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Wedding Wisdom: Get into the Groove

Credit: Cellar Door Photography

Welcome to Wedding Wisdom! Every week, JET experts will help you plan your dream nuptials from engagement to “I do.” This week, wedding planner and bride-to-be Tami Smallwood, CEO of blush|WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING FIRM, gives couples advice on selecting music for their wedding.

Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

Singer, John Legend and his longtime girlfriend, model Chrissy Teigen recently made it official in a lavish ceremony in Lake Como, Italy. The couple exchanged vows in front of 125 family members and close friends, including Quincy Jones and Kanye West (without Kim Kardashian and baby North).

When you’re a platinum-selling artist with nine Grammys and Starlight Award from the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame how do you select music for your wedding? Just like everybody else!

Ok, I know what you’re thinking: Only John Legend can get “THE legend” Stevie Wonder to serenade his Vera Wang-clad bride and Biz Markie to get guests out of the seats and onto the dance floor, but with my tips you can get some great tunes at your wedding, too:

Seek Help: Your wedding planner can assist in this area. He or she may know of a great wedding DJ. All DJs cannot make the transition from the bar to your black-tie wedding reception. Your local DJ may work well in the club, but may not know how to turn down just a little for your intimate reception. When selecting a DJ, make sure your favorite pick is well-versed and familiar with the wedding scene. There is indeed a difference.

Bring in the Band: Want unique tunes for your cocktail hour? Look for local bands that write their own material. This is a great idea for your cocktail hour or during dinner. Stick to familiar songs, however, for the dance portion of your celebration— if you want to keep your dance floor packed.

Get Them in Line: Line dances are a great way to get everyone to the dance floor! Who doesn’t love “The Electric Slide” or some of the newer versions, such as “The Wobble”? Make sure your DJ, however, doesn’t play all of the line songs in the beginning or back-to-back. Space them out for optimum guest enjoyment.

Consider Your Guests: The quickest way to end a party is playing only one genre of music. Wedding receptions aren’t necessarily the ideal day to have a #turndownforwhat attitude. Play classics that everyone can enjoy, as well as current chart toppers! Your Grandmother may not appreciate hearing Rick Ross and your young cousin may not want to listen to Cameo.

If you really want to turn up, consider an after-party where the younger guests can dance to popular songs without having to worry about the elders. You could also consider a lounge area where guests can retreat to a quieter area without completely leaving the celebration.

Remember that music can affect the entire atmosphere of your wedding. Make sure it’s a great representative of your styles and tastes, yet enjoyable by all. Salute!