One of the things wedding guests tend to remember most is the music your cover band played. Most often, they remember the songs they danced themselves breathless to. But sometimes, they remember wedding music for an entirely different reason. Sometimes it stands out in their memory because it fell flat with the crowd.
It should be no surprise then that music is often one of the biggest things couples stress over when planning a wedding. After all, music sets the tone and feel for the event, and if you aren’t careful, you could end up with wedding music that just isn’t you.
We at The Cover Band have helped countless couples choose the perfect music over the years, so today we’re sharing 5 tips to choose the right music for your wedding. Keep reading for more.
1. Pull from your Greatest Hits
It’s pretty common for couples to choose “their song” for the first dance. But if you’re like most couples, you probably have a few other songs that conjure up special memories, too. Consider which songs always make you and your future spouse sing a little louder or kiss a little longer. While these songs might not be ideal for your first dance, a good cover band should be able to work them into the music selection later on during your reception.
Still don’t know what song to choose for your first dance? Check out these 11 First Dance Songs We Love.
2. Ask guests for recommendations
One of the biggest concerns for most couples when choosing wedding music is finding something that everyone will enjoy. Guest lits often span several generations and may even bridge a cultural divide, so music tastes are almost guaranteed to be diverse.
One way to guarantee your reception music pleases everyone is to ask your guests for song recommendations. Some couples include a space for song requests on their RSVP cards, right next to their dinner selection. Others may include a song request form on their wedding website.
3. Create a “Do Not Play” list
We all have those songs that bring up a sea of bad memories every time we hear them. It may be a song you associate with an ex, or a song that played during a particularly bad fight. Nobody wants to hear those songs at their wedding.
That’s why we ask couples we work with for a “Do Not Play” list of songs that should be avoided at all costs on the big day. This way we can make sure you enjoy every second of your wedding music and feel only the love and happiness that you should on your special day.
Is a “Do Not Play” list the least of your worries? Here are 6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Wedding Cover Band.
4. Choose a band with a long song list
A key step to choosing the right music for your wedding is to hire a band with an extensive song list (ours includes more than 130 songs). The longer the song list, the more flexibility the band has to pump things up when everyone feels too shy to start dancing … or to tactfully change tunes when Uncle Joe gets a little too rowdy on the dance floor.
5. Have fun with it
Ultimately, the right music for your wedding is whatever music best suits your and your partner’s personalities. Are you a wild, fun-loving couple? Don’t feel like you have to play a slow song for your first dance. Do you love puns and wordplay? Feel free to play around with the music for the most important moments of your reception — if you’ve caught one too many bouquets to the tune of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” try something like Kelis’s “Milkshake” or Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman.” If DNCE’s “Cake by the Ocean” is a bit too on the nose for cutting your wedding cake, go with something unexpected but still sugary, like Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion.”
Your wedding should reflect the unique personalities of both you and your partner, so don’t be afraid to have fun and mix it up when it comes to choosing your music.
Create the right soundtrack for your special day
Are you struggling to choose the perfect music for what should be a perfect day? If so, we can help. Our team of music professionals have been in the industry for years, and we pride ourselves on knowing just the right songs for every moment of your big day. Want to learn how we can help make your wedding extra special? Contact us to learn more.