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Weddings Songs Not Named The Electric Slide

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | April 29, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | April 29, 2009 |


I dig comment diversions meant to help out our fellow Pajibans, and this one may be useful all summer long, for those of you planning to get married. It comes from feramones, who presents this question:

I've got my wedding coming up in about 7 weeks, and we're not having a DJ play the reception...just hooking up our ipods to the sound system and doing our own, laid-back thing. Now, I've got quite a few songs selected already, but I've got to come up with at least 4 hours worth of suitable reception music -- mostly background music, but some appropriately dance-y tunes, and all while keeping in mind that parents and grandparents will be present for the majority of that time (which eliminates a significant portion of my Itunes library).

It's a lot more difficult than you'd imagine. As I told feramones, the wife and I (and I would imagine most engaged couples) are presented with the same problem. We did have a DJ, and submitted to him a long list of songs we wanted to be played. He agreed, but once the reception began, he mostly ignored our playlist -- Ryan Adams, Ben Folds, The Band, and Elvis Costello is hardly familiar to most of the grandparents and extended family members, who would mill around quietly while those songs played. So, he mostly played a lot of wedding standards, which were often painful on the ears, but they kept the joint lively. Fortunately, there was no "Electric Slide," but we may never forgive him for "We Are Family."

For the soon to be wed, I also recommend checking out our Favorite Quote diversion, if you're looking for vow suggestions.



Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.



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