Bad Wedding Songs – What NOT to Play at Your Wedding

Once you have made your wedding DJ selection, it’s time to bring your wedding soundtrack to life! An experienced wedding DJ should be able to help you create the right sound by mixing and blending a diverse set of genres to appeal to your taste and guest make-up. Scratch Weddings DJs are some of the most talented and experienced in the industry and love to help their clients pick the right songs for their wedding.  Here, DJ Cool Out offers some sage advice on how to avoid bad wedding songs so your dance floor stays packed all night!

Songs that Clear the Dance Floor

Paying close attention to the mood and energy of the crowd is one of the most important aspects of a being a great wedding DJ. A couple of bad wedding songs can clear the dance floor and leave guests confused. But it’s most important to get a feel for guests’ tastes right away, then I can understand what types of genres are most likely to leave tumbleweeds on the dance floor.

It’s impossible to list specific bad wedding songs that will clear the dance floor, because a great dance hit at one wedding falls flat with another group. But these are dance floor evacuation triggers:

1. Genre of music that only 5% of the guests enjoy.  There will always be differences in taste. But playing a super-niche genre when the dance floor is rocking may end up leaving most of the guests feeling left out. The key is to never alienate the majority. If a couple wants a specific genre that is special to their relationship, I suggested that we find a way to incorporate it at an appropriate time.

2. The right song at the wrong time. A good wedding DJ can feel the mood and energy level of the crowd, and match the music to it. If you play a great song when the mood isn’t appropriate, you will see the dance floor decimated.

3. Organized dance songs.
Macarena, the Chicken Dance, YMCA, a Congo line, the Cha Cha Slide. These can clear the dance floor and will kill the cool.

4. Obvious heartbreak songs.  There’s a lot of great music out there based on heartache and heartbreak, but these songs don’t jive for an event that is about celebration and love. I avoid songs that aren’t in the spirit of a wedding, including anything about loneliness, cheating, break ups, or bad relationships in general. Even if no one is listening carefully, these types of songs affect the general mood and you will see this reflected on the dance floor.

Wedding Planning Facts

  • During wedding planning, brides said entertainment is among the least of their priorities...Yet, within one week after their WEDDING, nearly 80% said they would have made the entertainment their highest priority.
  • 72% of brides surveyed say they would have spent more time choosing their wedding entertainment, and nearly 100% of brides say that they would have spent more of their budget on it.
  • When asked, 81% of guests said what they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.

*Source: The Wedding Report 2012.

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