You will agree with me that a wedding is not complete without music. In fact, it’s the second major thing on the big day after the couple.
The playlist should, therefore, be handled with care. It’s very delicate. We have therefore noted this and have come up with a comprehensive guideline.
A guideline to help you make an awesome playlist during your big day.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Don’t be in a hurry: this is the number one reason for a half-baked playlist. It’s your day and it’s not something you like woke up in the morning and decided you are getting married.
Your wedding playlist should be treated with the same level of importance. Don’t compile it on the wedding eve. You should start making it more than two months before the wedding day.
This will make sure you run it in your years and a couple of friends before it actually goes “live”.
Your playlist: you already have a scrambled playlist on iTunes or Spotify. This is where to start building the perfect playlist for your wedding day. The songs you already have are the one that appeals to you most. It may not be the best but it’s what you love.
Partition the playlist: divide it according to the various section of the wedding. The music played during the cocktail hour is different from the one played during dinner.
Make sure each section e.g. walking down/up the aisle, cocktail, dinner, guest arrival, reception etc. are well represented on your playlist.
Talk about it: your guest will also need to be represented in the songs of the day. Therefore, politely ask them what they would like to hear. This may be through the RSVP card (be creative here), or word of mouth.
But it does mean you have to include everything. Some suggestions may plainly not fit anywhere during the wedding. Pick the ones you feel are the best and ignore everything else.
Don’t be too strict: even if it may be a bit disgusting to you, include some awkward songs in your playlist from the guests’ or family members’. It’s good to see them dance to their favorite without wondering if anyone is watching even if it means dancing alone.
Finally, it’s your wedding. The wedding playlist should reflect much of yourself and what best describes you.
Listen to playlist advice here and there, break rules (not all of them) and most of all concentrate on being happy on this day through the music played all day long.
So you are very lively, loud at times and the idea of being an MC clicks in your head. And weddings seem to be your favorite.
But you don’t know how, where or what to consider if you want to be the most successful MC for weddings.
We have put together the main points to consider for you to reach your goals of becoming a master of ceremonies at weddings. But remember you will never be the entertainment, yours is just to run the show in a professional humorous way.
To kick us off:
-Do your homework.
There are so many activities that will be going on during the wedding day. Make sure you have them written down so that you are never caught off-guard in any one of them.
To do this, meet with the organizer before the wedding day so that you can get familiar and also learn about all that is planned for the day.
Things like cake cutting, speeches, knowing the VIPs etc. will give your guests a feeling you know what you are doing.
This will go a long way in ensuring that you deliver on the task ahead. Interact with the music band or the dj to make sure you work in harmony. Without leaving spaces in between sections due to poor communication.
The mood should be set, maintained and dropped at any time. Humor should be incorporated in your mciing. This does not mean you have to sweat trying to provide stand-up comedy. If you are not a comedian you are not. Don’t force it. Look inside you for something else, your honesty can be a substitute for comedy. Some one-liners to spruce up the event.
-Focus on the couple.
You may choose to humorously congratulate them for the big step they have taken in life. Try and get the attention and applause from the guests.
If there are games, photo booth etc. encourage guests to get down to business without being commanding. You can highlight the advantages of each and every area so that your guests can choose the one they feel comfortable with.
-You are not a commentator!
The microphone should only be in your hands when you want to say something. Otherwise, let the music have its course.
You should be very careful during this session. You will have to introduce people and what they do, make sure you get it right. The pronunciation of people’s names should be on point. This may need practicing on some hard names before time.
Listen very carefully to each speaker so that you can grab two or three summarizing words after they are done.
Don’t just abruptly bring the party to an unforeseen end. Have a nice plan to call it off. Know what will be happening next so that you know how to lead the guests.
The party may be ending that very moment, the couple may prefer to bid everyone goodbye, another venue may be set for the continuation of the party, etc. know all this thing beforehand.
Finally, your aspirations to be a wedding mc have just been accomplished right here. It’s now upon you to make good use of them. see you on the other side.
TWO things your guests will remember is food and the experience at the reception. This reception experience is how good or bad the music was. Of this two, music comes first.
It will be good, therefore, to know what makes a memorable reception when it comes to music.
