6 Tips For Creating An Unforgettable Wedding Playlist

It’s time to create your wedding playlist. But constructing one playlist that will get your best friends, your new in-laws and your 97 year old great Aunt Dorothy all up and dancing? Now that is going to be tricky.

We’ve outlined our top 6 tips below to help you build an unforgettable wedding playlist, that will have your guests partying all night long and make your wedding reception one to remember.

#1 Get Requests

Include a card alongside your wedding invites, asking guests to request a song. This will help you to collate requests from all of your guests and give you a much better idea as to everyones musical tastes. Use wordings such as:

‘I promise to dance if you play …..’
or
‘You’ll see me on the dance floor if I hear …..’

And don’t forget to drag them up if they don’t keep their promise!

#2 Decide If Cheesy Is For You

What are your first thoughts when you hear ‘Y.M.C.A’, ‘Come On Eileen’, ‘Macarena’ or ‘Cha Cha Slide’?

If these are your jams, then go ahead and include them in your wedding playlist – it’s your big day after all, and with the right group of people these cheese anthems can go down a storm!

However, these types of tunes can often have people heading toward the bar rather than the dance floor, so if you want to keep the atmosphere high it could be worth giving these ones a miss.

#3 They're Popular For A Reason

You probably can’t remember the last time you attended a wedding and didn’t hear ‘Marry You’, ‘Crazy In Love’, or ‘Hey Ya!’ … and thats because they work!

Nothing beats a good sing-a-long when you’ve had a few drinks and these radio friendly pop hits will be familiar to almost everyone who’s celebrating with you, making it a sure-fire way to get everyone involved.

Check out our top 10 songs in this category below and don’t be scared to throw a few of these wedding classics into your playlist.

1) Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
2) All Of Me – John Legend
3) Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
4) Crazy In Love – Beyoncé
5) I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
6) We Are Family – Sister Sledge
7) Hey Ya! – Outkast
8) Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
9) September – Earth Wind and Fire
10) I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston

#4 Pick & Mix Genres

When it comes to the wedding playlist, you don’t need to follow any rules. Don’t try to stay inside of one mood or genre, instead, get creative!

Remember, you are trying to ensure that you have a bit of something for everyone, so go ahead and put Eminem, Tina Turner, The Killers and Frank Sinatra in the same room and see what happens! We bet that you’ll be pleasantly surprised at which of your guests knows all the words to the ‘Lose Yourself’ rap.

#5 Watch Your Language

This one is particularly important if you have children attending!

Lots of us are somewhat desensitised to swearing now, especially in lyric form, however checking through your playlist for expletives might help you to avoid any potentially awkward situations.

Searching for a ‘radio edit’ version of a song is a great way to navigate these tricky waters and will mean that you don’t have to ditch your favourite tunes.

#6 Find Inspiration

Still stuck for ideas? There are loads of great wedding playlists on Spotify and Apple Music, so go and check them out! You don’t have to use these exactly as they are, but sometimes getting started is the hardest part – right?!

Find a playlist that has a good amount of followers (remember, they’re popular for a reason) and then start dragging your favourite songs into your own list, leaving out anything that isn’t for you.

About the Author Adam Edgeworth

Director of Anthem Music Agency