7 Secrets For Choosing Your Reception Dance Songs

1. Decide your style...

You need to decide what type of evening you want to have. Do you want a more sophisticated and classy evening with more cocktails and conservation, or do you want a more laid back evening your guests can dance, sing and let loose? The music should reflect the experience you're trying to obtain. For example, Rock, Top 40 and popular EDM dance music might not set the tone you want for a light evening of cocktails. Instead, try choosing more classical, jazz, soul, or soft house. You're looking for upbeat fun songs that won't put your guests to sleep but won't have them getting "Turn Down For What "wild either.

2. Choose songs that are personal to you as a couple and reflect your personality...

When planning out the highlighted moments of the evening like a first dance, cake cutting, etc you should really choose something meaningful to your relationship. There are hundreds of songs that can fit well into any category. After your wedding night, every time you hear a specific song you will think back to that moment at your reception. Some personal advice is to choose songs you feel you will never be tired of hearing.

3. Ask the parties participating in the dance for their input...

Ask your bridal party and parents for input on your second, third, fourth dance choices. There may be a song that came out around the same time you and your fiance were born that is near and dear to the mothers of the evening. It is a big night for any bride and groom but also a big night for your parents, who may have envisioned your day before you were born. It's likely your bridal party have been helping you with a number of things up to this point as well so why not include them in your entertainment planning process.

4. Choose songs that are familiar to your guests and not offensive/ explicit...

Music is a weapon and it will bring out the best and the worst in people. If you make your guests feel uncomfortable they will leave. If this is the type of music you like and are insistent about it, keep playing those songs until later in the evening when the oldest and youngest guests have left. Instead; choose a mix of top 40 with timeless hits from all the decades!

5. Keep the music upbeat with clean, light content...

This is an event where family and friends of all ages come together to celebrate your love, relationships, and commitment. Choose songs with lyrics that reflect your love, meaning avoid the songs about heartbreak, and cheating as it creates bad energy. You want to create an atmosphere where even if people are not huge dancers, they'll still be bopping their heads or hips to the beat

6. Remain Consistent...

After you have decided whether you are going to be traditional, unique, or humorous for your choices throughout the evening keep it consistent. You want things to flow from one moment to the next.

7. Do-Not-Play-List...

Some people ignore this list and others take it too far. Songs you want to include on this list is anything that reminds you of a past relationship and/or death. When you place an entire genre on this list you may get some backlash from your guests, For example; do not play any country music. When you are from a place like Alberta it's too hard to get around this one. An aunt, cousin, friend or anyone from your guest list may only dance to country music. You put your guests and your DJ in a bad place unable to take those requests from your guests. Ask yourself this, is 10 minutes of country music going to ruin the biggest day of your life? It may annoy you but chances are you will still have an incredible night and this is a very good time to excuse yourself to the bathroom.