I think it’s fair to say that music plays a really important role in your wedding. It sets the tone for the day, cues up emotions and gets people in the right mood for celebrating – you have to get it right!
Looking at how many musical choices you have to make throughout your day can be a little more than daunting – recessional music, cocktail hour, first dance? It’s difficult enough to decide what to listen to on your morning commute! There’s lots to consider when it comes to music, so I’ve asked the wedding music experts to share their tips to help you on your melodious journey!
Don’t worry if you haven’t got ‘our song’. Not everyone does. My husband and I didn’t! Use recommendations from friends, or a small company like us who care lots about getting it just right for you. BUT if you want to do something totally bonkers, go for it! We do flash mobs…just sayin’.
Live is always best. Invest in high quality live music for your wedding day and you’ll remember it forever.
Rosie Adediran: Hitched Wedding Music
What You Must Not Play & Your First Dance
What is also very helpful is knowing what couple really do not want! What they wish the DJ to steer away from and song that they just don’t like. This could be for any reason but it really helps to know.
Not all couples wish for the spotlight to be on them for a full 3 minutes of a song. Consider arranging with your DJ before to announce either close family or all guests on to the dancefloor with you halfway through the first dance. This makes all guests feel involved in your special moment taking your first dance as newlyweds.
With the first dance over head straight into letting your hair down have party nonstop! DreamWave Events
Practice Makes Perfect.
If you’re choosing a song that has a long intro before the lyrics kick in, I recommend the bride pick a ‘cue’ to start her entrance. And don’t rush the walk, some brides have made it to the top of the aisle and only 15 seconds have played!
If you’re asking a friend or relative to control your music during the ceremony make sure they know how to use your device/Spotify etc well in advance. As a celebrant, I always have a little chat with the appointed person beforehand to make sure they know their cues but it’s amazing how many people need an extra wink or nudge when the moment comes! Holly Smith – Celebrant in London
Consider the logistics of the event space and how this could impact the music. Some instruments like violins don’t work in rain, wind or other extreme weather conditions, and you have to consider shade too. Outdoor ceremonies are great, but ensure there is a power source nearby too, so we can best amplify our sound for a greater impact!
One designated spokesperson.
Appoint a band spokesperson – vital if there are any issues with volume or minor complaints. Please do not allow mother–in-laws or grandfathers to wander on stage and demand the band turn down or play Vera Lyn. Should a problem arise, please ensure that a sober, level-headed person be appointed to raise any issues discreetly with the band.
Production & Catering.
My two big tips are production and catering. If your clients want the band to look and sound amazing, they need to provide or request suitable production (lighting, sound & staging) and if they want the band to perform with energy and passion, just make sure they’re well looked after 🙂 Get Funked