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From Old School to Brand New: Expert Playlist

Need help narrowing down your song selections for the wedding reception? Each week, Bridal Party asks a local music pro to whip up a genius playlist to get your guests’ feet on the dance floor. This week’s expert: Jake Ritchie of Dream Day DJs in Warrento

By Kim Forrest Published

Ritchie's lively and eclectic playlist will keep you and your guests dancing. Photograph by David Spence/Amy Raab Photography

Jake Ritchie of Dream Day DJs in Warrenton selects old-school dance favorites, new Top 40 hits, jazzy tunes, and even some classics both you and your parents will love.

Listen to his playlist on Spotify (if you don’t have Spotify, download it here).

Bridal Party Entrance: “I Like 2 Move It” by Reel 2 Real
“An upbeat tune, I want my bridal party couples dancing as they come in."

 Couple’s Entrance: “The Final Countdown” by Europe
“The buildup is awesome on this one."

First Dance: “I’d Die Without You” by P.M. Dawn
“An unused, very beautiful song that I have always loved."

 Father/Daughter Dance: “In My Life” by Beatles
“Cater to your parents’ generation with father/daughter dance songs.”

Mother/Son Dance: “Home” by Michael Buble
“Although it’s a song about being away from home, it still fits here."

Cake Cutting Song: “I Do” by Colbie Caillat
“A fun, newer song that works well."

Song to Get Everyone on the Dance Floor: “The Time” by The Black Eyed Peas
“A dance floor-filler every time!”

Slow Song: “Cruisin” by Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis
“A great remake that people may recognize from the movie Duets."

Last Dance:“Save The Last Dance For Me” by Michael Buble

Did you have a wedding playlist that kept the dance floor packed all night? Send it to us at kforrest@washingtonian.com and we'll put it up on the blog.

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