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. 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. She hooks audiences by linking current music with favorites from decades past, what she calls musical time travel. "Weddings are so much fun! It's great playing to a big group of happy people who are all there to celebrate together. Each one is unique, and it's exciting to tailor the playlist accordingly.”
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Through excitement and jitters, quirky-themed bridal showers and big-day hiccups, bridesmaids are there for their best girlfriend in every way. Considering how much effort, attention, and love they give throughout the whole wedding planning process, acknowledging them with a few karaoke-worthy moments will ensure they have a great time at the reception (and creating a few dance floor photo ops with these tunes doesn’t hurt, either).
Your DJ can help make this happen by playing those irresistible girl jams. We like big female vocals set to driving beats, disco-funk classics, and songs that take us back to when we first started fantasizing about getting married.
As an added bonus, bringing those girls to the dance floor will help set the party off right. Here are my top 10 songs to get your bridesmaids (and everyone else) dancing:
► "Build Me Up Buttercup" — The Foundations*
► "Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe" — Barry White
► "I Wanna Be Your Lover" —Prince
► "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" — Michael Jackson
► "Fantasy" — Mariah Carey (or the ODB Remix for a hip hop crowd)
► "Push It" — Salt-n-Pepa
► "Pump Up The Jam" — Technotronic
► "Bootylicious" — Destiny's Child
► "Raise Your Glass" — Pink (try the X Change Remix for a slightly dancier beat)
► "Mr. Saxobeat" — Alexandra Stan
*This might be my only exception to the “love songs only” rule of wedding songs. It’s just that good.