WEDDING PLANNING: The Ultimate Wedding Playlist

16 March 2017 / Supplier Spotlight/ Wedding Planning

DJ Paul Allen Wedding Services / Norfolk Brides

Image: James Rouse Photography

One of a Brides biggest fears is an empty dance floor. When planning a wedding it is important to think about the music you would like played during the evening as soon as possible. The party is wherever the Bride is. If she is at the bar doing shots throughout the evening, that's where her party will be. To have a successful evening celebration with a dancefloor that is really buzzing with everyone having a great time, it is essential that you choose your music wisely. 

Having a great band or DJ at a wedding is an absolute must. You need someone who will get your party in a great mood and get them on to that dance floor. We have spoken to  DJ Paul Allen, who has some excellent ideas to keep the party grooving… 

First dance  

This is perhaps the hardest one to choose. Pick a track that means something to you as a couple. It doesn’t have to be slow, a slightly faster track can still have the same impact.  

Also think outside of the box. I recently played a music video that was made to replace their first dance; it showed very different journeys through life right up until their wedding day, and it was one of the most touching moments I have ever witnessed.  

It is your first dance as a married couple and it’s your choice! 

Music to cut your cake to 

Why do this in silence when a carefully selected piece of music can add a whole new dimension to the proceedings. 

The last track of the night 

Slow or fast, pick something that gives not only you but your guests that magical feeling as the night draws to a close.   

I have played everything this year, from “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3, to Pendulum’s “Propane Nightmares”. Maybe choose a track that didn’t quite reach first dance status, or even the first track you heard as a couple - the options are endless. 

Top 5 first dance songs 

1. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

2.John Legend – All Of Me

3.Mary J Blige – The One

4. Christina Perri – A Thousand Years

5. Etta James – At Last

Top 10 songs guaranteed to get your guests dancing 

1. Pharell Williams – Happy

2. Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

3. The Killers – Mr Brightside

4.Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire 

5. Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody 

6.Bon Jovi – Living On A Prayer

7.Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling

8. Bryan Adams – Summer Of ‘69

9. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’ 

10.  Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now 

We hope that some of these will get you planning your ever so imporant playlist, which will, hopefully include some of these all time classics. If you are still looking for a great quality DJ for your wedding - do make sure you have a chat with Paul. Although he is pretty much booked up already for 2017 - he mau just have a last minute space available! 

Dalia Courridge

By Dalia Courridge

Owner of Norfolk Brides - the wedding guide, wedding blog and inspirational hub for couples planning their wedding in Norfolk; Wedding Fair and Wedding Show organiser. Editor to a FREE annual glossy Norfolk Brides Magazine.