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The Importance Of A ‘Don’t Play’ List

Making a note of the songs you don’t want played at your wedding is just as important as making a list of the songs you do want played.

After all, you won’t want to spend your special day listening to songs or artists you’re not a fan of.

This is why a number of couples and wedding DJs create a ‘don’t play’ list.

This is why is a ‘don’t play’ list important?

Songs with bad or negative memories can be avoided

You’re bound to have a song or two that reminds you of a time you’d rather avoid; that could be a previous relationship or a negative time in your life.

So, the chances are you won’t want those songs played on your special day.

By adding any songs with bad or negative memories to a ‘don’t play’ list, you can rest assured knowing there’s no chance of those specific songs sneaking into the playlist.

Bands, artists or genres you don’t like won’t be played

Everyone has an artist or genre they don’t like.

After all, we can’t all like all music!

However, in order to avoid these being played on your wedding day they’ll need to be added to a ‘don’t play’ list.

The list could be very specific with individual songs and artists or much broader with entire music genres to avoid.

A certain mood or vibe can be created

If you want to create a certain mood or vibe at your wedding, it’s a good idea to have a ‘don’t play’ list in place.

Whether you’re wanting everything to remain slow and relaxed or upbeat and lively, this will be achieved through the music that’s playing.

For example, if you want the entire reception to remain calm and relaxed, adding dance and pop music to the ‘don’t play’ list could be beneficial.

Wedding guests’ requests can be monitored

Most wedding DJs will accept song requests from wedding guests, but what happens if someone requests a song you didn’t want played?

This is where the ‘don’t play’ list comes in handy.

By providing a wedding DJ with a list of songs you don’t like or want, they’ll know whether or not it’s okay to play the request.

As you can see, there are a number of reasons to create a ‘don’t play’ list for your wedding.

From avoiding songs you don’t like to creating a specific mood, a ‘don’t play’ list is one of the best ways to monitor what songs are played throughout the event.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is one of the UK's premier wedding DJs and the winner of multiple industry awards and accolades. His favourite wedding song? Love Shack of course - a guaranteed floor filler! You can find him on Twitter at

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