Your Wedding Music: What to Choose
Deciding on your wedding music can be one of the most fun parts of planning! Music adds so much to both the ceremony and the reception and gives your guests a peek into who you are as a couple. Let’s take a look at navigating through the ceremony music and reception music!
Wedding Ceremony Music
Music for the ceremony isn’t too difficult to choose. Typically there are only a few songs that need to be chosen for the prelude, the wedding party entrance, the bride’s entrance, and the recessional.
Choosing music for these can really reflect your personality as a couple. Songs can be romantic, funny, unique, traditional, and anything in between! For example, having the bride walk down the aisle to an acoustic version of a love song rather than the traditional wedding march!
We definitely recommend having a separate song for the wedding party and bride’s entrance. It’s a nice way to make your big walk down the aisle stand out. The bride’s entrance is also when guests typically stand, so a song change can be a nice cue.
Sometimes, though, there’s a longer song that you love and want everyone to walk in to. In this case, you do you! We just recommend assigning a designated person at the rehearsal to stand at the right time.
Wedding Reception Music
The wedding reception is where the fun really happens! It has a ton of fun opportunities to choose your wedding music and make the day uniquely yours.
Not only do you have the option to give your DJ or band suggestions and let them know your preferences for dancing music, you can pick music for your first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, cake cutting, garter toss, bouquet toss, and more!
It’s so nice when the music for these moments is personal and reflective of who you are. These are great opportunities to add meaning to different aspects of your wedding. Some couples can’t pick between their favorite songs, while others have a harder time! Check out playlists on YouTube to give you some ideas.
If you fall in that boat, don’t stress about it. Ask your DJ for suggestions or give him a little insight into your personalities. A great DJ will fill in the blanks. For example, if you are humorous, outgoing, and bubbly, the DJ will know to make the music fun and upbeat rather than deeply emotional and romantic.
When all the initial wedding traditions are out of the way and dinner has been served, it’s time to party! If you’re a couple that wants your guests to party, the music can make a big difference!
Our tip for this is to really reflect on what you want your wedding vibes to be. If you want to party, a lot of slow songs in the beginning can keep your more energetic guests off the dance floor. If you have a lot of family from older generations, including those songs can get them involved. It can be hard to find the right balance.
One thing we love: starting the open dance floor with a fun song you know your friends and family won’t be able to resist. And get out there yourself! Everyone wants to talk to you on your wedding day, so if you want guests on the dance floor, being out there works like a charm!
At the End of the Day…
All in all, your wedding music should be a reflection of you and your future spouse. There is no need to pick music that you think you should pick due to traditions or what you think would be a crowd-pleaser. You should pick the music that tells your love story and your personality! You want to have fun at your wedding, as much as your guests do. Even more so!
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