If music be the food of love…

Kimberley & Jason's wedding reception at Lanwades HallThe music played during your evening reception is the most important thing I do….and it’s vital that I get it right to ensure the success of the evening.

It’s also the most complicated part of my job!

I’m often asked by prospective brides for a copy of my set-list.

I don’t have one!

Whilst there ARE DJs who will expect to turn up and play a predetermined set of tried and trusted tracks, it’s rarely successful. It works in nightclubs, but not at weddings. Weddings are a real juggling act in relation to the music to ensure that you and your guests are happy and are able to enjoy the evening.

My music collection is sorted into various different “go-to” lists (i.e. by genre, year and favourites), I never pre-compile a playlist for the entire evening because I really can’t tell before I turn the music on just how your guests are going to react.

I also cater for many different music styles and policies. For instance, some brides prefer the “party classics” whilst others don’t want to hear them. Some brides have a specific type of music theme in mind (for instance UK Garage, Classic Rock, or the ’80s as examples), whilst some prefer a mix of everything to please all of their guests.

That choice is entirely up to you!

What you won’t hear unless you specifically ask me for them, are the action dances such as Agadoo, The Cha Cha Slide and Oops Upside Your Head. I’m more than happy to play these if you’re happy to hear them, but they don’t routinely make an appearance unless I’m told to play them by you.

You’re also more than welcome to provide a playlist for the evening, from just a few personal favourites or music requested by your guests, to the entire evening’s entertainment. However, please be warned that I won’t play music in a particular order (because it really doesn’t work), and if you’re providing the entire evening’s playlist, I can’t guarantee that guests will dance.

As a general rule (and unless you’ve told me to do otherwise), I will play music to suit the guests that are at your wedding reception (after all, if they don’t hear music they want to dance to….they won’t dance!).

The type of music you can expect to hear when I have free reign on the music will include:

  • Motown classics
  • ’60s hits
  • ’70s disco
  • ’80s hits
  • ’90s dance
  • Noughties hits
  • Current chart

I prefer NOT to cater for weddings which have a strict playlist containing modern R&B, Rap/HipHop or Drum & Bass – they’re not my specialist area and I really wouldn’t want to let you down on your big day!

Want to see some recent playlists?

Not a problem at all. The software I use to play the music logs everything I play during the evening.

The tabs below will show you the music that’s been played at some recent wedding receptions. Please note though….each and every wedding reception is unique and much of the music played has been requested by the bride and groom, or by their guests on the evening!

Your wedding playlist will be completely different based on YOUR personal preferences!

Kimberley and Jason’s wedding reception was an informal and relaxed evening where the music choices were left entirely to the guests, plus a few of my own selections (this is usually the most successful type of reception).

The age ranges of guests varied from the very young to the very old….it was a reception with a wide variety of different music tastes and genres.

The music played during the evening was:

