5 Ideas on How to Pick the Best Music for a Wedding Reception
A wedding reception is an exciting experience, not only for the bride, but for all those invited to share the special occasion with the newlywed couple. While much of the wedding is focused on the bride and groom (and rightfully so!), providing an experience for those who are attending the event is also critically important; while they are there to support the bride and groom, they are still expecting a party!
Consider the following 5 ideas on how to pick the best music for a wedding reception
1. DJ or Live Band?
Which is best for a wedding reception, a DJ or a live band? For starters, both have their pros and cons, and it really depends on the experience you are wanting to share with your guests. If you are looking for specific songs to dance to, then a DJ may be a better option. A live band can also play those same songs, although they will usually sound different due to the band’s unique style and experience (for good or for bad).
In summary, consider what style of music you prefer for your event – whether you want to dance within the embrace of a more “commercial” produced sound pumping from DJ speakers, or whether rock the night away with an experienced, energetic band that drives the crowd wild. Whatever your choice, be sure to do your homework to ensure you are hiring the quality of music you are expecting. Many DJs and live bands have YouTube videos or other means of displaying professional samples of what they offer.
2. Where to Find Wedding Music
There are brides that have had their perfect wedding playlist prepared since they were 12 years old, and then there are brides that simply don’t know where to begin. There are many resources to draw from in selecting wedding songs, such as simply searching the web for “best wedding reception music”.
Another idea would be to search for a wedding music playlist on Pandora, Spotify or YouTube, which will provide a large variety of music styles to choose from.
If you are hiring a live band, they typically have a list of song selections for you to consider (which for some bands may feel limiting); you may also ask if they have any original love songs written by the band that they could play, which would be a unique experience for the occasion.
If you are providing the music yourself rather than hiring a DJ or live band, be sure that you purchase the songs through a legal source ahead of time. Once you own the songs in your playlist, you can re-live the fond memories of your wedding reception anytime and anywhere you want!
3. Shake it Up with Variety
A suggestion, if I may? Please don’t fill up your playlist with slow songs. Your wedding playlist needs variety! Some wedding receptions lend to mellow music, but there are times when you want your guests to get up and dance (heaven forbid they find your wedding reception boring or dull, after all the time and effort you’ve spent planning).
Consider your favorite album by an artist that you like. Whether you realize it or not, a lot of consideration goes into the order of songs on an album based on song styles, tempo, and the experience that the artist wants you to have from beginning to end. The variety of music you play, and the order in which it is played is important. You want to play lively music and slow-dance music at the right times, without the same styles playing too frequently back to back. Picking the right music for your event isn’t as difficult as it may sound, but your music selections shape the overall tone of the experience. And you want it to be the event of the year – it’s your wedding, after all!
Last word of advice: consider your audience. Be daring in your exploration for the perfect wedding playlist, but be sure that you don’t select music that would offend or is simply not appropriate for the event. That too leaves an impression.
4. What Is the Best Song for a First Dance?
While we already mentioned ways to fill up your wedding reception playlist, there is more than just picking songs to fill a dance floor. You need to think about a melody reserved just for you. There comes a time when you more delicately hand-pick songs for the most tender moments of your wedding reception – notably, the father-daughter dance and your first dance as the bride and groom. It should be something that speaks to you or shares a common experience to your courtship or life. And this selection may be the most difficult of all – whether you have to whittle down the “many” or simply can’t find “the one”.
There are songs that have inadvertently become associated with weddings. For me, the first song that pops into my head is “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. But that may be because it was the song I danced to at my own wedding. Other such titles may be “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake, “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra, “Amazed” by Lonestar, “From This Moment On” by Shaniah Twain, and many, many more. There are many notable popular or classic hit songs that work well for a wedding, and while occasionally overplayed, they still paint the right image and mood in the mid of the listener.
5. Write it Yourself – It’s Easier Than You Think!
After considering all the options, you may find that you simply couldn’t find the perfect song that resonated for your special occasion. Sometimes, you need to take matters into your own hands!
Have you ever considered writing your own wedding reception song? It may not be as difficult as you think – there are resources to help make you very successful and the experience unique!
Oxford Custom Songs is a songwriting and recording service that helps people just like you make memories through custom written songs, personalized for your special occasion. Whether you have written out lyrics or a poem that you’d like put to music, or you want Oxford Custom Songs to write the lyrics and music for you with your guidance to get it just right, we can help create the perfect song for your wedding dance!
Creating a custom song has never been easier, and there literally is little more enjoyable than your first dance as a couple to a song that is written by you or specifically with your experience and tender feeling for one another in mind – it becomes the theme song for your wedding!
Oxford Custom Songs professionally writes and records custom written songs to amplify the musical moments of your special occasion. Our talented creative team works closely with you to understand the style and tone of music you are wanting written, as well as to gather some ideas on lyric content to help make your custom song personalized for you. Much more affordable than hiring a musician or band to sing a cover song for your wedding dance, Oxford Custom Songs delivers outstanding personalized songs for your occasion that can be enjoyed for many years to come.
Interested in learning more about how you can create a custom song personalized for your wedding reception?