WORKING WITH YOUR DJ
FOR A GREAT MUSIC
When it comes to your destination wedding, the choice of
music to take you throughout the various stages is
crucial. It sets the tone and ensures that the proceedings
If you're planning a destination wedding or a themed
wedding, the right choice of music can set the scene and
portray an image for your guests of what's still to come.
Here are a few tips to help you plan your choice of music:
Communication is key
Don't just expect the DJ to turn up and then leave him to
get on with it. Meet up beforehand to go through his
songs and decide the sort of music you want playing at
each stage of your reception.
This gives you a chance to single out specific songs which
you don't want him to play and helps to give him an
understanding of the type of music you're looking for.
You may for example want different genres of music for
different parts of the proceedings. For example some light
background music whilst you're enjoying cocktails and
canapes; some jazz music playing during the meal; and
then some classic chart hits of the 80's to get everyone to
their feet and dancing.
An experienced DJ should get a good feeling of the
occasion and be able to keep it swinging.
Choosing special songs
Every bride and groom has a few “special songs” which
mean everything to them and it's important to choose the
songs you want for your reception entrance and especially
for the first dance.
Make sure that your DJ has the song titles and that they're
the version which you like the best. Your reception song
should be something bold and uplifting, something will raise
a cheer from your guests.
It can be rowdy and fun or full of pomp and circumstance.
There are no rules so just be creative. The first dance
together song should be romantic and meaningful but also
something that your guests can join in with after a short
Play music for everyone
You may be a fan of heavy rock music but it's highly
unlikely that your guests will be too. A top tip when
choosing your wedding music is to stay with popular songs
which most people will know.
You could also ask each guest to request a song
beforehand, so that at least one person is enjoying a
particular tune. Just try and stick to music which will
appeal to all age groups.
Stay tuned to your destination
Finally, seeing as you're overseas, try and choose a couple of
tunes which incorporate the travel theme. A couple of good
songs include “Come Fly With Me” from Frank Sinatra and
“Come Away With Me by Norah Jones. You could also choose
a little Hawaiian or Caribbean themed music (depending on
where you are of course) to play during the meal.
It's your wedding, so get involved with the music, make it
personal, and everyone will have a ball!
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