In this post, we have explained the factors to consider if you are keen on wowing your guest’s with music at the reception.
Make sure the dj or band understands this. They should have a variety of songs in their playlist. The reason is simple. Your guests are of different ages with different tastes and what may appeal to your age mates will not go well with the older or the younger group of guests.
To accommodate everyone on the dance floor there should be a mix of all songs so that you keep everyone on the dance floor.
2. Understand your guests.
This will go a long way in choosing your playlist. You have interacted with most of the guests including your family and friends and roughly have an idea of the music they like. Make sure to comprise a list of “never to be played” music so that your band or dj know exactly what to play.
This list is equally important as the “must play”. It ’s your day and you should not hesitate from making everything understood by your wedding reception music planner or dj.
To help you understand your guests better, you may creatively ask them the kind of music they like on the reply card.
3. Start before the reception.
This will be meant to give your guests what will be at the reception. Keeping them eagerly waiting for the reception.
Energetic music may be played during the cake cutting. Or a little dance with the bridal party after the vows are exchanged. Ideally, you are enticing the guests for the reception.
Finally, with the above points followed faithfully, wedding reception music should not be a nightmare whether you are a wedding DJ, wedding organizer, or it's your own wedding.
While we hope you hold your event in Dayton... in the event you're looking for a Columbus DJ, please consider the 5 below.
Columbus has never fallen short of djs and entertainment houses. This makes choosing the right one to handle all your wedding needs a tricky affair.
That’s why we have combed through the professionals and wannabe djs in Columbus to bring FIVE among the best individual djs, not entertainment houses.
- DJ Ricks
Established in 2008, DJ Ricks will give your guests at the reception something to remember for the years to come.
With over 150 happy clients, playing music is a hobby and bringing joy to people is all that ricks looks for.
- Ryan Smith, DJ
Smith says “This is your special day, and I want it to help make it the memorable event that your family and friends will talk about for years to come.” Having offered his services in 231 weddings, going by the reviews, you are at home with this dj.
- DJ Axcess
This dj will work with you before your big day to make sure they understand everything you need. And by them understanding, you will surely have the perfect wedding music that you and your guests will love.
Happy clients are already talking about the great services of DJ Axcess. Make sure to be on the list.
- The Wedding DJ
They already have a score of 5/5 and 10 positive reviews to back them. They acknowledge your wedding is one of a lifetime and they will treat it with the utmost importance as you do.
- DJ Flair
This is a group of djs who know the job and will get it done to your specifications.
They have 15 reviews on weddings and a 5/5 rating.
The list of wedding DJ Columbus Ohio above includes individual DJs. You may visit them at a wedding event and judge the experience yourself. Entertainment houses are also a good place to look for DJs in Columbus.
A party should be a lively event, not all energetic but it should keep the energy of the audience up.
Djiing at a party can sometimes be a hard task especially when your playlist as a dj does not wow the audience.
Well, there are some few things you may be doing wrong. To make the best of a dj in a party, here are some few mistakes that you should avoid:
-Not coordinating with the organizer.
A party has so many sections, for example, there may be the speeches, gifts, proposal etc. it’s very discouraging as a dj to be stopped in the middle of your favorite track because another session within the party is about to start.
To avoid this, you should be in contact with the party organizer so that they give you a lineup of all the events that are bound to take place. It should happen before the actual party day so that you have a good time to organize your playlist since each session will definitely need a unique song.
-Being energetic before time.
Different parties have different styles of playing music. But one thing they all have in common is that there should be a good warm-up time. It’s always a huge mistake when a party dj plays full-blast at the very beginning before even the audience has warmed up. This can be frustrating to the dj and to the audience.
Talking to your audience is a very important part of a party that most djs don’t realize. The audience needs to be set at ease and you also need to have that connection with them. To do this, use the microphone to engage with your crowd. But don’t make it too much as if you are broadcasting the event. The best points to use the microphone is when introducing a different section of the party and when introducing a different genre of music that will only appeal to a select section of your audience. Finally...
-Don’t forget to have a variety in your playlist. Monotonous songs are always boring. And since you need to add fun to the music, a playlist with a variety to choose from will be good. Sometimes the audience may request a song and it would be very embarrassing if you don’t have it.
