Can I choose my own wedding film music?

I wanted to drop a blog on music licensing because I get asked this question a lot:
“Can we choose the music for our highlight video?”
In short, the answer is: ‘No.’

Here’s why:
Music isn’t free. You can buy a song for personal use for like $2, but once you buy a song for commercial work, that licensing price jumps.

9 times out of 10 when a couple asks to choose their own music, they want a Top 40 track or a famous artist’s song. The kicker is: those tracks cost $10,000+. If you want to buy that license, that’s fine! However, a $10,000 music license on a $3,000 wedding video package typically isn’t in the budget.

There is still hope! There are so many talented artists in the world that aren’t famous yet, and their music is readily available for your wedding film. Their music is accessible on music licensing websites that I have access to and the cost of those tracks are included in your video package.

This brings me to the 1 out of 10 couples who would like to search those tracks and choose their music. To that I also say, ‘No.’ and it’s not because I’m a control freak – it’s for your own sanity. As newlyweds, you don’t have the time to choose your film music. It’s an overwhelming process to search through 1000’s of tracks that will fit your film. Plus, you haven’t even seen your film yet. I know what your film looks like because I’m editing it –the music and the vibe of the film have to complement each other.

To that I say, “Trust the process.” You hired me because you like my work, so let that moment when you see your complete film be special. At the end of it all, if you 100% hate the music and it makes you want to puke, let me know and I’ll switch it out. I’m not unreasonable! To date, I’ve never had a couple be disappointed in my music choice; so rest assured that your film will be just as moving as everyone else’s.      

Happy Father's Day!

On my list of favorite wedding moments, the father/daughter dance is in my top 5. There's just something so sweet about a daddy giving away his little girl to the man she's chosen to be her new protector. Those tender moments are what we live for. Sometimes those tender moments last an entire song and sometimes those tender moments bookend the most lit father daughter dance you'll ever see. Who knows? You'll have to watch and see. 

Tiffany + Ben | All Saints Chapel - Raleigh, NC

Tiffany and Ben were married at All Saints Chapel in Raleigh, NC this past April and these two know how to party! Their wedding day started off at their beautiful home (+ adorable pups) and ended with the Gonza Tacos and Tequila food truck, dancing, and a beautiful sparkler send off! 

Sydney + Tyler | Prestonwood Country Club - Cary, NC

Sydney and Tyler were wed at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC this past April. These two are a couple for the books! Their vows are relationship goals and their parent dances are going to blow you away (just wait for the full video!). This teaser film features only half of Tyler's amazing vows and I can't wait to show you both of theirs! 
Planner: Cathy Anna Events
Florist: Every Bloomin' Thing
Photographer: Ariel Perry

Stephanie + Jason | Carlee Farm - Oxford, NC

Meet Stephanie and Jason. These two are just a match made in heaven - Stephanie is calm, cool, and collected; and Jason is goofy, sarcastic, and full of happy tears (just watch the video!). 

They were wed at Carlee Farm in Oxford, NC and their day was the perfect representation of their love: from the shoes, to Jason's truck, to the music that filled the day. Take a look!