home > weddings 101 > wedding reception music

[+] paying for this wedding

- who pay$ for the wedding?

- cost-saving tips

- stag & doe: wedding fundraising

what the hell is a wedding registry?

making the guest list

[+] the wedding itself

- the wedding rehearsal

- rehearsal dinner

- writing your wedding vows

- catholic weddings

- jewish weddings

- hindu weddings

- interfaith weddings

[+] the wedding reception

- the wedding reception will be a blast

- a dry wedding

- choosing a wedding emcee

- what's the right order for wedding toasts?

- the garter toss

- grooms cakes

- wedding reception music

- the first dance (and learning to dance)

destination weddings

an environmentally friendly wedding

wedding photos

easy thank you cards

Advertise on GroomGroove.com

wedding reception music [Page 1 of 2]

Music at cocktails or the reception is one of the responsibilities that even the most controlling bride will often delegate to the groom. Also, it's an aspect of the wedding about which a good groom is expected to have a binding and unassailable opinion. So, before you're saddled with all the decisions on this front, take some time to consider all the angles.

What type of music should you have at your wedding?

The kind of music you provide on your wedding day is about the kind of music you enjoy as a couple. This is not for your aunt Matilda, nor your nephew who's into punk. If you like Acid Jazz, don't feel badly that your sister won't be able to bump to Beyonce (or other flavor of the week). The music should say something about you as a couple and your particular tastes. Don't be intimidated by an obligation to placate everyone in the room, or you'll be left with a bland, forgettable evening.

Where do I find the musicians I want?

One place to ask is at your reception venue. If they recommend someone or an ensemble, it means that the venue and the vendor have a good rapport. If the band or agency has worked the location before, they know the dynamics of the room and it saves a lot of hassle. It is also likely that if the venue recommends the band, they have seen them rock the room.

The Big Question - Live Music or DJ?

Something about having a live band creates an audience dynamic that can't be replicated. Now this comes with a big IF. Live music is always better IF you have a favorite genre of music and that's pretty much all you need to hear to have a perfect night.

Every band has a musical focus, and the great thing about that is, they'll be able to play your favorite songs better than anyone else in town. If you love blues, do yourself a favor and get a real blues band. They'll be able to play a range of music - r&b, blues, standards, maybe some pop, but don't expect them to play disco hits very well.

If you and your fiancée have disparate tastes or you need to hear a wide range of music, then you're going to want to have a DJ. When looking for a DJ, try to find one that has both club and wedding experience or you may end up with either an esoteric euro lounge, or worse, the "Chicken Dance."

article continues...
[Page 1 of 2]
Click on the "Like" link now and share this resource on Facebook and Twitter!

groomsmen gifts and gifts for guys and men's accessories



A life-saver for EVERY bride!
Everything a bride or groom needs to get the boys ready for wedding day!
Get It Now!

Fight nerves and make a GREAT speech
Buy our super popular guide for the Groom's Wedding Speech.
Get it Now!

Guaranteed Classy Best Man Speech
Make a classy and funny Best Man Wedding Speech.
Get It Now!

Buy it for the best man
Buy our AWESOME guide for the Best Man's Duties.
Get it Now!

Buy it for the groomsmen
Buy our AWESOME guide for the Groomsman's Duties.
Get it Now!

Great marriage proposal ideas
Help for guys at the START of the proposal!
Get It Now!

