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You’ve been to one too many wedding dances where everyone was forced onto the dance floor for the Hokey Pokey (or worse, the Chicken Dance. shiver…). So have we. If the last thing you want is to put your guests through that awkward experience, consider making your own wedding dance playlist happen.

That is, all your faves from your iPod or phone, in the order you want, when you want. You could ask a professional wedding DJ to make your playlist happen, but you’ll also be paying for the DJ’s emcee routine, the lighting and perhaps lots of stuff you don’t really want or need at your reception. But if the idea of total control over the playlist, the pacing and the mood of your wedding dance appeals to you, go for it!

If being your own wedding DJ is music to your ears, here’s what you’ll need…

  • your device with a planned-out playlist
  • a timeline of any special events you want to add to your dance, like the father-daughter dance, the bouquet toss, the dollar dance, etc.
  • PA or DJ speakers and amplifiers from a rental company, music store or your friend who has a garage band (make sure they are the appropriate size for your venue)
  • microphones for speeches or announcements
  • a friend to keep tabs on the equipment, the playlist and your timeline during the dance in case something needs announcing or adjusting
  • a thorough test of the equipment before the big day


  • use crossfade to ensure a smooth transition to the next song
  • use Sound Check, the volume matching tool in iTunes, so all songs play at the same volume
  • turn off the clicking noise made by the iPod in the devices Settings category

Then prepare to dance the night away – YOUR way!