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messageA twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by RosieH 15 April, 2012 12:13

I'm seeking some advice. I've been asked to create a playlist for my sister's wedding next month. Ordinarily I'd be jumping up and down with glee, but I need to make it at least 12 hours long, and I have absolutely no steer from bride or groom - so am trying to make something that will please more than just me. It's an informal marquee-in-the-garden do, taking place at their home after the church.

So I need to cover:

- arrival back from church drinks (about 2pm)
- buffet eating
- general milling drinking etc
- "evening do" begins (7pm)

I think I'm good up to 7 o'clock, although any recommendations for must-haves greatly appreciated (currently thinking quite 60s - motown, british girl groups, Faces, Turtles etc.)

But what do I do at 7? Do I start the dancing tunes then, or just liven them up a bit more to start a bit later? And what about end of the night tunes - how long do I need to start signalling a wind-down to suggest people leave?

Any suggestions very gratefully received.

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by red devil 15 April, 2012 12:44

I think you're doing the right thing Rosie by starting with the 60's.
I would then get progressively more modern as the day goes on, a sort of musical anthology of each decade, on the assumption that the 'young un's' will be the only ones still standing/awake post midnight, and will want to dance to music that they know...just bung on some Ministry/Hacienda/Cream mixes.
Sites like this are quite useful to get an overall snapshot of what was popular at the time...

Forgot to ask, how are you playing the music...individual CDs or can you create your own playlists through iTunes?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was 2012:04:15:12:47:19 by red devil.

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by RosieH 15 April, 2012 12:55

Yeah, creating one mammoth playlist on itunes, so I can just hit play and then forget about it.

Ooh, great site, thanks.

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by Otta 15 April, 2012 14:32

In my experience a lot of people ask for either swing, stuff (Old blue eyes), or soft acoustic stuff (Jack Johnson) for the early drinks reception part. It's just background music at that stage, no one is actually listening.

Personally, I'd start with that, then have 60s with the buffet (gotta get some Kinks in there), "Cool" music for the milling around / drinking - stuff you like to listen to, but not really gonna dance to.

Finally, forget cool, and unleash the cheese from the 80s. Be sure to save a couple of "anthems" like "Don't stop me now" for late on, when people will be singing along with their arms around the stranger next to them like they're long lost brethren.

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by DJKillaQueen 15 April, 2012 14:46

I suggest a mix of floorfillers...both modern chart stuff and club, reggae and cheesy classics. I'd start with the chart stuff just to get the tempo up and signal the start of a disco, and then throw in some guaranteed participation floorfillers like Cha Cha Slide, Macerena, Oops Upside Your Head and yes, even the Hokey Cokey (you'd be amazed how strangley popular that is). Later on, Sean Paul and some reggae classics thrown in go down well. Some 80's and some classic house club tunes...Robin S, Show Me Love is a must etc and a splash of seveties disco favourites. Don't forget Summer Nights from Grease either. To wind down, RnB works well mixed with some sloweys, motown etc.

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Gooooaaaaalllllll!

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by Huguenot 15 April, 2012 14:49

Best crowd filler I ever saw was the theme to test match special :-)

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by Help-Ma-Boab 15 April, 2012 15:02

I realise this is a drop in the ocean in a 12 hour list, but I like to hear this at around 8.15pm at weddings. Also a good track to towel down to on a Saturday morning.

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messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by Pickle 15 April, 2012 15:03

Floor fillers at our wedding later on in the evening were Proclaimers and Europe's Final Countdown smiling smiley

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by Otta 15 April, 2012 15:23

Yep, 500 Miles was a tune we could never drop from our set, because it always went down am absolute storm!

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by Pickle 15 April, 2012 15:35

Our band (in NZ) ended up playing it many times over the evening with a selection of drunk Scottish vocalists taking the stage smiling smiley

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by 15 April, 2012 16:26

Reggae DJKQ? You sure. I'm a massive fan but reggae is hardly a floor filler at most 'white'* weddings. Also, not that many at wedding crowds can dance (even dad dancing) to reggae big grin

*Presuming of course that Rosie's sisters friends and family are in the majority white

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by DJKillaQueen 15 April, 2012 17:10

Reggae goes down well at many of the 'white' dos at my tenants hall.

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Gooooaaaaalllllll!

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by RosieH 15 April, 2012 17:29

Yes indeed Quids - is a Wigan wedding, so a majority of white faces - but also means there'll be a fair bit of northern soul (yay!), and inevitably Verve and Oasis and stuff of that ilk (meh). There'll be some Desmond Decker for sure, probably a bit of Bob Marley in the afternoon, but not a big reggae crowd really.

