Many elements combine to make traditional wedding receptions special. But many veteran wedding guests would agree that the right playlist once guests hit the reception hall dance floor can turn an ordinary wedding reception into something far more memorable.
“Couples should find someone that they are comfortable with. Someone that will take the time needed to get to know the couple’s personalities and exactly the kind of atmosphere they are trying to create at their event,” said Anthony Apuzzo, owner of Digital Entertainment.
Entertainment is often one of the more memorable aspects of a wedding reception, as the right disc jockey can help to establish a jovial mood that makes it easy for everyone to have a good time.
Couples can leave their wedding reception playlists to the professionals, but they should also know that they have a say in which songs are played. In addition, couples can have a “no play” playlist that prohibits certain songs they dislike from being played.
“I don’t have a cookie-cutter playlist that I use for every wedding,” said Apuzzo. “I take the time to get to know my couples, so that by the time their big day comes around I know exactly what they want for entertainment. I have DJ’d for couples that want me to turn their reception into a dance club. I have had other couples that want me to play all punk rock and heavy metal. And I have had other couples that want me to create more of a lounge feel for their event. I love the variety. It keeps my job fun.”
Make a list of your favorite songs. Make this list during different days and at different times and moods so you get a good cross-section of your favorite tunes. But remember not every song is a good fit for a wedding reception. Melancholy songs or those that include suggestive lyrics are best left off the playlist.
Aim to get as many guests on the dance floor as possible. Well-known songs and upbeat dance music will inspire more guests to cut a rug than lesser known tunes you may be fond of. Music that spans the decades and various genres will appeal to guests from all age groups, encouraging dancers young and old to cut a rug.
“An ideal DJ is one that will make the bride and groom ‘the show.’ Some DJs like to put the spotlight on them and not the couple,” said Apuzzo, who covers all of Connecticut. “A good DJ is one that will recognize that the day is a celebration of the bride and groom. I am not on the mic very much. The guests aren’t there to hear me talk. They are there to celebrate the bride and groom.”
Apuzzo said since he’s started his business, fewer and fewer couples are choosing traditional items in their reception — like the bouquet and garter toss.
“Instead, I play a Newlywed Game with my couples, as well as highlight an anniversary dance to celebrate the new couple and the married couples in attendance,” Apuzzo said.
He said the best receptions are when the couple includes a part of themselves in the music.
“I DJ’d a wedding where the bride walked down the aisle to Beyond The North Waves by the Norwegian black metal band Immortal. Everyone loved it,” he said. “That was something that screamed to the couple’s personality and all their guests knew that it was the perfect song for that couple. I love when couples take the time to perfectly capture who they are through the music.”
Information: Digital Tracks Entertainment on Facebook, DigitalTracksEntertainment.com or 203-506-6509.