We’ve talked before on this blog about hiring a wedding DJ. The truth is, your choice of wedding music is just as important as your choice of DJ or wedding band — even the most talented artists can only work with what he’s given.
Choosing your wedding music can be tricky. For one, you’re likely to have a broad cross-section of ages at your wedding and there’s a good chance the music the younger generations want to hear will offend some of those from the older generations. Here’s a good tip from BuzzSugar to get around this: if you have a potentially offensive song you absolutely must have, play it later in the night when the older crowd is likely to be gone already.
Assuming you have a professional band and/or wedding DJ, you’re likely OK letting them pick most of the wedding music, especially if they have a lot of wedding experience. However, it is important to set out do-not-play list. And, as our friends at The Knot point out, make sure you make your band/DJ swears on their mothers’ grave to this list, because there will be a lot of pressure from guests once the reception begins.
Another thing to think about with wedding music is volume. DJs and bands will have a tendency to like loud music, says Elegant Event Entertainment, but you’ll probably want the music at a more moderate level. So, make sure you tell them beforehand what volume you’re looking for, but also have someone pay attention during the set — it can be hard for a band or a DJ to to tell what’s too loud once they’ve started the music. The acoustics of the venue can also have an effect on what’s too loud and what’s just right so don’t feel like old curmudgeons if you ask them to turn it down a notch or two.
Finally, here’s a great tip from About.com‘s Nina Callaway: ask for wedding music suggestions on your reply card. It’s an easy way to poll your all your wedding guests all at once and get a good sense of what kinds of music everyone likes. You don’t necessarily need to use all the songs everyone gives you but it will certainly help you keep everyone happy.
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