Depending on the type of wedding you are planning and the couple’s personality, music should be an important aspect of any bride and groom’s special day.
Whether you are searching for the best live band, or have invited your niece to play the violin when you walk down the aisle, creating a dimensional experience for you and your guests will surely add to the atmosphere of the evening. Think of the best part of your favourite movie, what song is playing in the background? Well, you and your guests deserve the same memorable moments complete with their own soundtrack.
There are many opportunities to showcase musical talents that can be integrated on your wedding day.
Here are a few ideas:
– A string quartet, pianist or harpist to play for you and your guests pre and post ceremony
– A live jazz band or cover band to play during the reception
– A professional DJ to liven the party at the end of the evening
Of course, professional musicians can be expensive so choose which part of the day that is most important to you and invest!
The soundtrack on your wedding day should be classic, timeless and appropriate for all ears. This includes the song that you are choosing for your first dance as husband and wife, or the special father-daughter dance. Don’t google “best first dance wedding song” or “father daughter song ideas”. The whole point of this moment is to reminisce on your past. Use a song that has significance to you, special memories or lyrics that define the moment, a song that you’ll want to hear over and over again. Ten years from your wedding day, you’ll hear the song on the radio or at a party and you’ll remember your wedding day. That’s YOUR song.
Here are a few “lessons learnt” when it comes to wedding music:
‘DJing’ at your own Wedding
For the frugal bride or bridegroom who will create his or her playlist on an iPod, please take note. If the venue has ceiling speakers, ensure that you don’t need to rent an amp to amplify the volume. Those speakers work for ambient music, but not always appropriate for a loud dance party. You may also want to look into renting additional audio-visual equipment like a microphone or larger speakers.
– If you’re hiring a DJ, make a list of songs you want to hear and a list of songs you DON’T want to hear. Some examples we love are Macarena, YMCA, The Chicken Dance… need we go on?
– If you have special cultural music that you would like to add to your party, make sure you give the DJ all the songs they need on a CD.
– When hiring a band, make sure you watch live videos of their performance. They can be better in studio then live. Also, check if the band has a standard uniform or dress code. Cover bands are always more appealing to the general public because people like “knowing” the songs.
– If you are hiring musicians, remember that they are human and cannot be expected to play for long periods of time without a break.
– Referrals are the best way to hire when it comes to DJs and Bands, because the first interview has already been done.
Other Points to Remember
– Have everything paid for in advance to avoid the “cash envelope” logistics on the wedding day.
– Dance lessons for the bride and groom planned ahead of time may help boost your confidence. Practicing your dance is also a good idea.
– Have fun and DANCE… It’s your wedding day after all!
“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.”
– Angela Monet