What songs do I need to give my wedding DJ?
We often get clients asking us what songs we need for their wedding playlist. Many of our couples love this part of their planning process but some struggle to know where to start.
Read on for everything your wedding DJ needs from you to nail your wedding playlist.
Why you need to give your wedding DJ a playlist
We’ve had couples ask us why they need to give us a wedding playlist. Isn’t that what they’re paying us to do?
Yeah, but no, but sort of.
With over a thousand weddings under our belt we definitely know which songs are most likely to fill a dance floor.
But what about those songs that mean something special to you? The songs that you guys loved to dance to at Uni, or the song from that movie you love, or your mum’s favourite song that makes her go crazy on the dance floor every time she hears it?
We want your wedding playlist to reflect you guys as a couple and appeal to those special people you’ve invited, which means you need to let us know which songs are meaningful to you and your guests.
Which songs do I need to give my wedding DJ?
Wedding Formality Songs
If you’re struggling to come up with songs for your Grand Entrance, Cake Cutting etc, we have a whole bunch of wedding playlist ideas to help you out.
Your Dance Party
Last Dance Song
Every wedding needs an epic last dance song. This song is your finale and needs to be one that everyone (including the oldies) can get around.
Not everyone is going to like every song that gets played at a wedding (they don’t have to – it’s a young person’s wedding after all), but getting everyone to come in and participate in a last sing-along song finale is an amazing moment that you won’t want to miss.
Songs like Bohemian Rhapsody, Time Of My Life, You’re The Voice, Don’t Stop Believin’, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, Sweet Caroline, New York, New York appeal to most people and put the best kind of bow on the night.
What about ‘Do Not Play’ songs
Please let us know which songs you don’t want to hear at your wedding. The last thing we want is to accidentally play a song that reminds you of your ex or that sets your teeth on edge.
But we also suggest you consider what your guests want to hear and what will get them on the dance floor. You may not want to hear the Nutbush (and it’ll never be one of our ‘go-to’ songs), but what if all your aunties come and request it because there’s nothing they like more than a good line dance?
Can you suffer through a few songs you don’t like so you can put a smile on Aunt Gladys’s dial?
We suggest splitting your ‘Do Not Play’ list into two – a ‘Play Over My Dead Body‘ list and a ‘Play Only if Requested‘ list.
Can we give you guests requests?
Absolutely! We find it really helpful to understand what songs your guests want to hear and will try to fit them into the night at the right time.
We do, however, reserve the right to not play a song if we believe it will kill the vibe or is generally just inappropriate for a wedding.
What’s the best way to give your wedding DJ song requests?
Creating Spotify playlists is a great way to get your song ideas to your wedding DJ. Be sure to scroll down and go through the ‘suggested songs’ underneath your playlist. The Spotify algorithm is excellent and will recommend songs based on your selections. If you refresh this list a few times you can add songs to your playlist that you might not have otherwise thought of.
When you book Cut a Rug for your wedding, you’ll get access to an online planner which is an easy way to add in your formality songs, guests requests and everything else you’d like to hear.
So by now you should have a pretty good idea of what songs your wedding DJ needs from you and why.
This will give a professional wedding DJ a great starting point and they’ll fill in the gaps on the night.