When it comes to a wedding, the entertainment options may seem slim for you. Being the big day, you need to have a variety to choose from to make the day memorable to you and your guests.
We have made it simpler for you.
Below is a list of choices that you can consider when planning the entertainment part of your wedding.
They may even provide extra services like flashy lights and portable dance floors. Compared to live bands, djs are relatively cheaper.
This is obviously our preferred method of wedding entertainment, but we will give you a few more.
But, if you feel a live band is the only way for you, choose an upcoming band that has experience playing at weddings.
The best people to consider are guitarists, pianists, and harpists. They add romance especially when the couple is walking down the aisle.
Wedding entertainment is a very important part of a wedding and the right mix is crucial in making the day memorable.
It should not be an afterthought but should be put in the most important list ahead of the actual wedding day.
Some entertainment options can be combined. For example a dj and a dance crew.
Shuffling back and forth millions of dance songs available today will cause you a migraine. That’s why we have compiled the 72 all-time favorites suitable for any wedding setting.
But there is still room to bring in new tracks.
I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas
Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good) Diamond, Neil
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) Houston, Whitney
Livin’ On A Prayer Bon Jovi
You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC
Marry You Mars, Bruno
Cha Cha Slide DJ Casper
Brown Eyed Girl Morrison, Van
Shut Up And Dance Walk The Moon
Yeah Usher Feat. Ludacris & Lil’ Jon
All Of Me Legend, John
Timber Pitbull Feat. Ke$Ha
Thinking Out Loud Sheeran, Ed
Love Shack B-52’s
Shout Isley Brothers
Turn Down For What DJ Snake Feat. Lil Jon
Hey Ya! Outkast
Friends In Low Places Brooks, Garth
Twist And Shout Beatles
Pour Some Sugar On Me Def Leppard
Billie Jean Jackson, Michael
Baby Got Back Sir Mix-A-Lot
All About That Bass Trainor, Meghan
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) Beyonce
Footloose Loggins, Kenny
Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sexy And I Know It Lmfao
We Found Love Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris
Sugar Maroon 5
Country Girl (Shake It For Me) Bryan, Luke
Party Rock Anthem Lmfao Feat. Lauren Bennett And Goon Rock
The Way You Look Tonight Sinatra, Frank
Moves Like Jagger Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera
Sexyback Timberlake, Justin
My Girl Temptations
We Are Family Sister Sledge
Get Lucky Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell Williams
Celebration Kool & The Gang
September Earth, Wind & Fire
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) Jackson, Michael
Wonderful Tonight Clapton, Eric
This Is How We Do It Jordan, Montell
Blurred Lines Thicke, Robin Feat. Pharrell & T.I.
Old Time Rock & Roll Seger, Bob & The Silver Bullet Band
Raise Your Glass Pink
Ice Ice Baby Vanilla Ice
At Last James, Etta
Fancy Azalea, Iggy Feat. Charli XCX
Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry
Thriller Jackson, Michael
Build Me Up Buttercup Foundations
Jump Around House Of Pain
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough Jackson, Michael
Can’t Help Falling In Love Presley, Elvis
Marry Me Train
Dancing Queen ABBA
Call Me Maybe Jepsen, Carly Rae
Party In The U.S.A. Cyrus, Miley
Gangnam Style Psy
Treasure Mars, Bruno
Shots Lmfao Feat. Lil Jon
Chicken Fried Brown Band, Zac
The Way You Make Me Feel Jackson, Michael
Give Me Everything Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
Wannabe Spice Girls
Ho Hey Lumineers
A Thousand Years Perri, Christina
Push It Salt-N-Pepa
Thrift Shop Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Wanz
Just Dance Lady Gaga Feat. Colby O’donis
God Gave Me You Shelton, Blake
There are many music sections in a wedding. Music is meant to compliment or be the star in almost all of them.
Do you know the main music sections of a wedding ceremony?
That’s why we are here. Below are the three major sections of a wedding.
#1. The preludes (mood setters).
This is music played as the guests are arriving and taking their seats. The music generally kicks off the day’s business. It should, therefore, be inspiring and keep the guests feeling welcome.
It’s best to confine the music selection to classics, traditional, religious and or contemporary.
30-45 minutes is an ample time for the guests to get sited.
Here comes the wedding party which may include family members, bride, and attendants.
It should be accompanied by nice music to signify the grand entrance. It should also be like a “thank you” note for the ones who have spent sleepless nights to make your big day a success.
Although you can experiment with different entrance procedures, it’s a common tradition in weddings for the bridal party to proceed first. This prepares the guests for the icon of the day.
#3. The Recession.
