Common Pitfalls of Wedding Music Planning

choosing music for your weddingAs most married couples and wedding planners would know, music is a vital element that can either make or break your big day. Sure your gown, decor, and catering all play a major role in the wedding, but it’s the music that can inspire guests to enjoy the whole night and make your wedding a day to remember.

Some couples think that once they’ve booked their wedding musicians, they’re done with wedding music planning. However, there are still many steps to comply to make your wedding truly memorable. Prevent a music fiasco by learning the potential pitfalls to avoid.

Starting the ceremony silently

Because of the focus on your grand entrance, you might forget that your guests are already waiting for you to appear. Do them a favor and entertain them with music 30 minutes before the processional. Don’t leave them in absolute silence as it prolongs the agony of waiting. Discuss prelude music options with your DJ or musicians.

Skipping sound check

Assess your venue with your DJ or performers. Crashing waves and strong winds can easily drown out a string quartet or a vocal solo. Make sure your venue is microphone-friendly. When talking to your location’s event manager, be sure to know the acoustic limitations of the space. Be flexible.

Not putting the DJ or wedding band near the dance floor

DJs should be close to the dance floor to avoid any sound delays. In the same way, the wedding band should be located near the floor to interact and make eye contact with the guests. Putting them far away would be a wrong move.

Scheduling dances during dinner

Special dances deserve full attention from the guests. If the first dance, father-daughter dance, and mother-son dance are scheduled during the meal, the dancers will only hear the sound of knives, plates and people talking. At the same time, saving the special dances after dinner will give the guests enough time to talk and eat.

Not giving a do-not-play list

Whether it’s a song that reminds the bride of her husband’s ex or simply a song that the couple finds tacky, it should be included in the do-not-play list. To avoid the songs from being played, the list should be handed to the musicians before the celebration.

Boring guests with long dances

Special dances are one of the highlights of the reception, but very long dances are just plain boring. How would you feel dancing alone for ten minutes? Time your songs and practice dancing to it. If your heart is set on a certain song, cut it down to a reasonable length.

Sticking to one music genre

No matter how good it is, sticking to one music genre can be a bad thing. As wedding guests have a wide range of age groups, it’s best to switch music themes for entertainment. It also keeps the music fresh.

Choosing inappropriate songs

Even if you wanted to insert “The Thong Song” or “I Wanna Be Sedated” on your playlist, try to fit the music to the mood of the moment. This is your day, but there’s a line you shouldn't cross. Rated R songs might keep your Aunt and flower girl from entering the premises. For best results among all age groups, keep the songs to a sensible PG-13.

Going too loud

Coordinate with your band or DJ on the allowable level of music. Songs that are too loud will frustrate older family members and prevent your guests from hearing each other talk. Discuss the volume transitions with the band: low during dinner (for chatting), and loud for the final song.

Forgetting to check sound restrictions

Some venues allow you to party all night, while other sites have time-of-day restrictions on noise levels. Before finalizing your venue, discuss the sound rules with the location manager. You wouldn’t want your reception to end unexpectedly.

Are there other wedding music planning pitfalls I could have missed? Share them in the comments below!

Author Bio:
Tara Bernal writes for Music For Scotland, a music agency that features the most talented wedding bands in Scotland. She's a music-lover, and a huge fan of the Saturns wedding band. When she’s not writing about weddings, she delights herself in traveling, playing the piano, and sipping a hot cup of mocha.

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