Wedding Reception Music Options

CHOOSING  YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION MUSIC

So June is upon us, the month of summer romance and of course weddings! Who doesn’t love a good wedding?

If you’re planning a wedding, no doubt you’ve been thinking about your wedding reception music options, what to play, what not to play and which songs are guaranteed to get everyone up strutting their stuff. Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than a celebration with an empty dance floor.

To guide you in the right direction, we’ve put together some guidelines for choosing the music for your wedding reception. Remember, though, there really are no rights or wrongs. It’s your special day and the most important thing is to have fun and make it a memorable event for you, your family and friends.

Evening Wedding Reception Music

CHOOSING  YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION MUSIC

So June is upon us, the month of summer romance and of course weddings! Who doesn’t love a good wedding?

If you’re planning a wedding, no doubt you’ve been thinking about your wedding reception music options, what to play, what not to play and which songs are guaranteed to get everyone up strutting their stuff. Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than a celebration with an empty dance floor.

To guide you in the right direction, we’ve put together some guidelines for choosing the music for your wedding reception. Remember, though, there really are no rights or wrongs. It’s your special day and the most important thing is to have fun and make it a memorable event for you, your family and friends.

Evening Wedding Reception Music

A Balanced Mix

WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC?

We’re not suggesting you should choose tracks you don’t particularly like, but you do need to bear in mind the age range and musical tastes of your guests. Grandma probably won’t appreciate too many loud tracks, and the little ones will always love bopping around to lively, fun, repetitive beats.

The trick is to get everyone up on the dance floor enjoying themselves, so you need a selection of popular music which you know will appeal. Does Uncle Jack have a favourite group from back in the day? If so, make his evening and include a few of their hits. How about the teenagers? What kind of music do they prefer? Get that right and your dance floor will positively rock!

Of course, don’t forget to throw in tracks you like too. Everyone knows it’s your special day, so you’re not expected to sacrifice your own choice of music for that of your guests. Just make sure there’s a good mix. Universal, popular, easy to dance to hits that get your guests on their feet.

Now, as well as thinking about the wedding reception music you’d like to hear, it’s also a sensible idea to think about any music you really wouldn’t want to hear. Music evokes memories, good and bad. Perhaps there’s a particular music track you know would upset a relative or a family friend or a song you absolutely cannot bear. If that’s so, just tell your DJ or band in advance so they can avoid playing it.

WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC?

We’re not suggesting you should choose tracks you don’t particularly like, but you do need to bear in mind the age range and musical tastes of your guests. Grandma probably won’t appreciate too many loud tracks, and the little ones will always love bopping around to lively, fun, repetitive beats.

The trick is to get everyone up on the dance floor enjoying themselves, so you need a selection of popular music which you know will appeal. Does Uncle Jack have a favourite group from back in the day? If so, make his evening and include a few of their hits. How about the teenagers? What kind of music do they prefer? Get that right and your dance floor will positively rock!

Of course, don’t forget to throw in tracks you like too. Everyone knows it’s your special day, so you’re not expected to sacrifice your own choice of music for that of your guests. Just make sure there’s a good mix. Universal, popular, easy to dance to hits that get your guests on their feet.

Now, as well as thinking about the wedding reception music you’d like to hear, it’s also a sensible idea to think about any music you really wouldn’t want to hear. Music evokes memories, good and bad. Perhaps there’s a particular music track you know would upset a relative or a family friend or a song you absolutely cannot bear. If that’s so, just tell your DJ or band in advance so they can avoid playing it.

A Balanced Mix

THE FIRST DANCE

Your wedding reception music choices should give you a chance to shine on the dance floor. All eyes will be on you, so you need to be comfortable with your choice. Perhaps you have a meaningful song, a reminder of the day you first met or a song with special lyrics. You may even have choreographed your own dance routine to showcase your skills. Whatever your choice, go with it and be comfortable. Don’t take it too seriously, just enjoy and have fun.

Hiring specialist wedding party planners means that everything is sourced and put together for you. We have an extensive database of reliable vendors and suppliers to cater for all requirements.

So whether you’re looking for colour co-ordinated floristry, tableware and venue décor, buffet style catering or a sit down meal complete with waiters, live music or a DJ and disco, every option can be catered for.

How long should the first dance be?

