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Ultimate Wedding Magazine Article: Five Types of Songs to Avoid on Your Playlist

Musical taste is a very personal thing. Getting married is also a very personal thing, but it’s a unique situation in which you’re sharing something intimate with your friends and family. With that in mind, your wedding DJ playlist can be tricky to navigate, as you’re balancing two extremely subjective and private experiences with entertaining an eclectic mix of your nearest and dearest!

It can be hard to narrow down the songs you want to play on your big day, and luckily we have expert wedding DJ, Mark van den Berg of Mighty Fine Entertainment, on hand to help rule out some of the types of music that don’t tend to go down as well. In no particular order, Mark gives us a rundown of…

The top five types of songs to avoid on your wedding playlist

  1. While expressing yourself is always important, it’s best to avoid anything with profanity-laden lyrics at a wedding. With such a diverse range of age groups and personality types, it’s very easy to offend more seasoned listeners or traumatise young ears. Gangsta rap may be your thing, but most weddings are PG occasions.
  2. There are many songs that sound like they should be romantic but after a proper listen to the lyrics it becomes apparent that their subject matter is totally inappropriate. For example, REM’s “The One I Love” is actually a bitter message to an ex. Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” is definitely a break up song. “Just the Two of Us” is meant for a father and son. Even The La’s epic “There She Goes” is about drug abuse.
  3. Have you ever been at a wedding where the vibe has been pretty consistent and then suddenly there’s an abrupt change in the tone of the music leaving everyone awkwardly standing on the dancefloor, unsure of what to do? Anything which is totally not in line with the rest of the playlist as can interrupt the flow of the evening and the party can quickly fall flat. A good wedding DJ will guide you on choices and timings that will keep a steady vibe to the evening without slipping in the odd jarring song.
  4. Music which is so obscure that the majority of guests will not recognise or be able to dance to it is usually best avoided. Dancing doesn’t come easily to most, and many people feel self-conscious or have trouble letting loose on the dancefloor. If they recognise and enjoy the music being played, or would dance or sing along at home, they’re much more likely to shed their inhibitions and get off their seats.
  5. We all remember that infamous scene in Love Actually with the worst wedding DJ in the world. The clinching song was Puppy Love, and there’s a lesson to be learned from our friends in the film industry: avoid an excess of cheese on your wedding playlist. You may have been to plenty of weddings that left you wondering if the bride and groom would like some burger with their cheese, but a really good wedding DJ will stay away from cliché and start a party to remember.

Originally posted on ultimateweddingmagazine.co.uk