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Songs Not to Play at Your Wedding

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Getting married soon? Are you still in the planning phase for your big day? We all love weddings and celebrating the union of a loving couple ready to spend their lives together. Weddings can also be a whole lot of fun, especially when it’s time for the reception. The planning that goes into the reception can be just as stressful as organizing the actual ceremony. From the food and games, to the music, planning a fun wedding reception is a must on pretty much every bride’s list.

Today’s post is going to focus on one small part of your wedding reception planning, and that is which songs you should avoid playing. Your music will set the mood for the rest of the night, and not every song that you may like will be appropriate for your reception. We’ve tried to provide you with a few guidelines to follow when picking out your dance music. Check out these tips below.

Avoid These Types of Songs

First, avoid playing any sort of music that has explicit lyrics. We’re not going to list any examples as we’re are sure you know which ones not to play. It should be self explanatory as to why, especially if there will be kids attending. If you’re hiring a band or a DJ, make sure they understand your stance on this and have radio appropriate versions of each song.

Stay away from music that suggests divorce, broken hearts, or that love just does not work out. Songs like these include Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know”, Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”, and Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You”. Kind of on the same note, do not play sexually suggestive or offensive music either. David Lee Roth’s “Just A Gigolo” comes to mind here. Some other songs that have sexual innuendos, like Salt-n-Peppa’s “Push It” would probably be OK as it’s a pretty tame song, but that’s a judgement call for you and your fiance to make.

Avoid playing any song that pertains to death or has references to suicide. This could include the song “Jumper” by Third Eye Blind and “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Kix.

Also, try not to play any song that has an extended playing time. Extremely long songs can become stale and leave your guests confused. On average, a song is about 3 1/2 minutes long so try to keep this fact in the back of your mind when picking out music. Some bands, like Phish for instance, have songs that can run between 6 – 10 minutes each. Other longer length songs include “American Pie” by Don McLean and “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” by Meat Loaf.

When it comes to picking your music, you should also consider whether or not there will be any group or line dancing at your reception. Some think these dances are goofy, while others think they’re great. Fact is, it’s up to you. It’s your wedding and they’re perfectly fine if that’s what you want. Plus, kids love a good group and line dance so consider it a great option for entertainment. You want your guests up and having a good time and this is a great way to make that happen. Popular group dance songs that are played at many wedding receptions include the “Macarena” by Los Del Rio, “Chicken Dance” and the “Hokey Pokey”.

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