Welcome to another wedding planning Q&A! Every Wednesday and Thursday, we go live on TikTok and Instagram to talk all things weddings. Planning a wedding can be stressful, but we are here to help.
Dominic went on air to answer all of the questions y’all had for a wedding DJ, and we wanted to share some of those answers here. Check out part 1 of one of our most recent TikTok lives – we might be answering a question that you have!
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Dominic: This is the hardest category for me to help with, and here’s why; there are a lot of beautiful love songs, but your first dance song is usually one that is special to you and your partner.
Whether it was on the first date part of a movie you saw together, it came on the radio the first time you were making out, or maybe it was by an artist you guys saw on stage together.
Here are a few suggestions I can think of off the top of my head:
I also have a list of potential songs you could use. It’s my music planner, and it’s available for download. The planner includes 50 or more songs for each category you might be looking for: the ceremony, introduction, reception, cake, first dance, bouquet, garter, and everything in between. We have even included the timing on songs that have really great sections in the middle.
Dominic: The venue is going to be a major part of your budget, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. If you are recently engaged and haven’t booked your venue yet, here are a few tips:
For a more comprehensive guide on booking the perfect venue, read How to Choose the Perfect Venue, with Kristen Voss
Dominic: That’s a good category! I’m going to look at my list to get some ideas (again, this is the list that’s available for download). On it, I have a category called “multiple use songs,” which means they could work for step-parents, grandparents, brothers, or other types of dance you incorporate into your wedding.
I’ve also been asked about good songs for a Mother-Bride dance, some good ones for that would be:
Dominic: I’m not sure if there’s a song written specifically for a second wedding. Maybe there are, I can’t think of any off the top of my head. But it’s a new start, and you deserve a new song that is special to your relationship.
If you don’t have your song in mind yet, I love the idea of finding it by building a wedding playlist slowly. Just start a playlist in your Apple Music or Spotify, and then just throw songs on it as they come to you. Include any song that you want as part of your wedding day.
You’ll be making dinner, doing laundry, or whatever, and a song will come on that you think, “Oh I love this one!” or “That was my jam back in the day!” and if you don’t put it on the playlist right away, you won’t be able to remember it at the end if you are trying to put songs together at the last minute.
Then, as the wedding draws closer, you can ask your DJ if you can send over the playlist so they can get a good idea of your vibe and add your “must play” songs to their wedding day playlist.
In doing this, you will most likely find your song; one that triggers a memory, or even just one that becomes your song during the process of planning your wedding! Speaking of your DJ, if you haven’t hired one yet, check out this post for our tips!
Dominic: There are so many amazing covers of rock songs now, I know you’ll be able to find one you love. I suggest heading to YouTube and just searching for some of your favorite songs and adding “cover” at the end. A couple of really good ones are:
Dominic: There are some perfect songs for this category listed above in my “multiple-use songs” list, but here are a few more excellent choices:
Dominic: Yes! An upbeat recessional song can be a fun way to end the ceremony and celebrate your “I do’s”! Here are a few of my favorites:
Dominic: That’s ok! You have a couple of options here:
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