(Closed) Anyone creating their own playlist for the reception? Need somewhere to begin…

posted 8 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Hi!

We made our own playlist. I started with our major songs (first dance, triumphant entrance into reception song, that kinda thing).

Then I thought about all the songs that I love to dance to and got together with my sister and we put together a playlist that I think is pretty rockin! Your playlist really depends on your taste in music, how much dancing you want and the demographics amongst your guests. We have a fair range in our playlist so I think it’ll be okay. We’ve lots of new stuff, lots of 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. We tried to go with songs that people hear and say “I LOVE this song!” – the kinda thing that’ll have people up and dancing. Our playlist is for the dancing part of our reception cos we’re having a duo play while people are eating.

If you want you can PM and I’m happy to give you a copy of ours – it’s just in an excel spreadsheet. It’s a bit disjointed cos we’ve just added to it as we’ve thought of songs, so we’ll have to tweak the running of it so it flows nicely.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Two things that we’ve been doing, though our playlist is nowhere near finalized:

— go through your music library. Every. Single. Song. Do you LOVE that song? Put it on a separate playlist. We came up with two: dancing music and not-dancing music (ie, dinner, cocktails, etc) Labor intensive but worthwhile.

— The other thing you can do is start with a DJ’s list of the top 100 or 200 most requested songs of all time (such as this one http://www.discjockeys.com/top_200.php ) – keep the songs you like, get rid of the ones you don’t, and go from there.

Good luck! I’ll be following this thread as I continue to add to my own playlist.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I started off going through my music playlist and adding any songs that fit our loose theme of a vaguely vintage glamour. So lots of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and Satchamo. Once I did that I went back and added in dance songs I liked. Then I went back and added in random songs I liked. After that I ended up with around 4 hours of music. Hit shuffle and listen through to it for a day and see what you think. Even just in the background. Actually listening to the songs and thinking about whether you think it’s right for your wedding will eliminate some options but you should still end up with a decent playlist.

Or put up a Facebook status asking for everyone’s favourite dance track and see what you get, if you end up with a small playlist.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

OOH! @littlemissmoo that’s a fab idea about Facebook! I’m so going to do that!

Another thing is, listen to the whole song cos sometimes when you think about it in the context of dancing, that song you LOVE is actually difficult to dance too or not quite suitable.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

We have been going through each song on both of our iTunes library and making a giant list then we are going back and dividing them by cocktail time, dinner, dancing etc. We are not planning on having a big “dance party” but just nice sort of mellow dancing so that is dictating what we have. Most of our stuff is from 1940 – 1980 and more geared to the age group of our guest as well. We are having maybe 15 guest in our 25 age range and then in more of a mom and grandma age range. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@bohemianbailie: I think that’s great that you’re thinking about the age range of your guests. I’ve been to some weddings where it’s a bunch of more “younger” music which is always fun, but you can see the older guests just get so excited when they hear some danceable music they recognize as their “own.”

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@CattyMN608: Thanks! Yes I know that Black Eyed Peas and the sort are very popular for weddings but we never listen to that and I cannot imagine my mom and fmil getting up and dancing too it!!! I also forgot to mention if you have the chance to go to a wedding before you own it really pays to not just wait for a song you like but see how other people react to the songs, and I mean all guests!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

We did a similar thing with three lists – one for cocktail, one for “special dances” one for first hour of dancing and one for second and third. We figured our older relative would only stay for the first, so we put in more “golden oldies” lol and dancing music they would know. Ask some close friends or your wedding party to jump into the dancing right away to help get the parents and grandparents up and moving. There are always some people around who kick things off!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m trying to evenly select every type: classic lounge music, indie, folk, Beatles (they are their own genre,) 80s. Everytime a song I love pops in my head, I jot it down. Listen critically to the song: it’s not enough to be a song you like- you have to see it fitting at your wedding and for a specific part of the day.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I really want my four string quartet to play a cover of “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” btw 🙂

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

my Fiance is mostly in charge of the music list… he has been running the songs by me though..

we are into hiphop and mostly rap.. but some old funk and oldies..and salsa and some spanish.

He has been going on the local radio stations playlists.. we have a playlist but it would only benefit you if you like rap and hiphop

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

We added a page to our wedding site for people to request songs. I put a note on the page telling people we are creating the playlist so hopefully they get the picture that there will be no pro DJ and if they want to hear a song, they have to request it ahead of time. My younger cousins have put in some requests for music I would never listen to but it just reminds me that I need to have something for everyone. 

We also went through our iTunes together. That helped because sometimes we would come to a band or letter and say “I dont have that song? We need it!”

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