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Wedding playlist help: from Sharpies to Shazam

Some brides write them on their forearm with a Sharpie.

Others use the note pad on their phone to keep a running list.

Still others email themselves lyrics.

For as long as there have been weddings, the betrothed have plunged into a party-planning frenzy that involves everything from selecting the flavor of cake icing to the weight of card stock for invitations. Music can get short shrift unless couples devise ingenious ways to remember and share with their DJ the song titles and artists they desire for their wedding reception play list.

The team at Scratch Weddings has heard dozens of tricks from brides and grooms determined to put their personal stamp on their dance party:

  • Crowd-sourcing of song requests is a new trend to make sure the DJ knows the musical preferences of guests. A low-tech method is to use Save the Date cards to ask for song suggestions. Techie couples often open up their wedding web site or Facebook page for requests.
  • Contrarians have been known to Google “top wedding songs ” and then make sure the DJ adds every one of them to the “No Play ” list.
  • While attending others’ weddings, listen for songs you like and write them down. Do the same for songs associated with that giant sucking sound of the dance floor emptying.
  • Install the free Shazam app on your iPhone, Android or Blackberry. When you hear a tune you like – on the radio, at a party or in a club — boot up Shazam to identify the song and artist. Once you tag the song, you can email it to Scratch Weddings and we’ll add it to your play list.
  • Danceable music is just part of a successful wedding reception. Many songs that don’t have a great beat can still earn playtime during dinner and cocktails, conjuring up warm memories for the guests and setting the vibe for a rocking dance party later in the evening.

Assembling a terrific song list is just as important as deciding what music is not appropriate for your wedding.

If Dead Heads will be in the house, and you don’t think the Grateful Dead isn’t very danceable, consider a single popular track like Shakedown Street as a generous compromise. On the other hand, if a certain artist would truly ruin the evening, your DJ can diplomatically inform requesters that the bridal couple has asked that it not be played.

Preparation along with frequent and open communication with your DJ can make music the easiest and most enjoyable part of wedding planning.