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In most people's minds, wedding receptions are for two things: eating and dancing. For the latter, it's important to pick out tunes that'll get everyone out of their seats. While it's tough to please everybody with your music choices, there are certain things that you can do while planning your playlist that'll up the odds of impressing all of your guests.

WEDDING PLAYLIST: CLASSIC FIRST DANCE SONGS

Decide on Your Must-Haves

You and your spouse are the first to hit the dance floor, and you'll (hopefully) stay there for a while. If you pick the music that you love, you're bound to have a blast, and you'll encourage your attendees to do the same. So, don't be shy about incorporating your favorite artists and songs into the event.

Consult Your DJ or Band

Your entertainment should have experience with weddings, meaning that they'll be able to offer insight into what your playlist should be. And if you've hired a band, they might perform certain things better than others—you want your music to sound good, after all. Work together to develop a music list that you're happy with, that they're comfortable with, and that your guests will enjoy.

Crowdsource Your Songs

Obviously, not everyone shares the same taste in music. By asking your nearest and dearest to fill you in on some of their favorite musicians and soundtracks, you can get a sense of what they're hoping for, and then diversify your playlist accordingly. A great way to do so is by providing a form on your wedding website where they can submit their responses.