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First things first, it's important to set a budget for your wedding music. Don't break the bank hiring a famous band, or a DJ who charges an arm and a leg – there are plenty of talented musicians who won't cost you an entire wedding budget.
Next, consider the style of your wedding. A black-tie formal affair calls for a different musical vibe than a laid-back outdoor beach wedding. If you're going for a traditional feel, you might want to consider a string quartet or live classical music. If you're looking for something a little more relaxed, a DJ or acoustic soloist might be a better fit.
Now, for the good stuff! You get to choose the songs! If you're having a live band, think about your favorite genres, as well as any must-play songs for the big day. If you're going with a DJ, make sure they're open to taking requests and willing to play a variety of music that appeals to both you and your guests.
Here's a pro tip: don't feel pressured to play all of the "standard" wedding songs. Sure, "Here Comes the Bride" and "The First Dance" are important, but there's no need to play them if they're not your cup of tea. Choose songs that have meaning to you and your fiancé, and that reflect your personalities and relationship.
If you're having trouble picking out songs, ask friends and family for suggestions. You might be surprised at what songs they associate with your relationship. Also, don't be afraid to look online for inspiration. There are plenty of playlists and song suggestions for different types of wedding music.
Now that you've got the tunes sorted, it's time to think about the logistics. If you're having a live band, you'll need to make sure they have a place to set up their equipment, as well as a sound system that's powerful enough to accommodate them. If you're having a DJ, they'll need access to electrical outlets and a table to set up their equipment.
Finally, make sure you communicate clearly with your musicians or DJ. Give them a schedule of events, as well as any important song requests or special instructions. The last thing you want is for the music to be too loud during dinner, or for the wrong song to play during your first dance!
Choosing the music for your wedding is a fun and important part of the planning process. Take your time, and choose songs that reflect your relationship and personalities. With a little bit of planning, you'll have the perfect soundtrack for your big day.
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