Royal Wedding Disco

Details are starting to come out about the music played at the Royal Wedding Party.

One day we might get the full playlist. But I don’t think that that list would be the most useful thing to come out of the wedding.

Even in the two newspaper articles so far published, and both written by people who don’t seem to have been there, there are some good lessons to be learnt (and some good song choices to be filed away for future reference.)

Having a singer or band at your wedding is a good idea. You might not be able to afford Ellie Goulding singing a cover of Elton John’s Your Song, but it is a good idea to mix things up with live music and a disco.

Ellie Goulding then covered some classic songs that I’ve often been asked to play at weddings. These songs are popular because they are excellent songs that appeal to a wide audience. They included Blame It On The Boogie by the Jackson 5, Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams, Superstition by Stevie Wonder and Mr Brightside by The Killers. Songs by the Killers (and just a few others) are those rare things that get reluctant blokes onto the dance floor, the most difficult of audiences.

The rest of her setlist was chosen by the newlyweds. Brilliant. They know their guests best.

“According to one report, the Prince and Princess entertained their guests by performing a comic dance routine to You’re The One That I Want, from the soundtrack to Grease.” Great idea if that’s what you’d like to do.

“Kate continued dancing when Miss Goulding gave way at 1.30am to a DJ playing fast-paced rap and dance music. The DJ played music from rappers Tinie Tempah and Dizzee Rascal.” There had been speculation before the event that they would dance to 90s music from their days together at St Andrews.

I wasn’t there but I think the lessons to be learnt for your wedding are:

Choose the music you want, bearing in mind the taste of your guests. Lots of brides and grooms plan more poppy music earlier and more clubby music later. It sounds like Wills and Kate did the same. It also sounds like they had music in lots of different styles.  

It seems like the couple got it right as “Guests were still on the dancefloor at 3am and the newlyweds danced together ‘non-stop’ until 3am along with other members of the Royal family. ‘Everyone joined in, including Charles and Camilla. Hardly anyone was sitting down,’ said one guest.” Sounds like the perfect night. One that’s going to stay in the guests’ minds for ever. You can’t ask for a better night.

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