If you are planning a wedding then I hope you'll find this guide a useful reference guide.
Whether you are a Bride or Groom and Wedding Planner of DJ this guide will help you develop a music soundtrack that reflects the personality and wishes of the couple and helps take the guests on a musical journey that complements any wedding day perfectly.
The latest available figures from the Office of National Statistics reveal some interesting facts about marriage and weddings in England and Wales during 2016
Your guests will start to arrive for your ceremony from around 30 minutes to 45 minutes before your Ceremony. The more remote your
What music would you like to have playing to help create the mood and atmosphere you want at the start of the day?
It may be better to stylize the music rather than just including a mix of songs or different types and styles.
Some examples of the type and styles of music that you may wish to consider could include:
Wedding Ceremony Music
If you are having a civil ceremony and getting married in a wedding venue or Registry Office rather than in a Church there are some rules about the music you can play.
You are not allowed to play any religious songs or have an bible or religious readings during the ceremony.
This does not just cover traditional Hymns but can extend to songs with religious connations in them for examples Angels by Robbie Williams or Ava Maria by Beyonce. If you are in any doubt then please discuss your music choices with the Registration Service.
The wedding ceremony normally takes around 30 minutes. Ceremonies in a church can take slightly longer as you may be able to choose some Hymns for your guests to sing and there are often some readings from the bible included in the service.
The Drinks Reception
The drinks reception is the time when your guests are enjoying their first drink.
Everyone will be in good spirits and will want to congratulate you after all you’ve just been married.
Your photographer will be organising some photographs.
This is a time when you will want to be playing upbeat celebratory songs.
Your guests may well be outside depending on the weather.
Some music ideas that would work here include:
Creating an atmosphere which gets your guests moving, tapping their feet and singing along to popular songs would complement the mood perfectly.
The Grand Entrance to the Wedding Breakfast
Once your guests are seated for the Wedding Breakfast there is an opportunity for the happy couple to be announced into the wedding breakfast.
In the United States its very popular to announce in the whole of the "Top Table" and there's nothing stopping you from doing this here. You could even choose a specific song for each person or couple to be announced into the wedding breakfast.
Traditionally in the UK its the couple alone who get announced into the wedding breakfast to suitable applause.
What better way to build the atmosphere with an appropriate song to lighten the atmosphere and add a fun element to your wedding entrance.
The Wedding Breakfast
The Wedding Breakfast is normally a time when your guests get to know each other better or just indulge in conversation.
You'll need some background music just playing on a low volume whilst your guests are being served the wedding breakfast.
Usually a good mix of love songs, acoustic music or songs with a more chilled vibe.
As the wedding breakfast reaches its latter stages it might be an idea to inject some energy by introducing some well know "Sing-A-Long" songs to get your guests in the mood for the fast approaching evening wedding reception party.
This is the time between the end of the daytime festivities and before the start of the evening wedding reception party.
You might want to think about a play-list for this section of the day.
There are probably two options
The Evening Wedding Reception Party
When it comes to the evening party have a think about the music you like that has broad appeal and you think will get people dancing
Most weddings have guests of all ages and some have guests from afar where there may be regional differences in music tastes as well as and international dimension to consider.
A good mix of songs to cater for all musical tastes will help everyone to feel part of your wedding reception party.
Well known songs with a broad appeal are generally the songs to focus on.
Why not invite each of your guests to suggest a song or two that they like to dance too with their RSVP to your wedding that way you are sure to gather a list of songs that you know will be popular with your guests as they were involved in picking them.
As a DJ I encourage you to put forward as many songs as you want to include in your wedding "playlist". I use this as a guide rather than a must follow list. If there is a shorter list of "Must Play" songs that would be ideal perhaps with a longer list of "Would Like" songs.
Almost as important as the songs you would like played have a think about any songs that you really don't want played too. Some songs may hold a bad memory or may just be a cringeworthy song you dont want played.
As a skilled DJ I'd work with your "playlist" and use your songs along with other songs I might introduce to build the energy on the dancefloor and read the room to make the maximum impact on the dancefloor.
The Spotlight Moments
If you need any inspiration you can find some great ideas in the list of the top songs played at weddings compiled by DJ Intelligence compiled from returns from DJs who have performed at weddings over the past year
Author: Ian Conway - Icon Entertainments Specialist Wedding & Events DJ
I'm a Multi Award Winning North East Wedding DJ and Mobile Disco covering Northumberland, County Durham, Teesside, North Yorkshire, Newcastle, Sunderland and Tyne and Wear areas.