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Tips When Making Your 2024 Wedding Playlist

Updated: Apr 1

A stunning record player representing the perfect wedding playlist

Planning your dream 2024 wedding playlist can seem like a daunting task, right? We get you—digging through an endless sea of tunes to find the perfect tracks that will bring your special day to life can be challenging and time-consuming. 

After searching playlists and talking with happy couples who’ve tied the knot, we’ve put together some helpful planning tips for making a wedding playlist that flows seamlessly throughout your big day. 

Excited to find the perfect music to set the tone for your big day? Let’s jump in! You’ll have your perfect wedding playlist prepared in no time.  

Key Takeaways

  • When planning, divide your wedding into different parts, like the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Pick songs for each part that mean something to you and fit the moment.

  • Both of you should make lists of artists and genres you love so your playlist feels personal. Alternate slow songs with fast ones to keep things fun.

  • Be clear about what types of music you don't want at your wedding. Tell the DJ or band so they know to steer clear of certain songs and genres.

  • Use Google to find more song ideas or look up lists of popular wedding music to inspire you.

  • Choose Joseph & Erika to help make your 2024 wedding playlist perfect. We can guide you on song choices and make sure all the music reflects who you are as a couple.

Tips for Making Your 2024 Wedding Playlist

A bride and groom dancing at their wedding reception.
Photo by Simi Rabinowitz

Crafting your wedding playlist is like creating a soundtrack to the best day of your life – it's all about capturing warm feelings and setting the mood, from walking down the aisle to rocking out on the dance floor.

Let’s get into how to make a wedding playlist that your guests will recognize as uniquely “you.”

Divide the day into sections

We know how special your wedding day is. You want every part to be perfect, and the music sets the mood from start to finish. Here's how we like to break down the playlist:

  • Plan for different parts of the event: Each part of your wedding day can have its own set of songs. Think of it as making a mini-playlist for each chapter of your big day.

  • Ceremony: Choose songs that are meaningful to both of you for the walk down the aisle. You only need 1-2 tracks for the processional and 1 for the recessional.

  • Cocktail hour: This is a great spot for more lively tracks to keep the energy high, while still allowing guests to chat and relax before the main event. Alternately, choose elegant and classy tunes if that matches the vibe of your event.

  • Dinner hour: Your guests will want to relax and have conversations with their neighbors while they're eating dinner, so plan for the music during dinner to create a fun and lively vibe while remaining in the background.

  • Reception beats: Here's where you let loose and get into party mode! Put together a list of must-plays for your DJ or live band that you know will get you and your guests out on the dance floor. Don't worry about choosing every song -- a professional DJ or band will be able to fill in the gaps and create an amazing playlist for you based on your preferences.

  • Special dances: Don't forget those significant moments like your first dance, father-daughter, mother-son dances, or even a fun bridesmaid dance-off. Pick songs that are close to your heart.

  • Bonus points if you can anticipate who will stick around long after dinner and party all night long! You can save the rowdy hits for those you know are going to be up for it later on in the night. The end of the night is also perfect for singalongs!

Make a list of favorite artists and genres

So, you've divided your wedding day into sections. Now let's pick the tunes that'll make the celebration come alive. Here's how to gather your favorite songs and genres for a playlist that feels like you.

  1. Think of the songs that make you both smile. Maybe it's Meant to Be or Just the Way You Are. Jot these down.

  2. Choose genres that light up your love story. If country music is your jam, add in some Dan + Shay or Chris Stapleton’s Tennessee Whiskey.

  3. Your heart may skip a beat for 90s throwbacks or disco party hits—list those too!

  4. Make lists of artists who hold special meaning for you both, such as Otis Redding or Colbie Caillat.

  5. Consider avoiding artists or songs that don't match the wedding vibe, like breakup tunes.

  6. Choose tracks that fit the mood for each section of the day, from walking down the aisle to partying at reception.

  7. Balancing moods is key—blend upbeat songs with mellow ones and oldies with current hits for a full experience.

Share your developing playlist on platforms like Spotify to get feedback from friends and family.

Rule out unwanted genres, artists, or songs

We know the right music makes your wedding day perfect. But not all songs fit the happy vibe you want.

  • Think about the songs you both dislike. It's your day, so you shouldn't have to hear music that doesn't make you smile.

  • Talk to each other about which genres aren't for you. Maybe heavy metal or bittersweet ballads just don't match your style.

  • Make sure to tell your DJ or band exactly what you do NOT want to play. Don’t be shy; they should know ahead of time.

