Music is one of those things that can just as easily divide people as it can bring them together, so in order to make the evening reception at a wedding go according to plan it is necessary to think carefully about exactly what you want to do.
Are you going to pick all the songs on your MP3 player and create your own entertainment for the occasion, making sure to use equipment that is up to standard, or hire a band or DJ to take care of this crucial part of the day.
There are times when the music at a wedding caters to the vast majority of guests and gets them all clamouring for the dance floor to enjoy the celebrations, while it is a common occurrence that as soon as a tune that doesn’t fit the clientele comes on, people can’t get away quick enough.
Of course there are other factors involved, such as whether the bride and groom are on the dance floor at any given time or if those present are having fun anyway, they are certainly more likely to remain here whatever music is being played.
It is not easy to gauge the situation and play songs that everyone likes to hear so there is usually a compromise. Whether this is between the bride and groom’s preference in music genres or for the age ranges of those attending the reception, it is hard to get things just right.
This is why it is necessary to come up with a plan for all eventualities and design a playlist that means the majority of people will be happy most of the time, while the bride and groom get to hear (and dance to) some of their all-time favourite songs – after all it is their wedding.
For those who do decide to hire a live band or DJ, it is important to make sure they understand your wishes and get this across to them well in advance of the big day. There is nothing worse than an empty dance floor and a DJ who is out of touch with the reality of the situation.
There are plenty of wedding entertainment providers these days who do know how to get wedding guests up for a bit of fun and so can offer the perfect solution. Just let them know exactly what sort of music you want to hear and you can then relax and leave the rest to them.
This article was written by Gary Stevens, on behalf of Live Music Management.