GOOD T IMES AHEAD

My Wedding - - GROOMS - By Re­becca Mur­ray www.en­vyevents.co.nz

“Mu­sic is the great uniter. An in­cred­i­ble force. Some­thing that people who dif­fer on ev­ery­thing and any­thing else can have in com­mon.” Sarah Dessen

Mu­sic seems to ei­ther be a cou­ple’s top pri­or­ity or their last de­ci­sion. Since it’s role is so im­por­tant in terms of at­mos­phere, it’s re­ally im­por­tant to get it right.

Pre-Cer­e­mony

If you’re not hav­ing a live mu­si­cian for your cer­e­mony, you’ll need at least an hour’s worth of soft and ca­sual mu­sic on your playlist. Good back­ground mu­sic will make your guests feel com­fort­able and what you play re­flects their mood, so con­sider that when se­lect­ing your songs.

Pro­ces­sional

You will gen­er­ally only need one song as you walk down the aisle. Most cou­ples pick a ro­man­tic num­ber, but this is a good op­por­tu­nity to pick a song that re­flects you as a cou­ple.

Re­ces­sional

When the cer­e­mony ends and the newly wed cou­ple make their way out, ev­ery­one is in cel­e­bra­tory mode, which is why cou­ples tend to choose an up­beat song, usu­ally some­thing com­i­cal or fun.

Cock­tail hour

Your can use your pre-cer­e­mony playlist again here. Ca­sual back­ground mu­sic will keep the mood alive but al­low your guests to con­verse eas­ily and not get dis­tracted by the mu­sic.

Bridal party en­trance

It isn’t es­sen­tial to have a spe­cific song for your en­trance, but some cou­ples use this mo­ment as an op­por­tu­nity to in­ject some fun into the evening by choos­ing a funny song.

Pre-din­ner

You may want to carry on the cock­tail hour playlist or go for some­thing more up­beat. Bear in mind that this is still a time for back­ground mu­sic in terms of vol­ume, but your guests will be feel­ing in a more jovial mood so re­flect that in your song choices.

Din­ner

If you haven’t yet made an up­beat back­ground playlist yet then this is the time. Food is be­ing served, speeches are be­ing made and guests are chat­ter­ing away, the mu­sic should re­flect the mood, but be kept on the down low.

First dance

As with the pro­ces­sional/re­ces­sional mu­sic choices, a ro­man­tic or com­i­cal first dance song is usu­ally cho­sen- some­times both! You can also add in more spe­cific songs here for a fa­ther/ daugh­ter & mother/son dance.

Dancing

Now it’s time to crank it up and get the party started, up­beat fast songs are best to keep guests on the dance floor but throw a slow one in ev­ery so of­ten too for the love­birds. If your guests span a few gen­er­a­tions, give con­sid­er­a­tion to that by mix­ing up the genre – a dash of Elvis, a splash of hip hop, a lit­tle rock … and a bit of roll.

Other op­por­tu­ni­ties for a sig­na­ture or mean­ing­ful tune in­clude the cake cut­ting, the bou­quet or garter toss and, of course, the last song.

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