(Closed) How on EARTH do you pick your wedding music?

posted 7 years ago in Music
Post # 3
730 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Well, it depends what sort of vendors you’ve hired for your music. We had a string quartet for the ceremony, and they gave us a list of what was in their repertoire, and we just picked from that!

As for the reception, if you have a DJ – you just need to tell him what you for sure want, and what type of music you like, and he’ll do the rest – that’s their job! 

Post # 4
1755 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

For reception music, I’ve been setting my ipod on a particular genre for a day or two and when something hits me just right, I’ll write it down.  Then after I’ve got 3-5 songs, move onto another genre.

Also, I’ve been watching every last top 100 of the 80’s, 00’s etc that VH1 runs, it’s great for picking up a few ideas.  Also try googling for wedding DJ playlists, get an idea of what’s common, make notes on what you love and what you hate.

For ceremony, I’m an opera afficiando, so some things were simply from favorite operas.  However, I also googled classical music for weddings for lists, then went to youtube, typed them in and gave them a listen.

I’m not all done with choosing music, but it’s been a huge help! 

Post # 6
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have a Dj for the whole thing since it’s all in the same place and we wanted to spend the money somewhere else. For the ceremony songs i went to:


They have lists of songs for each part of the important wedding moments. Everyone will be waking to “Daddy” by Kendall Payne (beautiful tear-jerker!). It’s long enough for everyone and the lyrics are amazing! Mid-ceremony (probably for the signing of the marriage license) “When you say nothing at all” the Ronan Keating version. Walking out I wanted something fun so we went with “I’m yours” by Jason Mraz. 1st dance: “Quien diria” by Ricardo Arjona, father-daughter: “A song for my daughter”  by Ray Allaire, mother-son: to be decided.

For the cocktail hour I just told my DJ I wanted fun but not loud music. Something that would slowly amp up the excitement without preventing conversation or creating awkwardness when the time came for the dances and the food.

For the reception I would first decide what type of music you want. We wanted fun party modern music to dance to all night long. We would also throw in a few salsas and merengues because we’re from PR, and a few classics like WMCA ect, but no macarena, chicken dance, etc. Once you know that much, go to youtube and type in a few songs that you know and like. To the right of the videos you’ll get recommendations of similar songs/sounds or artists. I did that and before I knew it I had a 2 page list of playlist songs for my DJ! You don’t need that many if he’s good, (mine is great but I went a little crazy) or if the band has a limited repertoire. Just enough to give them an idea. You can also try Pandora. If you have a few songs that you definitely DO NOT want to be played, it’s important to specify that too. For me it was bachata! Blah!

Good luck! Hope this helps!

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