We have decided to have an iPod Playlist reception and I've searched all over the internet for the best ways to do it. First, here's what I've learned:
- Use cross-fade (I'm using seven seconds).
- Use the volume matching tool in iTunes (called “sound check”) so no song is louder than all the others.
- Having sections is very good. You can read some great ideas in this article. I currently have every section (even the one song section) set up as separate playlists. This means that if we want to pause it and have someone announce each event, the song won't begin to fade into another at the end.
- To start with, we had a song for first dance, father-daughter dance, bouquet toss, and cake cutting. I've split these up with 15-20 min sections of music. Five songs each (three upbeat, one slow, one upbeat). The important thing for the main event is having five to six upbeat songs then one to two slow. People need a rest from dancing!
We are '90s kids so ignore anything cheesy! It's like bred into us or something. It's not all our taste, but we've tried to create a mix so everyone can enjoy the music.
- Wakey!Wakey!'s “Light Outside” (hear it)
Dancey Bit 1
- Glen Millers's “In the Mood” (hear it)
- Mark Ronson's (feat. Amy Winehouse) “Valerie” (hear it)
- The Jam's “A Town Called Malice” (hear it)
- UB40's “Can't Help Falling in Love” (hear it)
- Paolo Nutini's “Pencil Full of Lead” (hear it)
- Chuck Berry's “You Never Can Tell” (hear it) And yes, we will be recreating the Jack Rabbit Slims twist contest, Pulp Fiction-styley.
Dancey Bit 2
- Duran Duran's “Hungry Like the Wolf” (hear it)
- Alphabeat's “The Spell” (hear it)
- The Beatles' “Help!” (hear it)
- Take That's “Patience” (hear it)
- B*Witched's “C'est la Vie” (hear it)
- Beyonce's “Single Ladies” (hear it)
Dancey Bit 3
- Girls Aloud's “Love Machine” (hear it)
- Beyonce's “Crazy in Love” (hear it)
- Dexy's Midnight Runners' “Come on Eileen” (hear it)
- Fyfe Dangerfield's “She's Always a Woman” (hear it)
- The Temper Trap's “Sweet Disposition” (hear it)
- The Beach Boys' “God Only Knows” (hear it)
Now we'd like to see what kind of play lists YOU'VE come up with! '80s flashback reception? Die hard metal fans? Or do love to swing dance? Send us YOUR offbeat playlist!