In this post, you will find all that goes into choosing the perfect playlist that will keep the guests on the dance floor.
To begin with:
#1. Have the songs in time.
Music CDs are being replaced by digital means of playing music. The likes of streaming from the internet.
With this new developments, it has made it even harder to build a music playlist that you can carry anywhere even without an internet connection.
Some wedding reception venues may not have a very strong phone network connection. This makes getting your playlist from let’s say, Spotify, very hard and it can ruin the whole event.
That’s why it’s a golden rule to download the songs into your laptop to save yourself from the disappointment.
#2. Be unpredictable.
The fun of having a dj in the reception is not by guessing what is coming next or how long your favorite song will play. An approximate of 1 minute is an ideal time to play each song although you should vary the lengths but don’t play the entire song!
#3. High tempo
For you to maintain the energy at the dance floor, 90% of the songs you play should be energetic songs (fast/high tempo) and the remaining 10% can have low tempo songs to make the audience relax before you drive the energies up again.
Since you are a dj, you now the trending songs of the month. Play the top include 10 pop songs in your playlist.
You have a huge wedding reception playlist make sure you don’t have spaces between tracks. Introducing silence when the guests are on the dance floor will kill the energy, never to be brought back.
Pack the songs one after the other all the way to the end.
Every dj wants to flex their muscles on the kind of equipment they have. Most of them go wrong on weddings.
Weddings are different from other types of parties and only veteran wedding djs understand this.
If you are a dj starting your career on djiing at weddings, here is a guide as to what makes a good dj setup at weddings.
1. Be moderate.
You are fascinated by loud music, flashy lights, the deep base from woofers and subs, etc. the guests at a wedding care less about all this. Older guests tend to be irritated by those fancy elements unlike the younger group of guests who would like it all up and flashy.
Be moderate in everything: the sound the lights and anything else. In fact, a simple strong speaker, your controller/decks and some LED wash lights are enough.
The music volume should be suitable for the dance floor moments while it should be adjusted to let the guest mingle freely during dinner and other sessions without being drowned by the loud music.
To measure how loud or low the music volume is, exit and re-enter the room with the music still playing. By doing this you are putting yourself in the audiences’ shoes and hearing the music as they do.
You may need to adjust the volume accordingly.
2. Professional equipment.
High-grade equipment will increase the impact and minimize the need for a heavy setup.
If you have to set up extra equipment like big screens, make sure they are connected neatly and working perfectly. Don’t forget to put a price on the extras.
3. The lights.
As with music, the lights can be blinding or too dim. The guests need to clearly see each other without being blinded. Whether at dinner or on the dance floor.
The best way to achieve the right combination of lights in a wedding venue especially the dance floor is by pointing the lights at surfaces/objects that can reflect back on the dance floor. The ceiling does the trick.
4. Be neat.
The setup should be professionally laid out. In this generation, you should use more of wireless mics and less of the coded friends.
If the speakers are not wireless, their connecting cables should be professionally laid out.
There you have it. By following the above points faithfully, you will achieve the best wedding dj setup that will be friendly to the guests, the bride and yourself.
It will also be a good point to ask the wedding couple what kind of a dj setup they may be having in mind.
Some like the minimal setup while others may want to see that stack of subs and tweeters and hear the heavy bass plus the flashy blinding lights.
It’s their day, let them have their way but remember to advise them accordingly.
When it comes to a wedding, the entertainment options may seem slim for you. Being the big day, you need to have a variety to choose from to make the day memorable to you and your guests.
We have made it simpler for you.
Below is a list of choices that you can consider when planning the entertainment part of your wedding.
They may even provide extra services like flashy lights and portable dance floors. Compared to live bands, djs are relatively cheaper.
This is obviously our preferred method of wedding entertainment, but we will give you a few more.
But, if you feel a live band is the only way for you, choose an upcoming band that has experience playing at weddings.
The best people to consider are guitarists, pianists, and harpists. They add romance especially when the couple is walking down the aisle.
Wedding entertainment is a very important part of a wedding and the right mix is crucial in making the day memorable.
It should not be an afterthought but should be put in the most important list ahead of the actual wedding day.
Some entertainment options can be combined. For example a dj and a dance crew.