Ain't no way on god's earth I'm putting Jack Johnson on there unless bride or groom specifically demand it with a gun to my head - as they've left it up to me they can love the Shirelles and the Crystals and thank me for my impeccable taste!

Proclaimers and Europe - excellent. And Hugo - test match special - brilliant, I'm going to have to see if I can download that. Boy with the arab strap I wouldnae have thought of, but very good call. Grease too, yeah baby, please keep 'em coming.

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by Otta 15 April, 2012 17:42

For the recodrd, Jack Johnson is not a reflection on my taste, but it's been requested a few times.

Boney M - Rasputin!

MC Hammer - Can't touch this (every wedding needs some drunk running man action).

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by Salsaboy 15 April, 2012 17:45

Isn't test match special Green Onions by Booker T & the MG's?

First disco song - Dancing queen, Abba. You'll be trampled in the rush to the dance floor!

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by DJKillaQueen 15 April, 2012 17:57

Chawumbawumba too.....

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Gooooaaaaalllllll!

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by Pickle 15 April, 2012 18:02

... Livin' on a Prayer, Bon Jovi (for obligatory fist pump dancing later in the evening).

Hubby wanted me to include "Smack my bi**h up" on our cd for using when the band took a break, I wasn't sure the wrinklies would see the funny side.

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by Help-Ma-Boab 15 April, 2012 18:02

Jackie Wilson. Higher and higher. Total ear drugs!

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by citizenED 15 April, 2012 20:56

Or you could just put on something by Yes - most their tracks are about 12 hours long..

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by Jeremy 16 April, 2012 09:01

red devil Wrote:
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> just bung on some Ministry

Good call, may I suggest "Jesus Built My Hotrod"
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messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by Lost Yorkshire Man 16 April, 2012 09:18

Spandau Ballet - Gold
AHa - Take on Me
James - Sit Down


Proper dancing choooooooonns

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by david_carnell 16 April, 2012 10:26

Help-Ma-Boab Wrote:
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> Jackie Wilson. Higher and higher. Total ear drugs!

Seconded.

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by RosieH 16 April, 2012 12:39

Come now David - seconded? Nothing to add?? I've got 12 hours to fill!!!

And citizenEd - thumbs up (while I don't generally do punctuation faces, I will make exceptions to make like the Fonz).

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by maxxi 16 April, 2012 12:40

I would leave the older stuff (60s/70s glam rock etc) until those of a suitable age have had time to take on sufficient refreshment to cry "Ooh, I LOVE this one... come on darling, let's show these young 'uns how it's done!"

A dance floor full of 50 somethings doing the 'Tiger Feet' dance* = job done.




*or Daydream Believer/White Riot/Don't You Want Me Baby/Fools Gold depending on age of in-laws.

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by Otta 16 April, 2012 12:45

Girls just wanna have fun - Cindi Lauper

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by Help-Ma-Boab 16 April, 2012 12:59

White man at the palais - The Clash
Loveshack -B52's
Alright - Supergrass
Have you ever seen the rain - credence Clearwater revival.

That would get me on le dance floor.

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by DJKillaQueen 16 April, 2012 13:02

The Time of my Life from Dirty Dancing is a good one.....especially when the women start lifting the men big grin

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Gooooaaaaalllllll!

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by Otta 16 April, 2012 13:36

A typical Bare Groove set from a wedding.

Set 1
1. Give me Some Loving
2. Get Ready
3. Midnight Hour
4. Knock on wood
5. Signed, sealed, delivered
6. RESPECT
7. Higher and Higher
8. Rescue Me
9. River Deep, mountain high
10. Son of a preacher man
11. L.O.V.E.
12. Reet Petite
13. Johnny B Goode
14. Twist n Shout
15. I Feel Good
16. Land of 1000 dances / Shake your Tailfeather

Set 2
1. Proud Mary
2. Hard to Handle
3. Jumping Jack Flash
4. Kinks medley
5. I saw her standing there
6. Take your mama
7. 9-5
8. Billie Jean
9. Valerie
10. Hey Ya
11. All these things I've done
12. Last Night
13. Beat It
14. She said
15. 10/10
16. Forget you
17. Hold on Im coming
Spare Mr Brightside, Stuck in the middle, Superstition, For once in my life, Rocking all over the World,

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by Otta 16 April, 2012 14:58

Prefab Sprout - Albuquerque
Men at work - Land downunder

And definitely

Midnight Oil - Beds are burning!!!

messageRe: A twelve hour wedding playlist..?
Posted by Otta 16 April, 2012 15:05

No one will know it, but during the milling around...

The new pornographers - The bleeding heart show

m.youtube.com/watch?desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DdH9Q4fsZ1IY&v=dH9Q4fsZ1IY&gl=US

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