Weddings 101: How to Choose Your Music
There’s no denying that your wedding day is one of the most important of your life! The main focus, of course, is the union between you and your SO—nothing else really matters but it’s a joyous occasion and everyone deserves to have a great time! Proper planning is key to throwing that perfect party, and planning the music can make or break your celebration. Here are some points to consider when planning the music for your wedding:
Know your options.
There are several options to choose from with regards to who will be in charge of the music: a band or sole musician, professional DJ or pre-made playlist. Each has its advantages: If you and your partner love a certain band, musician or a particular genre of live music, hiring live musicians may be the right choice for you; hiring a professional DJ is always a great choice as they have access to all of your favorite songs and know how to flow with you and your guests, reading the room to keep the party bumping; sticking with a pre-made playlist gives you ultimate control of what is played, just make sure to have a trusted friend in charge so you don’t have to worry about it on your big day!
Take into account your music budget.
No doubt, weddings are expensive! There are several ways to cut corners but music should definitely get a big chunk of your attention, if not your budget. That’s not to say you have to spend an arm and a leg—yes, hiring a professional band or DJ is the safest choice as they know what they’re doing, do this regularly for a living, and will take off all the pressure on your big day. However, if you choose a less expensive option like a DIY playlist or hiring an amateur DJ, be sure give attention to every detail so you don’t end up with inappropriate tunes during dinner or a dead dance floor!
Consider the venue space.
It’s important to know the amount of space available and tech accommodations of your venue. Is there enough space for everyone to fit and still maintain a dance floor, dining area, etc. Are there enough outlets for the required gear and are they located in the ideal spot for music to be? Professionals are able to work around most issues but there’s only so much they can do with venue limitations. Keep this in mind when choosing the source of your music.
What’s your vibe?
The music should reflect you and your partner! Make note of songs that you both want to hear as well as what your guests would enjoy. Make note of the songs you dislike as well; it’s crucial to let your DJ/musicians/cousin Barry running the playlist know what you DON’T want played. (Do you and your guests really want to dance the “Electric Slide?”)
Here’s a suggested list of songs to skip at your wedding!
Get your music organized.
Use platforms like Spotify or iTunes to create playlists for each segment of your wedding (ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, etc.) You can utilize those playlists or share them with your DJ/musicians so they know what songs to play and when to play them.
The tunes and who plays them is up to you, just make sure you plan accordingly and well enough in advance so it goes smoothly on your big day!