Whether you know it or not, your wedding is likely the biggest, most expensive party you'll ever throw. When it comes to weddings, music is definitely one of the most important details. Great music is a must, for a fun, memorable night. That's why it's important that you not only choose a great wedding DJ or band, but it's important to choose great music, too!
Whether you're looking for your ceremony songs, the perfect first dance song, wedding party entrance songs, wedding exit or send-off songs, cake-cutting songs, or just new reception songs for your 2018/2019 wedding, we've got you covered. We're here to help make planning your wedding music less stressful!
Whether you're booking a wedding DJ, live musicians or a band, the music selections are very important. By the way, we know some amazing Austin wedding DJs, if you need a DJ! :) Great music makes the celebration fun! On the other hand, bad music can change the mood, too. With that being said, here are a few tips to help you pick great music for your wedding or event!
1. Remember to Include Everyone
You and your fiancee may have unique taste in music and you may both love to listen to great songs and artists that no one else knows, yet. Or maybe you LOVE some classic Radiohead (great band), but be sure to remember that your guests may not have the exact same taste in music. Try to include some genres for all your guests, from ages 5 - 95! You don't have to, of course, but it's a good idea to, so that everyone gets to hear music and dance, even if it's just for a little while. You want to look back and remember your parents, grandparents, friends and family all having fun! Your photographer and videographer will capture those great moments for your lifetime memories!
2. Blend Your Tastes, Too
Even though you want to be sure to include music for everyone, be sure to include your favorite must-play songs and artists, too! If you love music that perhaps isn't danceable, then you could always play those great songs during dinner, the prelude (when guests are arriving), or cocktail hour, too. This is your big day, so be sure your celebration includes your personalities and tastes!
3. Do You Research
Stuck on what songs to play? Maybe you KNOW your mom and dad love 70s & 80s music, but you don't quite remember what songs they really love. Just ask them! You can always send out an email, or add something to your Facebook invite or wedding website, that says: "What are 2 songs that will make you get up and dance?" Then, when you get the responses, you can filter through them and send them to your DJ or band, to include in the set list (DJs will be able to do this, easier, of course, but bands can at least know what style to play).
4. Use ABDJs' Online Library
Whether you're our client or not, we're still here to help you. If you're stuck trying to figure out what songs to play for genres you don't really listen to, and you've already asked your guests for suggestions, with limited success, you're not stuck. If you listen to only one genre of music, and not familiar with others, visit the Billboard Top 100 Hits for new song ideas and top genre hits, too.
We've already seen a few trends for key moment songs, too. "Perfect," by Ed Sheeran, is one of the top First Dance songs, for 2018, for many couples. It's great song and perfectly fits the occasion! We've also seen that Elton John songs are making a come back for key moments, cocktail hour, and dinner. It's hard to beat the Elton John classics. They're perfect for weddings!
If you need ideas for other genres, or even song suggestions for wedding key moments, like the first dance, parent dances, etc., check out our online library. Simply visit our online music library page and click on the "popular lists" tab, for plenty of helpful song suggestions.
If you still have questions, feel free to contact us and we'll be glad to help!
- Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths Team
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