Some of the best wedding memories are of doing the Cha Cha Slide with your friends and family all around or that first dance with your husband as his wife to your song. You want those moments, the ones you are going to remember for the rest of your lives, to be perfect. That means that the tunes you choose and how they are played are a huge part of your perfect day. Your goal: to fit in just the music you want on just the budget you have available. Here are some ways to make that happen.
If you want live music to boogie down to, look local. Local bands are going to give you the best deal because you save money on travel and they likely have less gigs on board, meaning you have a better chance at getting a deal. Got musically inclined friends? Ask them to play your ceremony or your reception as your wedding gift. Local colleges are a perfect place to look – undiscovered kids looking to make a buck or two after class are going to go for much less than adult professionals that are travelling the country playing. Make sure you give live bands the same courtesy as your guests – a break or two, some water, and some grub.
Whether you’ll be marching to Here Comes the Bride or another tune, use the same band or DJ playing the soundtrack to your walk down the aisle for your reception. You’re likely to get a package deal!
DJs are usually cheaper than live bands, but even cheaper than DJs is the DIY option. Scan through your iTunes and put together a playlist of all your favorite tunes, all you have to do is press play! All that is necessary (other than your computer and playlist) is a sound system, which can usually be provided or rented through your venue. Have a friend monitor it periodically throughout the night (as a favor or gift, depending on the friend) to make sure things are staying on track. You have an easy, cheap way to make sure all your favorite songs are played whenever you’d like.
No matter what your signature dance move is or what you and your new hubby will be dancing to, you have plenty of ways to break it down without breaking the bank!
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