From Earth, Wind & Fire to Diana Krall: 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: Aaron Couch, Vice President of Talent and

Couch’s picks for first-dance songs have a classic, jazzy feel. Photograph by JPIX Photography

Aaron Couch of Disc Jockeys on Call creates playlists that are completely unique to each couple­—his personal favorites range from Earth, Wind & Fire to Diana Krall.

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

Bridal Party Entrance: “Now That We Found Love” by Heavy D & The Boyz
“I would play the instrumental version of this song because it just has so much energy. It’s a song that’s loved by young and old alike.”

Couple’s Entrance: “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire
“When I finally announce the bride and groom, the horns compliment the moment perfectly!”

First Dance: “Let’s Fall In Love” by Diana Krall or “More” by Nat King Cole
“The lyrics in both of these tunes are simply beautiful.”

Father/Daughter Dance: “I Do Love You” by GQ
“This is a song I sing to my baby girl. I know that at her wedding, we’ll dance to this one.”

Mother/Son Dance: “Pride and Joy” by Marvin Gaye
“A tune that’s not played as much as I believe it should be.”

Cake-Cutting Song: “Mister Magic” by Grover Washington, Jr.
“A funky jazz cut that keeps the energy upbeat.”

Song to Play During Dinner: “Fever” by Peggy Lee
“This is a classic. It allows everyone to eat and mingle, but it allows those who want to dance after the first course to get up and enjoy the dance floor.”

Song to Get Everyone on the Dance Floor: “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry

Slow Song: “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke
“A timeless song with lyrics that are pure poetry.”

Last Dance: “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole
“This song says it all­—you feel the energy from both the lyrics and the piano.”

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

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute,, and Washington City Paper. He lives in Del Ray.