How to DJ Your Own Wedding

With wedding season upon us–and with weddings already being stupidly expensive–Pitchfork has published this handy article on how to handle the music at your wedding yourself.

This weekend, I’m getting married. Morgan and I have been together for over seven years at this point, and we’re having a small ceremony at her parents’ house in the woods. It’ll be followed by a bigger party with some friends and family. She’s a fine art photographer, I write about music, and we were looking to cut corners on costs. Here’s what we realized:

  1. She didn’t want to hire a wedding photographer.
  2. I thought it would be best to enlist DJ Pre-Prepared Playlists Via My MacBook Air.

At this point, I’ve spent hours trying to nail down the right playlists, and it is not an easy job. There’s a lot of second-guessing involved. I frequently catch myself trying to get in the heads of my more musically attuned friends who will be in attendance—people in bands, friends who have been loudly critical of my road trip playlists, and so forth. I’ve had to remind myself a bunch of times that hey, it’s my wedding, and if people have a problem with the music I pick, tough shit.

Of course, it isn’t that simple; there’s still a crowd to please.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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