The Do’s and Don’ts of Picking Wedding Music
One of the most daunting tasks a new couple has in planning a wedding is picking wedding music. There can be so much msuic to pick, it can drive you crazy! First, you have the formalities. What song do you want for your first dance? What song do you want for your father/daughter and mother/son dances? What song do you want for your ceremony entrance? And so on and so on. Picking wedding music for these formalities should be based on your personal taste and the kind of atmosphere you want to set for your wedding. High energy songs if you want a high energy wedding or more softer songs if you are looking for elegant and beautiful. How you select these songs is where your style and personal tastes are incorporated into your wedding. If you hire a professional wedding DJ, they should be able to guide you throught this process and help you with suggestions.
Where couples make the biggest mistakes is when they start getting into picking their entire list of dance music. Every year we get about 5-6 calls where we have people tell us that they are looking for a wedding DJ that can play their list of songs. While I can understand why they want to do this to ensure that the music they want is played, I don’t think it produces the best weddings. Why? It adversely affects the results a professional wedding DJ can produce.
Picking wedding music for your entire reception ahead of time is something I, as a professional Wedding DJ, never do. Music is a tool for the professional wedding DJ … a tool we use to generate moods, feelings, emotions and energy. If used properly, it can lead to creating a fun and festive celebration. One where guests of all ages are out on the dance floor having the best time celebrating YOU.
So how does one select music to achieve these results? The answer is easy. You don’t. As a professional wedding DJ with over 30 years of experience, I never go into a wedding reception with preselected music for the evening. Why? No one knows how your guests will feel that night or what they would be in the mood to dance to. Instead, it’s better to have your DJ “work the crowd” and generate the kind of atmosphere you want for your reception. Music affects different people in different ways. It’s important to understand how it’s going to affect the people attending your wedding reception. If you hire the right wedding DJ, they will know what to do to produce the results you want. If you don’t trust them, don’t hire them.
Keep watching our blog and take a look at our case study on two events we performed where all the music was selected ahead of time, the results it created and how we fixed it.