Saturday, November 21, 2015

DIY Cocktail Hour/Wedding Dinner Music

Chris and I wanted to have an inexpensive, low-key wedding. To accomplish that, we took on quite a few DIY projects. I think the one that saved us the most money was doing our own music.

It made sense to cut costs here: a DJ for the evening would have cost us about $1,000 at minimum, and with only 30 guests attending our wedding, we didn't know if anyone would actually dance. (Oh, were we ever wrong about that.)
Here's a disposable camera pic for proof.
As an avid music lover, I also took into account the fact that I own nearly 6,000 songs already, so why not put that time, money and effort to good use? Chris and I put together our own dinner and dancing playlists. And they turned out great. With some minor tweaking with crossfading, we were practically pros!

I've decided to share our dinner music here, in case anyone else would like to DIY wedding music. To create the playlist, we decided we wanted this particular playlist to play while guests arrived, during the cocktail hour and during dinner. (This way, no one had to fidget with the music too often.) We had about three hours of music to cover this time, and we didn't have to use it all. 

Thinking about creating your own playlist for the evening? We decided to start with a theme, and build on that. Our theme was cheesy love songs. We mostly built off oldies and classics (see: "Then He Kissed Me" by The Crystals, "It Takes Two" by Marvin Gaye, and "Chapel of Love" by The Dixie Cups.) We added country music because we love country, and added some Disney love songs because we're '90s babies. We topped it off with a few newer songs and sprinkled in some Stevie Wonder (because have you ever met someone who doesn't like Stevie?)

I think our music was one of the most unique parts of our big day, and moments throughout the evening showed us we did it right, from a thumbs-up from my dad during "Hey Good Lookin'" by Hank Williams, to grins and a squeal of excitement during "A Whole New World" from Aladdin. People also approved of Beauty and the Beast's "Be Our Guest" when food started to arrive.

That night we actually used iTunes, not Spotify, but I thought Spotify would be easiest to share. We went with iTunes because that's where all my music is, and because it's the easiest system for us to navigate.

Check out our DIY cocktail hour/wedding dinner music, and feel free to cater it to your needs!

1 comment:

  1. This is what we did for our wedding! I actually had a friend emcee the beginning, then the rest of the night was just a playlist. Such a huge money saver! Thanks for sharing on the #SundayBlogHop :)