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Traveling 165 Miles to Rock a Wedding Celebration at Gellifawr Woodland Retreat


Some Trees at Gellifawr Woodland Retreat, Fishguard, Wales
Gellifawr Woodland Retreat

Travelling 165 Miles to Rock a Wedding Celebration at Gellifawr Woodland Retreat

Stepping into the realm of alternative weddings is always an exhilarating journey, and my recent adventure took me 165 miles to the picturesque Gellifawr Woodland Retreat in Fishguard, Wales. This hidden gem amidst nature's embrace provided the perfect backdrop for an unconventional celebration that rocked the night away.

As the miles stretched beneath me, anticipation and excitement filled the air. Gellifawr Woodland Retreat, with its rustic charm and enchanting surroundings, promised a unique wedding experience that I was eager to be a part of.


Cottages at Gellifawr Woodland Retreat, Fishguard, Wales
Gellifawr Woodland Retreat

When it comes to creating the perfect atmosphere for a wedding reception, few things are as important as the music. Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a wedding that showcased an incredibly diverse and vibrant playlist, creating an unforgettable evening for everyone involved.


The reception kicked off with an eclectic mix that set the tone for the night. The soundcheck started with "Playing God" by Polyphia, giving the crew a chance to fine-tune the audio. As guests started to arrive, the vibe shifted to a fun and lighthearted mood. One highlight that had everyone on their feet was "Scatman's World" by Scatman John. This track, known for its infectious rhythm and playful lyrics, seemed to encapsulate the playful spirit of the evening. It appeared to be part of what the couple later referred to as their 'meme' playlist, a selection of tracks that added a unique and nostalgic touch to the event.


As the night progressed, the playlist evolved. The early part of the evening was like a joyful kids' disco, with tracks from artists like Taylor Swift and The Weeknd creating an atmosphere of carefree celebration. The dance floor was soon filled with both children and adults, dancing to the beat of these popular hits.


Following the exhilarating dance beats and pop hits, the atmosphere shifted again. A mix of alternative, rock, hip-hop, and R&B tracks took center stage, adding a dynamic twist to the reception. It was an electrifying transition that brought a new energy to the room. Guests were treated to a medley of favorites, ranging from the timeless "Ain't Nobody" by Rufus & Chaka Khan to P!nk's energetic "Get the Party Started."


But the night was far from over after the pop hits. The party took a thrilling turn as the music delved into a mix of alternative, rock, hip-hop, and drum and bass tracks. This unexpected transition ignited a new level of excitement on the dance floor.


The playlist seamlessly blended genres, offering something for everyone's taste. From the iconic beats of "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes to the rhythmic rap of OutKast's "Hey Ya!", the dance floor became a melting pot of musical appreciation. The room pulsated with the energy of tracks like "Bulls on Parade" by Rage Against the Machine and the electronic remix of "Voodoo People" by The Prodigy.


As the DJ skillfully mixed each track, the atmosphere became electric. The beats of Slipknot's "Duality" resonated with metal fans, while the catchy melodies of "Faith" by Limp Bizkit brought a touch of nostalgia. Even the drum and bass enthusiasts had their moment with the dynamic "Voodoo People" remix.


With each beat, the dance moves became more exuberant, and the joy in the room was palpable. Friends and family, both young and old, joined together in a celebration of music that transcended boundaries. It was a testament to the power of music to unite people with diverse tastes and create an unforgettable experience.


In conclusion, what started as a playful kids' disco evolved into a night of music that celebrated the couple's journey and the diverse tastes of their guests. From the infectious pop hits to the wild rhythms of alternative, rock, hip-hop, and drum and bass, the dance floor was a reflection of the couple's dynamic love story. This wedding reception playlist demonstrated that music has the unique ability to elevate any event, creating memories that will be cherished for years to come.