  • Check lyrics carefully – some songs sound sweet but have words that aren't great for weddings. You want to keep it fun and loving!

  • Ask friends and family if there are any songs they really can’t stand. It’s nice to consider their input, too.

  • Don’t forget to think about what your guests are likely to dance to as well. While it’s mainly about you two, their enjoyment matters for a great party atmosphere!

  • Look through lists of commonly banned wedding songs online. These might remind you of tunes you hadn’t thought of ruling out.

  • Look at the meanings behind the songs. Choose those that reflect your love story and avoid ones with messages that don't fit a wedding mood.

Use Google for inspiration

Google is a great way to find music ideas. If you feel stuck, type in the names of your favorite songs or artists and see what pops up. You might find playlists that others have made or new hits to add some spice to your wedding party.

For those oldies-but-goodies, Google can help too. Look up classic tunes like "Can't Help Falling in Love" or "Higher Love." They bring back sweet memories and fit perfectly into any part of your big day.

You also want to keep everyone moving during the reception! So, use Google to search for dance floor favorites like "Uptown Funk" or "Shake It Off." Mixing these with heartfelt songs will give your playlist a rhythm everyone can enjoy.

Just make sure every song makes you smile; it's your day after all!

Hiring a Trusted Entertainment Company

We know the significance of a reliable DJ or live performer. Let’s uncover how we can amplify your special day and make it an unforgettable celebration.

Check Online Reviews: Google, The Knot, WeddingWire

Online reviews are the first way to determine whether an entertainment company consistently provides a high-quality experience for their clients.

  1. Online reviews are gold – they give you the real scoop on what other couples thought about their music experience. So, take a peek at what people are saying on Google, The Knot, and WeddingWire.

  2. Look for consistency in feedback – it's not just about one great review. If a bunch of people say a live band or DJ kept their party jumping all night, you can bet you're onto something good.

  3. Stars matter – those star ratings add up to a big picture. A solid 4 or 5-star rating shows that we reliably provide unforgettable entertainment. 

  4. Dig into the details – find reviews that talk about how the music complimented different parts of the wedding. Did it set the mood during dinner? Keep guests on the dance floor all night?

  5. Check out how they handle hiccups – sometimes things go sideways, but if you read that they fixed them with ease, you know they're pros.

  6. See if folks felt heard – a vendor's past clients should say their band or DJ listened well and played what they loved.

  7. Think about vibes – you want an entertainment company that not only plays great music but also adds to your wedding’s happy vibe.

  8. Notice response time – reviewers often mention if someone got back to them super quick or took forever and a day.

Contact Joseph & Erika for Wedding Music Needs

When it's time to bring your wedding day visions to life, Joseph & Erika are just a call away—let us curate the perfect soundtrack for each wedding day moment, from your ceremony to your dance floor.

Our personalized approach ensures that from the walk down the aisle to the very last song, every note strikes a chord with your unique love story. Our optional Acoustic Sing-Along grand finale will bring everyone together to close out the night with well-known favorites. It's like being at your favorite bar at the end of the night, singing your heart out with all of your favorite people!

A 5-star review for our optional Acoustic Sing-Along grand finale

Book an appointment

We know planning a wedding can be a mix of fun and stress. Let us help by taking care of the music so you can focus on the rest. 

  • Connect with us for available dates to see when we can bring magic to your special day.

  • Pick a time that works best for you and your partner to talk with us.

  • Click on the "Schedule a Call" link on our website – it's quick and easy!

  • Fill out the form with both of your names, your wedding date, contact information, and any special requests.

  • Let us know what types of music you're dreaming of; whether it's groovy disco hits or sweet love songs, we cover it all.

  • If you have questions or specific ideas, jot them down in the section provided on our form – this helps us get ready for our chat.

  • After you submit the form, expect a confirmation email from us right away. This means we got your details and are excited to meet you!

  • We'll reach out to confirm the appointment and set up a phone call.

  • Be sure to gather any song lists or genre preferences you may have prepared before our call. This will make our discussion even more fruitful. 

Learn more about our services

After setting up a time to chat with us, you'll get the chance to dive into all that we offer. Our team knows just how to make a wedding playlist that blends live music and DJ entertainment for your big day.

We hand-pick songs based on what you love and mix them with crowd favorites to ensure a full dance floor.

We're excited to share our passion for music with you! Not only do we help craft perfect playlists, but we also bring top-notch sound equipment and dance floor lighting to elevate your experience even further. 

Let's make sure when "Marry You" starts playing, it feels like magic—because your wedding deserves nothing less. Give us a call so we can create an unforgettable soundtrack together!

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