Music! The importance of it to a great event or a memorable party can’t be understated. Music is a key element in setting the mood, something personal and yet universal at the same time; it’s the lifeblood that fuels the dance floor, and–when it comes to your wedding reception playlist–it’s something that just begs to be shared from setup to playout.
You’re the stars of your big day, but your family and friends will be right there with you to celebrate, toast your future, and help make it a memorable night. Good bands and DJs know how to keep within your personal tastes and preferences while still pleasing the guests, a true art that makes the party the most enjoyable for everyone. But a lot still needs to come from you: how flexible are you with your music? How aligned with your guests’ tastes and likes? Do you know there are specific individuals or groups who must have a certain type of music played?
One of the greatest tools at your disposal is your personal wedding website: get everyone’s feedback, suggestions, and even some samples up on your website to be shared and commented on. Let them rate the music they like best, and tally the scores. Make it as interactive as possible, so everyone can contribute and have fun doing so. In the end, you’ve got some invaluable information regarding your family’s and friends’ likes, dislikes, and preferences. Your band or DJ will gratefully accept the information while tailoring your play list, and your wedding music will have a fine-tuned head-start.
WedShare just released a new Music Requests page tailored for this specific purpose, and with the maximum interactivity and sharing in mind. Use your wedding website to post music preferences and see what people think. Let your guests add suggestions on what they’d like to hear, too.
Enable sorting and rating to prioritize songs by the amount of positive feedback they receive, and allow sharing of audio clips and even music videos so everyone can see for themselves how good–or bad!–someone’s suggestion is. Make it fun, with voting and comments and by allowing everyone to add audio or video contributions. And it should be as easy as possible, letting you and others simply drag in media files or select from a pre-suggested list of online music videos.
Your WedShare personal wedding website is integrated with YouTube in the backend, so it’s easy for you and your guests to post a mashup of media for each music selection. When a music suggestion is made, your website does its own search for existing media, including official music videos on YouTube, so that they can be included as well.
Still shots from selected music videos are automatically posted as album art, keeping your list lively. But you can upload your own imagery as well. A new feature in the Music Requests page is the easy drag-and-drop uploader. You and your guests can drag album art and MP3 or MP4 files right to a selection to upload it for that song.
So what are you waiting for? Start building–and sharing–the soundtrack for your big day right now, and have fun with it!