Each week, we feature music recommendations from Scratch Weddings, the nation's leader with the best wedding DJs at affordable prices. This week's post comes from DJ Lil Ray. The Brooklyn-based DJ creates her infectious musical blend of with a mix of crowd favorites and unexpected hits. Since relocating to NYC from her native Atlanta, DJ Lil Ray has blown up: opening for acts like M.I.A. and Childish Gambino, spinning at SXSW and the GenArt Film Festival and making regular DJ appearances at NYC's hottest night spots. Lil Ray loves to spin weddings because of the special energy of a festive crowd. "Weddings are so much fun! It's great playing to a big group of happy people who are all there to celebrate together."
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The bridal shower — the better-behaved older sister of the wacky hat-wearing bachelorette party — is an opportunity for a bride to relax and enjoy this exciting time. Like a wedding, a well-planned bridal shower takes a lot of work — which is thankfully left up to close friends and family, so the bride-to-be gets to just show up and enjoy (lucky you!).
And like any many wedding-related events, music plays an important role in setting the tone. Since the bridal shower tends to be low-key, multi-generational, and fairly intimate, it’s best to stick to feel-good tracks that lend to an elegant-yet-homey atmosphere for opening gifts and sipping mimosas. Keep with a love-based theme but don’t go overly sappy, and select some classic pop and R&B with subtle romantic undertones. Similar to the cocktail hour of the wedding, this is a great time to listen to the great non-dancey crowd pleasers. Here are a few suggestions that will put you and your loveliest ladies in the right frame of mind, if you just listen closely...
► “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” — The Beach Boys
Favorite line: “We could be married/And then we’d be happy/Wouldn't it be nice”
► “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” — Stevie Wonder
Favorite line: “Oowee baby, you set my soul on fire/That's why I know you're my heart's only desire”
► “Lovely Day” — Bill Withers
Favorite line: “Just one look at you/And I know it's gonna be/A lovely day”
► “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” — Queen
Favorite line: “It shakes all over like a jelly fish/I kinda like it/Crazy little thing called love”
► “I Melt With You” — Modern English
Favorite line: “The future’s open wide”
► “The Way You Make Me Feel” — Michael Jackson
Favorite line: “I never felt so in love before/Just promise baby, you'll/love me forevermore”
► “Lovesong” — The Cure
Favorite line: “Whenever I'm alone with you/You make me feel like I am whole again”
► “Dreams” — The Cranberries
Favorite line: “So understanding and so kind/You're everything to me”
► “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” — Lauryn Hill and/or Frankie Valli’s original
Favorite line: “Oh pretty baby, now that I found you, stay"
► “Love Like This Before” — Faith Evans
Favorite line: “If we can work together/Maybe this can last forever”