Thursday Tips | The Do Not Play List

I love Thursdays. For many reasons. But a fun reason to add to the list is Thursday Tips. Some of our lovely wedding blog friends are doling out the helpful thoughts and suggestions for brides (and grooms!) just because… it’s Thursday!

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My tip for today may seem like a no-brainer for those of you who have either: already been married (and possibly learned your lesson the hard way) or been to many weddings, and determined that this little factor at a wedding can be – well, a big factor.

So here’s the tip: give your DJ (or band, if they play covers) a Do NOT Play List. This does not apply to the super easy going bride and groom who love any and all types of music and songs. But for the rest of us, there are probably at least a couple of songs that make us cringe.

Perhaps there is a certain genre that you hate. (Techno? Country?) Be sure to let your DJ know. Maybe you just can’t stand the thought of one or more of the “group dance” songs (the chicken dance? the YMCA? dare I say… the Macarena?) There is always the possibility that someone will request them, so if you absolutely don’t want to hear them, put them on the list!


The music played at a reception varies depending on the couple and the band/DJ. However, there’s a good chance you are going to get some hip hop songs thrown in the mix, or possibly even the majority of the playlist. Let’s face it, a good hip hop beat can get a lot of booties shakin’. If you are more on the conservative side, you may want to check out the most popular hip hop songs right now, and decide whether the lyrics are right for your wedding. After all, your grandma probably doesn’t need to hear about the sweat dripping down Lil’ Jon’s… Well anyway, let’s move on.

Basically, unless you are giving your DJ an entire playlist (which many couples do – more power to them!) you may want to think about the songs that you would NOT like to hear on your wedding day, so you don’t have to worry about it on the day. Just hand over the No Play List and you are good to go!

And if you need help finding your playlist, or don’t want to do the work of inspecting lyrics, or just need some musical inspiration… check out this post.

Jenna @ Heartcarry Press - May 20, 2011 - 6:34 am

Good tip Colleen- this is a great idea!! Seems a little easier than doing the whole playlist, and you won’t have to hear anything obnoxious on your wedding day :) Awesome!

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