guys will not dance fast but will do an occasional slow dance.

    The best DJs play music from every decade!  (Unlike mine, who seemed to have a disco fascination, and I'm from the Disco S * * * S era!) 
  6. You have chosen to ignore posts from venforknot. Show venforknot's posts

    Re: Reception Music

    Friday by Rebecca Black - on loop for the whole 5 hours :-)
  7. You have chosen to ignore posts from AGUY1. Show AGUY1's posts

    Re: Reception Music

    Can't stand "we are family".  Song should be banned.
  8. You have chosen to ignore posts from pinkkittie27. Show pinkkittie27's posts

    Re: Reception Music

    Email your guests and ask them! I did this and had wonderful results. It's great to see people get excited when "their" song comes on.

    but, personally, my mixed-crowd-friendly dance songs are:
    - The Way You Make Me Feel- Michael Jackson
    - Hey, Ho, Let's Go- The Ramones
    - Let The Good Times Roll- The Cars
    - Simply Irresistable- Robert Palmer
    - HELP!- The Beatles