Take requests from your guests #Friends & Family Advice#DJ#ipod#steal-this-idea Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Jan 3 2008) Ariel arielmstallings Photo by jerryfergusonphotography.com I love this idea from Jessie: I just wanted another great idea a friend of mine did recently at her wedding which was a roaring success. On the r.s.v.p. card they included: Number of guests attending: _____ AND Song request #1:__________ Song request #2:__________ Instead of paying for an expensive d.j., they hooked up their laptop, after downloading everybody's tunes and had a friend play the list. The dance floor was packed all night long! Ariel Author of three editions of the Offbeat Bride book and the brand-new From Shitshow To Afterglow, Ariel Meadow Stallings acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not reading or writing books, chances are good that she's dancing or happy-crying. To follow her latest work, join join The Afterglow, for exclusive access to essays, videos, online courses, and more. PREVIOUS Chrissy Wai-Ching's Puerto Rico wedding NEXT Collect years of sweet wishes from your guests with a Wish Tree Show/Hide comments [ 15 ] I LOVE this idea!!! I've been asking friends for their favorite songs, with little response, but I think this would make them more inclined to give up their favorites. Reply Cool…not only do your guests feel involved, they get to yell "hey that's my song!" when they hear one of their requests. Bonus: you probably get more cards returned! Reply That is one sweet idea. Reply Even with a DJ this is an awesome idea! Reply That. Is. Awesome. I might have to use this idea for my reception! Reply That is an AWESOME idea! Reply What a fab idea!! We are designing our invites tonight and have added this idea to our RSVP slips. Genius!! Reply =O! /Laughs, it's like someone has been eavesdropping on me and my guy! This is something we were totally planning on. However, we are stingy we were only adding one line per guest ;). Reply totally using this. Thanks! Reply We did something similar for our wedding… We were planning an Oregon wedding from NC, and knew none of our NC friends would be able to make the cross-country trek to the wedding. So, we asked them for songs they would want to hear, and made them into cds we played at the reception! So, even though they weren't really there, their presence was felt. Reply I wanted to do that but Mr Me shot the idea down! Reply Absolutely LOVE this idea. It will be apart of my RSVP slips! Reply Wow, I am definitely using this idea for my reception. Loving it! Thanks! Reply you can save yourself a lot of time and work just by hiring the right profesional to entertain your event. During dinner I have an activity that allows the quests at each table to participate. At this point I ask them to write down their requests. No dead air in between songs, you have someone that knows how to properly mix the music and where to fit it in, and you have someone that will make sure your event runs smoothly. You just have to hire the right guy! And now your guests can be entertained durring dinner, rather than sitting there, bored, waiting for dinner. Reply We're doing this same thing – only we've got online RSVPs, so we included the song request option on our Google Form. We've gotten some really great requests so far – things we probably would never have thought of on our own! :o) Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.