Full Playlist:

  1. Polyphia - Playing God (Sound Check)

  2. Scatman John - Scatman's World

  3. Polyphia - Crush

  4. Ohio Players - Love Rollercoaster

  5. Spice Girls - Who Do You Think You Are

Kids Disco:

  1. Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

  2. Justin Timberlake - CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!

  3. Aqua - Barbie Girl

  4. Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk (Feat. Bruno Mars)

  5. Will.i.am - I Like To Move It

  6. Idina Menzel - Let It Go

  7. Carolina Gaitan - We Don't Talk About Bruno

  8. P!nk - A Million Dreams

  9. Panic! At The Disco - The Greatest Show

  10. Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe

  11. Tones & I - Dance Monkey

  12. Lizzo - Good As Hell (Feat. Ariana Grande) [Clean]

  13. LF System - Afraid To Feel (Radio Edit)

  14. Elton John & Dua Lipa - Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)

  15. The Weeknd - Blinding Lights

Adults Disco:

  1. Rufus & Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody

  2. Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

  3. Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

  4. Sister Sledge - He's The Greatest Dancer

  5. Earth, Wind & Fire - September

  6. ABBA - Dancing Queen

  7. Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours

  8. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - (Love is Like a) Heatwave

  9. Diana Ross & the Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love

  10. Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity

  11. Inner Circle - Sweat (A La La La La Long)

  12. Ini Kamoze - Here Comes The Hotstepper

  13. Scatman John - Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)

  14. P!nk - Get The Party Started





Alternative Music Starts (With other requests mixed in):

  1. Eat Your Heart Out - Shape of You

  2. The Offspring - Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)

  3. blink-182 - What's My Age Again?

  4. Sum 41 - Still Waiting

  5. Head Automatica - Beating Heart Baby

  6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Date With the Night

  7. Ash - Get Ready (Fantastic Plastic 7"/B-Side)

  8. Rod Stewart - Maggie May

  9. Fleetwood Mac - The Chain (2001 Remaster)

  10. The Rolling Stones - Start Me Up

  11. The Jam - Town Called Malice

  12. The Police - Roxanne

  13. The Cure - Close to Me

  14. The Automatic - Gold Digger

  15. Beyoncé - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)

  16. Timbaland - The Way I Are (Feat. D.O.E. & Keri Hilson)

  17. Dr. Dre - The Next Episode (Feat. Nate Dogg & Snoop Dogg)

  18. DMX - Party Up (Up in Here)

  19. Damian "Junior Gong" Marley - Welcome to Jamrock

  20. The Prodigy - Out of Space

  21. SL2 - On A Ragga Tip

  22. Groove Armada - Superstylin'

  23. Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum

  24. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army

  25. Goldie Lookin Chain - Guns Don't Kill People, Rappers Do

  26. The Lonely Island - I'm On The Boat (Feat. T Pain) [Expicit]

  27. The Streets - Don't Mug Yourself




Some Classics (Sometimes with a twist) to soothe& Break-up the night:

  1. Muse - Can't Take My Eyes Off You

  2. The Beatles - Eight Days a Week

  3. James Brown - Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine

  4. Gloria Jones - Tainted Love

  5. Jean Knight - Mr. Big Stuff

Back to Alternative:

  1. OutKast - Hey Ya!

  2. Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl

  3. J-Kwon - Tipsy

  4. Snoop Dogg - Drop It Like It's Hot (Feat. Pharrell)

  5. Luude - Down Under (Feat. Colin Hay)

  6. Skrillex - Bangarang (Feat. Sirah)

  7. The Prodigy - Voodoo People (Pendulum Remix)

  8. Enter Shikari - Sorry, You're Not A Winner (Extended)

  9. Limp Bizkit - Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle) [Explicit]

  10. System Of A Down - Chop Suey!

  11. Lower Than Atlantis - A Thousand Miles

  12. Tenacious D - Tribute

  13. Royal Blood - Figure It Out

  14. Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows

  15. Foo Fighters - All My Life

  16. Blur - Song 2

  17. blink-182 - Always

  18. Tenacious D - Fuck Her Gently

  19. Incubus - Pardon Me

  20. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground

  21. Rage Against the Machine - Bulls on Parade

  22. Skindred - Nobody

  23. Korn - Freak on a Leash

  24. Dropkick Murphys - I'm Shipping Up To Boston

  25. Limp Bizkit - Faith

  26. Slipknot - Duality





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