Unless you’ve choreographed your own dance routine, it’s best not to spend too long on the first dance. You’ll want everybody to join you, so treat it just as if you’re kick starting the beginning of a fantastic night – an opening one to one a half minute debut with a meaningful choice of track should be perfect.

Shine on the Dance Floor

THE FIRST DANCE

Your wedding reception music choices should give you a chance to shine on the dance floor. All eyes will be on you, so you need to be comfortable with your choice. Perhaps you have a meaningful song, a reminder of the day you first met or a song with special lyrics. You may even have choreographed your own dance routine to showcase your skills. Whatever your choice, go with it and be comfortable. Don’t take it too seriously, just enjoy and have fun.

Hiring specialist wedding party planners means that everything is sourced and put together for you. We have an extensive database of reliable vendors and suppliers to cater for all requirements.

So whether you’re looking for colour co-ordinated floristry, tableware and venue décor, buffet style catering or a sit down meal complete with waiters, live music or a DJ and disco, every option can be catered for.

How long should the first dance be?

Unless you’ve choreographed your own dance routine, it’s best not to spend too long on the first dance. You’ll want everybody to join you, so treat it just as if you’re kick starting the beginning of a fantastic night – an opening one to one a half minute debut with a meaningful choice of track should be perfect.

Shine on the Dance Floor

Something for Everyone

PLAYLIST & REQUESTS

It’s always best to give as much advance notice to your band or DJ as possible, but remember that deciding on your wedding reception music playlist and sending it too early may mean you miss out on an exciting piece which hasn’t yet hit the headlines. If you’re hiring a DJ, there’ll be more flexibility than if you’re going with a live band who may need extra time to put a collection together. We suggest a week or two before the wedding should be fine.

Taking requests is an effortless way of ensuring there’s something for everyone. DJ’s usually carry a really wide selection of tracks, so it’s more than likely they’ll be able to cater for everyone’s requests. Live bands may not. They’ll probably have a set repertoire, which could make requests rather awkward. Best to avoid in this case, but if you have a DJ, yes, taking requests guarantee everyone’s musical tastes are included.

PLAYLIST & REQUESTS

It’s always best to give as much advance notice to your band or DJ as possible, but remember that deciding on your wedding reception music playlist and sending it too early may mean you miss out on an exciting piece which hasn’t yet hit the headlines. If you’re hiring a DJ, there’ll be more flexibility than if you’re going with a live band who may need extra time to put a collection together. We suggest a week or two before the wedding should be fine.

Taking requests is an effortless way of ensuring there’s something for everyone. DJ’s usually carry a really wide selection of tracks, so it’s more than likely they’ll be able to cater for everyone’s requests. Live bands may not. They’ll probably have a set repertoire, which could make requests rather awkward. Best to avoid in this case, but if you have a DJ, yes, taking requests guarantee everyone’s musical tastes are included.

Something for Everyone

END OF EVENING & ENTRANCE SONGS

We think it’s always nice to finish off the evening with an end of evening song or even a couple of tracks to wind the evening down before a meaningful finale. Your closing song can be anything you wish, fast, slow, quiet, rousing – just give it some thought and have fun with it.

Of course. Why not? After the stress of planning a wedding ceremony and celebration, we think it’s a lovely idea to make a grand entrance as newlyweds. Choose something to make a mark, something you like, revel in it and enjoy your first occasion as Mr & Mrs.

We hope these tips help you to plan the right type of wedding reception music for your wedding event. Don’t forget, Events by Knight are always delighted to work with you to ensure your special day is perfectly put together.

Delivering the WOW factor

END OF EVENING & ENTRANCE SONGS

We think it’s always nice to finish off the evening with an end of evening song or even a couple of tracks to wind the evening down before a meaningful finale. Your closing song can be anything you wish, fast, slow, quiet, rousing – just give it some thought and have fun with it.

Of course. Why not? After the stress of planning a wedding ceremony and celebration, we think it’s a lovely idea to make a grand entrance as newlyweds. Choose something to make a mark, something you like, revel in it and enjoy your first occasion as Mr & Mrs.

We hope these tips help you to plan the right type of wedding reception music for your wedding event. Don’t forget, Events by Knight are always delighted to work with you to ensure your special day is perfectly put together.

Delivering the WOW factor