  • Van Morrison – Someone Like You (First Dance)
  • Van Morrison – Have I Told You Lately That I Love YouBruno Mars – Marry You
  • Justin Timberlake – CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!
  • Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (Radio Edit)
  • Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
  • Earth Wind And Fire – September
  • Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
  • Roy Orbison – Oh Pretty Woman
  • The Beatles – Twist and Shout
  • The Contours – Do You Love Me (Single Version / Mono)
  • Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
  • Wilson Pickett – Mustang Sally
  • The B-52’s – Love Shack
  • Kenny Loggins – Footloose
  • The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love
  • R. Dean Taylor – There’s A Ghost In My House
  • Jackson 5 – ABC (Album Version)
  • Chris Montez – Let’s Dance
  • Los Lobos – La bamba
  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f./Justin Bieber – Despacito (Remix)
  • Enrique Iglesias f./Sean Paul – Subeme La Radio (Promo Only Intro Edit – Remix)
  • Olly Murs – Dance with Me Tonight
  • Pharrell Williams – Happy (from Despicable Me 2)
  • Taylor Swift – Shake it off
  • Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
  • Amy Winehouse; Mark Ronson – Valerie
  • Take That – Giants
  • Robbie Williams – Rock DJ
  • Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
  • Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now
  • Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
  • Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
  • Kiss – Crazy Crazy Nights
  • The Killers – Mr Brightside
  • The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger (Radio Edit)
  • Kings Of Leon – Sex on Fire
  • Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
  • Queen – We Will Rock You
  • R Kelly – Ignition (Remix)
  • Flo Rida – Low
  • Clean Bandit f./Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – Rockabye (Original)
  • Sean Paul – Get Busy
  • Usher ft Ludacris and Lil Jon – Yeah!
  • Kanye West – Stronger (Album Version (Edited))
  • Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like a Woman!
  • Shania Twain – That Don’t Impress Me Much
  • Peter Kay/Tony Christie – (Is This the Way To) Amarillo {From Comic Relief 2005}
  • Earth Wind And Fire – Boogie Wonderland
  • The Trammps – Disco Inferno
  • Barry Blue – Dancing on a Saturday Night
  • Donna Summer – Hot Stuff (Single Version)
  • Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing (2007 Remastered)
  • Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
  • Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Remastered)
  • The Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup
  • Blue Suede – Hooked on a Feeling
  • The Script – Rain (Clean Version)
  • Adele – Make You Feel My Love
  • The Rolling Stones – Angie (Remastered)
  • Bruno Mars – Thats What I Like (Original)
  • Jay-Z & Mr Hudson – Young Forever
  • Beyonce feat. Jay-Z – Crazy in love
  • Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
  • Katy Perry – Firework
  • Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance
  • Bonnie Tyler – Holding out for a Hero

Shophie & Tom's wedding reception at The Little Downham AnchorSophie and Tom’s wedding reception was a small and informal evening in a local hotel with just 42 guests.

I received a playlist of just 20 tracks which had been selected by their guests before the evening and the rest of the evening’s entertainment was left to my own choices and that of the guests on the evening. The guest requests were for mainly “cheese” (see the list below for the Macarena, YMCA and I’m Too Sexy!)

Despite being a small reception, the dance floor was full for the duration!

The tracks played were:

  • You & Me Song – The Wannadies (First Dance)
  • Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
  • Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
  • 24k Magic – Bruno Mars
  • Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  • Dancing Queen – Abba
  • Mamma Mia – Abba
  • September – Earth, Wind and Fire
  • Celebration – Kool & The Gang
  • Relight My Fire – Take That
  • Tragedy – Lulu
  • I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin
  • The Fox – Ylvis
  • Gangnam Style – PSY
  • Barbie Girl – Aqua
  • Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
  • Boom Boom Boom -Vengaboys
  • Cotton Eye Joe – RedNex
  • Time Warp – Damien
  • I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred
  • Grease Megamix – John Travolta & Olivia Newton John
  • YMCA – Village People
  • Reach – S Club 7
  • Megamix – Spice Girls
  • Macarena – Los Del Rio
  • Saturday Night – Whigfield
  • Jump Around – House of Pain
  • New Girl – Reggie & Bollie
  • Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
  • If Only I Could – Sydney Youngblood
  • Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
  • Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  • Mr Brightside – The Killers
  • Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis
  • Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
  • Wake Me Up Before You Go Go – Wham
  • Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  • Uptown Girl – Billy Joel
  • Footloose – Kenny Loggins
  • 9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
  • Hold Me Now – The Thomson Twins
  • Megamix – Technotronic
  • Ride On Time – Black Box
  • Now That We Found Love – Heavy D and the Boyz
  • What Is Love – Haddaway
  • Rhythm Is A Dancer – Snap!
  • Megamix – Corona
  • Sandstorm – Darude
  • Insomnia – Faithless
  • 3 AM Eternal – KLF
  • Children – Robert Miles
  • Candy – Cameo
  • Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
  • A Night To Remember – Shalamar
  • Ain’t Nobody – Rufus & Chaka Khan
  • Upside Down – Diana Ross
  • Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
  • Night Fever – Bee Gees
  • Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
  • Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  • I’ve Had (The Time of my Life) – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Zoe and Ben’s wedding reception was a little different from the norm in that a Blue’s Brother’s tribute band made a very surprise appearance immediately after the first dance (it was my job to organise the surprise element of this!)

