Although a wedding has a lot of preparations right from the dress, to the flowers to the venue and much more in the middle, there is quite a possibility that most couples miss out their wedding music preparations or do not pay much attention to it due to lack of time. This leads to a situation where the wedding day music does not live up to the expectations and some people might just not like the event because the music played then does not match up with the mood. Founder of Musical Functions and band performer of Something Borrowed based in Sydney, Australia shares some top tips for things to consider AND things to avoid when creating your musical entertainment.
Don’t Make A Decision Without Weighing All Your Musical Options
Wedding songs can be recorded music being played from CDs or they can be a DJ who still plays recorded music adding his little taste or the exotic choice of a live band. The live band adds a human touch to the music and can be really adjusted to the mood and the vibe and as such is a great option. The band members can provide different music catering to most of the guests and as such can create an atmosphere which can never be replicated by recorded music.
Don’t Forget To Have A Pace Of The Music
When the guests enter the wedding venue, they won’t get on the dance floor straight away. The energy and enthusiasm has to be built through the music. It would not be recommended to start off with high tempo music but to pace it gradually. The music selection should be such that this fact is not overlooked.
Make Sure You Utilise The Band In The Best Possible Manner
Most guests will arrive sometime before the scheduled time of the ceremony. The best way to make them feel comfortable is to have some kind of soothing music playing while they wait there for the ceremony to start. Nothing is more awkward than waiting in complete silence at a wedding ceremony.
Don’t Forget to Plan The Music Flow
When you are about to hire the band, they might not know all your favourite songs but they are the experts and know what generally is loved and enjoyed by most of the guests. Don’t forget to discuss the must play songs with them so they are well prepared. They might need to practice a song or two before the actual wedding day or the ceremony. Have an open discussion and plan the playlist which would have their recommendations and your requirement. It’s always good to have a consensus on this matter. For DJs, make sure they are open to suggestions and discuss this at length to avoid any non-agreement later on.
Don’t Mix Your Playlists
Weddings are a social event and the guests are of all the ages. From kids to grandparents to friends and family and while you can’t please everybody, the safest approach is to make sure you have PG-13 rated songs only. When you have the after party and the guests comprises of just your friends and older cousins, pretty much anything would be OK.
No amount of care in choosing the wedding music is enough but we hope this quick list would be helpful in giving you a head start in what to avoid. Do you have any funny stories related to wedding music mistakes to share with us? Chime in. We are all ears!
Jeremy started playing violin at the age of 3 and has never stopped. He absolutely loves playing music and founded Musical Functions. He is also a MC/DJ & regularly performs in his wedding band Something Borrowed with his fantastic team of dedicated musicians, creating the perfect musical experience for weddings.