Do you want your wedding reception to host a thriving dance party? Choosing music for a dance-centered reception can be tricky because on one hand, you want to please the crowd, but on the other hand, you want to select music that is special to you as a couple. Here are some tips on selecting perfectly dance-worthy music for your wedding reception.
Go for songs that people recognize.
Even if you and your fiance(e) aren’t crazy about the most popular dance songs out there, it’s a good idea to include quite a few of them on your playlist. People will dance to what they know, and if you get too creative or obscure with your dance music, dancing simply might not happen. Songs like the “Cha Cha Slide” and “Electric Slide” are especially great because most people know them, and guests will have fun teaching each other the different dance moves.
Cater to your guests.
On a similar note, you want to make sure to cater your music to your guests. Consider the age range that will be at your reception, and choose era-appropriate music accordingly. Of course, it’s always a good idea to include a few current hits as well, even if not everyone will know them; those are the songs that people are hyped about right now, after all.
There may be certain songs that you and your fiance(e) love but which don’t exactly make for the best dancing songs. For these types of songs, simply request that they be played at a different time on your wedding day, such as during cocktail hour or during dinner.
Meanwhile, for your best dance songs, consider playing them first, right after the bride and groom and parent dances are finished. (Your DJ will probably take care of that for you, so you don’t necessarily need to worry about this.) Playing that monster hit first will really get things going and encourage people to start dancing from the get-go.
Trust your DJ.
Finally, and most importantly, it’s important to trust your DJ. Remember—you can leave some or all of your music decisions up to your DJ. In fact, DJs often encourage couples to trust them on the music selection because they are well experienced in selecting music for a wedding reception. A DJ knows how to gauge a crowd and select perfect dance songs accordingly. Moreover, since DJs typically emcee at receptions, they can make announcements throughout the evening that will encourage your guests to dance.