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Reception Music

Music is a must. It helps set the tone of a wedding. Before deciding anything, though, there are many things you must consider. Have a look at the following:

Type of Atmosphere at the Wedding Reception
Since music plays a large part in setting the mood at a wedding reception you first have to decide what type of atmosphere you want to evoke. Do you want the reception to be formal or informal? Do you want to stir up a traditional or modern mood? A formal and traditional atmosphere may call for classical music, whereas pop and the like will suit a more informal and modern reception. Once you've considered this it will be easier to choose music for your wedding reception.

Budget for the Reception Music and How the Music Will be Played
Another thing to consider when choosing reception music is how you want it to be played. Do you want live music delivered by a band or an orchestra, or is a DJ more to your taste? This is when dollars come into the equation… What's more costly? An orchestra or band, or a DJ? DJs are generally cheaper. What can you afford? Don't forget that it's also possible to ask a friend or family member to be responsible for the reception music. If no-one is talented enough to play an instrument, buy a few CDs and that will be that! So, set a budget for reception music and consider all your options. Click on DJs or Live Music for some information on the differences between live music and music delivered by a DJ.

Space of the Reception Location
You also have to consider the size of the reception venue. If you want to have an orchestra you have to make sure that it will fit in your reception location. If the venue is quite small there is a pretty good chance there won't be enough space for a big orchestra!

Final Choice
Now it's finally time to choose your reception music. What will your first dance with your new husband song be? What will the father-daughter dance song be? And so on. Click on Examples of Reception Music for some suggestions.

More information:

  • DJs or Live Music
    Choosing how the music is to be delivered is an important factor in creating the ambience at the wedding reception. An orchestra creates more of a formal feel to the reception whereas a DJ or a pop band sets a more informal tone to the reception. More...

  • Questions to Ask DJs
    When meeting with prospective DJs it's important to ask questions such as their repertoire, what equipment they use and if they provide any special lighting or special effects. And anything else you want to know. More...

  • Questions to Ask Bands and Orchestras
    When meeting with prospective bands or orchestras it's important to ask questions such as what type of music they play, what instruments they use and how long they've been playing together. And anything else you want to know. More...

  • Examples of Reception Music
    A large variety of reception music to choose from, e.g. first dance, dinner music and father-daughter dance. More...

  • Find Wedding Music & Entertainment in the Wedding Directory
    To help you with your search for "wedding helpers" we've compiled a wedding directory, listing all types of wedding suppliers you need for your wedding. More...

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