If you're like me then you have no idea how to put together a party playlist. I am always eyeing the iPods of friends to see what songs they have on when we're over for a cocktail or dinner party. My playlists are built by decade or artist so guests will either get an all Elvis playlist or an all '80s playlist.
When having guests over for a pre-wedding celebration like an engagement cocktail party or a more formal event like your rehearsal dinner you may want to put on some background music. While a wedding-themed playlist can be fun for the first 10 minutes, you may want something a little more sophisticated for the rest of the night.
Pandora.com is the perfect, free, service to help you put together the right playlist for your party. You enter the name of a song or artist and they will create and play a playlist for you with music by that artist and similar sounding songs. You won't end up with a playlist of one artist.
The songs will play continuously at no charge and you can play the music directly from your computer or attach a pair of speakers to your computer for more/better quality sound. And speaking of sound, remember to keep the sound loud enough to hear the music but not loud enough so that your guests have to yell over it.
And while you can use pandora.com to help find the right songs for your wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception playlist, I recommend hiring a professional wedding band or DJ for your wedding day.