How to fill the dance floor during your evening reception

How to fill the dance floor during your evening reception


Filling the dancefloor is a challenge that has longed plagued DJs across the world. The truth is, there’s no one set way of doing it. It’s all about knowing your audience, accepting that not everyone in the room is going to be elated with your choices at any one time, and striking a balance. But it’s your big day, and don’t you forget it! So, here are some top tips on how to fill the dancefloor at your wedding reception.

Wedding playlist

How do I organise my wedding playlist?

The best way to organise your wedding playlist is to make it clear and concise. Before you start, you should consider:

  • Length of reception
  • Tone you want to set
  • Audience
  • Your “first dance” track
  • Your must-play songs

First things first. Open up a word document and create a few headings. I’d suggest starting with “songs we like”, “must play tracks”, and “first dance song”. Organise your list by song name, artist, album – in that order. Make it easy for your DJ, and you’ll be well on your way.

Wedding dance floor fillers

What are the best dancefloor fillers for weddings?

I know what you’re thinking. “What would a professional photographer know about filling a dancefloor?” Well, photography has taken me to weddings all over the world and I’ve experienced my fair share of receptions. Again, it’s all about your own personal taste and the guests at your reception, but some songs were born to fill dancefloors.


I Wanna Be Your Lover – Prince

Could there be a more appropriate track title for a wedding? The late, great Prince (aka symbol) knew how to make a hit, and this one is filled to the brim with hip-shaking goodness.


I’m So Excited – The Pointer Sisters

If you’re talking “feel good”, then you can’t beat The Pointer Sisters.


Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac

The lyrics to this fan favourite are wedding reception gold. Take a listen!


Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

It’s fun, it’s upbeat, and your granny will love it just as much as you.


I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction) – The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones have been one of the world’s biggest bands for over four decades. If you need a safe bet for your wedding playlist, this might just be it.

Wedding songs playlist ideas

What are the most popular songs played at weddings?

If you told me that some artists were paying DJs to play their tracks at wedding receptions, I wouldn’t be surprised. When it comes to wedding playlists, there are some clear favourites. Here are just a few that come to mind.


Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Beyoncé  

Beyoncé isn’t just the Queen of Pop; she’s the Queen of weddings worldwide. “Single Ladies” might just be the most overplayed reception song of all time.


Cotton Eyed Joe – Rednex

Sorry to be a downer, but I just can’t hide it. I truly hate this song. But if you like it then crack on!


Celebration – Kool & The Gang

It’s very cheesy and very overplayed, but you can’t help but love it.


What are the best songs for the first dance?

There’s no such as the perfect first dance song. It should be personal to you and your partner, and something you both love. Remember, your first dance is a memory you’ll keep forever (no pressure!), so it’s got to be perfect.

Here are some of my own favourites to get you started.

If you’re keen on the idea, you can get dance tuition especially for the occasion so you can really surprise and entertain your guests.


Ho Hey – The Lumineers

“I belong with you, you belong with me.” I’m not crying, you’re crying. 


Your Song – Elton John

Well, this one speaks for itself. They don’t make them like they used to.


Skinny Love – Bon Iver

Here’s Bon Iver doing what Bon Iver does best; making beautiful music.


Alright – Jordan Rakei

Jordan Rakei might not be a globally renowned star, but boy can he sing. This track strikes the perfect balance between sexy and soulful. See what you think!


You’re My Best Friend – Queen

Wedding music ideas

Lyrics about falling in love? Check. Loved by all ages? Check. Sing-along-worthy? Definitely. 

Don’t forget that the older crowd may be expecting to hear the wedding classics. This might include some Abba, Take That/Robbie Williams, The Beatles, Elton John, Stevie Wonder etc.  

And that’s the lot! Hopefully, you’re full of inspiration and raring to get started on your own playlist.

If you need any more help or advice making your wedding day perfect, I’m always available.

Let me know if you enjoyed my suggestions, by the way – I’d love to hear from you.

And of course, if you’re looking for a devilishly charming photographer for your big day, I know just the guy. Until next time.