Our venue had the major benefit of a built-in sound system, with the bonus of being able to have different music in every room! Jon and I decided early on that we weren’t interested in hiring a DJ, partially because of the cost and partially because we’d been to our share of weddings with terrible DJs. So from that point on, we’re flying solo.
Once that decision was made, my only concern was that not having a DJ would disrupt the flow of the evening—not having an emcee to move things along might cause our evening to stagnate, I worried. However, one of our “better dudes” can be a major ham, as evidenced by the poem that he wrote and performed for his new wife during their wedding reception—a Dr. Seuss-style production whose message was along the lines of “Haha! You’re stuck with me now!” We decided that if anyone was qualified for the job, he was.
In the meantime, Jon has been slowly compiling the wedding playlist. He has taken on this task with gusto, as choosing danceable music is apparently right up his wedding-planning ally. I do have to keep reminding him that not everything on the dance floor can be fast-paced booty music, but for the most part, he’s doing a great job! We will also have a separate [quieter] playlist for anyone who is taking a break or isn’t interested in dancing. It will play throughout the rest of the mansion.
Music is a great way to set the tone for your event. Putting together multiple playlists (potentially, there could be different playlists for the processional, recessional, ceremony, introductions, dance floor, and more) can be a lot of work, but it also gives you complete control over the mood of each moment. It's a lot of work up front, but putting together your own customized playlist sets up a framework of how the evening will run–and saves you from the dreaded Chicken Dance!
Think of your playlist as an outline, like you would put together for a presentation. Creating the outline can be a lot of work, but it helps your presentation go smoothly when it counts. Plan ahead, and you've got yourself the outline for an awesome day.
And then, when the time comes,
pump up the volume;
pump up the volume;