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Music is such a large part of the atmosphere AT A wedding but WITH MUSIC BEING SUCH A PERSONAL CHOICE - WHAT SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ENSURE YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT AND YOUR GUESTS ENJOY THEMSELVES?
Amid picking out the perfect dress and selecting colour themes, music might be an afterthought in the wedding planning process. But, music can help to enhance your theme and set the whole ambiance of your big day, taking you from the emotional ceremony to the last dance of the evening before your guests head home.
You want the music of your wedding to complement the other aspects of your nuptials that you’ve put some much time into choosing, as well as reflecting your personal taste. So, what will it be, a DJ playing the latest dance tracks or a jazz band keeping you entertained throughout dinner? When you’re picking out music that matches the rest of your big day, here are some things to consider.
Does your theme have musical links?
Some wedding themes are associated with music from the outset. If you’re channeling an old school Hollywood/Gatsby vibe, a live lounge singer can really add the wow factor to your reception. If you’re all about creating a fun, lively atmosphere, you definitely want music that will get people on their feet and dancing the night away. Live bands are a great pick to match your theme, with so many different ones to choose from. Whether traditional Celtic music would fit your Scottish details or a folk band blends into your boho style, you can find the right music for you.
Do you want different music for each part of the day?
Depending on your wedding plans, different parts of the day can have a very different feel. Choosing music based on how you want the atmosphere to be is a great way to get your guests in the wedding mood. Before and during the ceremony, emotive, romantic, classic tunes are ideal. If you’re having a cocktail hour, the music will help set the ambiance you want, from relaxing to celebratory. During dinner and the reception party, you can change to something upbeat.
Do you want the music to be in the background or a key event?
How important is the music to you? If you simply want to give some background music and opportunity to dance, a DJ is ideal. But if you want it to be a feature of your wedding that everyone talks about, other options, such as a live jazz band or singers, are more interactive. When you want the music to be truly memorable, think about how it will be performed and what the guests will get to see as well as hear.
What music do you love to listen to?
Amid all the other things to think about, don’t forget one of the most important factors – you! Your wedding day and theme is all about celebrating you as a couple and that includes the music. Play the music and book the performers that are going to make you happy and make your wedding day that bit more special when you’re looking back on it.
Until next time, happy planning.