Personalize Your Wedding | Choosing The Music

Throughout the wedding planning process, it is important to highlight the personality of you and your fiancé. Including special details throughout the decor, writing your own vows and choosing your colors are all great ways to make sure your personality shines through - but what about the rest of the day? I am excited to announce a new series on the enchanting blog about personalizing your wedding to be an extension of your relationship. 

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For my own wedding, I wanted our guests to feel like the whole day was very "us" from the colors to the location. One of the most important things to me was the music. I wanted all of the wedding "songs" to mean something to us or our family. This process took some time but I am so glad we were able to chose such special songs for each part of our day. 

Music is the background to the entire day and the main event at some points. Don't just go with "tradition" and take the time to think about what each portion means to you. "Here Comes The Bride" isn't necessary if you want something else, don't be afraid to stray from what your parents had at their wedding.

Be sure to select songs for the following:

Processional. What song should each of the following groups walk down the aisle to? It's fine to even choose one song for all of them, just make sure it is long enough. 

  • Grandparents
  • Parents
  • Bridal party
  • Flower girl & Ring bearer
  • Bride 

Recessional. You are MARRIED! What song would you like to get the party started? It's time to celebrate! 

Reception entrance. What song should you be introduced to? What about the bridal party?

  • Parents
  • Bridal Party
  • Bride & groom

First dance. Your first dance together as husband & wife!

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Formal dances. 

  • Father & daughter
  • Mother & son

Kick off song. We had a specific song we wanted played after the formal dances were over. You can easily leave this up to your DJ, but for us we wanted a remix of I Hope You Dance. It started off slower and then became a "party" mix. It meant a lot for me to have this dance with my mom, and everyone else joined the party, too! 


Tosses

  • Bouquet toss. We promise there are more options than "Single Ladies"
  • Garter toss

Cake cutting
Anniversary dance

Last song
Other important songs.
For us we had a few favorites that we definitely wanted played during our cocktail hour and reception. 

Make note of these songs for your DJ and then trust that they will focus on the dance floor and play what is best throughout the night. It's always important to have some "do not play" songs as well! 

What were or are your top music choices?