Music Planning Tips

— By Victoria Cameron

Music Planning Tips. Photo by The Loved Ones.
Music Planning Tips. Photo by The Loved Ones.

From the moment guests arrive at your ceremony, right through to the last song the DJ plays, music, sound and song choice can help create a memorable event that is a reflection of you and your partner.  We asked trusted wedding planner Victoria Cameron for her expert music planning advice and what you need to consider for your ceremony and reception - like what can go wrong, noise restrictions (eek) and recommend playlists. An amazing wedding planner, like Victoria, can definitely provide great live band and DJ suggestions and coordination as well as swiftly handle any awkward silences on the day so you can relax and enjoy the party! 

General Information
Music is key in creating the right atmosphere at any event and a wedding is no exception. From the moment your guests arrive you want them to be transported to the world you have created. I personally prefer acoustic music for the ceremony as it has a more intimate feel to it, followed by a great swing band for pre-dinner drinks and a DJ or band that knows how to get guests dancing for the reception.

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Many couples are opting out of the formal cutting of the cake and first dance so the list of formalities at the reception differs however unless you’re doing something completely original the music requirements for your ceremony will be fairly standard. These include: guest arrival, the procession, the signing of the registry, the recession and a few songs for after the ceremony to cover the time it takes for guests to congratulate you.

What Can Go Wrong
A wedding planner can recommend reputable musicians and DJ’s that will be well suited to your preferred style of music and be able to create the desired ambience but beyond that a planner will assist with the logistics and confirm the playlist on your wedding day to ensure there is no confusion and the song for your first dance isn’t played as you walk down the aisle! An extra set of eyes and ears also comes in handy for cueing the musicians for key moments and also controlling the volume should your venue have noise restrictions or curfews.

If you are working with a wedding planner but wish to source the music yourself it’s important to include your planner in these discussions. They will have plenty of advice along the way and a world of experience in troubleshooting any issues that may arise.

General Tip
Use a band/musician/DJ that has a great reputation. Music is key in creating the right atmosphere so if you don’t have a wedding planner start asking friends and families for recommendations. 
Check with your venue about noise restrictions and curfews and be sure to pass this information on to your band.
Ask your prospective bands if they have any upcoming gigs. This is a great opportunity to hear them play live and witness how they interact with a crowd. 
Always ask if they provide their own sound equipment. If they don’t ask them to provide you with the exact specifications so you can source products they are familiar with.

Recommended Playlist for a ceremony/reception
The style of music played at your wedding should really reflect your personal tastes but one of my favourite playlists to date featured tracks by Angus & Julia Stone, The Beatles and a few songs from the P.S. I Love You soundtrack. 

Victoria Cameron - Expert Wedding Planner

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