Music is one of the most important ingredients to a successful wedding reception. No two weddings are the same and the music requirement for every one is different. That is why it is important to choose someone with a vast music database and the knowledge to use it effectively during the different phases of the reception. The playlist is never the same twice. I do not use a stock playlist or set up a dinner music CD and walk away. I will talk with you and deliver the music presentation you desire for your wedding. Every type of music is available and nearly any song you can think of too! We can even set aside a list of songs you DO NOT want to hear. This event is your event and should have the music you want played.
Here are a couple of online tools for you to use to plan your wedding reception. (You can use these same tools for other events as well.) First is the OBX DJ Event Planner. This will allow you to specify the important details of your event. Click here to open the planner.
Now you can start your music list by using the OBX DJ Music Database Search Tool Below. There are over 70,000 songs in the database but if one or two isn't listed I can probably find them.
Below is a Wedding DJ Checklist. It is similar to the OBX DJ Event Planner. These are the things to coordinate with the DJ ahead of time to make sure the event goes as planned and your happiest celebration ends on a high note. While I recommend the use of a professional wedding planner you can use this along with the tools above to make planning your wedding reception much easier!
WEDDING MUSIC CHECKLIST
Bride & Groom:
Wedding date and time:
Types of Cocktail Music:
1st Dance: Song:
2nd Dance: Song:
Best Man/others Toast:
Invitation to start dining/Blessing of the Meal by:
Types of Dinner Music:
Types of Dance Music:
More Dance Music:
DO NOT PLAY:
Examples of songs I like:
Below is an example of a completed checklist:
Bride & Groom: Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky (Your names go here. No, I wasn't there!)
Wedding date and time: July 31, 2010 3:30pm
Wedding Attire: Beach Casual (Many Outer Banks weddings are beach casual. I will dress appropriately for any event. However if this a formal wedding I need to know ahead fo time so I can modify my planned wardrobe.)
Contact: Cell phone numbers
Types of Cocktail Music: Bossa Nova/boleros/tango/50's love songs/world ambient
Formal Intro? We will have a small receiving line as guests enter dining hall/ but would like formal intro right before our first dance
1st Dance: Bride and Groom: (Specify how you want to be introduced) Song: At Last, Etta James
2nd Dance: Father/Daughter: (Bride's name and Father's name) Song: What a wonderful world, Louis Armstrong
Best Man/others Toast: (Their names)
Blessing of the Meal by: No blessing of meal - but groom will invite guests to start eating
Types of Dinner Music: Romantic Standards (Louis Armstrong, Sinatra, Fitzgerald, Bennett, Cole, etc...), boleros/balada (Feliciano, etc...), Oldies love songs (I only have eyes for you, doo-woop, mamas and the papas), bossa nova/tangos/jazz vocalists
Types of Dance Music: 1st song - One More Time (Music's got me feeling so free) then a mix of Merengue/Salsa/Cumbia, Disco, Club Hits, Motown, Spanish Rock
Cake Cutting: Sugar, Sugar (The Archies) (Low Key)
Bouquet Tossing/Garter: None
More Dance Music: Merengue/Salsa/Cumbia, Disco, Club Hits, Motown, Spanish Rock
Last Dance: "You Sexy Thing" (Hot Chocolate)
Must Play List: Tierra del olvido (Carlos Vives), El Jardinero (Wilfrido Vargas), Hey Ya (OutKast)
DO NOT PLAY: Line dances/Conga/Lambada/Macarena80's freestyle
Examples of songs I like
Dinner/Cocktail: Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, The Platters, Alberto Cortez, Fever, Bye Bye Baby, I want to be loved by you, Come Fly with Me...
Merengue/Cumbia/Salsa: Ventanita, Patacon Pisao, Dejame entrar, Amor Latino, El Africano, Abusadora, ...
Club Hits: Crazy in Love, Rock your Body, Miami, Getting Jiggy with it, What I like about you, Prince, OutKast....
Spanish Rock: Matador, A dios le pido, Mana, Bacilos, Shakira...
Motown/Disco: Celebration, Macho Man, Come on Eileen, Twist And Shout, Play That Funky Music, That's the Way (I Like It), Brick House, You Should Be Dancing, Barry white, Celebration - Kool & the Gang, Dancing Queen - ABBA, Hot Stuff - Donna Summer, I Feel Love - Donna Summer, Knock on Wood - Amii Stewart, I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round), If I Can't Have You - Yvonne Elliman, Love Hangover - Diana Ross, Funkytown - Lipps Inc., Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston, Best of my love