For most couples, getting engaged is one of the most exciting events in their lives. What comes next is often a difficult process of planning the wedding ceremony and reception of their dreams. And one of the most important features of every wedding ceremony and reception is the music choices the couple makes to keep their guests engaged and entertained. At the onset, choosing music may seem like one of the easiest parts of planning a wedding, but many couples find the task to be much more difficult than they originally anticipated. And unfortunately, some couples fail to plan for their music options ahead of time, causing music disasters “the day of.” Here are three of the most common wedding music mistakes made by couples, and how to avoid them:

Hiring The Wrong Music Professionals For Your Wedding

During the wedding planning process, one of the most important decisions to make is deciding upon and hiring a person to be responsible for the music played at your ceremony, and especially during the reception. Many couples make the unfortunate mistake of hiring the wrong person or company to take on this huge role. Your wedding DJ is usually the main person responsible for how enjoyable and entertaining your wedding reception will be. A good DJ will keep guests out on the floor dancing and partying all night long, while the wrong DJ will drive guests out the door before the night is over. Your wedding reception should be the best party of your life, so make sure you do your research on the company you are selecting. After all, they will be responsible for a large part of your guests’ enjoyment. Many couples mistakenly assume that a cheap or amateur person will do a good job, but they find that the person was cheap for a reason.

Leaving Your Guests In Silence Prior To The Wedding Ceremony

While the wedding day is packed with things the couple and wedding party must do from the time they wake up until the time the wedding begins, most of your guests will only need to do is get nicely dressed and show up. Most wedding guests are encouraged to arrive to the wedding approximately 30 minutes before the wedding ceremony is scheduled to begin, and for larger weddings, this time increases. This helps to minimize the risk of a last-minute chaotic rush that would ruin the mood. But once they arrive at the wedding venue, guests are all too often left with an awkward, boring silence to sit in while they wait for the ceremony to begin. Hiring a wedding DJ who will play music for your guests prior to the ceremony beginning will make this wait time feel much shorter, and will leave your guests with a lasting, pleasurable memory of your wedding ceremony.

Not Being Clear With Your DJ About The Type Of Music You Want Played

With so many music genres and options available, most couples do not have any problem with creating a list of artists and songs that they like. Many couples are, in fact, easily able to create such a list, with so many options for the DJ to choose from that the DJ would never be able to play everything on the list in the amount of time allotted to them. And while providing your DJ with a list of songs and artists that you love is an essential first step to having the right selections cued up, it doesn’t end there. You should also be very clear with your DJ about any songs that are a must to be played at the wedding, as well as any songs that are strictly forbidden. Remember, tastes vary widely, and DJ’s are not mind readers. They don’t have a crystal ball, and they probably love music of all genres even more than the average person. Thus, giving them clear guidelines to follow will help ensure that you and your guests enjoy every song that is played throughout your wedding ceremony and reception.

If you’re newly engaged and planning your wedding ceremony or reception, contact Spike Events through our online form or by calling us to discuss the personalized entertainment packages we have available. Please call early to ensure you can reserve the date for your special event before it is booked by someone else.