A good wedding DJ will take the time to find out what your musical preferences are and tailor their performance to that while at the same time “reading” the crowd and playing music that keeps the dance floor jumping.
It’s perfectly all right to ban certain songs from your wedding, even entire genres of music. Just don’t fall into the trap of saying I only want my favorite style played and nothing else. You want all of your guests to dance and have a great time at your wedding.
How Many Songs Should You Pick?
A good way to break up your request list is into a Must Play, Play If Possible, and Don't Play lists. Give us your top 15 favorite songs on your Must Play list so they know those are the most important to you. Give them a second Play If Possible list of 15-30 more songs that they can choose from at their discretion.
If you hire a professional DJ trust them to use your request list along with their skill at reading the crowd to create the perfect mix of music for your wedding. That is their job!
You should also provide your wedding DJ with a Do Not Play list so they know what songs and types of music you don’t want to hear. A professional DJ will know this from their conversations with you but it never hurts to have it down in front of them.
Check out the most requested wedding songs to see what other people are requesting. It will give you some great ideas for popular songs to add to your Must Play List or Do Not Play List if they are a little too mainstream for your tastes.
When you add a song to your list think about how the crowd will respond to it. If you have a whole list of songs by bands no one has ever heard of, how do you think that will affect your dance floor. Try to pick songs that you know people will like dancing too. Shift the more obscure and non-danceable songs to the cocktail hour request list.
Don’t wait till the week of your wedding to try and figure out what you want to hear on your wedding day, you will have enough other things to deal with. Now that you’ve got some direction, start working on the perfect wedding music playlist today!