3 Types of Wedding Music to Request from Your Wedding DJ

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3 Types of Wedding Music For Your Reception

When considering types of wedding music for your reception, it is helpful to think about the evening as three distinct segments:

  • Cocktail hour
  • Dinner service
  • Dance party

This allows you to consider different music generes that would fit for each part of the evening. Let’s break down each musical part of the wedding reception timeline.

bride and groom toasting

1. Cocktail Hour Music 

The cocktail hour is a great time to play some of your favorite songs & get creative. While it may be normal to play light jazz or standards, there is no rule that you must follow that trend. If you love acoustic artists, they make a great soundtrack to the mingling of your guests. If you’re looking to keep the mood upset, you can start the evening off with favorite tunes from the 80’s. Anything goes for your cocktail hour.

Stuck on what to play? That’s where a professional wedding DJ can help you create the perfect playlist. 

wedding reception dinner

2. Dinner Service Music 

During dinner service, many couples opt for instrumental music so guests can still have conversations without having to compete with the music. As dinner service begins to wind down, consider adding more upbeat songs to your playlist to get guests excited to hit the dance floor. Few ideas:

  • Electronic / EDM
  • Oldies & Motown
  • Alternative rock ballads
packed wedding reception dance floor

3. Dancing! 

Most receptions will open with traditional wedding dances:

  • First dance for the couple
  • Family dances with parents
  • Bridal party dance

Once these wrap up, your guests will be invited to join you on the dance floor. It is important to work with your wedding DJ and let them know if you have any must play, try to play and do not play songs. While it may be tempting to try to plan out every song for the night, it is highly advised to let the pros do their thing. A professional DJ is skilled at reading the crowd, selecting the best song to play next and keeping your party going.  They will know how to correctly weave in and out of many different styles of music and, ultimately, keep the party going all night long.

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