Post # 1
Help me and Fiance settle a dispute. He wants to play music that appeals to all generations throughout the dancing part of our reception (it’s a traditional evening event with dinner and dancing). So no “club” music. I would like to play some more edgy music for the last hour or so – think Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Lady Gaga,some reggaeton (Don Omar, Juanes, etc). I was always under the impression that, traditionally, as the reception goes on it turns into more of a club atmosphere for the younger people to dance.
So is this type of music appropriate or should we stick to the classics that our parents and their friends will enjoy?
Post # 3
Yes. Hip Hop etc. was played at my wedding and most weddings I have attended. Just keep the curse words out. I always approve of a mix of music.
Post # 4
We are playing house music, top 40 and 70’s disco at our receiption. You can play whatever you want… it is your wedding.
Plus older guests may leave before the wedding is over.
Post # 5
I think you are right. Start with the wedding standards, move into newer stuff as the older crowd fades.
Post # 6
Hell Ya!!!!! LOL
My wedding is definitely going to be a PARTY!!!! We are definitely going to throw in some classics that all generations will enjoy but for the most part it will be a Top40 club like dance party!
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
I’m mixing it all up, even though we’re having a formal wedding. I think it’s appropriate to mix everything in. 🙂
Post # 8
There is nothing wrong with hip hop, etc. being played. If you want the younger folks to dance, you need to have music they like. That’s what a dj does is play music that the crowd responds to, and mix up the genres depending on the folks in attendance. At the same time, if you only choose music that your parents and their friends like, then you will alienate the younger crowd and possibly resent the older folks for not allowing you to enjoy the music and dancing because you only stuck to one type. What most djs do is play music that appeals to the older crowd first and then as the evening goes on, they play “club” type music that appeals to the younger crowd. That way everyone wins. Also, keep in mind that many older adults do not dance. They might enjoy the music or they may not, but they generally prefer it as background music while they mingle, rather than actively dancing.
Post # 9
I will be including songs from Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Beyonce, etc – I want to dance and hear the songs that I love!!!
Post # 10
I think it is good to play whatever the crowd will enjoy.
Post # 11
Pretty much what everyone else said…just know your audience. If 80% of your guests are an older crowd, you should gear your music towards that.
Post # 12
We definitely are- lots of Sean Paul and Kwali etc etc. But we are being very careful with the kind of hip hop we play and my boyfriend is insisting on no “stripper music” (ie no Ying Yang Twins, Lil Jon, or Akon). Which is totally fair.
Post # 13
We will be playing everything from classic rock to jazz to top 40! Honestly as a younger person I would enjoy some newer stuff and you’d be suprised how many “older” adults listen to the top 40 these days, esp if they have a teen!