With This Music, I Thee Wed

'The Naked Bootleggers' played for Stacy and Zack's OTBP Wedding. Photographed by onelove photography.

Weddings are personal. They are about the bride and groom and their love for each other. That’s why just anybody’s wedding day playlist simply won’t do. A mix that reflects the tastes, style and spirit of the couple being celebrated can really add to the perfect day.

Whether a musician, a band or music played on high quality equipment is selected, the music is really the soundtrack of a love story unfolding before the eyes of the guests. Live music can be exciting, but pre-recorded tunes can be equally lovely. Since the music tells a story, it’s crucial to make sure it’s saying the right things.

That’s why the “do not play list” matters so much. The musician or DJ needs to know how to appropriately decline a guest request that doesn’t fit with the tone of the celebration to keep thing on track and to keep the bride, the groom and all of their friends having fun all night on the dance floor. There are so many memories tied up in music, it’s important to avoid hitting a sour note.

After all, “something old” doesn’t have to refer to an obsolete tradition that doesn’t make sense anymore. There’s no point in doing things for the sake of doing them. Going through the motions gets in the way of sharing the true emotions of the most important people Weddings are less about “cookie cutter” and more about cake ;-).

Rachel and Jeff (OTBP Couple) dancing. Photographed by onelove photography.

There is a lot of music to plan for a wedding – the ceremony, cocktails, dinner, dancing and so many other traditional aspects of the day that are set to music. With so many decisions, it’s easy to default to what’s been done before doesn't need to be the default setting. There are so many opportunities to be creative, and that’s why it is the best feeling in the world to say “I do” to music that’s as memorable as the day being celebrated.

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