As we mentioned in yesterday's post on booking the best vendors and suppliers, when you're planning your wedding music and looking for the right band, DJ or ceremony musicians, you need to be savvy.

Do your research, have a budget in place, and know what you want from your day. Remember to ask questions about set-up times, breaks in the set, and technical requirements.

There might be an amazing 80s cover band that's really affordable, but if you're planning a classic black tie wedding, maybe a swing band would be a better fit? Want nothing else but a full dancefloor at the end of the night? Go for a great covers band who'll churn out the hits.

If the ceremony is more important to you, put your budget into a string trio or a classical singer, then opt for a DJ or a party playlist for later on.

Think about your venue size too – a small space might be over-powered by a large group of musicians, likewise, a low-key acoustic act could be lost in a big room.

The thing with wedding music is, the choices really are endless, and you can be as creative as you want, to give your day a completely personalised feel. Music can make such a big impact on the atmosphere of your wedding, so it's important to give it some thought.

And to help you separate your mariachi bands from your barn dances, we have this very handy and helpful graphic from Bands for Hire for you to save/print/pin, and have to hand when you're planning your wedding music.

The wedding band requirements section is definitely worth keeping in mind!

Need Song Inspiration? Our Ready-Made Wedding Playlists…

We LOVE creating wedding playlists (so you don't have to!). Check out a few of our favourite Spotify playlists for every musical moment at your wedding.

The Ultimate Bachelorette Party Playlist

The Most Romantic Songs For Your Wedding

Songs to Get Ready To 

The Biggest Tunes To End Your Night

Processional Music; Songs to Walk Down the Aisle To

60 First Dance Songs for Hopeless Romantics

30 Epic Reception Entrance Songs