The wedding music must play on

The songs you select for your special wedding day create beautiful moments that you know will stay in your heart and memory forever. Your song choices are also a great way to express who you are as a couple, says General Manager, Sean Granger, of Granny Mouse Country House & Spa.

There’s a lot to think about when setting a playlist, but the bridal entrance, walking down the aisle and the first dance as a married couple are probably the most important song choices.

Choosing a theme or style of your wedding shapes your wedding, and from there it’s a great place to start to figure out the kind of music you want to have on your special day.

If you are planning an outdoor wedding, make sure everyone is on the same page with sound ordinances, when the entertainment must stop, how loud the entertainment can be, and how much power you will need.

If you are looking at DJ’s, make sure that you feel their music aligns with your music taste, as you don’t want them going off playing songs that are totally wrong for your personality. Do some reading up on them, specifically their style of music, read reviews, watch their promo videos, and if you are looking for live music whether it be orchestral classic sounds or a band, check them out first to see if they match.

Give the DJ a list that is clear and precise, indicating which songs you want played, and when. Or, if you’re not too picky, provide a “don’t play” list so that you’re not stuck having to hear any songs you dislike.

If it’s a band, and these used to be popular in the 80s cult movies and are making a comeback, there are a lot of things to check to ensure there isn’t a disaster on your hands.

Have an audition and ask those key questions. How long will they play for? What is the backup plan if there is an issue i.e. load shedding or faulty instruments? Do you have “backup” equipment or instruments if anything should occur?

Make sure all the specifics are documented in your contract. Again, do the research. Don’t sign anything without first watching a live performance on video or in person and pay attention to the quality of the sound.

Granger adds that when it comes down to it, the options for choosing your wedding music are limitless. Using your overall wedding style to guide these choices whilst working closely with your planner will ensure that the day sounds as seamless as it looks.

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