Wedding music is a fascinating subject, which we intend to cover in great detail in future blogs. The music heard during whole day will cover a huge range, often going all the way from the heights of Bach at the service, to the depths of Wham! at the reception – with virtually anything possible in between. Some couples are happy to leave most music choices to the standard, traditional choices whereas others like to reflect their own tastes as much as possible.
One idea we’ve seen at weddings where our mobile crepe bar has been hired to provide catering is more along the “crowdsourced” lines. Guests can nominate a certain number of songs in advance of the wedding and these are then added to a playlist and played during the day on an iPod (or similar device – other brands are available). This allows guests to have a musical influence on the day and it’s always fun to listen out for you own song and judge the reaction of other guests when it is played.
Obviously a certain amount of editing in advance by the bride and groom is required because there are certain styles and artists that nobody wants to hear at any time, let alone at a wedding – for instance, heavy metal; 160 BPM hardcore dance music; the entire genre of country and western; anything by Wham!
Another advantage to this method of choosing music is that there is no need to hire a DJ or band. Any wedding caterer worth their salt – i.e a company which has been hired for lots of weddings, such as the UK’s foremost crepe catering company, Original Crêpes – will tell you that bands and DJs basically play the same old songs every time, so there is little to be gained by hiring one at great expense if you can do it yourself. Simply plug your music player of choice into the sound system at your venue of choice and the job is done: music throughout the day, every guests hearing their own song and you can even supply your guests with a copy of the playlist at the end of the day if you think they might be interested.
Best of all, you can copy the songs to a playlist and entertain yourself in the car whilst at the same time reminding yourself of your wedding – but in the interests of tastes, please make sure there are no Wham! songs on there.