If music was a diet, some people would live off of it. As it is, music plays a huge role in the lives of many people. It is one of those mediums that has the ability to transport you, to move you emotionally, to make you feel, and to make you dance.
So it’s no wonder that when it comes to choosing a band to play at your wedding and briefing them with the songs you want them to feature, you want to get it right. It’s only natural to want your band to play songs that hold meaning for you and your fiancé, and with a little thought and communication you can do just that. When it comes to music, there is a lot of choice out there, so it can be hard to narrow down the options and figure out exactly which track to go down. We recognize that, and are therefore bringing you a set of guidelines specifying what you need to consider when it comes to briefing your band and choosing your wedding playlist. So turn on your favourite background music and tune in.
Choose songs that you like, not ones your guests do
It’s a known fact that everyone has different tastes in music. Trying to please your guests by compiling a playlist you think they will approve of is not a worthwhile endeavor for many reasons. The most obvious reason is that your wedding will likely contain upwards of a 100 unique guests, each with their own unique taste in music. Trying to please is aiming to fail. Opt instead for choosing songs that both you and your fiancé agree upon, and you’ll be left with a playlist that will keep you laughing and crying the entire night.
Compile a playlist from songs that hold meaning for the two of you
You know the ones we mean. The catchy romantic pop song that was playing on your first date; the cheesy love song that you both adore even though you’re unsure why; the song that your fiancé introduced you to and you both listened to on repeat on that rainy night in the car. Couples will usually have at least one or two songs they both connect to. It’s your night and you’re the boss of the evening, so play those songs – no matter how soppy or ridiculous – and you’ll recreate all those memories that brought you to this moment.
Mix it up
Your playlist should be a conglomeration of songs and song styles. Some for wild, energetic dancing; some for slow, romantic dancing; some for winding down after a dance bracket, and some just to provide background tinkly noises while people are mingling. Keep things fresh by mixing it up a little and when the night is done it will feel as if your wedding was a movie, complete with it its own unique soundtrack.
If you’re still a little stuck as to your how to compile the ultimate playlist, garner inspiration from other weddings you’ve been to. Mentally note what worked well and what didn’t work as well. Take note of the bands they used and the style of music they play. It is more important to like the music style of the band in question then the song choices, as songs can always be adapted to your choice in music. Also remember that the playlist you choose will set the mood of your wedding, so deciding what beat you want your guests to move to will help you decide on the tempo of music you choose for your playlist. The rest should fall into place as easily as so-fa-la-ti.