Music and Songs for a Beach Wedding

Fun and Romantic Songs to Play at Your Costa Rica Wedding

Music and Songs for a Beach WeddingAside from the exotic location, the thing that people will probably remember most about your wedding is the music. Nothing is more awkward at a wedding than an empty dance floor, which is why it is so important to choose a fun playlist. Up until a few years ago, people thought that a good DJ or band was necessary for a great night of dancing. With so many couples saving money these days by hooking up their iPod to a sound system, it has become clear that a good mix of well-ordered songs is really what makes or breaks a reception.

Because you have decided on a destination wedding in Costa Rica, your guest list is probably rather small, which makes it all the more important to keep the majority of your guests on the dance floor. The key for doing this is to play a mix of songs from different genres that will appeal to guests of all generations. Your older family members might get intimidated off the dance floor if “Baby Got Back” is followed up by “Poker Face” and “Single Ladies.” On the other hand, you’ll lose the younger people if “Bye Bye Love” comes right after “My Girl” and “I Just Called to Say I Love You.”

Start out the night with some heart-pumping fun music that everyone can dance toCosta Rica beach wedding music without being embarrassed by booty shaking or bored by the box step. Just when the wedding dancers might need to stop for a break, play a slow song. It is important to play a few of these so that everyone can catch their breath, but not so many that your single friends feel left out. Later in the night, as the older folks are less interested in dancing, the mix of songs can start to favor newer hits that would appeal more to the younger generations. Just don’t forget to sprinkle in some old favorites and slow songs so that people don’t run out of steam too early.

Playing Latin Music at Your Costa Rica Beach Wedding

Beach wedding playlist & songsSince you are having your wedding in Costa Rica, it would be fun to incorporate some Latin songs into your playlist. This will add to the uniqueness of your reception and also be a whole lot of fun. If you haven’t arranged dance lessons for your guests as a pre-wedding activity, try incorporating a short overview of the basic salsa steps during one of the first Latin songs. Sprinkle in some salsa and meringue songs throughout the night and your guests will be sure to love trying out their new moves. Play one or two cumbia songs for the more adventurous, and let them know that they are truly in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica by adding a few reggae and reggaeton songs to the playlist.

Suggested Songs for your Beach Wedding Playlist

There are millions upon millions of great songs to choose from when picking your weddingMusic and Songs for a Beach Wedding - FEATURE playlist. Here is a list of just a couple popular choices:
Romantic Songs
Can’t Help Falling in Love with You        Elvis Presley
At Last                        Etta James
When a Man Loves a Woman            Percy Sledge
Fallin’                        Alicia Keys
Falling Slowly                    Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (Once Soundtrack)

Fun Songs to Get the Party Started
I Gotta Feelin’                    Black Eyed Peas
Twist & Shout                    The Beatles
Brown Eyed Girl                    Van Morrison
Crazy in Love                    Beyonce
Livin’ On a Prayer                 Bon Jovi
The Twist                    Chubby Checker
Single Ladies                    Beyonce
No Woman No Cry                Bob Marley
Pour Some Sugar On Me            Def Leppard
Billy Jean                    Michael Jackson
I Want You to Want Me                Cheap Trick
I Believe in a Thing Called Love            The Darkness
Are You Gonna Be My Girl            Jet
Hurt So Good                    John Mellencamp
You Shook Me All Night Long            AC/DC

Latin Songs and Costa Rican Bands
La Vida es un Carnaval                Celia Cruz (salsa)
Baila Esta Cumbia                Selena (cumbia)
Celebration                    Comadre Juan (merengue)
Songs by Malpais (a Costa Rican band)

Although it is important to keep your guests happy and dancing, don’t forget that this is your big day. Choose a wedding song list that reflects your music tastes as a couple.

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