Whether you will have a band or DJ on your big day, choosing your wedding music will be a key part of the planning process. Your once-in-a-lifetime special day deserves the best soundtrack, so use the wedding music selection process as an opportunity to make your dreams a reality.
Here’s everything you need to consider as you choose your wedding music.
The first step in the wedding music selection process is deciding between a band and a DJ, but there are a few key considerations:
- How much do you want to spend on music? A band is usually more expensive than a DJ—but a great band provides a focal point and entertainment at your reception. If you prefer to hear music the same way it’s heard on the radio or Spotify, you may prefer a DJ.
- Are there any electrical or space limitations at your venue? A five-piece pop band with multiple amps, mics and electric guitars could blow out the power at an older venue, so be sure to communicate with your venue manager to see what the space can accommodate. Ask if couples usually have a band or DJ and get technical and equipment specs that you can discuss with your music professional.
- Does your venue provide equipment? Your band or DJ will have some of their own equipment but may need a platform/stage, electrical cables/extension cords, mic stands and other items.
- How are the acoustics at your venue? It would be hugely disappointing to hire a band and have their music sound flat because of bad acoustics, or for a too-small space to be overwhelmed by a loud group. Talking to your venue manager will help you get a sense of what will sound best in your space.
- What kind of vibe do you want to create? Consider the type of guests who will be attending, your theme (if any) and the kind of music that will be appropriate for your venue (e.g. you probably don’t want only a gentle harpist playing at a blowout bash).