GSS Tuesday Trousseau :: Wedding Music Information

We are in for a music treat today. A Dallas DJ shares a few of his music tips with us…The wedding music can definitely make or break any event. We know this. We’ve seen this. With a great musician or dj you can avoid any raised eyebrows by your wedding guests. If you are wanting an atmosphere where the wedding guests feel like dancing or a more relaxed environment where the guests can talk with each other and still have tasteful wedding music in the background, then make sure you have a few of these wedding planning tips to use for your own wedding. A question to ask a prospective wedding dj, band or musician would be their experience and expertise. Some djs and wedding bands are fantastic artisans and keep the dance floor packed all night by interacting with wedding guests and having the music selection lively. Others are extremely knowledgeable with songs and other music and reading the crowd.

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Things to keep in mind when planning music with your DJ are genre of music, specific songs for announcements and events, and the style of dance music to be played. Everyone has different tastes in music and your wedding should reflect your own taste and style. However, there are a few rules of etiquette to keep in mind at your wedding that will ensure your guests have just as much fun as you.

For starters, think about what songs you want played for your grand entrance and first dances. This is an opportunity to be unique show everyone your own personality. There certainly is nothing wrong with choosing classics such as Nat King Cole, Bob Carlisle, Frank Sinatra, and similar artists for your first dance. If there is an emotional connection to these songs or have sentimental reasons than certainly make the choice that fits you. In recent years songs by Mercy Me, Rascall Flatts, and others have also become increasingly popular. As mentioned there is nothing wrong with choosing any of these artists or artists with similar music, however you only get married once, and this is a golden opportunity to let your personality shine. I hate to use the term “think outside the box”, but it fits this situation. Think about what songs you enjoy that are more contemporary that can also reflect a message of love or optimism such as songs by artists like Coldplay and Adele. You could really mix it up and choose some obscure songs you love that many people may not have heard of that others would appreciate by artists like Badly Drawn Boy or Stereophonics. It’s your wedding not your grandmother’s. Show your guests who YOU are by sharing your most loved music with them.

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When it comes to dinner music it usually benefits everyone to stick with the classics. Artists like Elton John, Van Morrison, Billie Holliday, etc. Though we emphasized being unique earlier and we certainly stand by that, at dinner people don’t want to hear AC/DC or Far East Movement blaring in their ear while eating their meal and trying to chat with those at their tables. If your looking to mix it up a bit during dinner time, then choose contemporary songs that are PG rated and you wouldn’t mind playing for your grandmother.

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Dance music is where it usually can make or break the mood of your wedding. If your wedding primarily consists of young guests and is smaller in size than you pretty much can play whatever you want without worry. However, if your wedding reception will be like most with a wide range of age groups you should be much more careful in how you choose your music. Playing “un-edited” versions of music is typically frowned upon music etiquette. While you may like an un-edited version of a specific song, most guests will not. Remember, keep it PG rated. Many DJs have a formula for the songs they play for dancing. A common and successful formula is to play older dance hits from the 60’s and 70’s first and then gradually moving up into the 90’s and by the end of the night playing modern dance music. The reason for this is that older guests and guests with children will typically be the first to leave a reception. Older guests become tired and want to go home, while guests with children need to leave to put their kids to bed and/or relieve the babysitter. As the night goes on you’ll notice the dance floor become younger and younger. Make sure you have notified your DJ of a must play list and more importantly a MUST NOT play list. The DJ won’t know what to play or not to play unless you tell them. Otherwise your likely to hear that song that reminds you so much of a painful experience or brings back memories of that relationship that never worked out.

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