Post # 16
Line dances. I know a lot of brides hate them, and I don’t know why! It got everyone of all ages up. All my aunts got up for the Cupid Shuffle, and everyone was up for the Electric Slide.
Justin Timberlake was also popular. Madonna also got some of the aunts up!
Post # 17
Most weddings I have been to start out with some sort of 80’s music, or country. People usually get up pretty quickly to dance.
I just suggest you don’t play all new music halfway through the night and onwards…last wedding I went to did that and it was basically the drunkest people dancing, with a few older people going up once in awhile. Keep the variety going through the night.
Post # 18
Slow songs – because the wedding was 95% couples, like Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight,” songs that got the whole band moving (there were 12 pieces), Like Earth Wind and Fire’s “September,” and Penn state favorites (we’re in PA), like “Livin on a Prayer.” Honestly, the band was so good and played such a variety of songs, that the dance floor was packed all night. I remember dancing with my husband to Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide,” which was popular back when we were in school, and it was a magical moment.
Post # 19
prahajess: We had iTunes on our laptop. The hall we rented came with a built in sound system that included a microphone for $125 to rent (which is waaay cheaper than a $900 DJ). My husband had the adapter needed to plug the computer into the sound system, but you can get that fairly cheap at radio shack if you don’t have one. My Darling Husband was the MC for one of his groomsman’s wedding, so that groomsman returned the favor for ours, along with his wife helping. They did an AMAZING job, they were so delightful and friendly, and just overall perfect. They say they were winging it, but they really were stellar. I had 3 separate playlists, one for dinner music (to play while we were getting our pictures done, and then we did our first dance, and then we did dinner), one for special songs (mother/son dance, brother/sister dance – I danced with my little brother, as my grandpa was not mobile enough to dance with me, and music we’d used at the reception so it didn’t get played again), and then of course the dance music. GM’s wife had a fantastic time picking music she thought would be fun, lol, but that was also a list that was able to be on shuffle, so she and our Groomsmen didn’t have to be glued to the computer and could come out and dance with us. We only had one instance where it shuffled back onto a song that had been manually picked earlier in the evening, but that’s easily remedied. We also let guests look at our music list and pick anything they thought would be fun to dance to, so we still had “requests.” It worked out REALLY well, and made it that much more intimate and personal (and it was less expensive!)
Post # 20
I should point out also that our first dance song was on the “special songs” playlist as well. That way none of the music we used elsewhere got recycled. For some reason I can’t edit my post. =\
Post # 21
icanhearyousmile: We will be using an IPOD. There will be one person designated to watch the IPOD during the wedding ceremony and first song. Otherwise, my nephew will be checking things out during the evening to make sure all is good.
I already went to the venue to try out the IPOD. Super. There are Bose speakers and the sound is great.
One piece of advice, if you decide to use an IPOD or IPhone or whatever, just make sure you go to the venue and try things out before the big day. When I first rented the venue, the owner told me he had everything set up so we could use an IPOD. Super, I thought! But then when I went to try our IPOD, we realized we could not plug the IPOD in the speakers cuz the owner DID NOT HAVE the required audio cable to do so. Grrrrrrr…. and yet he had told us he had everything. Imagine if on the day of the wedding we had found out an hour before the beginning of the ceremony that we couldn’t have music. So, i rushed out and went to a shop and got the coiled stereo audio cable for about 15$. Went back to the venue, plugged everything in and wow! Sounds great!
The other piece of advice I got from a dj is that i must make sure I have a backup plan in case something goes wrong with the IPOD. So, i’m also having all the songs on my playlists downloaded on my laptop.
Using an IPOD is alot cheaper than having a dj and the good thing about it is you can have all the songs you really want to hear on your special day.
Post # 22
wvc412: Pretty offended by the comment “people over 30 are sitting at their table checking their watches” you must be 16 to think 30 is old.
Post # 23
kelowna2014: Considering I’ll be 30 very soon I actually don’t think it’s old at all. I guess I was just being hyperbolic to make a point. But so sorry for offending you so easily!
Post # 24
“Shout” and “YMCA” have been hits at every wedding I’ve been to, regardless of the crowd (young, old, dry, or boozy.) Michael Jackson also gets people dancing.
Post # 25
If you hired a professinal DJ, they should know what music to play, when to play it and how to read a crowd. And by professional, I mean professional—not just some guy with a DJ equipment and his laptop.
If you just tell him what sort of vibe you want; a few “MUST PLAY” “DO NOT PLAY” and “Would be cool if you could play” suggestions to guide him; he should be able to do the rest.
He’s the professional, and if you did your homework before hiring your DJ, you should have nothing to worry about. Just don’t micro-manage.
Post # 26
commenting to follow. Love this thread!