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Music is incredibly useful for setting the right mood. Nowhere else is the right mood as important as the wedding day. For the ultimate enjoyment of the bride and groom, and to give the guests memories that will last a lifetime playing the right music is absolutely necessary. If you’d like to make your wedding day (or night as it may be) successful simply follow the advice below.

Hiring a DJ vs. Self DJ-ing

While there is no one size fits all solution one things for sure, hiring a DJ takes a lot of the pressure off the bride and groom. Any DJ worth their wage will be able to play music seamlessly throughout the night and constantly read the crowd to know what the best course of action is. They can also help you select appropriate music for your playlist, which we’ll cover in just a moment.

For those who want a little more control over their evening the option to self DJ the wedding may be chosen. Although you are fully in control of your music you will still need to have someone available to tend to the iPod or laptop throughout the night. For this job you’ll want to select a trustworthy friend or family member who knows how to use the equipment. Nothing is more embarrassing than having your playlist stop or fail mid dance.

Choosing the Songs

Perhaps the most difficult part of creating a wedding playlist is selecting the right music to play. A wedding, whether traditional or not, has many parts to it throughout the night and the style or types of music will differ greatly as the wedding progresses. For starters you’ll want to:

  1. Pick songs that you (the bride and groom) relate to.
  2. Select music genres that represent your lives and wedding well.
  3. Choose songs that the crowd can relate with (take into consideration the age of guests).
  4. Include a breather track every 4 – 5 songs to give your guests a chance to rest.

Planning the Playlist

When you select the tracks for your wedding playlist, place them in the exact order that you want them to play. Consider adding an additional amount of time on the end of each playlist in case the transition from one portion of the night to another is delayed. You wouldn’t want the music to stop half way through dinner would you? A good rule of thumb is to have thirty extra minutes tacked onto the end of each playlist.

End the Night with a Bang

One of the most important aspects of a wedding playlist is the final song. You want to pump up your guests and leave them feeling excited and energetic. This will reinforce positive thoughts about your wedding and reception and leave your guests memories for years to come. Even if your entire playlist is a little dull the last song can really make up for it!

Greg Davis is highly interested in all aspects of music. He’s a more than casual listener who enjoys working in the music industry as a writer and stage hand at various events. When not working or writing about music he can be found dancing at local concerts and shows hosted by the best San Diego DJ.



Choosing the music and entertainment for your big day can be a real challenge. The music often sets the tone and atmosphere and can have a big impact on how your guests feel and their level of enjoyment. The biggest difficulty is coming up with a style and genre of music that all your guests will enjoy. Often weddings are full of a wide mix of people from a wide age range, so choosing something that everyone will love can be tricky. Of course it is also important to choose something you enjoy and reflects upon yourselves as a couple. Here is a look at the different genres of music to help you choose the right one for your wedding-


Acoustic music for your wedding is an unusual choice but one that is fairly flexible. Choosing an acoustic guitar for your reception during the day is great for creating peaceful and romantic background music and can be stepped up a notch for the evening. If you choose an acoustic solo artist this can become quite repetitive, consider an acoustic band that do covers and upbeat numbers for your evening event.

Jazz/Swing Band

Choosing a jazz swing band for your wedding is a great safe option. Jazz bands can be very versatile providing music that everyone can enjoy. Create a mellow and relaxed atmosphere for the day time and move into more upbeat swing songs for the evening. You will find that nearly all of your guests will enjoy jazz music as it can be a real mix of covers of well known songs, unique classy jazz pieces and fun up-tempo swing songs.  There are many different genres with in jazz music which makes it all the more versatile, have a listen of a few to decide which is perfect for your big day.


A DJ is amongst the most popular choice for entertainment at weddings. Choosing a DJ means you have the luxury of being able to play any music you like from any era but you do loose the romantic side of having live music produced right in front of you especially for your event. The beauty of having a DJ is that you can encourage your guests to make song requests, or even ask them to write a song each down on a piece of paper when they come into your reception to be put into a box and played later by the DJ. A DJ is a great way of making sure everyone is happy and everyone has a say in what is played, making your wedding tailor made to yours and your guests tastes.


A Harpist is a very elegant option for your wedding. Typically a harpist would only work for the day time and early evening. Guests usually expect slightly more up tempo music for the evening so a harpist may not be able to carry you through to the evening too. The harp is a truly beautiful option, but typically only works during the day, as background music to your wedding breakfast or drinks reception.

A great wedding DJ is one of the most crucial aspects of a reception. After the couple books a venue, hires a caterer and chooses a bartender, DJs must be interviewed. It is not as simple as just hiring someone based on word of mouth or an Internet search. A DJ sets the tone for the entire reception. Since the reception is the part of the wedding that is scheduled with guests in mind, the quality of the DJ will factor strongly into whether or not people have nice things to say about the wedding after the fact.

Don’t hire a hobbyist

A good wedding DJ is going to be expensive, but he/she will be well worth the cost. Many couples try to save money by hiring hobbyists or music fans with large record collections, but they risk having receptions that are not as enjoyable as they could be. All of the money that is spent on the other aspects of a reception will have been wasted if the DJ is not up to par.

A DJ is a musician

A DJ is a musician in his own right. A live band is fun to watch and has a special kind of in-the-moment energy, but it will not be able to play the broad range of music that a DJ can. Since a DJ is only one person, he will be less expensive than a full band. He will be able to switch up his pre-planned playlist based on requests, which he will know how to seamlessly integrate into the playlist. He will also sense when the crowd wants to hear songs in certain tempos. A good DJ knows how to keep a party moving so everyone enjoys himself.

A good DJ will set the tone

The wedding DJ will do more than just play the songs that the couple wants him to play. He will craft a playlist that ebbs and flows along with the crowd’s energy level. This is why it is so important to hire an experienced professional. A DJ who has worked at a lot of weddings will have a good sense for when to play fast dance music and when to play some quiet songs. He may even compose some original interludes to connect the individual songs. He will have to do some live mixing to slow down or speed up songs that bleed into each other. A DJ does not just play a string of songs; he builds a singular piece of music that lasts for the entire duration of the reception.

Choosing your DJ

When looking for a DJ, the couple should start by asking friends for recommendations. It is perfectly acceptable to contact prospective DJs and ask for demos of their past work. The right DJ will know how to cater to the tastes of everyone in the room while maintaining a high level of consistency. He will be able to listen to what the couple wants and interpret those instructions so that the music goes along with the wedding theme or a certain genre of music that is popular among the couple’s friends.

The right DJ is the one who rightfully and respectfully treats the reception as the best night of the couple’s new life together. He is not going to treat it like just another night of work. He will aim to capture the shared spirit of the couple in the music he plays.