You’ve handled all of the big planning parts of your wedding day: venue, wedding photographer, wedding videographer, wedding planner or day-of coordinator, florist and caterer are lined up. Congratulations are in order! You’re in the home stretch here! Now it’s time to think about funs stuff: like your reception playlist and party favors.
Coming up with a wedding playlist can be super fun! What’s just as important as putting this together, is putting together your DO NOT playlist. While this is your day, and you may have a lot of favorite songs, it’s good to be careful with your choice because some songs are simply unsuitable for a wedding. Keep reading to see a list of songs we suggest not playing during your wedding reception in the Black Hills of South Dakota!
What Songs Should You Put At The Top Of Your “DO NOT PLAY” Wedding Songs List?
There are a few points to consider, when creating your wedding reception playlist. Many of the songs that might come to mind are considered breakup or cliché, and some of them are totally overplayed. We’ve been performing at wedding in the Rapid City, SD area for over 40 years. With that experience in mind, we came up with a list of “do not play” wedding songs worth sharing with your professional western South Dakota DJ!
Tracks that people have listened to over and over again are mood-breakers. These “Do not play” wedding songs can easily ruin the atmosphere. It’s better to avoid them if you want to keep your guests happy! Some of these include:
- Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive
- Gloria Estefan – Conga
- Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
- Tina Turner – Simply The Best
- Beyonce – Single Ladies
People expect some songs just because they are “dancy and upbeat”. However, the “dancy” features do not mean that your guests will enjoy them. We suggest keeping these tracks off your playlist:
- ABBA – Dancing Queen
- Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby
- Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
- Los Del Rio – Macarena
- The Hokey Pokey
Breakup Songs are at the top of or our “Do Not Play” wedding songs list
It goes without saying that breakup songs are completely inappropriate. They are usually angry or sad, and their lyrics match neither the setting nor the occasion! Do we really need our guests in a sad mood?! We think not! Examples of such tunes are:
- U2 – Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
- Echo & the Bunnymen – Nothing Lasts Forever
- Greg Kihn Band – The Breakup Song
- Adele – Someone Like You
- Phil Collins – Easy Lover
Line Dances. . . Pick and Choose
Line dancing is SO fun, don’t get us wrong! However, you really can’t do every single line dance out there, and in our opinion, there’s a few you can really remove for your playlist to make room for the fun ones:
- The Chicken Dance
- The Electric Slide
- Cupid- The Cupid Shuffle
- Silento- Watch Me
At the end of the day, these are purely suggestions- you should play what makes you happy on your wedding day! It’s your party, so party like you! When you book a Complete Weddings + Events DJ in Rapid City, SD, they will help you curate a playlist that fits you and what you are looking for. This includes helping you come with a list of songs NOT to play! Choosing tunes for your big day might be challenging, but remember, you have plenty of options. Keep our list above in mind when deciding which songs to play. Ask your DJ for his or her expert advice when getting the planning going.
Don’t forget to check out our inspiration blog for more wedding planning tips and tricks, and get in touch when you are ready to start planning your wedding in Western South Dakota!