Your wedding will be a memory that lasts forever – and that means guaranteeing that every aspect of the big day is planned down to the letter. The wedding playlist in particular is an essential component of any unforgettable wedding – with the success of any reception relying on the all-important post-ceremony tunes.
There are a ton of factors which contribute to a winning wedding playlist, with the classic ‘rise and fall’ format bringing excitement and emotion to any wedding reception. You need to get your guests on the dancefloor, you need to keep attendees of all ages satisfied, and most importantly you need a playlist that is unmistakably you. If you’re struggling to find inspiration and need a little help constructing a playlist capable of bringing vitality to any venue, we’ve got a couple of ideas.
To this day, a wedding playlist without at least one Beatles track is a rarity. ‘All You Need is Love’ shook the wedding world long before the recessional in ‘Love Actually’, and ‘Twist and Shout’ guarantees guests of all ages and tastes stampeding towards the dancefloor. If you fancy bringing some sixties style to your reception, no wedding playlist would be complete without a sprinkle of the Stones and a generous helping of Elvis Presley himself. Honourable mentions include ‘Sugar Sugar’ by the Archies – aka the definitive cake-cutting soundtrack – and the Beach Boys’ ‘God Only Knows’.
Put on your dancing shoes, it’s time for some D-I-S-C-O. Artists like Boney M, Gloria Gaynor and the Village People are perfect to draw the crowd back to the dancefloor when it’s time for a drunken dance. Sister Sledge’s ‘We are Family’ and just about anything by Donna Summer guarantee a full dancefloor – and when all else fails, you’ve always got the entire Saturday Night Fever soundtrack to fall back on.
80s New Wave
‘It Must Be Love’ by Madness is a wedding classic that will be a hit with most audiences. Other New Wave legends who deserve to feature on any wedding playlist include 80s giants Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys and Talking Heads. Joy Division can go either way depending on your guests’ temperaments, but feel-good seekers will always enjoy a bit of the B52s and some Duran Duran.
90s Rave Revival
The 90s was nothing if not a decade for fantastic and eclectic one hit wonders – and this is especially true in the dance music sphere. Shake up your wedding playlist with artists like C+C Music Factory, SNAP! and Technotronic – introducing some N-Trance and Haddaway towards the end of the night for a cathartic climax. And don’t forget House of Pain’s ‘Jump Around’ – the song no wedding guest can possibly resist.
Although it depends on the style and type of wedding, the venue you book and your personal preference, the last 15 years has brought with it some undeniable classics. Michael Buble is fast becoming a staple of the wedding scene, with Bruno Mars and John Legend on their way to ceremonial status. But if you think your reception needs some post-millennium oomph, we suggest you invite Calvin Harris, David Guetta and Avicii for a wedding soundtrack no guest will forget.
Make sure your wedding playlist suits the crowd as well as the pair of you. Seek advice from friends, family and your venue. And, of course, if you hire a professional wedding DJ, you can leave your finely-crafted wedding playlist in some very capable hands. At Lancashire PA Hire, we transform wedding receptions into unforgettable events – and we can make your big day everything it deserves to be.