There are two aspects of wedding music that need to be addressed when preparing for your big day. First, you may wish to choose certain music or arrange for professional soloists or musicians to play during the actual wedding ceremony. But at the wedding reception, it’s pretty much anything goes when it comes to selecting wedding music, provided it’s tasteful.
You will need to plan your wedding entertainment as soon as possible. Good talent gets booked fast and you don’t want to end up having to select the new DJ with only a couple of wedding parties under his belt or something even worse. Setting up your music a full year in advance is recommended but at a minimum, you should know who will be showing up and what he or she will be playing at least six months before to the wedding date.
For most weddings, selecting the music for the wedding ceremony isn’t that complicated because quite often, it’s handled by the person in charge at the location where the ceremony will take place. When you’re exploring your wedding ceremony options, be sure to seek information about any guidelines with respect to wedding ceremony music as these could possibly impact your decision. If the ceremony is being held out-of-doors, check for electrical hook-ups.
Wedding music during the ceremony is essentially secondary to the ceremony itself so the music is really meant to sort of ‘fill in the gaps’ during the non-speaking periods such as while guests are being seated, during the procession, and while lighting up the unity candles. Of course, it’s your wedding and it can be custom-designed.
The music that’s played at the reception, however, is going to mean the difference between a successful reception and one that’s ho-hum. And this is where things can begin to get complicated. When you begin searching for wedding reception music, you’ll realize rather quickly that you have a number of options. You can hire a live band, a DJ that should have a massive music library, or you can have a combination of both if you want variety.
It’s important that you both agree on the style of wedding music you want played at your reception. There are ‘conventional’ songs that almost always are played at certain points during the reception such as the father/daughter dance, the cake cutting, the dollar dance and so on. And then there is all the music in between. Do you want jazz, country, R&B, new age, Italian, Latin, Jewish-inspired, or a little bit of everything? That’s a necessary decision to make because the DJ and the musicians you select will really need to deliver what you want or you won’t be satisfied.
Make an effort to book experienced professionals for your wedding music. Always ask for and check endorsements. Even contact the Better Business Bureau. If booking live talent, arrange to hear a live performance before booking. Scrutinize the written agreement before signing to make sure all parties concur on the number of hours music will be provided and that everything that has been agreed to is in writing. Find out the cancellation and refund policy, too.
If you are planning a lush Las Vegas wedding, contact us today so we can craft a memorable entertainment experience for you.