Also called the exit. Since it’s your joyful day, the music should be energetic and lively with a deep touch of celebration. They should define the remaining part of the day i.e. the party part.
Other sections where music is absolutely welcome is during key moments e.g. when transitioning from one part of the ceremony to the other. They are also called interludes. The opposite is postludes.
Songs played after the recession for guests who are hanging around and catching up with one or two friends. They should carry on the mood of celebration which was set during the recession.
Now that you know the parts of wedding ceremony music, have your playlist organized to perfectly fit each one of them.
The special day is here. You need a DJ. Not just a DJ, but someone who understands the musical delicacies of the locals. This will go a long way in ensuring they are served the very best of the music they can relate to and is popular in their area.
There are huge benefits when engaging the services of a local dj:
A local dj will always have a lower rate compared to a dj from outside your locality. One of the factors that a dj will use to calculate their rate is the amount of distance they will have to travel.
When they don’t have long distances to travel to get to your wedding venue, then you will have a few dollars remaining in your pocket.
Having someone who knows the intricacies of your wedding environment will help in choosing what rocks with the locals.
Although songs are general in their popularity, a locality has its own version of what should be popular. It may be a local musician or song. A huge number of those who will attend your wedding are locals. A local dj will make sure they have something in store for them.
This will be made possible by having a dj who is a local.
Local djs for weddings will be a good resource to incorporate with your wedding planner in arranging the wedding venue. In a wedding venue, the dj may prefer a spot where he has a full view of the audience.
Seeing a live DJ at a wedding adds to the thrill of the wedding.
The big day will only come once in your life. You must make it as special as possible. This will include everything from food, color theme, and the music.
On music, most people don’t see the need to have an organized and professional person handle this section.
The truth is, incorporating a dj at your wedding will add the flavor to the whole event.
Below is an outline of crucial times you will definitely need a professional controlling the playlist:
Take a situation whereby the venue is all quiet when the quests are arriving. Sad. A dj will create the perfect musical atmosphere to welcome the guests as they take their seats and chit-chat as they wait for the bride.
Main entrance by the bride.
As the guests are excited with how stunning the bride is, the air should be filtered with the right music track. Only djs for weddings have this expertise to smoothly move from one track to another depending on the activity happening at a particular time.
As the key speakers are making their remarks, for example when the vows are being administered, a cool background music will set and enhance the ambiance of the moment.
The cake cutting part of a wedding is a big milestone in assessing the wedding. Lively music should be playing at this point to awaken the appetites and increase the liveliness of the wedding.
Dance with mom/dad/son/daughter.
Each of this dances will require a different set of songs. A song played during the dance with dad session will not be the same when dad is dancing with the daughter.
A dj will infuse these ideas into the choice of playlist customizing each song to the dance.
The wedding is finally over and the guests feel they need more time with the newlywed. A dj will set the mood and keep the guests entertained all through.
Finally, each of the above situations needs a different genre of songs. The biggest trick is to seamlessly roll the audience from one session to the other with music. Djs for weddings know exactly how to do this. They even can take music requests from the audience making it even more fun.
Make sure the dj knows your likes and dislikes before the wedding.
A good wedding will never be complete without a dj. That’s why you should put much efforts in searching for the best there is.
They may be local or foreign. It will depend on what works better with your wedding setting. Since more and more people are aspiring to be djs, finding a professional one can prove to be a painful experience.
But that does not have to be.
In this post, we shall give a closer look at what qualities a professional dj should have for them to qualify to dj at your wedding.
This should be the number one on your list. This may be a hard thing to establish especially if the dj is not from your locality. To make the work easier, you can visit their website (if they have one) and just check their online portfolio.
Apart from the portfolio, the arrangement, look and feel of the website will be a great indicator of how serious they are.
If the website doesn’t feel professional, a big chance will be even their service isn’t professional.
A wedding dj should take their dress code very serious to show you they care about your big day and not just deejaying and getting the money. They should be well groomed. They may even ask for the color code and dress appropriately.
A good voice.
Yes, voice. You may be asking, they won’t be singing? But what if you need them to take requests from our guests and maybe introduce the songs verbally before they play.
They should not have a bad voice on the microphone. They should be enticing to listen to and your guest should love their company.
A professional dj must have the latest equipment. From speakers to the mixing deck and other accessories. The cables used should be of the highest quality.
Professional and quality equipment/accessories will go a long way in assuring you a smooth experience throughout the day.
The layout of the equipment should also be done in a clean way. Only a professional dj will know the best arrangement that will fit well with other equipment in the wedding venue.
A good dj will take your likes and dislikes into consideration way before the wedding day. This is made possible by meeting them and discussing in details your expectations.
They should be in a position to bring in their professionalism when choosing the playlist.
