My FH and I have a totally different idea of what good music is. He is strictly headbanging rock music. I like the outlaw hard core country. So picking music has been hard. I've appointed my brother king of the IPOD that night and so I must pick all the music. I have no clue what to pick most of my stuff isn't "wedding" music and my step mom is telling me that I have to pick something for people to dance to. I can promise anyone that no one at this wedding is really going to be dancing. Anyone have any ideas of what to pick? Give me your top 2 pick? Thank you!
I'm your girl and your my man and were making plans,
I have a similar dilema whenever I host anything. I'm a huge metal head! I love Trivium, Dragonforce, Dethklok... Basically music most people hate. So what I usually do is try to think of what the guests like. If it's anything but metal, I use an online radio. Try to find one with no commercials if you go that route, though. I imagine Viagra being mentioned on loud speakers would be odd at a wedding.
As far as getting guests to dance with beer in their hands, that depends on the guests and what motivates them to dance in that fashion. Sounds like a great time to me though!
" I can promise anyone that no one at this wedding is really going to be dancing."
So what will they be doing? Sitting at tables, listening to loud music, so loud that they cannot even converse?
I've been to weddings like that. I'll be blunt: B. O. R. I. N. G.
If you don't think you hava a dancing crowd, then music has to be condusive to conversation over dinner, snacks and/or cocktails. That means background music.
I know you're on a budget, and I know you are doing your own music, but one of the reasons people hire DJs is that the DJ comes with a giant collection of music, then sort of "reads the crowd" as the night progresses. If the DJ sees a lot of people sitting on their hands, he'll put on a song that doesn't require partners, like Sinatra's New York New York. Everyone gets up, forms a Rockettes-style line and kick dances.
If the DJ sees people my age, he'll bring out some Rolling Stones oldies but moldies.
That's all very well and good, however you will be attempting to do the same thing with an iPod. My suggestion to you is to get a whole lot of music on the iPod, then assign someone you trust to pull songs out that seem to be appropriate for the crowd.
There's nothing wrong with putting your music on an iPod, especially if you are pinching pennies, but you need to give your folks a mix of stuff, not all country, not all hard rock, but a nice mix.
I printed off a bunch of wedding music lists from magazines, websites, etc. Then plugged them into Rhaphsody and listened to songs that were on the play lists that included the song I searched. It led to a lot of great ideas. My current possible song list has 355 ideas for songs. I also asked my family and friends to suggest songs. I added those to the playlist and searched those songs for similar songs. We are also asking close friends and family what was the song they first danced to at their wedding or what "their" song is with their significant other. Throughout the night the various songs will be played and couple whose song it is will be announced along with their wedding date. Dancing and music is really an important part of my wedding, though and I want everyone to be able to enjoy at least one song so we have everything from oldies to jazz to polka to heavy metal to country to 80s pop to rap on the playlist.