(Closed) playlist?

posted 8 years ago in Music
Post # 3
47 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

i’m still in process doing mine, but here’s my plan so far. sorry it’s so long! this has been one of my favorite parts of planning so i’m pretty passionate about it!

– keep a notebook with categories for several seperate playlists. for me it’s just dinner and dancing, but you may need a cocktails playlist too. i also have another list for ceremony/special songs.

– listen to your music collection with your fiance, a good thing to do while multitasking around the house- cooking, cleaning, etc- and write down any song that you like and think might be a good fit. i also bring the notebook to work with me in case i’m listening to music at my desk, and anytime my fiance and i are driving together, we plug our ipods into the car and i shuffle songs and write them down in the passenger seat.

– when you’re picking songs, keep your guests in mind (grandma might not like a lot of f-bombs, and throw in some classics if you want her to dance), the message of the song (avoid the sad break-up songs even though they sound pretty- check lyrics if you’re not sure), the tone of the event (black sabbath and black tie don’t always mix), and above all- what you like! i take all of these factors on a case by case basis. for example, “seperate ways” by journey is more of a breakup song, but my fiance and i have a lot of great memories doing karaoke to it together so it stays.

– once you have a good sized list (for me it’s 2-3 pages in a moleskin size notebook), start putting all the songs into playlists in itunes.

– come up with a rough estmate of how much time you think each segment of the wedding will be- round up for sure!

– the itunes playlists will let you know how long it is, so start arranging your songs so that they flow well together- delete ones that feel out of place until you’re down to a time you like. i like to play the last :20 of a song and the first :20 to see if they flow.

have fun with it! this has actually been the most fun and therapeutic wedding task for me. anytime i feel stressed about planning, listening to music together has been really fun and a great way to bond. i’m way far ahead of the point this needs to happen in my planning, but i’ve started early since it’s been fun for both of us.

good luck!!

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