Picking the music is either the best part of planning a wedding or the worst. You’re tempted to either go for the old favourites for the sake of easy pickings or take your wedding music right there and make a completely unique and crazy playlist. No matter which way you choose, there’s bound to be some work involved. So, if you need some help picking out your music, here are some tips to make the job a little less difficult:
Keep away from clichés, and don’t be afraid to break tradition
If you want your wedding to be memorable and special then you should probably steer clear of those songs we always hear at weddings. No one needs to hear the Village People singing about the YMCA for the thousandth time and Unchained Melody, despite being a beautiful song, has been done way too many times. Stop trying to think about what suits a wedding and decide instead what suits you. Your first dance doesn’t have to be a slow one and the song that plays you up the aisle doesn’t have to be Pachabell Canon. Look through your favourite songs and take your time daydreaming about which would be best for your big day.
Pick some songs to fill in the silence
Save all of your favourite songs for the party. When you’re herding everyone into the church or hanging around for pre-dinner drinks, you’re going to want a little bit of background music to set the mood. Keep it relaxing and low-key. All you need is some music to set the scene, so something instrumental will suit it perfectly or hire an acoustic duo.
Leave the little decisions to a professional
While you might be tempted to just kick the DJ out of the booth and pick the music yourself, this is supposed to be your day to relax and have fun. So, when you pick a DJ, pick one that you can trust with your wedding music. That way, you won’t be stressing about the next song when you’re out on the dancefloor. Find a wedding DJ that’s willing to design their set around your tastes. If they’ve already got a playlist and aren’t willing to compromise, give them the boot. Best of all, you want a DJ that understands what you like and can bring fresh ideas to the table. If you’re looking for a London wedding DJ, or a DJ for an Essex or Kent wedding, RedLine are a great option. All of their wedding setlists are unique and designed around what you like, so you won’t have to stress about an empty dancefloor or the dreaded Cha Cha Slide.
Coordinate with your theme
Nothing’s more jarring than sitting down for your elegant wedding dinner in a fairy tale venue and hearing thrash metal playing from the speakers. Pick music that will match the tone and theme of your wedding. Your music should create an atmosphere for your guests and define your wedding’s personality. Anything goes when it’s time to get people on the dance floor, but background music during the dinner and drinks should set the scene.