Wedding Reception Music

Greeting Your Guests with Music

The music you choose for your wedding reception is as important as your decorations, wedding attire and dinner menu. Music will set the entire mood for your reception. It can create set the dance floor for a wild party or set the mood for refined cocktails and conversation.

Your reception music can be provided via live musicians or a DJ, however keep in mind that your guest's tastes will be as various as their ages and personalities. Wedding DJs generally have a vast catalogue of music on hand, while experienced wedding musicians should have both mainstream dance hits and rock classics in their repertoire if you want to get all your guests up and dancing!

At your wedding reception there will be a few formalities to get out of the way before your crazy cousin Harold can hit the dance floor. If you are adhering to tradition, the order of dances is as follows:

  1. Bride/groom's wedding dance
  2. Bride/father dance (while the groom dances with his new mother-in-law)
  3. Groom/mother dance (while the bride dances with her new father-in-law)
  4. Wedding party prompts the wedding guests to join the newlyweds on the dance floor.

Tips for Wedding Reception Music:

  1. Musicians, bands and DJs should be booked 6 months to a year ahead.
  2. Ask for a demo tape to get an idea of their music style.
  3. Attend a gig to see your band/DJ in action before you book.
  4. Get approval for your music from churches and reception venues.
  5. Ensure there is sufficient room and power for set up and performance.
  6. Give your band/DJ a list of dance songs and any special requests.
  7. Hold a meeting with musicians/DJ to talk about the music style for your wedding.
  8. Confirm all details in a written contract - duration needed, meals, breaks and cost.
  9. Get a receipt.
  10. Provide directions to your reception venue so your music arrives on time.
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