Choosing music at a wedding seems like a relatively simple decision, but when you’re the one planning a wedding you’ll find there is a lot to consider. Seriously, a great band or DJ can be the difference between an “OK” wedding and one that people will tell their grandkids. Below are a few common music mistakes and how to avoid them.
1. Not Putting in Enough Time to Research Bands and DJs
If you have a larger budget, you may opt for a band. If your budget is tight, a DJ seems like the more reasonable choice. However, you shouldn’t base your music options on your budget size. It’s possible to have a band without going over budget, or hire a DJ that won’t be tacky. It’s important to set time aside to do some research and get recommendations from friends or wedding venue.
2. Waiting to See Your Band or DJ Play the Day of the Wedding
Instead of asking for a sample playlist of your potential band or DJ, why not check out a live performance? This way you can hear what they sound like in real life, rather than waiting until your big day. If possible, go to a showcase or performance.
3. Not Including a “Do Not Play” List
While this may seem obvious, it is often overlooked. Sit down with your soon-to-be spouse and create a must-play list and a do-not-play list. Make sure to give the band or DJ plenty of time to review your requests. Additionally, don’t overdo your must-play list. Pick 10 songs and leave the rest up to the band leader or DJ since they’re the pros.
4. Neglecting to do a Sound Check
Add this to your wedding day checklist, but have a friend or family member manage it. Depending on the venue, certain limitations could arise (i.e. power supply, sound amplification, specific end-time). Have the band or DJ do a walk-through, especially if they haven’t played in the space before.
5. Creating a Music Program Just for Dancing
There should be music playing during every moment of your reception. Of course, the genre will vary depending on what occurs. When people are mingling and eating at their tables, opt for soft jazz or classical music. When the dancing starts, obviously you will want something more up-beat to get people moving. Discuss this with your band or DJ ahead of time. They will help you create a schedule.
Putting in time to curate a rockin’ playlist is essential to having a memorable wedding day. While music may not be at the top of your wedding checklist, it is certainly a priority. If you have additional wedding music questions or comments, we would love to hear them!