Your wedding day is one of the most important and memorable days of your life, and to many, the music played is one of the most important aspects of that day. The plan is to only do it once, so you need to get it right the first time. With everything else that goes into planning a wedding, music selection can be an overwhelming task. We get asked quite often for some help getting the process started, so we’ve come up with a formula to do just that.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to your guests for some input. If you have a wedding website, put a page on there where guests can submit a few requests. If not, send an email to your guests asking for no more than 5 requests. That way you know they put some thought into their top picks, but won’t bombard you with songs. Getting requests in advance prepares your DJ to execute a perfect set with perfect timing. Taking endless requests the night of can be tricky and can really throw your DJ off course.* Typically there are only about two hours of dancing at a wedding, so there's no time to waste!
*Note: We do welcome and highly encourage general requests from your guests throughout the night, which we talk more about here! The point of the above comment is simply to encourage you, the bride and groom, to be as prepared as possible for one of the most important aspects of your big day. When it comes to wedding planning, preparedness leads to perfection, and perfection leads to an incredible evening that you and your guests will never forget.
Moving on! Every crowd is different, and you know your crowd better than your DJ does. So do your best to prep your DJ and let them know who they’re playing for. Where are your guests from (originally and currently, both are helpful)? What age groups and what percentage of each age group will be there, are there lots of kids, is there a theme they’ve been told to adhere to? These are all helpful hints for your DJ to know who they’re going to be playing for.
We've talked a lot about dancing, but don’t discount Cocktail Hour and Dinner music! These are the times during which you can be very creative and experimental, and select songs that your guests might not be familiar with, but are special to you. Familiarity of the music is important during dancing if you want to keep them interested, but no so much during dinner. In fact, unfamiliar songs can make for good table conversation. Cocktail hour is another time you can be more creative with your selections, but know that nobody really listens to the music during cocktail hour. They’re busy mingling and drinking, and the music is just a backdrop. But you do want that backdrop to have a pulse, so pick songs that are upbeat and fun.
Sidenote: Spotify is a great way to share playlists with each other, and with your DJ. You can create different playlists for each portion of the evening (cocktails, dinner, dancing, etc.) and add to them as you wish, and your DJ can refer to that when putting together their setlist for the big day!
To start a conversation about your big day, don't hesitate to get in touch. Panico Entertainment Boston can be reached by phone at 617.652.9195 or at any time via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panico Entertainment Boston
Panico Entertainment Boston is a mobile entertainment company providing DJ, emcee, lighting and event planning solutions for weddings, corporate, school dances, private parties and any other event requiring professional entertainment services.