Of all the things your guests will remember about your wedding day, the music and entertainment are definitely among the highest items on the list. Of course, that’s no surprise; guests might find the flowers beautiful and the food delicious, but they will remember the time they spent with you the most, and the vast majority of that time will be at the reception while the music is playing. Would you rather their memories be watching you’re your spouse from a distance or dancing the night away with the two of you on the dance floor?  Of course, not everyone can afford a band or DJ, so sometimes we have to take the wedding reception playlist into our own hands. In that case, we’ve gathered a few tips for you:

1.) Make mutual decisions. One person can be in charge regarding other aspects of your wedding, but it needs to be a joint decision when it comes to the music. Music is incredibly meaningful, and each of you deserves to be a part of choosing which songs will be played at your reception.

2.) Plan to spend all night. Most likely, this isn’t going to be a quick decision. Grab a few bottles of wine or a case of beer and get ready for a long night in. Don’t worry, though. It won’t be as tedious as you may think. You’ll both most likely spend the night reminiscing and telling stories about one song or the other. Don’t rush it. These are important memories too.

3.) Be ready to compromise. You aren’t going to like all the songs your partner chooses, and he or she isn’t like all the songs you choose, but that’s okay. It’s also important to determine why you don’t like certain songs. If you hate a song because it played in the background when your first boyfriend dumped you on your birthday, that’s very understandable, and it should probably be left off the list. On the other hand, if it’s one of your fiancé’s favorite songs and you don’t like it because it’s

4.) Choose music that’s special to you. Don’t just choose songs because they’re popular or because you think they will get people on their feet and dancing. Also, choose songs that are significant to you and your future spouse for specific reasons. Maybe you share an inside joke to a specific song or maybe you both sing the wrong words to another. Bringing up the memories associated with these songs will make your wedding day even more special.

5.) Choose music that’s special to your guests. Adding a few songs that hold special meaning to a few friends or family members is also advised. Your parents’ wedding song, your little sister’s favorite song or the tune that your fiancé remembers his mom always humming as she made dinner; these additions will show your friends and family just how much you appreciate them being there on your special day.

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