(Closed) Reception Music for 30 somethings

posted 7 years ago in 30 Something
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We have a DJ for dinner reception who will be playing guitar & singing live for cocktail hour with another guitarist. 

I’ve only given him a few ‘don’t plays’ and will give him a list of songs for things like parent and first dances, but that’s pretty much it.

I’ve worked with him a lot (I’m a wedding coordinator) so I know what he tends to play.

For our ceremony we’ll likely do an ipod with Vitamin String Quartet instrumentals and whatever I decide for processional and recessional songs.

I’m having a really hard time with the few selections I’m making – I went to music school and have a lot of professional musician friends so I’m definitely overthinking it, ha!

There’s been a few blog posts recently about ipod-ing your wedding with people’s playlists.

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

we are having a lot of 80’s music (it was our generation, right?:)

also some 90’s sprinkled in with some of today’s music

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

70s’, 80s’& 90s’ music, maybe mix in a few newer songs too.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Good question!  Our DJ is requesting a list of songs from us to play and not to play.  The Do Not Playlist is easy.  The Do Play List is quite challenging.  We figure a mix of 60s thru today…with most of the dancing being stuff from the 1990’s.  We are throwing in some Bel-Biv-Devoe, Boyz II Men, Ton Loc, and En Vogue for some nostalgia.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

80’s & 90’s with a little bit of today’s music thrown in. The DJ gave us “100 most requested songs at weddings” list and we can tweak it to our liking.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We have a DJ but Im hand picking just about all of mines.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I said “You’re the boss” to the DJ thinking they knew how to get a crowd going better than I would.  They kicked it off w/ Madonna “Holdiay” and some discoish thing from the early 80’s. NO ONE was dancing.  We ended up doing all current dance/club music since it kept the most people on the floor.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

oh boy, i got a dj and i also have some favs that i’m going to make sure he plays! also, he is spanish, so he will play spanish music which i’m happy i’m just worry that he wont play enough current american music! lol  so i got a list, i just write down the name of the song or just google 2010 or 2011 top songs, and made a list just for him and just in case!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We picked a few songs that we really wanted the DJ to play, then we are letting him do his thing. We’ve been to another wedding he has worked and he is a great emcee, gets everyone out on the dancefloor.

Our “must play” songs:

“September” by Earth Wind and Fire (You HAVE TO have EWR!)

“December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” by the Four Seasons

“Firework” by Katy Perry

“Livin On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi (Yes, I live in NJ- it is a real crowd pleaser)

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I am 28 turning 29 so closer to 30 than 20. Haven’t really made a list per say but my age will in no way influence my choices.

 

Largely we will have traditional Greek dances. The following songs are forbidden : the chicken dance, the hokey pokey, the twist, the macarena, ANYTHING that will prompt a conga line, country music. Aside from knowing we want mainly Greek music we are focusing on what can’t be played under any circumstances.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We have a great DJ; who is asking what the NO’s are.  I let him know, I want everyone to have a great time, he’s playing a mix of music.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ll be 30 2 months after my wedding. For our wedding I gave my DJ a list of 10 must play songs, 20 like songs, a list do not play songs (I had none, other then the songs he wouldn’t play already, aka chicken dance), he’s going to take that and make a mix of songs. Based on that he’s going to watch what people dance to. I put songs from 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, now. We are allowing requests. That way people are happy and will dance to what is being played. I didn’t want to hand pick every song, because just because I like it and love it doesn’t mean everyone will and it will be a great hit on the dance floor.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We’re playing a mix of metal, 90’s rock, and maybe some fun 80’s/90’s dance songs thrown in for fun.  By metal, I don’t mean we’ll be playing music to mosh/headbang to (which would be cool by my standards), but some metal love ballads.  We’ll save the headbanging for the ride back to the hotel after the wedding 😉

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Michael Jackson! Ok, I am a wee bit under your target age range and am an admitted MJ-lover, but I think people a few years older than me would remember and appreciate some of those songs even more lol (and the people older than that would remember older stuff and love it–seriously fun dance music!)

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