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Rehearsal Dinner Playlist

Posted: 08/30/2012 2:34 pm

The wedding rehearsal dinner is an occasion when a bride and groom can relax with their families and close friends and forget about all of the stress associated with planning such a monumental event. Knowing that the wedding party needs to let loose, a great DJ plays music that stimulates everyone to have a great time and gets them pumped up about the wedding the next day.

When I DJ a wedding rehearsal dinner, I slowly build momentum over the course of the evening while mixing together classic and modern tunes from various genres. During mealtime, I play Jazz, Crooner and R&B songs that provide a great aural ambiance for dining and conversation. Songs like "In a Sentimental Mood" by Duke Ellington and Teena Marie's "Now That I have You" are soothing enough to accompany dinner. As people finish eating, songs like Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" facilitate an appropriate shift in mood from dinner to dessert. Sometimes, the father of the groom or another loved one calls for a toast at this point in the evening, after which the guests become chattier and more relaxed. The DJ should respond to such change in mood accordingly. I choose funky, up-tempo songs that make people want to sing along, and get into the groove in preparation for the big day!

Here is a sample rehearsal dinner playlist that gets you in the mood to party!

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  • Duke Ellington, "In A Sentimental Mood"

    A jazz instrumental is the perfect way to kick off dinner music and no one does a jazz instrumental better than the legendary Duke.

  • Frank Sinatra, "I Get a Kick Out of You"

    This one will make you sway in your seat - the perfect lyrics for a pre-celebration dinner.

  • Diana Ross & Lionel Richie, "Endless Love"

    A romantic classic as epic as this one is a sure way to set the mood before the big day.

  • Sarah Vaughan, "My Funny Valentine"

    A song that is nearly a century old and still beloved is well-worth being included in your dinner soundtrack.

  • Nat King Cole, "Mona Lisa"

    A charming tune from the buttery-soft voice of Nat King Cole will put all of your guests in the mood for love.

  • Nina Simone, "Feeling Good"

    With every artist under the sun covering this sultry classic, there's nothing like Nina Simone's original to start the party.

  • Elvis Presley, "It's Now or Never"

    Step into Graceland and out of your pre-wedding jitters - listen to Elvis: it's time!

  • Smokey Robinson, "Cruisin'

    This sexy R&B classic will get you out of your seat for a pre-dessert slow dance.

  • Stevie Wonder, "You Are the Sunshine of My Life"

    Stevie is a wedding hit machine - this is one of his many songs that perfectly frame the sentiment of the occasion.