Your guide to making your wedding day a musical celebration

10 May 2017

Entertainment Nation advises how to incorporate music into your big day – from noon until night

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Music can serve to bring a wedding to life, harnessing each special moment by evoking raw emotion and reflecting the vibe you want to convey. While a lot of couples reserve music for the wedding reception, there’s no reason why you can’t incorporate sweet melodies and upbeat tracks in to the remainder of your special day. Here, Entertainment Nation delivers expert advice in how to make your wedding day a musical celebration.

The ceremony

There are a handful of stages in the ceremony where you can add music:

  • The bridal march. You can go elegant and traditional with classical musicians, quartets and singers or opt for something more contemporary, an acoustic singer-songwriter-style artist or a gospel choir.
  • Signing of the register: the musicians you used to play your walk down the aisle will be able to entertain your guests as you go through the formalities of signing the register – backing music, perhaps songs that are meaningful to you and capture the emotion of that ‘just-married’ feeling.
  • The recessional song: something upbeat and uplifting to get your guests in the mood to celebrate.



The drinks reception

To maximise the value of your live musicians, you can opt for the same musicians who performed at your ceremony. You’ve got a huge range of options available to you for the afternoon drinks, but generally you should choose performers who are able to enhance the atmosphere without being overbearing. Folk acts are popular. Other choices include steel pan bands, string quartets, sax players, choirs, classical guitarists, solo singers, sitar and tabla players, lounge pianists, acoustic pop and rock duos and jazz bands.


The wedding breakfast

Even more so than the drinks reception, keep music in the background. Pianists, harpists and classical guitarists are able to set a tranquil, laid-back mood.


The wedding reception

The evening celebration is where you want to wow your guests with a spectacular show from a live band. Here are your options:

  • Pop and rock bands are versatile with broad repertoires of songs old and new, to please guests of all ages.
  • Soul, funk, disco and Motown bands are another popular choice, thanks to their energy and non-stop stream of tunes that demand to be danced to.
  • Jazz and swing bands are a refined choice for a sophisticated reception or a vintage-themed affair.
  • You could also go for something more alternative: rock, indie, hip hop, dance, beat box. Whatever you choose, remember the aim is to support your celebration – you want guests up and dancing and having a good time, not sat around waiting in the forlorn hope that they hear a song they know.


While wedding bands have some flexibility when it comes to the songs they perform (and most will learn and perform your first dance free of charge), if you want more control over your wedding reception music, perhaps consider a wedding DJ instead. They will be able to talk through the songs you want included and take requests on the night. Above all, have fun.

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