There was no music policy in place for the evening and the songs played below were a mix of my own choices and guest requests on the night.

The music played was:

  • I Have Nothing – Whitney Houston (First Dance)
  • You Can’t Hurry Love – Phil Collins
  • Black Magic – Little Mix
  • Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
  • Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
  • Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  • Get Down Tonight – KC & The Sunshine Band
  • Boogie Nights – Heatwave
  • September – Earth, Wind & Fire
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
  • Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  • Jump Around – House of Pain
  • U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer
  • Boom Boom Boom – Vengaboys
  • We Like To Party – Vengaboys
  • Whooomph! There It Is – Clock
  • Cotton Eye Joe – RedNex
  • Hey Baby – DJ Otzi
  • Love Shack – B52’s
  • Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  • Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon
  • Mr Brightside – Killers
  • Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis
  • Despacito- – Luis Fonsi
  • Titanium – David Guetta
  • Dancing On The Ceiling – Lionel Richie
  • Sugar Sugar – The Archies
  • Do Wha Diddy – Manfred Mann
  • Bend Me Shape Me – Amen Corner
  • Shout – LuLu
  • Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  • Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  • Shut Up & Dance – Walk The Moon
  • Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
  • Man’s Not Hot – Big Shaq
  • Kingston Town – UB40
  • Buffalo Soldier – Bob Marley
  • Got You Babe – UB40
  • The Twist – Chubby Checker
  • Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  • Everybody Needs Somebody – The Blues Brothers
  • Shake a Tail Feather – The Blues Brothers
  • Do You Love Me – The Contours
  • You Are Not Alone – Michael Jackson
  • Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson
  • Sorry – Justin Bieber
  • One Dance – Drake
  • Low – Flo Rida
  • Dimelo – Rak Su
  • Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon

Jade & Tom's reception at Victoria Hall in OakhamJade and Tom did things a little differently for their wedding reception.

The evening started with their first dance (Praise You by Fat Boy Slim), and then went into an hour’s worth of Ceilidh dancing before creating a relaxed party atmosphere to end the evening.

Jade and Tom provided the entire playlist for the evening based on their favourite dance tracks, and no guest requests were allowed on the night.  Whilst this normally makes me very nervous, this one worked an absolute treat – I really couldn’t have picked better myself if I’d tried!

 

  • Fatboy Slim – Praise You (First Dance)
  • Elvis Presley – Burning Love
  • The Beach Boys – I Get Around
  • Sheila & B Devotion – Spacer
  • The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
  • T Rex – 20Th Century Boy
  • Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
  • Rod Stewart – Maggie May
  • Chic – Good Times
  • Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
  • Madonna – Like a Prayer
  • Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
  • The Jam – Town Called Malice
  • New Order – Blue Monday
  • House Of Pain – Jump Around
  • Toto – Africa
  • Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
  • Free – All Right Now
  • Annie Lennox – Walking on broken glass
  • Daft Punk – Around The World
  • Cornershop – Brimful Of Asha (Norman Cook Remix)
  • Gala – Freed from desire
  • Sweet Female Attitude – Flowers
  • Architechs Feat. Nana – Body Groove
  • Mylo – Otto’s Journey
  • PULP – Common People
  • Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
  • Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
  • The Libertines – Don’t Look Back into the Sun
  • The Futureheads – Hounds Of Love
  • Queens Of The Stone Age – No One Knows
  • Iggy Pop – The Passenger
  • Primal Scream – Rocks
  • Beyonce feat. Jay-Z – Crazy In Love
  • CANTRELL BLU – BREATHE
  • Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg – The Next Episode
  • Warren G – Regulate
  • Snoop Dogg feat Pharrell Williams – Beautiful
  • Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla – One Dance
  • Jay-Z – Big Pimpin
  • Kanye West – All Of The Lights
  • Calvin Harris, Sam Smith – Promises
  • Robyn with Kleerup – With Every Heartbeat
  • Wankelmut & Emma Louise – My Head Is a Jungle
  • Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
  • David Bowie – Heroes
  • The Beatles – Hey Jude