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Wedding Music Mistakes to Avoid
You’ll want to make note of these wedding music mistakes to leave out of your wedding.
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- Silence before your wedding ceremony.
Most wedding guests will arrive to a wedding ceremony at least 15 minutes before it begins. You’ll want to have your DJ play background music during this time, setting the tempo for your wedding ceremony. It will also give you a way to signal to guests that your ceremony is starting, by your DJ being able to stop the music or turn it up loudly to alert guests to be seated.
- Doing a walk-through of your venue.
If your wedding DJ hasn’t played at your reception venue before, it’s a good idea to have a walk-through at your wedding venue. This will allow you to see where power outlets are located and what type of DJ booth setup will work in the space.
- Creating a must play music list.
Most brides and grooms we meet with have at least a few must play songs that they want at their wedding. That’s why we have all of our couples create a must play song list for their wedding. This ensures that any special songs aren’t forgotten on their wedding day and no wedding music mistakes are made.
- Creating a do not play music list.
Going hand in hand with a must play music list is also the do not play music list. Wedding guests will often make songs requests to the DJ. If you don’t want to hear the “Cha Cha Slide” or any other songs, make sure to give your DJ a do not play music list containing these exclusions.
- Not meeting with your wedding DJ.
We understand that many couples getting married in the Hudson Valley are having destination weddings. Meeting with a wedding DJ in-person prior to your wedding day may be difficult. However, we suggest having a Facetime or Skype meeting with your DJ if possible. This will allow you to get a better feel for your DJ’s personality and how they will emcee your wedding day. It will also give him/her an opportunity to go over all of your wedding music details.
- Having long First Dance, Mother Groom and Father Bride dance songs.
Your couples dances are a special time for brides, grooms and their parents. These might be moments that you have been dreaming about for years. However, your guests won’t appreciate standing and watching 3 separate dances that span almost 15 minutes in length. Choose songs that are no more than 2-3 minutes in length, or have your DJ fade out of songs after this amount of time.
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Planning your Hudson Valley wedding? We have more wedding music tips on our blog for you to read.