The dance floor is the place to showcase your best (or worst) dance moves. The songs played should give the guests a reason to get down.
Instead of listing the best reception dance songs, we have set out a guideline to help you pick the best dance songs ever. From your own playlist. Although we may include an example here and there to make the point more clear.
1. Top 40.
The dance floor should be opened by the latest songs in the charts that week. Songs that go down well with the middle and younger generation.
They are meant to set the mood of the reception. They should not be so explicit remember the grandma is still here.
The trick to playing the popular songs is because everyone knows them or have heard them over the radio.
2. The other side.
All music genres have something in common. They have a relaxing “feel at home” kind of message. Whether its country, rock, pop etc.
Mix up the genres in the playlist and hold the audience intimately on the dance floor.
3. Respect your guests request no matter how weird their choice is.
Pay close attention who risked or had to travel long distances just to come to your wedding. Hearing a song that they love, even if it means emptying the dance floor, will make them feel a bit appreciated.
4. Music power.
You will agree that music is so much emotional especially when it reminds us of a past. Whether good or bad.
For the reception dance music, don’t choose something that reminds you of a bad experience in life, like your abusive boyfriend. It will kill the importance of your big day. To be happy. Forever.
When followed faithfully, the above points will guide you into making a playlist with the most awesome wedding reception dance songs.
With a burst of activities going on during the wedding, you will need a master of ceremonies. They will help you steer everything in the right direction.
With a microphone always at hand, they become the loudest thus they are bound to be heard even when everyone is soaked in the loud music or cheer from the audience.
In most cases, the equipment used by the MC will be the same ones used by the music band or the dj.
What are the main duties of an MC in a wedding?
The MC has so much going on in the background. But here is a list of the master of ceremonies wedding duties.
Making announcements during:
To make the whole event run on smoothly, as an MC, you should take care of the following:
1. Before the guests start trickling in, you should make sure all the mics are working properly. Be keen on the acoustics.
If you are using wireless microphones that need charging, make sure their batteries are charged. You should also have a battery charger and extra batteries. This will make the event run smoothly and increase your confidence knowing everything is in check.
2. Establish a central point from where the speeches will be made. It may be from a makeshift podium.
3. The first speech should be yours. Yes. Let the audience know who they are dealing with. It should be short and concise.
4. You should speak with clarity and loudly but do not shout.
Lastly, the champagne should not be too sweet to carry you away and forget your role. Don’t be overly humorous. It’s not a comedy.
Make sure you run over and over your role with your host before the wedding day. This will clear everything and contribute to a smoother experience for both the host and yourself.
Clubs are the major places that the djs offer their expertise. For djs, there are more places to offer their entertainment services.
We have outlined just a few of them to help both djs and people who are wondering whether the event they are holding can qualify for a dj.
1. Office party.
Yes, in the office.
Once in a while, a company may hold a party to celebrate their achievements or just closing the year in style.
During this parties, a dj will be the center of attraction to make it a night to remember for both the employees and the bosses. They may even act as emcees and introduce sections of the party. For examples the speeches, the gifts and any other section.
They must, therefore, be well informed of the happenings of the day before the material day so that they can put the playlist in order.
Whether you are promoting a new product or you want to drive the sales during a specific day, consider dj entertainment on the scene. People love the fact that there is something new happening. Live music mixing as they shop sounds even better.
You may even consider selling items at a discounted price so that the huge crowd attracted by the dj will have a reason to buy one or two things.
3. Graduation/house party.
If you are considering inviting a group of friends and family over or a graduation party or house party to celebrate one or two things, dj entertainment will be the ideal source of entertainment.
Some djs will provide the fancy lighting to add to the experience. The energy levels that come with a dj on this occasions can never be found in your own iPod playlist.
4. Birthday party
It’s that day of the year. The only day each year that you celebrate coming into this world which has its fair measure of wickedness prosperity.
Entertainment from a dj will help you drown your sorrows and celebrate your achievements. Dj Entertainment will help you face the other 365 days before you get recharged again. Through the music of course.
It’s a happy day and the music should signify this. Due to the complexities that come with weddings, a wedding dj needs to have experience handling weddings.
It would be very boring if you decide to use your iPod to supply the entertainment. It’s your big day! Make it count to your guests and yourself.
6. Christmas/ New Year ’s Eve.
You need to celebrate Christmas in style or end the year in style. Since this are the best times to bring the family members together, it will be nice to give them a reason to look out for next year.
This can only come by providing them with a musical experience they can’t shake off. Entertainment from a dj.
These are just the most popular places that you can bring in dj entertainment. There are other lots and lots of events that you can creatively have a dj in the mix.
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