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Feb 2017

Wedding Music 101: DJ David Osborne of Sound Insight Productions

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When you first start planning your wedding, the venue, style, and other details (ahem.. the dress) often get top priority. The wedding music easily gets put off, or handed over for someone else to take care of. Regardless of whether you want to party ’til the break of dawn, or just get your favorite songs in, who you choose to deliver on your wedding day can make a pretty big impact on the overall experience. We reached out to the talented Mr. David Osborne, an experienced Wedding DJ based out of Athens, Georgia and Owner of Sound Insight Productions. He’s offered up some great advice to common questions that might pop up when planning your wedding music.

For starters, don’t be afraid to tell them what you want. As David puts it, “I want a couple’s input, style, and their passion for the event! I take it from there, and balance their requests with my ability to read the crowd and bring it all together.”

If you are a huge music buff, you might already have a large number of songs in mind that you want to hear at your reception, or perhaps you can’t think of any. Either one is okay! “I have some couples that request 100, while others request zero,” says David. “I always try my best to incorporate and honor requests and suggestions (I mean, it’s their wedding!) I do, however, give all couples 5 must-play songs, those are for those possibly unusual, but very sentimental, songs that are important to the couple and/or guests.”

David also points out it’s your wedding at the end of the day, and you can have whatever music you’d like, but keep in mind that your particular taste might not always equal crowd-pleasers. He suggests avoiding an abundance of only one style or non-danceable music. If you’re having trouble deciding what songs to go with, try thinking of those that are popular and well-known. “The common thread, across all crowds and styles, is familiarity. People love to dance to music they know and like. With clever and purposeful mixing, remixing, and programming, lesser known songs can definitely be worked in.”

All things to take into consideration when you think about your wedding day music. David’s one last bit of advice: “Don’t limit yourself TOO much. It’s perfectly fine to have restrictions on the music played, but you should allow your DJ some flexibility (if they’re a good DJ, they will respect the flexibility, not abuse it). Also, if you want people to dance, you and your new spouse have to get out there and dance as well!”

Visit Sound Insight Productions for more info on booking David for your wedding or event- We highly recommend him!!