A guide to choosing your music with Paul Martyn
“Booking music for your wedding . . . the checklist isn’t just a set list . . .
Booking music for your wedding can be a tricky affair. Leaving aside for a moment the choice of musical style there are the basic mechanics to worry about; will they turn up? Will they be appropriately dressed? Will they have the right equipment? Will they listen to my requests and see my vision? The musician or DJ has to be someone you can trust to do all this on top of being a great performer. So check testimonials to see how easy they were to work with, and did they listen to what the bride and groom wanted.
As for the music itself what do you choose? The music at a wedding is there to entertain the guests on one level or another, be it subtle ambiance during the pre-dinner drinks or the wedding breakfast or something to dance to, so the main question is who will be attending? Most weddings have a wide range of guests from parents to small children so musical diversity is important if they’re all going to feel included. A good DJ, singer or band will already have a good idea about what will work and can entertain most crowds effectively. If you balance this against your own input of tunes you know your family and friends will love then you’re in for a great night.
Most importantly have a chat with the musician or DJ and use your gut instincts as to whether you feel they’re right for you or not. Last but not least know that the old adage is never more true when it comes to wedding entertainers . . . you get what you pay for, so be careful when it comes to offers that seem too good to be true, you may be setting yourself up for that dreaded phone call two days before your wedding that nobody wants! ”
Paul Martyn has some very good tips for choosing your wedding music, we hope his advice has helped you choose the perfect band, singer or DJ!