Weddings

Outkast, Otis Redding, and Loudon Wainwright: An Expert’s 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: Evan Reitmeyer of MyDeejay.

“I decided to choose the music I would use for my wedding if I were getting married again—music was a huge part of our celebration,” says Evan Reitmeyer of MyDeejay. “I believe that each wedding’s music should be a reflection of the couple’s taste, so everything I do as a DJ is completely customized for each of our clients. Music is a great way to show some personality and create a ‘vibe’ for the wedding guests to enjoy.”

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

Bridal Party Entrance: “Deceptacon” by Le Tigre
“This song works well as a backdrop for the DJ announcing the bridal party. This song provides the right vibe to kick off the evening,” Reitmeyer says.

Couple’s Entrance: “So Fresh, So Clean” by Outkast
“My wife, Jennifer, and I actually used this at our wedding and I stand by my choice!” Reitmeyer says.

First Dance: “That’s How Strong My Love Is” by Otis Redding
“I think this expresses exactly how I feel about my wife. Amazing song,” Reitmeyer says.

Father/Daughter Dance: “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright
“This song is not for me to pick, so I asked Jennifer and this was her choice—it’s a great tune!” Reitmeyer says.

Mother/Son Dance: “Do You Wanna Dance” by The Ramones
“At my wedding, my dance with my mom was to a slow song and it wasn’t ‘us’ at all. This is much better,” Reitmeyer says.

Cake Cutting Song: “Love You Madly” by Cake
“I love a good food pun—don’t judge me!” Reitmeyer says.

Song to Play During Dinner: “Inaudible Melodies” by Jack Johnson
“My clients usually give me a few songs that describe the feel they want for cocktail hour or dinner, and I build a playlist around that. So, this is what our dinner would feel like,” Reitmeyer says.

Song to Get Everyone on the Dance Floor: “Hello” by Martin Solveig & Dragonette
“Is this song lyrically appropriate for a wedding? No, but it rocks and I love it,” Reitmeyer says.

Slow Song: “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison.
“Hands down the greatest slow song ever written. Period,” Reitmeyer says.

Last Dance: “The Time (Dirty Bit)” by Black Eyed Peas.
“I hate/love Black Eyed Peas and this sucks/rocks. Either way, it’s genius and a great way to end the night,” Reitmeyer says.

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.

Subscribe to Washingtonian
Follow Washingtonian Bride & Groom on Twitter

More>> Bridal Party Blog | Wedding Guide | Wedding Vendor Search

Are You Engaged? (Congratulations!) Get Our Wedding Inspo Newsletter

Advice, inspiration, and ideas for your Washington wedding.

Or, see all of our newsletters. By signing up, you agree to our terms.
SIGN UP
We engage readers directly in their mailboxes with topics like Health, Things to Do, Best Brunches, Design & Shopping, and Real Estate. Get the latest from our editors today.
Get The Best Of Washingtonian In Your Inbox!