Post # 1
We are making our own playlist for our after party, which is going to be sort of like a cocktail party in the upstairs of a restaurant/bar. However, since we aren’t having dancing at our brunch reception, we really want people to dance. This is especially important to Fiance because he loves to get his dance on! I’m hoping the drinks will help people get out there, but we really need the kind of music that will get people to dance without feeling like its obnoxious and over-powering, since it is going to be an after party, not a traditional reception. Basically, we are trying to strike a balance.
So my question is: At the beginning of the party, should we kick off the dancing with “get on the floor” kind of music, or should we build up to it with more mingling music first? My thought is then people can get a couple drinks in them first before dancing, and also it won’t seem as in-your-face to walk into a full-on dance club. Yet, I worry that if we spend the first half or so not dancing, no one ever will!
Post # 3
So, uhm, I apparently killed my own thread from the get go. 🙁 I’m going to be a shameless bumper because this really bugging me!
Post # 4
If I were you I would look on DJ chat boards!
Also, check out the bee archives for DIY playlists:
We started with our favorite “slow” stuff during dinner and built up tempo over a span of 3 songs. Then we got into more dance music, but still had a slow song every 5 songs or so.
Post # 5
I like the idea of having some mingling music that builds up to dance music. You can look up the latest hits or just some songs that you really like. I think it sounds like a fun reception!
Post # 6
Thanks for the links, LatteLove! I guess what we are struggling with is we don’t have a mealtime to build up tempo… we are kind of just starting off with the dance. But I think we will ease into a bit. And thanks, MightySapphire… I hope so!
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
i’m with mightysapphire as well–good to let people warm up with some mingling music first before getting to the dance music. i think it’s a great idea that you’re having an after party where people who would like to dance will have the opportunity to do so after the brunch reception–good balance!
Post # 8
I’m planning to have my DJ play the music kndia chronologically by decades. I think the 60s-70s will have some fun music that people can just stand around and drink and get everyone in a good mood, and then when the 80s hits, people will definitely be on the dance floor. Can anyone resist MJ? Later in the night we will play younger clubby songs.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
@daniellemybelle: We tried to start off the dancing music with a couple of slow songs to get a few people out on the floor, but I ended up skipping through all the slow tracks b/c no one was dancing! Once we got to the “good stuff” a lot of people got out there and danced.