How Your Wedding Music Can Make or Break Your Reception

So, you’ve chosen your dress, your venue, your wedding party, and your colors. You’ve picked out flowers, wedding invitations, and a string quartet to play during your ceremony and cocktail hour.

Now it’s time to plan the reception, and one of the most important elements of your reception is the music. Will you have a DJ or a band? And what kind of music do you want to play? How many slow songs? How many throwback jams for the older guests?

When planning your wedding, don’t overlook the importance of the music: it can truly make or break the reception. After a day of formality and emotions, your guests want to relax and let loose—as do you! Make sure you choose music that you love and that your guests will love too. Read on to learn more about how to make the music one of the best parts of your reception.

Play more than one type of music

While you may love hip hop, playing only hip hop at your reception will get old—fast. And you run the risk of turning off some of the guests who aren’t big fans of the genre. Your reception is about you and your partner, yes, but it’s also about the people around you who have loved and supported you over the years. The reception is a big party, after all, and you want your friends and family to enjoy themselves. Switch up the genres every now and then to keep the atmosphere fresh and make sure everyone is happy.

Make a do-not-play-list

If you hire a DJ or band, you probably won’t have complete control over what they play, and there may be some genres or specific songs that you do NOT want to hear. For example, there may be a song or two that you hate or a song that reminds you of your ex. Think about what artists or songs you wouldn’t want to hear at your reception and let the DJ or band know in advance.

Choose some popular songs

While you or your spouse may not be a fan of “mainstream” music, your guests might be. If you’re into more obscure music, that’s great, but your guests probably want to hear songs that they know and can dance to. A simple rule of thumb for wedding music is that 90% of the music played should be known by 90% of the guests.

Make sure guests can hear each other

Your guests want to boogie down, but they also want to catch up and talk to each other. The music doesn’t need to be at club-level.

Do a sound-check first

Ask your band or DJ if they’ve played in your venue before. If not, plan for them to do a walk-through of the venue to see what the limitations are and solve any potential issues before they arise on the day of the event.

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