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5 Things to Consider For Your Wedding Music

If you have ever considered what the most memorable thing your guests would take away from your wedding, then you must know that it’s the music and the jubilance of the experience. Selecting your wedding playlist has an enormous role in how successful, entertaining, fun and even emotional your wedding will be. 

As a couple, the first thing you should think about in terms of wedding music is deciding whether you want to have a live band or a DJ.  In order to make the right decision, you will need a full vision of what type of wedding you are going for – a traditional ceremony, or a more unique alternative. 

For the wedding ceremony, live music is a traditional choice. If, however, you would prefer to hear the songs the same way you hear them on the radio, then you may decide to have a DJ at your wedding.  Having a DJ is also the best choice when searching for a less expensive option. 

As soon as you make the decision on whether to have a live band or a DJ, the next question that you should consider is the selection of the music itself. Here are 5 major things you will need to consider when choosing your wedding music.

1. Talent search

To track down the best DJ or musical band. To get inspired, speak to your family members and friends for referrals; you can consult your reception site manager; or, you may even find your DJ or musical band at your favorite restaurants and clubs.  
If you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, then you can conduct more general research by checking out listings in local wedding magazines, or try an online booking agency, particularly if you want to go for a non-traditional, unconventional wedding. 
 

2. Taste in music

There is no right or wrong decision when considering the playlist for your upcoming big day. It’s all about you and your spouse's taste. Think about what kind of a tone you want to set at your wedding, whether it should be more emotional with primarily low-key, slow, and classical music, or more modern upbeat music. 

You can also ask for a consultation with your DJ or the musical band to discuss the playlist, thoroughly discussing what music should or should not be played during the wedding.  Come up with a list of your favorite music, and choose the songs that make you feel relaxed, happy, and entertained. 
 

 

3. Work with your DJ or musical band

When it comes to choosing the music for your wedding, work with your DJ or live musicians to pick up the songs that should be played at important and memorable moments during your wedding (music for the first dance, the music during dinner, the bride's entrance music, the music for dances with parents, etc).  
If you have particular choices or pieces of music that are especially meaningful to you as a couple, then make suggestions on your own playlist, or ask for advice from the DJ or the musical band you have chosen. You can choose every piece of music that should be played at your wedding, though at the same time, you don’t need to do so if you trust your DJ or the musical band. For example, let them decide to pick random music during the wedding party, as they can read the crowd and choose the timing accordingly. 
Professional DJs or musicians are often highly experienced with musical programming and can provide suggestions that will enhance the quality of your event. Have detailed discussions with your DJ about your guests' tastes that may provide clues on what music will work.

4. Live auditions

Don’t sign anything without watching a live performance, either on video or in person. Pay attention to the sound quality, but also take note of the performance and its appearance. If you don’t like what you see, keep looking for other musical bands or DJs. If you are satisfied with your choice of the musical band or DJ, discuss with them all the other details in which you are interested in. For example, how many breaks they take during the wedding, and for what length; whether recorded music can be played during those interludes or whether they have a backup plan if anything goes wrong at the last minute. (What if the DJ breaks his leg the day before the wedding or his car gets a flat tire on the way to the event, etc.).

5. Check with the venue providers before you choose a playlist

It's advisable to check with the venue providers before selecting a playlist. Some wedding venues are strict about which songs may and may not be played.  Sometimes the choice is restricted to religious songs, and sometimes you will have to restrict yourself to instrumental music, thus it is very important to have a consultation with the venue provider as well. 

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It's advisable to check with the venue providers before selecting a playlist. Some wedding venues are strict about which songs may and may not be played.  Sometimes the choice is restricted to religious songs, and sometimes you will have to restrict yourself to instrumental music, thus it is very important to have a consultation with the venue provider as well. 

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About author:

Rippie has studied Social Science and is a wedding blog writer at Wedzig and enjoys her work because it helps others make better decisions and discover new opportunities.

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