DIY Music

Wedding Style & Decor
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Andrew McCaul

Since the rise of the iPod, many couples have opted to let their iTunes playlist be the band or DJ for their wedding. But how do you know what songs will be best received by your guests? Do you really - as the bride or groom - want to be DJing your own wedding reception?

I recently learned about audiostiles, a music consulting company that creates playlists for both businesses and consumers. Their service will create a playlist of the perfect songs for your setting.

For weddings, the owners recommend creating playlists for cocktail hour and background music during dinner, but hiring a professional DJ for dancing. The service costs about $75 per hour of music (2-3 hour minimum) plus the cost of songs. You can either receive a list of songs that you can purchase on iTunes yourself or audiostiles can mail you a CD of the music.

The company has created playlists for events at Gucci, DeBeers, The Four Seasons as well as Vanity Fair and Gourmet magazines. Click here to learn more about their services. —Anne Chertoff

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