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How to avoid bad song requests at your wedding


Music. It’s the life blood of any party. It makes you laugh or cry. It makes you dance or sing. Each song carries purpose and had a time and a place. Weddings are a melting pot of ages, personalities, music preferences, and dancing styles. Your grandparents may have cut a rug back in the day with some Glenn Miller. Your folks may have rocked out to The Doors or grooved to the Temptations. And if you’re in your 30’s, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were the soundtrack of your youth.

With every genre and every album ever made, not every single is a winner on the dancefloor. Nobody wants to hear bad song requests at your wedding. So where do people draw inspiration from to dance? It’s gotta have a hook, a memorable melody, and a bassline that just makes you want to tap your feet. If you are an avid indie rock fan, chances are, your tastes differ very much from the mainstream music scene. But worry not, there’s hope for your genre yet. Indie music is excellent for things like cocktail hour and dinner because it’s great for listening. It might be a bit folky for the dancefloor but it has it’s time and place.

But what if you’re not into top 40 music? Consider this. If you’re inviting 150 of your friends and family, they are going to want to dance. And the more smiles you see the day of your wedding, the better. People will dance to what is familiar. Your DJ might toss in some classics for good measure that guests young and old will remember. Timeless music that you grew up listening to in dad’s truck or mom’s van on the way to soccer.

Those are great opportunities to fill the dancefloor as it appeals to the masses. But there is always one guest who likes to test the waters musically. He’s the guy that you warned us about. The one you said, “If he comes up to you, DO NOT PLAY HIS SONG!” You know your guests better than anyone else and know their personalities just as well. Be sure to be very clear with your wedding dj on the type of environment you’re trying to create for your special day. What works for one, might not work for another. If you’re looking for a knock down drag out dance party, top 40 is your go to for crowd pleasers and upbeat tunes. If you’re a rocker, the 80’s and early 90’s are a great place to be. Likewise, we want to make sure that we aren’t playing any songs that might stir up bad memories or are inappropriate.