Weddings are always meant to be fun-filled and along with the right DJ, or band, finding the perfect music that matches your personality as a couple, is significant in all parts of the wedding and reception.

Indeed, music is one aspect of your wedding day that you need to be prepared for. When should we do our first dance? What song should we play during the reception? What if people don’t dance? Will the guests not get bored? These are just some questions that look like a small detail but can make a huge difference in your wedding day.

Whether you are musically-inclined or not, the music at your wedding sets the tone and mood of the entire event. Having the right music gives off that romantic, cheesy, fun, and exciting moments of a wedding, that will make it truly unforgettable.

This may lead you to ask: just how many songs do you need for a wedding? Let’s assume that a one-hour wedding ceremony takes about 10 songs from walking down the aisle, offertory, and photo ops, while a four-hour reception party could make a wedding reception playlist of up to 60 songs. So, you’ll need about 70 songs to include in your wedding playlist!

In this article, We’ll help you decide on your wedding and reception songs by giving our top 10 music tips:

Write Down your Jam!

We strongly recommend that you sit down with your partner and talk about the songs that must be in your playlist. Think about the songs that you enjoyed listening together or a song that you both jam to! An ideal number would be 20, and other songs are to be determined by your DJ or wedding entertainment coordinator.

Select Songs for Everyone

Consider your guests in choosing songs for your wedding and reception. Your wedding will be attended by teenagers, adults, and even older adults. You must select songs that cater to various age brackets and songs that they can relate to, and make them feel they are a particular part of your party.


With research, we meant deciding on how you want your music performed, do you prefer having a band? Or a DJ? Whether you love your music being performed live or prefers having a DJ to have a versatile playlist, always do your research first before deciding to get a band or a DJ. A band may cost more than a DJ, but if you have a bigger budget, then go for it.

It also pays to ask for recommendations from your friends. You may inquire the best rates of bands or DJs in town, or which artists to consider for your DJ, musician, or band. If youre having a hard time seeking out help from Evengo they can arrange one for you.

Black and White Matters

After deciding whether you’ll hire a band or a DJ, the next important step is to put everything in black and white. Draft a contract between the two parties and present all the essential details. These include blocking off your wedding date, the number of hours, and the payment scheme. Lastly, agree on each other’s terms and condition and have the contract notarized.

Keep your Guests Entertained with Good Music.

Most guests arrive early for the ceremonies, and one way of entertaining them even without having to attend to them personally is by playing good pre-ceremony music rather than waiting around in silence. Keeping them entertained for about 20 minutes also signals that the ceremony is about to start.

Make a “do not play” Playlist.

Yup, there are songs that you don’t want to hear on your wedding day. These might be some explicit or offensive to you or your guests, or simply because you do not want it at all. Make sure that you inform your wedding entertainment coordinator or DJ about it before the wedding so that they’ll have time to remove it from the playlist.

Check your Venue

If your wedding will take place in a church or any solemn place, ask the officials if there are volume restrictions on music. Some conservative venues only allow religious or Christian songs or violins and keyboards as accompaniment. Progressive venues, on the other hand, often do not have restrictions. The important thing is to find out about the rules of the site when creating your wedding playlist.

Music Volume Matters

Keep your music volumes on check on essential parts of the wedding: the procession, ceremony, and recession. During these moments, music may be louder to set the mood and send a message of love to the guests. During cocktails and reception program, consider lowering down the volume for guests to have little chit chats and for the speeches and messages to be heard. Slowly turn the volume up again after the reception program as dancing progresses into a wedding party.

Explore Different Genres

Playing rock music all through your wedding may not be appreciated by your guests. Having songs from different genres will be appreciated by your guests. Give the elderlies their 70’s mix of Sinatra and BeeGees, while the millennials have alternative rock, reggae and pop music. Let your DJ play a mix of songs that everyone can enjoy.

Have Fun!

Lastly, planning for your music to play during your wedding should not be stressful! Have fun reminiscing and listening to songs that you want to be a part of your official playlist. Dance to the beat and have fun in choosing the best songs!

Planning for the perfect music is one aspect of wedding planning most couples ignore. The more prepared and thoughtful you are with the planning of your music, the better the atmosphere of your entire event. After all, what’s a mood without music?