Having a great band or DJ at your wedding is an absolute necessity. There’s no getting around it, if you want a memorable wedding reception you need to hire good entertainment. With so many genres to choose from, many couples fall into several common wedding song mistakes. Never fear though, were here to let you in on the biggest mishaps couples make wedding picking out their wedding song play list.
1. Sound restrictions
Many brides forget to check restrictions for sound ordinances in the town their reception is going to be held. Some venues in particular may have restricted sound level requirements. So make sure to check out any requirements or possible restrictions that may affect your wedding song list or cause your party to end early.
2. Not meet the actual DJ until the wedding day
It’s imperative that you meet the DJ who will be doing the music for your wedding way in advanced. Only a face-to-face meeting will give you an overall feel of how this person operates and how you feel they will do at your wedding. This gives you the opportunity to choose wedding songs with the specific person, and map out where he/she will bet set up. Many times you will go into an agency to hire a DJ and never actually meet the DJ himself. Make sure you set out time to meet this person face-to-face, it will only ensure you’ve hired the right person.
3. Small dance floor
Having a small amount of room for a dance floor can cause huge congestion and frustration. If there isn’t any room for guests to move around, things can get bumped, glasses and bar wear can be broken, food could be spilled and older guests and children could be knocked down. Having ample amount of room will keep everyone and everything safe.
4. Playing only one genre of music
Keep in mind the vast amount of age groups at your wedding. Make them all comfortable by playing wedding songs from everyone’s generation. Some oldies, some pop, some love songs, some rock and some country should appeal to just about everyone there.
5. Forgetting to assemble a DO-NOT-PLAY-LIST
We all know there are certain songs that just need to stay in the past. So when crazy uncle Don asks the DJ to play the Macarena, the DJ can respectfully say no because it’s on the wedding song do-not-play list. This is also great for couples who absolutely hate a certain artist or band.
6. Requesting the DJ to play too many songs
Generally DJ’s play somewhere between 12 – 15 songs per hour, meaning about 60 songs for your typical 4 hour reception. A good way to go about selecting your wedding songs are to pick 25 that you really want to hear and then give your DJ the freedom to play songs based on the mood and requests from guests.
7. Choosing long special dance wedding songs
Everyone knows it’s your day, but picking dance wedding songs that are way too long can get extremely boring for your guests. It may be OK to splurge on the length of your first dance song, but for the mother-son and father-daughter dance try to keep it shorter.
8. Not paying attention to the flow of the reception
DJ’s not only play the wedding songs, they also are the man who keeps every informed and on schedule. That is as long as you are on schedule. Many DJ’s ask that you keep an eye on the time, know when your cocktail hour has started and when it’s suppose to end. Doing this will keep everything moving smoothly.