mellisa kate
Sun, Oct.8th 2017
Your CommentsI recently saw a testimony about a spell caster of some sort in a blog I visit for relationship and dating counseling problems because i had been having serious issues with my husband and we had been married for 3 years,he just suddenly changed, he was returning my calls ,he started cheating, he was hurting me in so many ways i never thought possible and I just thought I should try it maybe out of desperation of some sort ..and I think for a thought about the spell caster called DR UGO WONDERS I contacted him At first everything felt dreamy and unbelievable, their consultations and solution was a little bit easy and strange and I was scared a little cos I heard read and heard lots of stories of fake spell casters, scams and i never really believed in magic.. I played along with a little hope and and faith and I was sent some few stuffs after everything and it worked like a miracle, everything went to a while new direction, I guess it was all good faith that made me read That particular post that faithful day.. I hope they could help other people too like they did a little and I got everything I wanted and wished for my husband, my family and my life back to contact the DR UGO WONDERS through is email and cell number at :::  generalspelltemple@gmail.com or his mobile number on +1 386-336-9876 
Sat, Sep.2nd 2017
How I Got My Ex Husband Back........... I am Shannon by name. Greetings to every one that is reading this testimony. I have been rejected by my husband after three(3) years of marriage just because another woman had a spell on him and he left me and the kid to suffer. one day when i was reading through the web, i saw a post on how this spell caster on this address Makospelltemple@yahoo.com , have help a woman to get back her husband and i gave him a reply to his address and he told me that a woman had a spell on my husband and he told me that he will help me and after 2 days that i will have my husband back. i believed him and today i am glad to let you all know that this spell caster have the power to bring lovers back. because i am now happy with my husband. Thanks for Dr.Mako. His email: Makospelltemple@yahoo.com OR.His WhatsApp Number:+2347054263874.
Thu, Dec.3rd 2015
This is my second year phatogrophing weddings and you were one of the first photographers that inspire me to start my business, because I wanted my clients to feel what I felt after looking at your photos! Keep inspiring us newbies I see many more awards coming your way!!!
Thu, Dec.3rd 2015
I received my pcutires from the wedding; they were wonderful. All of the pcutires are so pretty, it is very hard trying to decide which ones we want. We had a wonderful time in Park City and the wedding was beautiful; food was wonderful; everyone was so helpful. The bride and groom were so elegant in their first dance and your pcutires deplicted that. Everyone that sees our pcutires says Great Photographer .
Mon, Apr.27th 2009
The kind of music you provide on your wedding day is about the kind of music you enjoy as a couple I am all for playing the music the couple like but if you spend $20K on a wedding reception and your guests leave early is it worth it? Work with your DJ and get a DJ from ADJA.org This is a good site for find quality DJ in your area. They have a list of ten questions to ask your DJ.
Scott M
Tue, Mar.10th 2009
You invite your guests to your reception to help celebrate your wedding. They bring you gifts and money. You MUST be considerate to them as far as the music is concerned. I've DJ'd hundreds of weddings in my 15+ years experience and nothing drives away your guests faster (other than no open bar) than the wrong music YOU chose because it's what YOU want. The best thing is to break the evening up into two halves. Keep it easy and conservative for the first hour or two after dinner (there's tons of oldies, easy top 40, etc. that everybody loves to dance to) and then crank it up later. The older crowd tends to leave after a couple hours, then the party takes on a nightclub atmosphere. NEVER disregard your guests and ask for YOUR hard rock or profanity-laced hip-hop right after dinner when your grandparents are still in attendance. Stick with a good, highly-recommended DJ. You never know what you're going to get with a live band. Sure live music is fun, but your song choices will be limited not to mention that I've heard some asolutely bhorrible bands at wedding receptions. Plus, you'll save some money in the process.
Mon, Jan.7th 2008
Sorry about the delay on your response - Jimi, my suggestion is to break the night into two pieces - Call one "The Reception" and the other "the After party". Take about 90 minutes (just after dinner) to have the big band play. Have them even play your first dance if you want. Then get the DJ for the "Afterparty" to rock with all the young people. Older people usually will clear before the end anyhow. Hope this helps... let me know if you have any other questions. J
Fri, Nov.30th 2007
jimi D You said it: "I want a big band to play." It's your wedding dude. And as for a DJ - get him to play some oldies mixed in with Kanye West.
jimi D
Sun, Nov.25th 2007
My family is really musical they all play some sort of instrument and he has many friends who can play. I want a big band to play. Now my dad would probably want to play along with my brother. Problem is they can't play all night because I want them to have a good time and i live in hickville usa so big band won't be the best for all night. I want to have a DJ afterwards to fix this problem but the older family members will ahte rap and other modern music. What do I do

Post Your Comments:

Rate this article: