Weddings

How to Create a Wedding CD

Help guests remember the music of your wedding

By Terrichele Bradley

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Wedding CDs have gained popularity as inexpensive but meaningful wedding favors. A wedding CD normally consists of music played during the ceremony or showcases the couple's favorite songs, highlighting significant moments in their relationship.

  • What You Need to Know
  • When creating a wedding CD, you'll need a computer equipped with a CD burner (or writer), software to run the burn program and blank CDs.
  • Custom labels add a personalized touch to the final disk.
  • Purchase hard crystal CD covers to protect your wedding CD's.
Wedding CD Do's

Step 1:

Decide how many songs you want to have on your wedding CD. Most CDs can hold 18 to 20 songs depending on the songs' length. Selecting at least eight to 10 songs may bring more attention to important songs describing your relationship.

Step 2:

Compile a list of songs you want to have on your wedding CD. Include songs that will define your relationship to your wedding guests. A wedding CD is not just a compilation of songs you like; rather, it consists of songs that have deep meaning to you and your soon-to-be spouse. Remember to include songs featured as part of your wedding, such as your first dance song and the songs used for your processional and recessional.

Step 3:

Create a sound file on your hard drive by copying the songs to your computer from an existing CD or buying the songs from an online store. Place the songs in the order you would like your guests to hear the music. Make sure the files are compatible with your CD burning software.

Step 4:

Follow the instructions of your personal CD program to burn your wedding CDs. After you burn the first CD, listen to the entire CD before making additional copies to make sure your CD burner records all of your songs.

Step 5:

Design a CD cover to place on your wedding CD. You can visit an online CD cover company, where you can include pictures, add text and print labels. Or use the label templates from an office supply company to create your CD cover. Stick the cover on the top of the CD.

Step 6:

Slide each wedding CD in a CD jewel case or sleeve of your choice, such as vellum, paper, cardboard or polybox case. Try to coordinate with your wedding color.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • The slower you burn your CD, the better the final sound resolution.
  • As long as you do not duplicate more than 500 copies and you do not sell the wedding CD, your wedding CD falls under the copyright "fair use" law.

About the Author

Terrichele Bradley is a freelance writer with experience in weddings publishing.

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