Shuffling back and forth millions of dance songs available today will cause you a migraine. That’s why we have compiled the 72 all-time favorites suitable for any wedding setting.
But there is still room to bring in new tracks.
I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas
Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good) Diamond, Neil
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) Houston, Whitney
Livin’ On A Prayer Bon Jovi
You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC
Marry You Mars, Bruno
Cha Cha Slide DJ Casper
Brown Eyed Girl Morrison, Van
Shut Up And Dance Walk The Moon
Yeah Usher Feat. Ludacris & Lil’ Jon
All Of Me Legend, John
Timber Pitbull Feat. Ke$Ha
Thinking Out Loud Sheeran, Ed
Love Shack B-52’s
Shout Isley Brothers
Turn Down For What DJ Snake Feat. Lil Jon
Hey Ya! Outkast
Friends In Low Places Brooks, Garth
Twist And Shout Beatles
Pour Some Sugar On Me Def Leppard
Billie Jean Jackson, Michael
Baby Got Back Sir Mix-A-Lot
All About That Bass Trainor, Meghan
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) Beyonce
Footloose Loggins, Kenny
Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sexy And I Know It Lmfao
We Found Love Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris
Sugar Maroon 5
Country Girl (Shake It For Me) Bryan, Luke
Party Rock Anthem Lmfao Feat. Lauren Bennett And Goon Rock
The Way You Look Tonight Sinatra, Frank
Moves Like Jagger Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera
Sexyback Timberlake, Justin
My Girl Temptations
We Are Family Sister Sledge
Get Lucky Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell Williams
Celebration Kool & The Gang
September Earth, Wind & Fire
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) Jackson, Michael
Wonderful Tonight Clapton, Eric
This Is How We Do It Jordan, Montell
Blurred Lines Thicke, Robin Feat. Pharrell & T.I.
Old Time Rock & Roll Seger, Bob & The Silver Bullet Band
Raise Your Glass Pink
Ice Ice Baby Vanilla Ice
At Last James, Etta
Fancy Azalea, Iggy Feat. Charli XCX
Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry
Thriller Jackson, Michael
Build Me Up Buttercup Foundations
Jump Around House Of Pain
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough Jackson, Michael
Can’t Help Falling In Love Presley, Elvis
Marry Me Train
Dancing Queen ABBA
Call Me Maybe Jepsen, Carly Rae
Party In The U.S.A. Cyrus, Miley
Gangnam Style Psy
Treasure Mars, Bruno
Shots Lmfao Feat. Lil Jon
Chicken Fried Brown Band, Zac
The Way You Make Me Feel Jackson, Michael
Give Me Everything Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
Wannabe Spice Girls
Ho Hey Lumineers
A Thousand Years Perri, Christina
Push It Salt-N-Pepa
Thrift Shop Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Wanz
Just Dance Lady Gaga Feat. Colby O’donis
God Gave Me You Shelton, Blake
There are many music sections in a wedding. Music is meant to compliment or be the star in almost all of them.
Do you know the main music sections of a wedding ceremony?
That’s why we are here. Below are the three major sections of a wedding.
#1. The preludes (mood setters).
This is music played as the guests are arriving and taking their seats. The music generally kicks off the day’s business. It should, therefore, be inspiring and keep the guests feeling welcome.
It’s best to confine the music selection to classics, traditional, religious and or contemporary.
30-45 minutes is an ample time for the guests to get sited.
Here comes the wedding party which may include family members, bride, and attendants.
It should be accompanied by nice music to signify the grand entrance. It should also be like a “thank you” note for the ones who have spent sleepless nights to make your big day a success.
Although you can experiment with different entrance procedures, it’s a common tradition in weddings for the bridal party to proceed first. This prepares the guests for the icon of the day.
#3. The Recession.
Also called the exit. Since it’s your joyful day, the music should be energetic and lively with a deep touch of celebration. They should define the remaining part of the day i.e. the party part.
Other sections where music is absolutely welcome is during key moments e.g. when transitioning from one part of the ceremony to the other. They are also called interludes. The opposite is postludes.
Songs played after the recession for guests who are hanging around and catching up with one or two friends. They should carry on the mood of celebration which was set during the recession.
Now that you know the parts of wedding ceremony music, have your playlist organized to perfectly fit each one of them.
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