Creating the soundtrack for one of the happiest days of your life… yes it’s important! These are also songs that will resonate with you for a lifetime. Before you start trying to curate the perfect playlist, there are a few things to consider. From looking for inspiration to making the music selection sound cohesive, there is a little more work that goes into it than throwing all of your favorite songs into a playlist. Don’t work, we’ve made you a list of everything to consider when selecting your wedding songs.
One of the first details to sort out is who will be controlling the playlist on your big day? This may be a DJ, band or combination of both. Some couples choose to use live musicians for their ceremony and cocktail hour and opt for a DJ at their reception. Other couples choose to have a DJ for the entire day. It’s up to you, but whatever you choose will affect your song choices.
Start your search by looking for some musical inspiration. Watch wedding videos on Social Media, watch a couple of romantic comedies or search on AppleMusic or Spotify for wedding playlists. You may find some hidden gems you never would’ve heard otherwise.
You’ll want to get to know the foundations of wedding music before searching for suggestions.
Ceremony Songs to Select: Processional Songs, Bridal Processional Song, Recessional Song.
Reception Songs to Select: Introduction Songs, First Dance Song, Mother-Son, Father-Daughter, Cake Cutting, Last Dance
These songs should be carefully thought out to match the mood. For example, for the processional songs you’ll want something romantic that matches your pace your wedding party walks down the aisle.
Give the playlist a run through from start to finish to make sure you are happy with your selections. For the bride, practice walking to your processional entrance song. As a couple dance to your first dance song and jam out to your reception soundtrack. If any songs don’t feel right, swap them out – there are plenty of songs beautiful to choose from!