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WEDDING BLOG

8 Questions To Make A Wedding Playlist

November 30, 2020 | morgan

Music is the soundtrack of our lives. Whether you’re jogging down the street with wireless headphones or baking bread in the kitchen, there’s something special about the impact music has on those who can hear it. On the most important day of your life—ahem, your wedding day—how do you decide what should be included in the soundtrack? We’ve got a foolproof set of questions to help you make a wedding playlist as perfect as your day. 

Don’t Forget Music Creates Emotions, Choose It Wisely

The music you choose creates and enhances the emotions felt by you and your guests whether you’re on the dance floor or having dinner. “Can you imagine eating a nice meal with a Pitbull song in the background? If the music doesn’t match the moment, things feel off. When you make a wedding playlist it needs to fit what you want your guests to experience. The whole night should have a soundtrack that feels like you as soon as you hear it. If you’re not excited, as the couple, then no one will be,” says Mark Maya Photography, an expert Junebug member. 

couple dancing

photo by Les Bandits

1. What Would We Dance To?

After you’re officially married, what songs will you want to dance to? Imagine that you are a guest at your own wedding. What do you want to hear? Add some songs that will make you smile, add songs by your favorite artists, and add the songs that are inside jokes between you and your partner.

2. What Do Your Guests Want?

It’s okay if everyone doesn’t love every single song on your playlist. That will help the ebb and flow of your bar line—your bartenders will thank you later—and it will also give your guests a chance to breathe during songs they aren’t familiar with. 

Junebug member and wedding planner, Mirabella Weddings, has the perfect suggestion for how to easily pull this off. When you send your invitations, include space on the RSVP for guests to put a song they’d like to hear at your wedding. This is a great way to make your guests feel involved and ensure you always have someone on the dance floor! 

Junebug Tip

If your grandmother is going to your wedding and she sends you a song, you can bet she’ll be ready to boogie to it. Make sure her request is on the playlist.

wedding party dancing

photo by Nikk Nguyen

3. What Songs Are Popular Right Now?

You know what songs are popular right now, even if you don’t listen to the radio. Even if you think these songs are overplayed on the radio, you want them on your playlist—hear us out. Their popularity will mean that your guests have heard these songs and are familiar with them. When they’re familiar with these tunes, they’re much more likely to hit your dance floor

4. What Songs Are You Loving?

London-based Junebug wedding planner, The Bijou Bride, had great advice for songs you can’t get enough of. She says, “Set up a shared playlist through Spotify, iTunes, Prime, or Tidal and every time you hear something you love, add it to your playlist. The issue most couples find is that their song selection adds up to more time than they actually have available on the wedding day! This is where starting early really helps as you’ll need to allow time to sort through your lists and allocate to the parts of the wedding day they suit best.”

4. DJ, What Do You Suggest?

Of course, making a wedding playlist will never be as important as hiring an expert wedding DJ. However, creating this playlist can help bridge the gap between your wedding music expectations and reality. 

With the experts in mind, we turned to our industry pros and asked them, what does it take to make the perfect playlist? We loved what Junebug members Benjamin T Warner Events had to say, “music can make or break your celebration and helps set the tone and energy throughout the day.”

wedding dj image

5. What Genres Must Be Played?

At your wedding, you’ll likely have a broad list of guests. Keep folks from all ages in mind as you load up songs that are going to ignite their inner ‘dance floor is my stage’ fire and be appropriate for everyone to hear. 

6. What’s On The Kill List?

Mirabella Weddings, Junebug expert wedding planner, has more expert advice regarding your wedding playlist. She says, “It’s certainly important to think about songs you definitely want to be played—it’s also equally important to make it clear which songs you absolutely don’t want to be played.” You should communicate this to your DJ and band in advance to avoid any panic on the dance floor. 

Remember, in the end, that you’re creating a playlist to celebrate your partnership, so your wedding music should be chosen as partners. This means if your partner says there’s no way you’ll be hearing Ice Ice Baby, you’ll need to compromise and keep it off the list. 

7. Are There Enough Slow Songs?

Make sure your playlist includes a ratio of one slow song for every six songs. Give your new spouse time to slow dance with you while making sure not to neglect the other styles of songs. You’ll want to make sure to include a good mix of cheesy dance songs like Gangnam Style or Macarena to warm your guests up for sing-along songs like Sweet Caroline or We Are Family

Junebug Tip

When planning for changes between songs, make sure to add some flexibility. Junebug members, Happy Together Films, advise that couples be prepared for the unknown, especially now. “For example, if the weather changes and you need to move indoors, think about whether your venue will have room for your guest to get loud and dance or if you need to control the crowd once inside.”

first dance

photo by Nick Plus Danee

8. Do We Want To Listen To This All Night?

Once you’ve answered the questions above, scroll through your playlist and ask yourselves if you want to listen to this playlist—without skipping tracks—for the whole night. If the answer is yes, it’s ready. You’ve made a wedding playlist!  

