FUN FACT: I have had several couples who love Heavy Metal music, find classical versions of the songs and put them in the dinner playlist. I saw a groom "head banging" one time to a classical version of Guns N Roses "Paradise City" while eating dinner.
This is normally a time for pictures so again, the bride and groom will most likely not hear most of this music. Pick songs you think your guests will like. Choose up-beat music, to keep guests in a good mood while they wait to be fed. Many guests come hungry to weddings and can get grumpy waiting for dinner.
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Usually music the bride and groom will not hear this music, so pick music your guests and family will enjoy, not necessarily your favorite music. However, you can also pick songs which reflect you. If you or your spouse have some favorite artists, go ahead and include them in the playlist also. Generally this is low-key music, nothing too crazy.
This is a time for eating and socializing. The music will not be turned up loud, so you will miss many of the songs. There are several ways to select music for dinner.
#1 Rule: Pick songs that will make you run to the dance floor.
This is the secret to getting people to dance. If the bride and groom are on the dance floor, people will dance. You can play the best dance songs, but if the bride and groom are not dancing or at least next to the dance floor, your guest may still not dance. They came to celebrate your wedding. They will do what you do.
I have rarely seen a bride and groom dancing on the dance floor all by themselves, outside of their first dance.
PLEASE NOTE: Do not put your favorite songs in the dance music. Just because you like the song does not mean you want to dance to it.