Choosing the right music for a wedding reception is an important part of wedding event planning so I asked a close and dear colleague Shaun Kelly who owns Spinnin’ Productions, a premier DJ, Uplighting, & Photo Booth Company to share information about selecting a playlist.
When planning and creating a playlist for your DJ or band keep your guests in mind. Guests may be from different cultures or have varied tastes in music. Your DJ must provide music for “everybody” not just hip hop for your closest friends. Give your entertainer a list that includes some classics like Sweet Caroline, Don’t Stop Believin’, Shout, You Shook Me All Night Long, Pour Some Sugar On Me, etc. Keep in mind that grandma and grandpa might want Frank Sinatra and Elvis. Other guests might like country. So, as an example, play country music during the cocktail hour and dinner. Limit this kind of music to a few country songs during the dancing portion of the night unless you have 30-40 people that really dig country.
Millennials make up a large portion of our client list. So, most of the music that is requested is dance, hip hop, pop, and 80’s and 90’s. If you fall into this category, start out with something to keep peers happy and then transition to music for the older folks. It’s all about balance and providing a diverse mix at a wedding. Find an entertainer that is great at reading the crowd. Don’t make your playlist all about you. Keep in mind that there are 100+ other people in the room. Create an eclectic mix to keep everyone happy.
At Spinnin’ Productions, we sit down with our clients and get to really know them. We ask questions about their guests. We help our brides select their songs. We also provide an outline for a master song list and an actual bridal itinerary. If you are stumped and can’t think of what your guests might enjoy, create a song request on your RSVP card. Most importantly, please remember that a playlist is only a guide. Let your entertainer do his/her “thang.” Refrain from micromanaging, as hard as it might be to do so otherwise. You hired a professional. So, stand back, dance, and enjoy!”
So, there you have it. Check out Shaun at djshaunkelly.com.