Choosing Your Wedding Day Music

There are many excellent choices for your wedding music. Your wedding music not only depends on your musical taste, but your budget as well. No DJ can compete with the energy of a great live band, but bands are usually much more expensive than DJs. It is not unusual to receive price quotes from live bands that are several times more expensive than that of DJs.

Both bands and DJs are normally charging you by the hours of service performed. Four hours of music is standard in the industry. Music normally begins during the cocktail hour. For how long the band plays should be discussed during the initial negotiations. Both parties should understand what is needed and what is possible.

There are many ways to find wedding music. You can ask for recommendations from friends and family. If you are working with a wedding coordinator, she should be more than happy to assist you with wedding music. It is best to meet with several wedding music professionals before you make a decision. Never hire the first one you meet, even if you fall in love with them. You are doing yourself a disservice, if you don’t interview several bands. Ask to see the bands and DJs in action. Ask for demos to help you to make your decision. Ask for references to see what others think of the band.

Make sure you understand what the band members will be wearing. Remember they are your employees, for the few hours you hire them. They have to dress appropriately, and you not the band members determine what is appropriate. You should ask to see if they could play the songs that you want to hear. Will they take requests from guests? If possible, make sure the bandleader visits the venue before the event to make sure it has all the space and electrical requirements.

If you think you found the band or DJ you want to hire, put all the details in writing. Don’t just take someone’s word for it. Unless it is in writing, it was never part of the deal. If it is important to you put it in writing. It is better to be too careful than to get burned.

George Meszaros

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8 responses for this post

  1. Philkillens Lover. Says:

    Would you Choose romantic wedding music for your ceremony or reception ?

  2. daVIDica Says:

    Well, yeah.
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  3. Andrea W Says:

    Wedding…the reception is for letting your hair down and socializing. Maybe one couples first dance song, but after that only sprinkle couples songs throughout the reception. The rest of the music should be the kind that makes you want to hit the floor and dance.
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  4. doll baby Says:

    Well it definitely won't be sad heartbreaking cheating kill myself songs.
    They will be make you feel good songs and love songs of course.
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    edit: and a mix of different genres

  5. Emanon Says:

    I chose Rock.
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  6. tamara m Says:

    romantic yes,cloyingly sweet no. I find that songs about undying love make me gag! I actually prefer songs about love that has already stood the test of time.
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  7. Windrider The New Herald Mage. Says:

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  8. redsox fan Says:

    for the ceremony of course. for the reception, a few slow songs…but a lot of fun dance songs for all your friends. I hate boring music at weddings.
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