Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Reception Playlist: Hits & Misses

Every good party starts with a good playlist. And if the number of times we’ve revised ours is any indication, narrowing down countless song options can be anything but easy. Still, when all is said and done, the hard work and occasional indecisiveness will hopefully pay off in a fun, high-energy evening our guests will remember long after our wedding day has come and gone.

Here, a quick snapshot of our reception playlist, including our picks for special dances and presentations throughout the night, along with a few must-plays and don’t-plays once the dance party is in full swing. Our main goal is to include a wide range of song genres, so that each guest will hear something throughout the night that appeals to him or her. Take a look, and let me know what you think!

Cocktail Hour
“As Time Goes By” – Casablanca
“That’s Amore” – Dean Martin
“California Dreamin’” – Mammas & Papas

First Dance
“Fly Me To The Moon” – Frank Sinatra

Pre-Dinner Party Dance
“Don’t Stop Believing” – Journey

“My Wish” – Rascal Flatts
“And I Love Her” – Beatles
“The Way You Look Tonight” – Frank Sinatra

Post-Dinner Dancing
“Accidentally In Love” – Counting Crows
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – Michael Buble
“Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond
“Waking Up In Vegas” – Katy Perry

Cake Cutting
“Sugar, Sugar” – The Archies

Anniversary Dance
“Through The Years” – Kenny Rogers

Bouquet Toss
“This One’s For The Girls” – Martina McBride

Garter Toss
“All You Need Is Love” – Beatles

End-of-Night Party Songs
“Save The Last Dance” – Michael Buble
“(I've Had) The Time Of My Life” – Dirty Dancing

Grand Exit
“Blue Hawaii” – Elvis

Do Not Play
Chicken Dance
Hokey Pokey

Which songs top your must-play list, and which are definitely off-limits?

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  1. I absolutely adore Sugar, Sugar! It's one of my all-time favorites. Do some DJs really play the chicken dance at a reception? LOL

  2. The list looks great, we have a few of the same songs on our list as well.

  3. We def wanted everyone to get on the dance list and since both of our families are from Africa and the Caribbean, we had a long list of must have songs for the DJ. YOur list looks great and I'm sure the guests will enjoy the music like ours did.

  4. I may be stealing some of the songs on your list! We don't have one yet!

  5. I totally agree with your DNP list and you have tons of songs that I loved, considered or played for similar events at our own wedding :) We're on the same page, girl!

  6. Such a fun mix of songs that will appeal to all age groups! I love that Katie Perry song :)

    We will be playing a mix of bhangra and hip-hop during the dancing portion of our wedding. Not much for the older generation, but I suspect they won't be doing too much dancing anyhow, and I want our friends to have a great time with the music we listen to when we go out to bars and clubs.

  7. Oh, girl. It took us an eternity to get a playlist down. There are just too many good songs out there! Of course, we didn't take the time to synch ours up with the events of the day. Yours looks great! :)

    Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  8. Great list - Sweet Caroline, All you need is love - yay!

  9. I love your playlist. I personally love the The Beatles' And I love her. I kind of imagine you guys to dance the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, The time of my life also. That's the coolest.

  10. RAD playlist - especially love your first dance and cake cutting choices. It's going to be one heck of a good night!