Music creates the mood and ambiance of your wedding. Striking that perfect balance can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. We’re here to help, and we’ve created a wedding playlist guaranteed to please—and get guests on the dance floor. Check it out for inspiration while you’re waiting to hear back from our expert wedding DJs.

 

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Eclectic Glam Welsh Countryside Wedding at Plas Dinam Country House

November 30, 2020 | riley

What do you get when you combine eclectic and glamorous decor, a stunning custom-made wedding gown, and a glass roof stable filled to the brim with florals? A Junebug-worthy wedding that was made for Pinterest! Grace and Rupert’s welsh wedding at Plas Dinam Country House was just that. 

After tying the knot at a local church, the couple was swept away in a Porsche for photos amidst the rolling green hills. Their photos, featuring their pup, were captured beautifully by Junebug member Aga Sokol Photography. They ended their evening partying with their close friends and family under chandeliers of greenery and cafe lights.

We can’t help but swoon over Grace’s tulle embroidered a-line gown that she designed herself. Not to mention the timeless satin dress she changed into for the reception. In an incredible display of groom’s fashion, it’s not often that a groom can pull off a top hat as well as Rupert. 

So get those passports ready, because this wedding will have you ready to jet-set to the English countryside.

The Couple:

Grace and Rupert

The Wedding:

Plas Dinam, Llandinam, Wales, UK

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 A Custom Made Wedding Gown

I designed my wedding dress and had it made. I created the flower design that was embroidered onto the front. It was such a long but incredibly special process that I enjoyed sharing with my mother.

Personalizing The Wedding With Music And Programs

We chose songs for our ceremony that were fun and uplifting. We had a saxophonist playing in the church, which set the vibe from the beginning. And we danced out of the church. We also had our programs personalized for each guest, and we had a cartoon about our love story on the back.

Rustic Yet Eclectic Wedding Day Vibes at Plas Dinam Country House

The venue was rustic with the beautiful glass roof stables but also had the glamour and class of the beautiful country house. We had so much fun dressing the stables with flowers and lanterns hanging from the ceiling. The tables were laid with handmade napkins from my mother, a horseshoe for each guest–Rupert is a keen horse racing supporter–and twinkling candlelight everywhere. The speeches were heartfelt and full of humor, which lifted the spirit and vibe throughout the day. The vibe was electric, and more than we could have ever imagined.

 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Aga Sokol Photography
Reception Venue – Plas Dinam
Floral Design – Viridis Flower Studio
Catering – Rupert Davison
DJ – Luke Nukem
Live Music – David Gilbertson
Videography – Alpaka Weddings
Makeup Artist – Keely Field
Hair Styling – Sarah-Louise Okin

 

Congratulations again to Grace and Rupert on their eclectic glam wedding at Plas Dinam Country House! We’re thrilled that Junebug member Aga Sokol Photography shared their special day with us. To see more of Aga’s work, check out her profile in our directory of wedding photographers from all over the world!

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Elegant and Airy Florida Wedding at Streamsong Resort

November 29, 2020 | riley

If whimsical elegance is your favorite kind of inspo, you are going to love Patricia and Jordan’s airy Florida wedding at Streamsong Resort. The couple tied the knot in front of friends and family in a ceremony complete with a DIY altar and romantic floating candles before moving inside the resort to celebrate their love at an all-white reception. The party featured a stunning cake with real roses from Hands on Sweets and hand-stamped place cards. 

Patricia’s Berta gown and matching cape flowed beautifully in the Florida breeze for their golf course portraits, and Jordan looked sharp in his navy and black tux with matching black floral bow tie. We’re utterly obsessed with the fact that Patricia changed into an off-the-shoulder satin gown for the reception and changed her hairstyle into a long braid.

But we’re most excited about the fact that Madison Katlin Photography was there to capture every detail–from sweet getting ready portraits with family to stunning shots of the couple on the greens. Keep scrolling to see a timeless affair that’s sure to inspire.

The Couple:

Patricia and Jordan

The Wedding:

Streamsong Resort, Bowling Green, Florida

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Why Streamsong Resort

We viewed about five venues, and Streamsong was the last one. From the moment we arrived, we knew that was where we wanted to get married. We were able to make it a memorable weekend for all of our friends and family.

Advice From The Bride

You only get married once, so enjoy it. Focus on good music and food. That’s what everyone, including yourself, will remember. And don’t forget to have fun!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Madison Katlin Photography
Venue – Streamsong Resort
Cake – Hands on Sweets
Videography – Bonnie Newman
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Imago Dei by Milan
Wedding Dress – Berta

 

Congratulations again to Patricia and Jordan on their elegant and airy Florida wedding at Streamsong Resort. We couldn’t ask for more beautiful photos, and we’re so glad that Madison Katlin Photography shared them with us. If you love their cake as much as we do, then you’re going to love these 36 ideas for dressing up your wedding cake with fresh florals

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