How to go about choosing music for your wedding:

There are certain important events in our lives that will forever be remembered fondly with a song, and your wedding day is undoubtedly one of the events on the top of that list. It, therefore, goes without saying that you need to go about choosing wedding music for your special day with careful thought and consideration.

Band or DJ?

The first decision that needs to be made is whether you’re going to go with a band or a DJ. Having a live band creates an energetically authentic and magically personal atmosphere for the music of your big day but often limits you to a singular sound and genre of music – depending on how versatile the band is. Having a DJ allows you to pick exactly what songs you’d like featured in the playlist and allows a much larger variety of music to be played throughout the course of the event. When making this critically important decision, it is essential to communicate your desires and expectation to either the band or DJ to ensure that both parties are on the same page with regards to the music that will be played. If your budget allows it, having both a band and a DJ can cover all bases and allow the ambience of live music to flood your ears during and after the ceremony while still keeping your guests dancing late into the night at the reception.

Communication is key.

After you’ve decided the type of music you’d prefer, it’s important to communicate your expectations with the band or DJ in advance. Make sure you know what they’ll be wearing and that they have backup equipment on standby in case of a technical glitch. Be sure to give them an idea of exactly when they fit into the programme and when set up and sound checks will be appropriate. Drafting a playlist of essential songs to be played allows a DJ or band to ensure that they’re adequately prepared to play your selected songs, but give them the freedom to include music that they know will keep the dance floor going. If you opt to have a DJ, a fun way of tailoring the music of your wedding to your guests is to get everyone invited to send you the name of a song that gets them up and dancing. Add this to your playlist and make sure you get it to the DJ in advance so that he/she can make sure he/she has access to all the tracks on the day.

Choosing wedding music should be a fun process, so enjoy planning this important aspect together and make sure you don’t leave it too late.

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