Can I supply my own music for my wedding and reception?
26th April 2012
Yes you can, but there are many mishaps that can result:
The sound systems for many venues are located either behind the bar, in the kitchen or some other place out of bounds to guests, or inconvenient to access. This often means you are unable to control the order or volume of songs. This means you have no ability to adjust the music to suit what is happening in the room at the time, which is often the case, for example for the entry song, bridal waltz, requests, music for cake cutting, the garter, dinner music or the leaving song.
With cds, you will need to record them in the order you want them played, or have a friend at the ready all night to organise the start or stopping of various tracks, and to locate the right tracks for the bridal party entrance, bridal waltz, the garter or throwing of the bouquet. This often results in the wrong song being played at some important point, much embarrassment and uncomfortable pauses.
You lose the flexibility to ensure that the right songs are being played at the appropriate moment, so it is extremely difficult to create any atmosphere or flow.
Worse still, someone may forget to bring the cds, or record them in a format that the CD player at the function is unable to play so you have no music at all.
An ipod system or boom box sounds lost in a large room, and the sound quality often suffers drastically when turned up loud. We strongly advise against using ipods with speakers, or boom boxes for this reason.
Consider that you can hire professionals to take care of all your music needs.