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Esperanza Ranch is an authentic vista with modern amenities for Oklahoma’s rental event destinations

News From The Ranch

Esperanza Ranch is an authentic vista with modern amenities for Oklahoma’s rental event destinations

News From The Ranch

Esperanza Ranch is an authentic vista with modern amenities for Oklahoma’s rental event destinations

Creating Your Perfect Summer Wedding Music Playlist

Congratulations! You’ve said “yes,” booked your dream venue at Esperanza Ranch, and now it’s time to plan the party of the year – your summer wedding! The stunning scenery, warm weather, and joyous occasion already set the stage for an unforgettable celebration. But what truly brings a wedding to life? The music, of course!
 
Creating the perfect summer wedding playlist is an art form. It’s about setting the mood, keeping your guests on the dance floor all night, and reflecting your unique style as a couple. Here at Esperanza Ranch, we’ve seen countless weddings come alive with the magic of music. So, let’s dive into some tips and tricks to craft the soundtrack for your perfect summer soiree!
 

The Foundation: Upbeat Classics

 
A great summer wedding playlist is like a well-built house – it needs a solid foundation. These are the classic dance floor fillers that everyone knows and loves. They’ll get even the most hesitant wallflower moving and grooving. Here are some ideas:
 
  • Motown and Soul: Think “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, “Dancing in the Street” by Martha and the Vandellas, or “Happy” by Pharrell Williams (a modern twist on the Motown sound!).
  • Disco Hits: Get the party started with some disco classics like “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Dancing Queen” by ABBA, or “Le Freak” by Chic.
  • 80s Throwbacks: Let the good times roll with iconic 80s tracks like “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins, “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi, or “Like a Prayer” by Madonna.
 

Mixing it Up: Current Hits and Dance Crazes

 
Now that you’ve laid the foundation, it’s time to add some fresh flavor! Include some of today’s popular artists and trending dance crazes to keep the energy high and the dance floor packed.
 
  • Top 40 Hits: Sprinkle in a few chart-topping songs from today’s hottest artists. Just choose songs that fit the celebratory vibe and won’t clash with your overall playlist.
  • Line Dance Classics: The Electric Slide is a timeless favorite, but consider throwing in some newer line dances like the “Wobble” or the “Cha Cha Slide” for a fun group activity.
  • Themed Dance Breaks: Surprise your guests with a themed dance break! Throw in a throwback 90s song for a quick “Macarena” moment, or cue up some Gangnam Style for a fun and silly dance craze.
 

Adding a Touch of Summer Flair

 
Summer is all about good vibes and carefree fun. Let your playlist reflect that! Consider these options to infuse your celebration with a touch of summer magic:
 
  • Island Rhythms: Think reggae and light calypso music. “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk has a catchy summer vibe, or you could incorporate some Bob Marley classics like “Redemption Song” or “Three Little Birds.”
  • Beachy Tunes: Channel the ocean breeze with songs like “Surfin’ U.S.A.” by The Beach Boys, or “California Dreamin'” by The Mamas & the Papas. Modern songs with a summery feel like “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft.Bruno Mars or “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake could also work.
  • Latin Beats: Add some lively Latin music like salsa or bachata for a guaranteed dance floor eruption! Think “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee or “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias.
 

Pro Tips for the Perfect Playlist

 
Now that you have some great song ideas, here are some bonus tips to ensure your playlist flows smoothly and keeps the party going:
 
  • Mix Up the Tempo: Don’t stick to all fast or slow songs. Alternate between high-energy bangers and slower,romantic tunes to give your guests a chance to catch their breath and chat before returning to the dance floor.
  • Consider Transitions: Choose songs that transition well from one to another. This creates a smooth flow and keeps the energy high. Pay attention to tempo, genre, and overall mood when creating transitions.
  • Read the Room: Be flexible! Watch your guests and adjust the playlist based on their reaction. If they’re loving the classics, stick with them for a while. If a slow song isn’t working, switch it up!
  • Don’t Be Afraid to Get Personal: Sprinkle in a few songs that have special meaning to you as a couple. Maybe it’s the song you danced to on your first date, or a song with lyrics that resonate with your love story. These personal touches will make your playlist even more special.
  • Hire a Professional DJ: If creating a playlist feels overwhelming, consider hiring a professional DJ. An experienced DJ can read the room, mix seamlessly, and incorporate your requests to create an unforgettable atmosphere. They can also take care of technical aspects like sound equipment and microphone usage during speeches or toasts.
 

The Grand Finale: Your Signature Song

 
Every great party needs a closing number. Choose a final song that perfectly sums up your love story and the joyful energy of the celebration. It could be a classic love song, a slow dance number, or something upbeat and celebratory. This song will be the last memory your guests have of the dance floor, so pick one that leaves a lasting impression.
 
Here are some additional ideas for your final song:
 
  • A Song You Both Love: This is a classic choice that never goes out of style.
  • A Slow Dance Classic: End the night on a romantic note with a timeless slow dance song like “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley or “At Last” by Etta James.
  • A High-Energy Celebration Anthem: Go out with a bang! Choose a song that gets everyone singing and dancing one last time, like “Happy” by Pharrell Williams or “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas.

 

Making Memories at Esperanza Ranch

 
At Esperanza Ranch, we understand that your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Our stunning venue provides the perfect backdrop for creating memories that will last a lifetime. With our dedicated staff and commitment to detail, we’ll help you create a wedding that reflects your unique style and personality. Contact us today to speak to a team member about your dream wedding.
 
Let the Music Play!
 
Creating the perfect summer wedding playlist is an exciting step in planning your big day. By following these tips and incorporating your own personal touches, you can craft a soundtrack that will keep the party going all night long and make your summer wedding at Esperanza Ranch truly unforgettable.
 
Now get out there and start building your dream playlist!

Esperanza Ranch is a 50-acre event and wedding venue that combines Oklahoma’s wild beauty with contemporary amenities for a meaningful event experience. It is conveniently located 15 minutes east of Edmond, OK near historic Route 66 in Luther, OK. The ranch’s hand-hewn 18th-century barn, event suites, and peaceful setting create a backdrop of ageless ambiance for special events of all kinds, including: wedding ceremonies and receptions, quinceañeras, social celebrations, corporate events, and more! Learn more at EsperanzaRanch.com

Esperanza Ranch is a 50-acre event and wedding venue that combines Oklahoma’s wild beauty with contemporary amenities for a meaningful event experience. It is conveniently located 15 minutes east of Edmond, OK near historic Route 66 in Luther, OK. The ranch’s hand-hewn 18th-century barn, event suites, and peaceful setting create a backdrop of ageless ambiance for special events of all kinds, including: wedding ceremonies and receptions, quinceañeras, social celebrations, corporate events, and more! Learn more at EsperanzaRanch.com