10 Most Common Myths About Wedding Music
Learn the ins and outs of hiring your music pros and the truth about the biggest wedding music misconceptions.
2. DJs will play cheesy tunes
               (NOT IF YOU DON'T WANT THEM PLAYED!)
Worried your DJ has their mind set on the "Chicken Dance" and "Cha-Cha Slide," when you're thinking more along the lines of "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Unforgettable"? It doesn't have to be that way—your DJ wants to play what you want to hear, but you have to communicate your tastes clearly. Don't rely on words alone—terms like "dance music," "rock" and "slow songs" are vague and can easily be misinterpreted. Make sure you're on the same music style page and give them a playlist and a do-not-play list. "Brides and grooms should be able to customize the playlist," Dr. Drax says. "People today have grown up with choice and personalization and good DJs understand that."


1. DJs always talk too much 
               (NOT ALL OF US DO)
You've probably heard about (or been to) weddings where a DJ, in a misguided attempt to emcee, talked more than he spun—with cringe-worthy results. An experienced wedding DJ, however, will only speak when it's appropriate. "Every time a DJ speaks, they should have something important to say, which you've planned with them in advance," says DJ Dr. Drax, CEO of the American Disc Jockey Association. To ensure your DJ doesn't abuse their proximity to the mic, be specific about when you want them to talk and when you don't. If you're nervous they'll be a chatterbox, consider sending an example of what you find inappropriate. "You can find a litany of bad DJ videos on YouTube," Dr. Drax says. But handle with care so as not to offend.

3. You have total control over everything 
               (EXCEPT THE DANCING)
One caveat to the last idea: You can—and should—give your DJ a must-play list of tunes, but you shouldn't try to micromanage the music. To some extent, your lists should be guidelines for your pro, not hard-and-fast rules. Your DJ should know the genre you're interested in, but let them choose the best way to mix the music—after all, it's their job to keep people on the dance floor. Give your band some flexibility to react to the crowd and adjust the tempo accordingly. "When you hire somebody to bake a cake, you can tell them what flavors to use, but you don't try to tell them how much flour or what kind of sugar to put in," Dr. Drax says. "It's the same with DJs [and bands]—you need to trust they know what to do."


4. A DJ will save you money
​       (NOT NECESSARILY, A GREAT DJ COSTS
       MORE  THAN A MEDIOCRE BAND)
Although a DJ can often cost less than a band, you shouldn't cheap out on this vendor. "If you're willing to pay for a top-notch DJ, you can get way more than somebody to play songs," Dr. Drax says. "A great DJ will talk to your photographer and tell him which songs are coming next. Photographers capture the best moments, but it's the DJ's job to create the opportunity for them to occur." Although the old adage "you get what you pay for" isn't always true, when it comes to your music it's certainly advice to consider—great DJs are really great, but it can definitely go the other way.


5. You have to hire a DJ or band—you can't have both.
​               (WE CAN WORK WITH THE BAND)
If it's in your budget, you can have the best of both forms of entertainment. Either hire a DJ to to be your emcee and spin while the band is on break, or divide the evening into two portions. Another option is to hire a band for your reception and a DJ to spin at the after-party. Or, if you can't spring for a whole band, see about combining a few live musicians with a DJ. Some companies create packages where, for example, the musicians will play for the ceremony and during cocktail hour, then complement the DJ during the dancing by adding percussion or vocals.


6. Slow songs must come first, followed by faster tunes after the cake cutting.
​               (NOT ALWAYS, EVERY EVENT IS DIFFERENT)
Some couples request that their entertainers play '50s rock or big-band-style songs early on to please their older guests, and then switch over to more lively beats so the younger crowd can dominate the floor until last call. But it can be more fun for you and your guests if you have your band or DJ mix it up throughout the night. Alternating between speeds, styles and eras of music will keep wedding guests of all ages more engaged and encourage them to broaden the range of music they'll jam out to, with truly memorable results.


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