Great Wedding Playlist Tips

wedding playlist tips
Wedding Playlist Tips
When it comes to wedding playlist tips, we’ve got you covered! We provide our DJ and photo booth services for weddings, parties, quinceaneras, and corporate events every weekend, all year long in the Austin and central Texas area. That being said, with nearly every wedding, comes great music.


Many people don’t know where to start when it comes to planning the music. Some couples know what they love, but they are aware that not everyone has the exact same taste as they do when it comes to music. What they may love, someone else may hate. So, we’re here to help you choose your wedding reception music. Here are a few easy steps to help you have a fun, memorable wedding reception! 

Ask Your Guests For Song Requests

An easy thing to do to make sure your guests have a great time is simply to ask your guests. Allowing your guests to request music ahead of time will ensure your guest get to hear some of their favorite music! You can do it on your wedding website, if you have one, or on a Facebook invite, or via text/email.

Simply ask your guests to list 1-2 songs that will make them get up and dance! With everyone’s feedback, your DJ or band is sure to play songs that will get your guests dancing.  

Do Your Research

If you have very little response by asking, you can simply do a search for “wedding reception songs/music” and you’ll get tons of examples. You can even narrow it down to your specific genre, such as “Texas Country Wedding Songs” or “top must-play wedding reception songs,” etc.

You can click the examples since we’ve done the hard work for you, and created numerous blogs about wedding music. You can also check out Spotify, to see great wedding lists. You can even find the Royal Wedding Playlist there! 

Ask Your Wedding DJ 

You can certainly ask your wedding DJ, since well, they’ll know what works for most people at weddings. However, be sure to be specific about your particular preferences. You don’t want to hear the same songs that every wedding plays. Be sure to include your favorite songs and artists, since it is your wedding after all! 

Use Spotify

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FAQ: Can I Just Send My Spotify Wedding Playlist?

As technology has evolved, more and more, we’re getting couples asking us if they can simply email us a link to their Spotify wedding playlist, or a picture of their iTunes playlist, to use at their event. While this is quite helpful, we suggest that you keep in mind that we can only play about 15-20 songs per hour.
Don’t forget that the key moments, such as the first dance, father/daughter and mother/son dances, cake cutting, garter/bouquet toss, and other moments, can also take an additional 30-45 minutes.
So if your wedding is a total of 5 hours, including ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner, this only leaves about 2.5 hours for the key moments and dance, assuming everything goes according to schedule. So at most, make your dance playlist about 50 songs. For other must-play songs, consider adding them to the cocktail hour or dinner playlist! 

FAQ: Can You Just Play the Exact Playlist, In Order? 

If you absolutely want everything that’s on your Spotify wedding playlist played, keep in mind that DJs play songs in “sets.” This means that we group songs together by tempo and genre. The music just flows better this way. It sounds much better to have genres and tempos played together, versus playing a faster tempo dance song, then a slow song, then country wedding songs, then a hip hop song, right after each other. 

So if you’ve ever wondered why DJs play 2-3 Country (or any genre) songs in a row, this is why. So if you give us a wedding playlist, keep in mind that the order may change, depending on the genre and tempo of the songs. ​If you simply want the DJ to play your Spotify playlist exactly as it is, regardless of tempo or genre, this can be done, but keep in mind that it may not sound great to be switching up music and tempos so often.

If this is what you want, you could easily just rent a sound system and let your playlist play, which would save you some money. This isn’t ideal, but it’s possible. If you want to do this, read our article “How to DJ Your Own Wedding!” 🙂 

FAQ: Should We Add Slow Songs to Our Wedding Playlist?

Many couples ask us about slow songs. Yes, love songs are great, but you don’t want to play too many of them. Another tip to keep in mind when making your wedding playlist is to minimize the number of ballads or slow songs you play. If you have a few must-play slow songs, the DJ will most likely play them during dinner or cocktail hour, unless you specifically ask to play them during the dance.

With only 2-2.5 hours of dance time, we do our best to keep the party fun and energetic! Sure, we may play a slow song or two, but no more than that, unless you ask us to. Also, don’t forget that many people often request songs, so be sure to let the DJ know whether it is okay to take requests.

Lastly, when making your wedding song list, keep in mind that everyone has different musical tastes! 

More Info

We hope these wedding playlist tips have been helpful. As always, please contact us if you have any additional questions and we’re always happy to help! 

​-Austin’s Best DJs Team

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