You may be planning every last detail of your wedding, from the decor to the favors, but it turns out that your guests will be focused on one thing at your reception: dancing!
According to a recent WeddingWire survey, 95 percent of guests say that wedding music will determine how much fun they have during a reception. That’s more important than the food they eat and the decorations displayed. Couples should take their time in hiring the right wedding band or DJ, and once they do, think about the songs they want to dance to, the songs they think will get their guests on the dance floor, and most importantly, keep them there all night long.
Here are some tips and trends in wedding music to inspire your reception playlist.
Make a playlist
To draft a playlist for a wedding, couples should ask their wedding bandleader or DJ for recommendations. These pros will be able to offer suggestions on the biggest dance floor hits—and the songs not to include in your wedding playlist. In addition to speaking with the pros, over half of engaged couples (56 percent) will research song list ideas online via a Google search or use a music-streaming site (44 percent) like Spotify to find songs to play at their wedding reception.
Brides and grooms can also ask their friends and family for their favorite (and least favorite) tunes. Moms and dads may have great ideas from Motown, disco and the ‘80s, while friends of the couple can recommend hits from the ‘90s, ‘00s and today. You may be surprised to learn that Whitney Houston’s 1987 hit, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is the most requested song to play at weddings with 30 percent of guests choosing it as their favorite. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams and “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé and Jay Z round out the top five must-play wedding songs, according to guests.
And your do-not-play list doesn’t have to be long. 43 percent of couples create a do-not-play list for their wedding with an average of 4 to 10 songs on it.