Wedding Playlist

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I know I’ve admitted before to being a bit serious when it comes to picking the appropriate tunes for an occasion so when it came time to think about the music for my reception, I was a tyrant.  I’m a firm believer that the songs can make or break a reception, regardless of how much or little you choose to spend on a band or DJ.  The mood that you want to set is of course completely subjective, but my goal was for everyone to dance as much as humanly possible.  I wanted the dance floor to be full at all times (I figured folks will go sit down and eat when they want to), so I communicated with my band that I wanted fun, upbeat songs that everyone could dance and sing along to.  What I found more important than letting them know the songs I wanted played, was letting them know which songs/genres I didn’t want played.

I requested my band sing current hits/modern-day music as well as some good 80s hits.  Sometimes people will include songs to appeal to the older guests but in my experience they’ll dance to anything, whether they actually know the song or not.  They enjoy watching us “kids” tear up the dance floor and will either join in on the fun or admire from the sidelines, so I wouldn’t stress too much about them (not that I think you should play Ying Ying Twins or anything…let’s try to still keep it classy for Grandma).  Jared and I had an after party that followed the reception, so I was able to play a little more of the “wild” music then without having to pass out earplugs (ex: The Motto – Drake/Lil Wayne, All I Do is Win – DJ Khaled, Blame It – Jamie Foxx & T Pain, etc).

Again even though music is SO subjective, since I’ve had quite a few friends ask me for my playlist through the years (including one of my closest friends Tanya who’s wedding I am serving as a bridesmaid for who asked me just this week) I figured I’d share just a sample of mine.  I have also added some songs for friends through the years.  Enjoy!

Reception Playlist

Songs NOT to Play:

I’ve Got a Feeling – Black Eyed Peas

Party Rock – LMFAO

Any Pink Songs

Any “Dance” Songs (Electric Slide, Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Suffle, etc)



Songs to Play:

Sexy Back – Justin Timberlake

American Boy – Estelle

Forget You – Cee-lo

Just Dance – Lady Gaga

Mr. Brightside – The Killers

Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

Rock With You – Michael Jackson

Right Round – Flo-Rida

Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake

Crazy in Love – Beyonce ft. Jay-Z

You Shook Me All Night Long – ACDC

Please Don’t Stop the Music – Rihanna

Only Girl in the World – Rihanna

OMG – Usher

We Found Love – Rihanna

Up on the Floor – Jennifer Lopez

Give Me Everything – Pitbull & NeYo

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5

Firework – Katy Perry

The Best Is Yet To Come – Michael Buble

Gold Digger – Kanye West

Don’t Wanna Go Home – Jason Derulo

Get Lucky – Daft Punk

I Cry – Flo Rida

Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars

Slow Down – Selena Gomez

Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris






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  1. Heather Smith

    LOVE THIS LEAH! Thank you for sharing!


    1. Leah

      Hope you find it helpful!! xo

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