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The Music of the Night: Tips For Planning Your Wedding Soundtrack

The musicians you select for your wedding play a major role in how your special day unfolds. So it’s important that you and your fiancée’s choices are in harmony. There’s a lot more to planning the music for your wedding halls in Fort Lauderdale than what tune will accompany you as you walk down the aisle or what will be playing during the first dance.

For The Ceremony

If you’re planning a formal affair and relish tradition, you won’t have any trouble coming up with options for your big day. Many brides before you have walked down a similar aisle, so you can easily follow their lead. If you want to marry to a different tune, be sure to talk to your officiant well in advance of the big day about what music may be played for your ceremony.

If you’re exchanging vows in one of the many wedding venues and banquet halls in Fort Lauderdale, your options are endless. If you’re getting married in a house of worship, they should be able to provide you with a list of approved music.

Consider music for:

  • The Prelude:  the arrival of guests as they are ushered to their seats.
  • The Processional: the entrance of your bridal party
  • The Bridal March: the moment you’ve been dreaming of most of your life.
  • The Interlude: moments of religious significance or prayer
  • The Recessional: the walk up the aisle with your new spouse
  • The Postlude: The departure of your guests

For The Reception

After the ceremony is over, the festivities are only just beginning. Your DJ or bandleader plays a big role in creating the mood throughout your reception at one of the halls in Fort Lauderdale. He or she is the emcee that orchestrates everything.

They must be able to follow a timeline and be able to shave off or add on dancing time if the kitchen is ahead of schedule or falling behind. They should be someone who listens to what the newlyweds want and not tells them what he/she thinks they want.

Consider music for:

  • Cocktail hour
  • The entrance of the bridal party
  • Dinner
  • Your first dance
  • All special dances (father/daughter, mother/son, bridal party)
  • Key moments (cake cutting, bouquet toss, garter toss)

Must Have’s And Have Nots

A definite must is a list of songs you want to be sure are played at the reception halls in Fort Lauderdale, and a list of songs you don’t want to be played. If there’s a song that holds great memories of your first date together or the day you knew they were the one, it’s important to give your DJ or Bandleader a heads-up, so they can be sure they have it available to play.

On the other hand, if you’re sick of that annoying song you hear everywhere you go or you’d rather not hear the one your new spouse shared with their ex, you might want to let whoever you hire know that too.  

Budget And Timeline

You should expect at least 10% of your wedding budget to go towards music. Of course, that could escalate quickly if you decide to hire different sets of musicians for the ceremony as well as the reception. Also, musicians often get booked for gigs more than a year in advance, so it’s never too soon to start looking.

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