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The dress, the food, the speeches…all memorable moments from your big day.

But did you know that one of the top things your guests won’t forget is the wedding music?

Whether you’re hiring a live band or rocking a DJ, you still need to come up with a wedding reception playlist full of killer tunes. Because your playlist can either make or break your wedding reception.

How can you get it right? Read this guide to find out how to get all the laughs, feels, and booty bumpin’ your big day needs.

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Lists, Lists, and More Lists!

When you’re planning a wedding, you’ll find yourself planning and making lists of anything and everything. In fact, women spend an average of 9.8 hours a week planning the big day.

And the same diligence is sorely needed when planning wedding songs. Sit down with your fiance and make a list together.

Plan wedding songs for:

  • walking down the aisle
  • your first dance
  • mother/father dances
  • background music
  • the final song of the night

It’s important to do it together because the playlist should reflect the personality of BOTH of you.

Any Requests?

The bride and groom have total control over the first dance and other personal songs. But when the party gets started, the bride and groom’s personal tastes are not the number one priority. You need to give the people what they want!

A simple way to find out what the crowd likes is to ask them. Some couples even add a “Song Request” section to their RSVP’s. Others leave “Music Request” cards on their tables.

Another easy way to find out what your guests want is to use an online music platform to create a collaborative playlist. Share with your family and friends and watch the suggestions roll in.

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Wedding Songs for the Perfect Playlist

When planning music wedding reception ideas, it can be easy to only pick the songs you like. But there’s more to it. Keep these next 4 major points in mind when collecting wedding songs.


Mix up your playlist with a variety of genres. Because not everyone wants to listen to Frank Sinatra all night and others might feel exhausted if you play hard rock songs from start to finish.

For a balanced night of fun music, mix it up with classic romantic tunes, modern dance songs, and other genres you enjoy. But if there is a genre that you totally hate, don’t feel obliged to add it to your playlist. It’s your big day, after all.


When collecting fun music for your reception, it can be easy to add one fast-beat hit after another. But that’s just going to wear out your guests too quickly. Vary the tempo throughout the night.

Gradually build the crowd up with dance songs, and take them back down with slower romantic songs. You can do this by playing 1 slow tune for every 5 upbeat songs.


Avoid popular songs that have overly-negative lyrics. While they might be trending right now, they will give off negative vibes on a day that should be full of joy. And if you’re not sure about the lyrics, if in doubt, keep it out!


And whatever you do, don’t forget to prepare enough songs. There’s nothing worse than having to put songs on repeat halfway through the night. For an average reception, about 3-5 hours of music should be enough.

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Wedding Reception Playlist Sorted—What's Next?

Yes, planning a wedding is full of making big decisions. But now your wedding reception playlist is ready, what’s next?

You need to make another big decision—a DJ or a live band. Check out this article to help you decide.

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We are Calle Habana, a professional music band specialist in performances for weddings and events for more than 15 years. We are passionate about everything related to the weddings and entertainment world and enjoy every minute that we share our music with all of you.

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