Photos and Words by Shawn Taylor
So its time to pick music for your reception and you aren't sure which songs to go with?
After witnessing thousands of formal dances here are some thoughts.
The most unique first dance song I have seen would probably be 'Nothing Else Matters' by Metallica - complete with an air guitar solo by the bride. It was unique - but I wouldn't say it would work for all
- but there are some classic songs that can work for almost any situation.
Amazed by Lonestar, Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran along with Feels like Home by Chantal Kreviazuk and Push by Sarah Mclachlan always go over well for the first dance.
Most of the time it isn't finding the first dance song with your fiancé that is an issue - but more finding a song to dance with your Grandparents or a random family member - 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' or 'What a Wonderful World' - are great gender neutral songs that work well in Grandparent or step-parent dance situations.
Parent dances can get interesting - Simple Man - both the Skynyrd and Shinedown versions happen a lot for the Mother Son dance - I think it has a lot to do with that opening line..."Well momma told me...when I was young...."
I recently was at a wedding where the parent dance song was supposed to be "You've Got A Friend In Me" from Toy Story - and the DJ accidentally played "You've Got A Friend" by James Taylor - the best part is either one of those songs works pretty well.
The Beatles can work well in a bunch of situations - from "In My Life" to "All You Need is Love" - there are a bunch of Beatles songs that appeal to all ages and work well at weddings.
When all else fails - "100 Years" by Five For Fighting can make things pretty emotional on the dance floor. Just Sayin'.
Chat with your DJ - this is what they do - having a professional DJ at your wedding elevates it to another level - and ensures you have a flawless evening.
I cannot stress enough how much of a difference having a mic savvy DJ host you event will have on your reception and the flow and pace of the evening.
Choose who you let on the mic wisely it effects the entire vibe.
If you are choosing to go with an iPad in place of a DJ the most common songs to consider are:
1. "Billie Jean" - It's an instantly recognizable up beat multi generation Michael Jackson classic.
2. "Unchained Medley" - lots of slow dancing starts with this Righteous Brothers classic and its super familiar to older family members.
3. "Uptown Funk" - Marc Ronson featuring Bruno Mars usually goes over well with everyone the past few years and is usually played within the first 5 songs to get everyone on the floor
4. "I've Got a Feeling" (Tonights Going to Be a Good Night) - by the Black Eyed Peas was sort of replaced by Uptown Funk to get the floor going - sometimes they are played back to back.
5. "All of You" - by John Legend has been popular since it came out
6. "Cant Stop The Feeling" - by Justin Timberlake is usually well received and makes a great wedding party intro song - if kids are there they love it too because it was on the Trolls soundtrack
7. "Any Ed Sheeran Song" - Ed Sheeran almost anything goes over well - especially Thinking Out Loud, Photograph and Shape of You.
If you are planning a Newfoundland based wedding be sure to check out the wedding vendor page to find a list of local DJs.